Lace, by K.C. Wells & Meredith Russell
Publisher: Island Tales Press
Release Date: May 17, 2017
When Shawn’s best mate Dave breaks up with his girlfriend, Shawn tries not to get his hopes up. After all, Dave’s still straight, right? Wrong. Dave reveals he’s bisexual, and that pounding you hear is Shawn’s heart. He’s loved Dave for so long, but he’s not about to jeopardize their friendship by telling Dave how he really feels.
But when Dave discovers Shawn’s little kink, it opens up a whole new chapter for the two friends. Except Shawn can’t help but worry – if there was no kink, would Dave be there? And is Shawn brave enough to find out?
A standalone short story of lust, lace – and love….
Friends to Lovers
Review contains spoilers
So I basically picked this book up, as many people will, for the cover. As far as covers go it’s phenomenal. If you’ve followed me at all you know I am a huge fan of men who dress in lingerie. While I thought the overall story was ok… the lingerie aspect of it ended up being infuriating.
When the story starts Shawn is told by his best friend, Dave, (someone who he’s harbored a long standing infatuation with), that his most recent break-up was due to Dave realizing he was bisexual. Dave’s bisexuality… *deep sigh*. I felt the two could have discussed it in a more adult way. Dave had feelings for Shawn and through a series of miscommunications and not well-thought-out experiences, the two do embark on a romantic relationship. BUT I had my issues:
- I do think while Dave repeatedly said he was bi… there is this part of the book where he internally is thinking that while he’s had some attraction to other men he would have never acted on it with anyone but Shawn. Obviously sexuality works differently for everyone and we are only being given a brief snapshot of a character at a particular point in time… but that kind of rubbed me as trying to err on the side of “gay for you”.
- In the beginning of the book Shawn’s mother attempts, for the second time, to play match-maker. Unfortunately she doesn’t seem to understand Shawn is actually un-attracted to gay men who he deems “traditionally gay”… you know, hairdressers or overly effeminate men. I found the whole thing… unfortunate. He ends up treating his mother’s guest & hairdresser really badly. There’s no right or wrong way to be queer… and Shawn came off judgey, which, once I found out he was the one with the lingerie kink, I was like WTF.
- Shawn & his lingerie… while it started out well, it ended on a note that made me uncomfortable. Dave happens upon Shawn’s lingerie by accident. Shawn initially says in the book he has never worn it for another lover, and it’s the catalyst for the two embarking on a sexual relationship. Dave asks Shawn to wear it for him. It ends up being the primary reason Shawn isn’t sure if Dave is sexually attracted to Shawn, or more into the kinkiness of Shawn wearing lingerie. The whole angst around it ruined it for me, I’ll be honest. I initially liked that each of them was sharing something with the other one that they hadn’t shared with anyone else. Dave was experiencing sex with a man for the first time with Shawn, and Shawn was able to share his love of lingerie for the first time with Dave. Something that should have been bonding ended up turning sour.
- Communication… Dave and Shawn do not communicate well with each other. BUT there was something in the book that takes place that to me was unforgivable. As previously mentioned, Shawn has NEVER, EVER shared his lingerie-wearing with anyone before Dave. He talks about how he’s only ever worn it for himself. It’s made him feel powerful and sexy… for himself. He’s told no one before Dave.
Dave, in turn, during their fight, TELLS SOMEONE ELSE. A random guy from the gym who happens to know them both. I found that to be a huge deal breaker with me. When someone shares a part of themselves with you, it is not for you to share with others. Book ruined… Even more so because when the book ends Shawn has NO FREAKING IDEA that Dave has, without his permission or knowledge, told someone else.
But listen… you read the book.
K.C. Wells started writing in 2012, although the idea of writing a novel had been in her head since she was a child. But after reading that first gay romance in 2009, she was hooked.
She now writes full time, and the line of men in her head, clamouring to tell their story, is getting longer and longer. If the frequent visits by plot bunnies are anything to go by, that’s not about to change anytime soon.
Meredith Russell lives in the heart of England. An avid fan of many story genres, she enjoys nothing less than a happy ending. She believes in heroes and romance and strives to reflect this in her writing. Sharing her imagination and passion for stories and characters is a dream Meredith is excited to turn into reality.
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