Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ARC REVIEW: Cross to Bare (Men of London #5) by Susan Mac Nicol #MM #LGBT #Romance

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance, part of the Men of London Series
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher:  Boroughs Publishing Group
Length: 197 pages

Description: 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.


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.

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Cross to Bare is a fun inside view of the fashion industry and into the life of a cross-dresser.
I really enjoyed the Lenny/Laverne character. Lenny is a very strong character, who is very clear about who he is—a man—and who he wants to be—a man. He is a cross-dresser, not a transgender woman. Throughout the book, the author drives this point home, and I came out of the reading with a much better understanding of why a man might choose to cross dress.

The very conservative Brook is, of course, the perfect foil to Lenny. LOL. It was fun to watch Brook overcome his own prejudices and insecurities as he gradually opened himself up to the fantabulousness that is Laverne.

We accompany both heroes in their work environments, when they are out with friends, as well as when they are alone together. This allows us to see different facets of their personalities, and how they each adapt to the differences in the other in these different scenarios. The dialogue is witty and often very funny. Oh, and the sex scenes are pretty hot too!

The secondary characters, all fun and unique, bring a lot to the depth of the story. It is always a joy to see more of the quirkily endearing Leslie, Laverne’s hilarious and out-spoken assistant.
Cross to Bare also reveals more about Ryan and Mango’s story. Dare I hope they will be featured next?

OUR RATING: 4 stars!

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