Thursday, April 25, 2019

RELEASE BLITZ - Mud & Lace (Rainbow Place #4) by Jay Northcote

Length: 240 pages

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Rainbow Place Series

Book #1 - Rainbow Place - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #2 - Safe Place - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #3 - Better Place - Amazon US | Amazon UK


When Wicksy falls for drag queen Charlie, they discover that both sexuality and gender can be fluid.

Simon Wicks—Wicksy to his rugby teammates—has only ever been interested in women. But when he sets eyes on Lady Gogo, a drag queen who performs at Rainbow Place, he can’t stop thinking about her. He knows there’s a guy behind the fishnets and make-up, but he’s ready to explore his fantasies, and Lady Gogo is game for making them come true.

Charlie adores performing in drag. It allows him to indulge in his love of cross-dressing while earning some extra cash. Fooling around with a mostly straight guy in secret seems like a fun diversion, and gives him the chance to explore his feminine side. He feels safe wearing the mask of his confident alter ego, because the real Charlie is hidden from view.

When Wicksy sees more of the guy behind the make-up and glitter, his attraction to Charlie persists, and he realises he’s bisexual. In turn, Charlie begins to understand and accept his gender fluidity. As their mutual journey of self-discovery brings them closer, the secrecy becomes increasingly hard to deal with. If they’re going to have a future together, they both need to find the courage to show people who they really are.

Although this book is part of a linked series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Damn! I love Jay Northcote's Mud & Lace, the fourth book in his Rainbow Place series. With all the charm we've come to expect from Jay Northcote, this one explores some fantastic themes.

Simon can't help falling for Lady Gogo, the drag queen. As Simon's never been attracted to a guy, he's confused by this attraction. And then he gets to know the man behind the makeup and Charlie is more than he ever expected. What follows is a beautiful exploration of Charlie's gender identity, as well as Simon's exploration of his feelings for a man.

I found Simon and Charlie to be a fantastic couple. Even more, though, I love what they are able to do for each other, and how they help one another understand themselves better.

Their self explorations are wonderfully developed and dealt with in a fantastic manner. Both realistic and knowledgeable, these aspects are written with care, tact, and heart. Both these men have a lot of self discovery to do and it's a splendid journey for the reader. 

Their romance is one of secrets, deception, and hiding. It's about revelations and acceptance. And it's beautiful.

Mud & Lace is a stellar addition to Jay Northcote's Rainbow Place series. If you're a fan of Jay's work, pick this one up immediately!

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

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