Title: Lace (Material World #1)
Author: K.C. Wells
Publisher: Island Tales Press
Release Date: May 17th 2017
Genre(s): Bisexual Romance
Page Count: 24,460 words
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
When Shawn’s best mate Dave breaks up with his girlfriend, Shawn tries not to get his hopes up. After all, Dave’s still straight, right? Wrong. Dave reveals he’s bisexual, and that pounding you hear is Shawn’s heart. He’s loved Dave for so long, but he’s not about to jeopardize their friendship by telling Dave how he really feels.
But when Dave discovers Shawn’s little kink, it opens up a whole new chapter for the two friends. Except Shawn can’t help but worry – if there was no kink, would Dave be there? And is Shawn brave enough to find out?
A standalone short story of lust, lace – and love…
It all begins when Shawn’s best friend, Dave, drops a bomb and reveals his bisexuality.
“Since when do you flirt with guys?” No response. “Dave? Since when does a straight guy flirt with another man?”
Dave raised his head and peered at him through his eyelashes. “Since he discovered that he’s not totally straight, but bi?”
When Dave discovers Shawn’s kink – his love of wearing men’s lingerie – it kick starts a sexual relationship between the two.
“I mean, what’s wrong with wearing something silky and soft? Why should women be the only ones allowed to wear pretty, sensual things under their clothes? And that’s a big part of it too. Knowing it’s under there where no one else can see it? It feels forbidden and makes me feel naughty, not to mention sexy as hell.”
Not going to lie, the sex is hot. I have a serious love of men who love manties. It’s definitely something that gets my engine revving.
Unfortunately, the seriously hot manties action is bookended by truly terrible miscommunication. It is also a completely predictable story arc. It’s been done a thousand times. Seriously there’s nothing new here, even down to where it looks like the relationship is totally about to tank until a third party talks some sense into one of the MCs.
“Bloody typical. Why is it that as a species, men are crap at communication? We never say what’s on our minds, and it leads to all kinds of problems. So do yourself a favour, and go see that mate—that boyfriend, I should say—of yours, and sort this out…”
Bloody typical is right. This was utterly frustrating for me to read.
One, I didn’t understand how best friends could be so off page with one another. Two, I really didn’t understand Dave’s hesitance to talk about his bisexuality with Shawn given Shawn is out and proud. Third, I was really taken aback by Dave divulging private information about Shawn to someone else. Seriously, who does that?
Novellas require a lot of information in a little bit of time, and I didn’t feel this played out well. I’m sure I’ll be in the minority with this, but considering the limited amount of page time, I would have preferred a friends-to-lovers with more communication and relationship building.