Lace-Covered Compromise (Crabbypatty’s review)

Title: Lace-Covered Compromise
Author: Silvia Violet
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 6, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 178
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Blurb:

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.


I really wanted to like this book. I mean, manties y’all! But sexy hot pink lacy boy shorts can only go so far in improving a story, and unfortunately Lace-Covered Compromise just did not work for me.

Under the terms of his father’s will, Adam Kingston is forced to share ownership of Kingston Corp. with Nate Thomas, who heads up the company’s Enviro division. Adam starts out as a total jerk in this enemies to lovers story … well, actually, he’s an asshole of epic proportions. Adam is a control freak and he’s not interested in compromise in any way, shape or form; Adam’s idea of managing the company along with Nate goes like this:

It was time he understood that it was my place to decide the direction this company would go. He’d simply have to get on board.

When Adams barges into Nate’s office, he surprises Nate stuffing some pink lace panties back into his gym bag. Adam is intrigued, but his first reaction is “It was always good to know someone’s secrets. Someone’s hot, dirty secret.” And after Adam basically stalks Nate (hacking into his phone) and finds him in a gay bar (“He was wearing a black tank top, jeans that were impossibly tight, and holy-fuck-me-now pink lipstick” with pink lace underneath), Adam threatens to out Nate: “I could tell the board about all this,” I said, gesturing to his outfit and around at the club.”

Given the way Adam behaves for most of the book, I personally needed an epic “come to Jesus” moment of redemption in order to care about him. Adam has

Spoiler
panic attacks. I realize this can be a debilitating condition, but apparently being with Nate cures Adam of his panic attacks, rather than delving into his issues via therapy.
Finally, I need to know something about characters in order to care about them. It’s almost as if Nate appeared from space; we know nothing about his family, friends, work history, very few personal quirks or qualities.

I loved, loved, loved Silvia Violet’s Thorne and Dash series and am looking forward to reading more from her, but Lace-Covered Compromise just did not click for me. 3 stars.


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My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

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