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A masterful exploration of sexual discovery from Jay

Mud & LaceMud & Lace by Jay Northcote

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There’s not many people do this type of sexual exploration and awakening quite as well as Jay does as far as I’m concerned.

He’s a master at not only handling the awkwardness of someone realising their sexuality isn’t what they’d always expected, but also at bringing in the inadvertent hurt that can come alongside someone exploring how they express gender as well.

With this one, there’s a double dose of confusion as each of the men in this pairing has some way to go in working out just what their emotions are telling them.

For Wicksy aka Simon, it’s knowing that underneath the sexy hot Lady Gogo is a man and coming to terms with the fact he loves the femininity of a drag queen but also the male bodily parts.

For Charlie it’s realising that exploring his feminine side doesn’t necessarily mean he wants to change his gender and become a woman.

Together the progression of their relationship starts as a hot and a little bit kinky hook up and moves into genuine feelings as Charlie’s feminine layers peel back more and Simon continues to be attracted to the person he finds underneath.

The sex in this starts off all kinky and dirty talk, which both men are turned on by, it’s not just Simon pretending he’s with a woman, but turns into a very much mutually loving connection.

Most of the angst comes from Simon working his way through his feelings about Charlie’s gender and how he deals with it felt relatable to me.

I loved both characters, they’re each full of awareness that they could be on the verge of something special and their relatively young ages (20 and 24) never actually came across as anything other than mature enough to know their own minds.

There’s great support from the other Rainbow Place cast and we get to meet journalist Quentin again, who I hope is going to be the subject of book five.

No sign of his significant other on the horizon though if it will be his romance next. This whole series is a delight though.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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