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.
I was anxiously looking forward to this story. I know, I know…that doesn’t sound right. But here’s the thing, I’ve struggled with this series so far and I really really wanted to shake my JN funk. I’m not exactly sure what happened but I lost my normal groove with the previous couples in this series and was feeling down and out about it. Despite that, I had high hopes for Wicksy and Lady Gogo and was extremely pleased that I’ve found my way again…I adored it. Granted there were parts when I started to narrow my eyes and huff with displeasure but the characters read my mind and literally spoke what I was thinking. My ‘oh no, don’t you dare think you’re going to get away with that!’ was echoed on the pages and I was thrilled to be in sync again. *happy dance* I got them, I ached for them, and I rejoiced with them! What a glorious feeling. Both Simon and Charlie venture down rocky paths but find solid ground with a sense of place and a sense of peace in each other’s arms. Mud & Lace is a beautiful pursuit of happiness and celebration of revelations.
You are who you are, but we are not always in a position to see every facet of ourselves. Life is about change & growth and best lived when we stop fighting the inevitable. You may not see a piece of yourself for decades and there is nothing wrong with that. Life is not static and our bodies are far from it. It only seems natural that we understand our intricacies on a deeper level as we progress further along on our journey. Simon believed he was heterosexual and although he has no qualms with his queer friends, he never envisioned himself living any differently. That is until a certain someone caught his attention. The regular drag queen performing at Rainbow Place sends his body into overdrive. He’s very aware that in this case, the vision that has entranced him is a masquerade. But Lady Gogo is not a person of deception but of truth. Dressing in drag grants Charlie freedom and he gives himself permission to let go of all expectations, including his own, and just be. He finds his salvation in a pair of stilettos and long lashes. It was a delicate dance and I was captivated from the beginning.
It wasn’t only Simon and Charlie that swept me off my feet but their story gripped me. I was nervous, excited, and relieved. I enjoyed watching Charlie as his personal journey transpired. The confidence Lady Gogo boasted slowly found its way to their everyday mirror. He questioned himself and found the answers he was searching for. Embracing a flexible frame of mind unlocked self-acceptance. Simon’s quest held a bit more frustrations but at least I wasn’t alone. Cam, Alex and even his family helped him along the way. Through it all, it felt authentic. Each individual journey belongs to one person and one person alone. Above all, that sentiment rang loud and true. As much as I loved Simon, Charlie, and Lady Gogo, I was totally smitten with the moms. Top it off with a pair of amazing best mates and this cast was stellar. I’m so grateful I kept swimming with this series, it would have been unfortunate if I’d miss this one. Oh! I must also express how chuffed this dental professional was when Charlie opted not to request to “borrow” Simon’s toothbrush. Eek! Finger, flannel, rinse, ANYthing other than sharing makes me a happy hygienist!
A wayward journey with dirty talk, covert hookups, and a rewarding reveal.
If you are looking for a wonderful story of sexual awakening and sexual liberation, look no further, this is it.
TITLE: Mud & Lace (Rainbow Place #4)
AUTHOR: Jay Northcote
PUBLISHER: Jaybird Press
LENGTH: 226 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2019
BUY LINKS: Amazon