Title: Cross to Bare
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher:Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: November 10th 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary, Crossdressing
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
TWO OF A KIND
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.
I went back and forth with my rating. Although there were parts of the story I absolutely loved, for the most part of it, it was just ok for me.
I adored Lenny and his alter ego, Laverne. The cross-dressing theme was very well-done, same as in Leslie’s book. Leslie was amazing in this story too; I loved every scene he was part of. Brook on the other hand, felt a little blunt as a character.
Had there been a little more tension or some kind of conflict, I would have liked it more. Also, when the story starts after the MCs have met, I always feel like I ‘ve missed something.
There were funny moments (especially when Leslie was in them) and pretty steamy scenes.