Hello!! I hope the week is off to a good start! We got hit with snow here, so I’m just trying to stay warm!! Today I’ve got Cross to Bare by Susan Mac Nicol, the 5th book in her Men in London series. I love these books and I’m so excited to share this with you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and don’t forget to check out the GIVEAWAY!
Series: Men of London #5
Genre: M/M Romance
Date: November 10, 2015
Tough in business but romantic at heart, fashion designer Lenny James isn’t hiding his masculinity behind his super successful female alter ego, but a vulnerability that only handsome financier Brook Hunter will be man enough to reveal…and worship.
TWO OF A KIND
It’s amazing what a little mascara and lipstick, a blonde wig, false boobs, and top-notch female fashion can hide. Not that Lenny James is hiding his masculinity. He uses his normal voice when he’s Laverne, and he’s not particularly camp as a man. His reasons for creating his alter ego are locked deep in his past. He is who he is: tough in business, and a romantic at heart. What he’s hiding is vulnerability. He wants a man to accept both sides of him.
Gorgeous, commanding, and dark as sin, Brook Hunter meets Lenny and knows nothing about Laverne until fate pushes her into his path. Cross-dressing is as far from Brook’s reality as fashion is from his world of diplomacy and high finance. Understanding and truth take time, and trust doesn’t come easy. But Brook is about to show Lenny that there are no sides to true love, just the place where they meet in the middle.
I have really enjoyed Susan Mac Nichol’s Men of London series and I’m excited to add this to that list! Lenny, Laverne and Brook are such unique characters and I absolutely fell head over heels for them all!
I do want to mention that I really have not read much in the way of cross-dressing or transvestite characters so it did take me a minute to adjust, but Susan Mac Nichol does such a wonderful job of giving this character depth and heart that I quickly realize this is just who this person is. I truly found myself appreciating all sides of Lenny and Laverne.
So, onto the story! Lenny is Laverne while running his high end fashion house and totally rocks it as a strong and confident woman! She is something fierce and absolutely dominates the fashion world. Laverne came to life when Lenny was learning how clothes felt for both men and women, the textures, the fits, and the feels, and she was a part of Lenny that stayed with him.
Brook Hunter is a strong man who has a thing for Lenny James! But Lenny hasn’t divulged his Laverne side to Brook yet, afraid of what he may think of her. After an accidental meeting, Brook has to come to terms with both Lenny and Laverne and discover if he can love them both.
I really enjoyed their journey together, it was heartwarming and inspirational. Brook is such a wonderful man, his heart was something else altogether. Yes, he has his sassy moments, but who doesn’t, but more than anything he has a genuine love for Lenny and Laverne too (much to his own surprise). Lenny has his own struggles as he learns that all sides of him can be loved, he can be who he truly is and be worthy of that love.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read and it was a truly touching journey. These are characters that just deserve that HEA together! It surprises me to say this, but I missed a bit of angst with their story though. But again, great story and feel good read. I loved the message of being true to and proud of who you are, not matter if you are a little different.
I can’t wait for more from Susan Mac Nicol and the Men of London Series (hopefully!). And it was certainly awesome to get a peek at the guys from the previous books too!
*I received an ARC to review for The Geekery Book Review.*
Brook smiled. “The chemistry is still there, though. No doubt about that.” His brows furrowed. “And if I remember from our last window encounter, you promised to return the favour,” he murmured as he reached out and removed the glass from Lenny’s hands. He put the whisky down on the table by the window then dipped his finger in the cool liquid. Brook’s finger came up, and he slid it across Lenny’s bottom lip, slowly. He thought he was going to shoot in his pants with the eroticism of that gesture. The whisky flavour burned into his lips and he slid his tongue out and sucked the finger caressing his mouth. Brook’s eyes widened in lust, the pupils expanding. His lips parted and Lenny wanted to thrust his tongue and his cock inside the hot, wet heat of that mouth.
“Let’s get this over with, shall we, because obviously neither of us can wait,” Brook whispered, as his tongue slid into Lenny’s ear. His hands slid under the red jacket, tugging the shirt from his trousers, and then caressing the heated skin beneath. “Otherwise we’ll not enjoy my wonderful Chicken Cacciatore that I slaved over all day. Let’s fuck first, talk later.”
Lenny agreed wholeheartedly. With a low moan, he mashed his mouth against Brook’s and took possession of it. Familiar and wanton in return, Brook’s questing tongue slid into Lenny’s mouth. The slippery sensation of that deliciously heated organ, currently on a quest to drive him crazy, took him back to those passion fuelled days when he and Brook had been together. The feel of strong fingers against Lenny’s skin and the heat of that body pressed against his – it was if they’d never been apart. Lenny wasn’t one for insta-love but insta-lust he could definitely understand.
“I’d forgotten how damn good you taste and feel,” Brook gasped as his hands fumbled with buttons, opening Lenny’s trousers. He cried out as Brook’s hand slid inside his silk boxers and slid fingers down his hardened and wet cock. “This – this is what I want, you inside me.”
That phrase made Lenny thrust his cock harder into the tight confines of Brook’s hand.
“You keep saying that and I won’t have anything to fuck you with because you’ll make me come,” he managed to get out. “Turn around, face the glass.” He didn’t wait for Brook to obey, simply spun him round hard and slammed him against the cold, silken wall. “You’d better hope this is one way glass, because otherwise your neighbours are going to see you being royally skewered this time.” Lenny kicked off his trousers and underwear, giving a sigh of relief as his cock sprung free.
Susan Mac Nicol is a self-confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. She is never happier than when sitting scribbling down words and making two men fall in love.
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.
Sue is a member of Romance Writers of America and Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. She lives in the quaint village of Bocking in Essex, set in the countryside and not far from the sea should she get the yen to eat crab or oysters on the Cromer Pier.