Review by Rafa: Plaid Versus Paisley, by K.C. Burn

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Plaid Versus Paisley, by K.C. Burn
Series: Fabric Hearts, Book 2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 12, 2016

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars


Two years after his life fell apart, Will Dawson moved to Florida to start over. His job in the tech department of Idyll Fling, a gay porn studio, is ideal for him. When his boss forces him to take on a new hire, the last person he expects is Dallas Greene—the man who cost him his job and his boyfriend back in Connecticut. He doesn’t know what’s on Dallas’s agenda, but he won’t be blindsided by a wolf masquerading as a runway model. Not again.

Dallas might have thrown himself on his brother’s mercy, but his skills are needed at Idyll Fling. Working with Will is a bonus, since Dallas has never forgotten the man. A good working relationship is only the beginning of what Dallas wants with Will.

But Dallas doesn’t realize how deep Will’s distrust runs, and Will doesn’t know that the man he’s torn between loving and hating is the boss’s brother. When all truths are revealed, how can a relationship built on lies still stand?


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Enemies to Lovers
Coming Out
Secret Relationship

Plaid Versus Paisley proved to be a satisfying, worthwhile read, but it took a while for the meat and bones of the story to kick in. Nearly half the book was spent setting the scene and laying out the backstory for Will and Dallas, but it actually ended up raising more questions for me than filling in any gaps. Sure, some of my confusion on minor stuff could easily be attributed to skipping book one of the series, but for the most part, I was left wondering if I’d somehow missed pertinent details about Dallas and Will’s history.

Right off the bat I wanted to sympathize with the high-strung and frail Dallas, who’d obviously been through multiple levels of hell prior to the start of the book. However, I could only grasp bits and pieces of what he’d gone through, and the details that were offered simply raised more questions. And then there was paranoid and overworked Will, who for a good portion of the book struck me as rude (at best) and highly unbalanced (at worst) due to the incredible amount of vitriol he held towards Dallas. In other words, I didn’t get their attraction – at first.

Their early work environment was not just tense in a hot, UST sort of way – it was downright hostile.  Sure, it’s meant to be an enemies-to-lovers tale, but their every interaction left me seriously cringing and I couldn’t understand why on earth they were attracted to each other when there was so much baggage and secrets between them. So when the dam finally broke, I was as surprised as anybody that it was hot as hell and all of a sudden I was fully on board. Yeah. I’m such a sucker for this trope.

From that point on the book came together quite nicely, and thankfully, the overall vibe went from awkward and angsty to sweet and sexy. Will and Dallas had a lot of baggage to unpack to get their happy ending but unpack it they did, and sure, I had to suspend disbelief at times but overall I was pretty content with the way the book ended. Mostly, I was just happy for them – they were both completely miserable at the start of the book and secretly pining for each other (go figure), so they were definitely due some happy times.

I had read the author’s Toronto Tales series a while back and enjoyed it immensely, and this Fabric Hearts series – set in a gay porn studio, hullo! – was a definite departure from that (but not in a bad way). The porn studio setting was fun, positive and sleaze-free (bonus!), and there was an abundance of interesting side characters both within and outside of work. I doubt I’ll pick up book one in the series which features Will’s best friend and former porn star Raven, but I will definitely be on the lookout for one particular character, Jaime’s story in the future because reasons.


I’ve been writing for what feels like my whole life. I’m a sucker for a happy ending (get your mind out of the gutters!) so it’s been romance almost all the way. After moving from Toronto to Florida for my hubby to take a dream job, I discovered a love of gay romance and fulfilled my own dream — getting published. After a few years of editing web content by day and at night, neglecting my supportive hubby and needy cat to write about men loving men, I was uprooted yet again, and now reside in California.

Writing is always fun, despite the hard work, but writing about my guys is more fun than I’ve had in a long time. Love between consenting adults is a beautiful thing, and should be celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation. I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I love writing them.


You can purchase Plaid versus Paisley at:
Dreamspinner Press

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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