Title: Kissing Joan Collins
Author: Lex Valentine
Cover Artist: Winterheart Design
Publisher: MLR Press
Buy link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: novella/66 PDF pages/21K words
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Review Summary: An enticing, fun and thoroughly delightful romance that will make you fall in love with the characters.
Gay suspense author Logan Moore fell in love with the most perfect gay man ever during his freshman year in college. But his roommate and best friend Chase Courtland never showed an interest in him. Twelve years and a handful of failed relationships later, Logan acknowledges that he still loves Chase. When Chase puts on a designer dress, four-inch heels and a wig and transforms himself into Joan Collins for a Valentine’s Day masquerade party, Logan’s libido rockets out of control. One look at Chase’s perfect ass in the skin tight dress and Logan is ready to drag him off to bed. But can two best friends bridge the gap of a dozen years of denial and build a life together after one amazing night of revelations, confessions and love?
Every time I read a new book by Lex Valentine I fall more in love with her writing, which is something that doesn’t happen often for me with any author, mainstream or M/M. I think I have reviewed all of her M/M books on this site and that’s because she’s cunning and sneaky and sends them to me, knowing full well that I can’t resist. 🙂 Kissing Joan Collins is an emotional romance that you probably won’t be able to resist either, after you read my review.
Logan was soured on Valentine’s Day because that was the day his ex Marc had dumped him 2 years ago, stole his furniture and all the money in their joint bank account. He found out later that the scumbag also cheated on him with a gay soap star whenever he went to L.A. to audition for acting roles. Just before Valentine’s, while out for lunch his brother Jeremy informed him that his best friend Chase had been trying to contact him to tell him he was coming back to San Diego for two weeks and would be staying at his place. Logan was apprehensive about the visit because he had crushed on Chase since they roomed together in college and he didn’t know if he would be able to hide his feelings during his stay, but he was also deliriously happy to be with the man he loved.
To Chase, Logan had always been his one and only but he never told his friend who was too dense to notice. Logan had also never told Chase about his feelings because he felt Chase was out of his league so he protected himself by having affairs with other men. Chase kept being disappointed by Logan who moved from one bad relationship to another with men who could never love him like he did. He became so frustrated with Logan’s pattern of dating cheaters and losers over the years that when he was offered a promotion in Vegas he moved there because it seemed that Logan would never see him as the love of his life. However, after a year away from Logan Chase couldn’t bear it so he decided to come back and pull out all the stops on a last ditch effort to win him. He was determined to do whatever it took to make that happen, even if it meant stepping out of his comfort zone, and he was aided and abetted in his campaign to win his man by Logan’s sister Julia who threw a Valentine’s Day Masquerade party to help move the romance along.
Chase decided that they would go as a couple from the old TV series Dynasty – Joan Collins channeling Alexis Carrington and John Forsythe as her escort. When Logan saw Chase in full regalia he couldn’t get over how sexy he looked in a dress and he knew there was no going back. Chase laid claim to Logan at the party and everyone knew that they were both off the market.. As if the evening weren’t magical enough, when they went home there was a wonderful surprise waiting for Logan which made him realize how very much Chase loved him and meant to keep him.
Kissing Joan Collins was a true romance with two characters who were so into each other it was as if the outside world didn’t exist. It had taken Chase so long to win his man that he wasn’t about to let Logan go and they were both committed to working out any issues that would stand in the way of their happiness.
The love was evocative, incredibly passionate and so tender at times that I became emotional, and it takes a lot for that to happen. The characters laid their feelings bare that night with nothing held back – the good, the bad and the ugly. As expected, the sex was explosive after 12 years as they burst into flames because they couldn’t contain their lust for each other, but what moved me was the caring – this wasn’t just sex, it was making love. The emotions between Logan and Chase were palpable and felt real and the love between them, while bright and shiny, was like something tangible that had stood the test of time. This author has the ability to make me live in her characters’ world, experiencing their feelings, highs and lows, and their absolute trust in each other came through loud and clear. I love her prose and here’s one example
The kiss held a tenderness Logan had never known before, a sweet, innocent wash of crystal clear emotion, adoration at its ultimate peak. Chase’s mouth revered his, the kiss filled with a wealth of love, devotion and commitment.
Kissing Joan Collins was funny as well, with some great lines, and I loved this one which showed how possessive Chase was of Logan: “If you were a tree I would have peed on you.” 🙂 Logan’s foul mouthed, formidable, kick-ass sister Julia rocked – she was a breath of fresh air, and she took no prisoners. I have always admired the female characters in this author’s books because they are strong, opinionated women without being bitches, which is a skill that not a lot of authors can emulate.
What I look for in any book especially a romance is believability and Lex Valentine delivered. The characters were so well drawn I had no difficulty imagining them as real people.
Now I’m off to re-read Kissing Joan Collins.