Title: Lace-Covered Compromise
Author: Silvia Violet
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 6th 2017
Page Count: 178
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Adam Kingston expects to inherit his father’s multinational conglomerate. When he finds out half of it went to Nate Thomas—an annoying man whose dreams for Kingston Corp.’s future clash with Adam’s need to stave off financial disaster—Adam is furious. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to wrest control of Kingston Corp. from Nate.
Nate may be soft-spoken, but he refuses to be swayed by Adam’s arrogant demands. When Nate accidentally drops a pair of his lacy panties in front of Adam, there’s no mistaking Adam’s interest. Nate hadn’t realized Adam was bisexual, but now that his secret is out, Nate is willing to use Adam’s lust against him if it means protecting the welfare of the company he loves.
For Adam and Nate, hatred and desire are closely linked. Their inability to compromise threatens the company and could expose their tightly held secrets. But as they work together to develop a plan to save Kingston Corp., they begin to realize there might be more to their relationship than anger and lust.
“He was wearing a black tank top, jeans that were impossibly tight, and holy-fuck-me-now pink lipstick.[…]The movement caused pink lace to peek above the waistband of his pants.”
“When I stepped out of the guest room, Nate was reclined on the couch wearing bright blue panties that were designed to hold his cock and balls in a little pouch of lace. They were obscene and I was hard in seconds. His lips were red this time.”
Ok, now that this is out of the way, let me count the reasons I really liked this book:
–The KINK! In case you didn’t notice, it was manties galore! And given the fact that the manties wearer was a bossy top…yeah gulp
–Enemies-to-lovers theme, done very well.
–Very intense! The back and forth, the chase, the tension…it’s right up my alley.
-I liked the writing. Adam’s voice was amazing, sometimes humorous and self-sarcastic, others intense and powerful.
–The resolution. I didn’t see that coming, but it was a nice surprise.
At first, I had a very hard time figuring Adam out. He acts like an asshole more often than not. He lacks boundaries but he is also unable to open up to others. At the same time, Adam is vulnerable and insecure, and has been dealing with anxiety issues that have gotten worse since his father died. He’s socially awkward to the point I wanted to hug him and slap him at the same time.
BUT. Towards the end of the book, Adam explains and Nate listens. And we get to understand why Adam is the way he is, and how the threat of an anxiety attack can screw things up for him. There is no magic penis in this book. By the end of this story, Adam’s issues don’t magically disappear, but now he has an ally by his side. A partner that can work with him and make things a little bit better.
“This isn’t too much for me. You’re not too much for me”
I do think, though, that both characters needed some more background. We know about Adam’s daddy issues but it’s kind of vague. As for Nate, we never get his POV or learn something about his past and upbringing; it’s like he exists in a vacuum.
But these niggles were pretty small considering how much I enjoyed the book. In the grand scheme of things, this was a winner for me, and one of the best manties stories I ‘ve read.
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