Gabbi Reviews: Dragged to the Altar by Clancy Nacht

Title: Viva, Book 2: Dragged to the Altar

Author: Clancy Nacht

Publisher: Loose Id.

Pages: 214

Characters: Hank, Lindsey

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series

Kisses: 4.5

 

Blurb:

Hank and Lindsey return in a sequel to No Tea, No Shade. Hank, ex-football player turned drag bar club Viva! owner and bouncer, dreams of a huge, heteronormative white wedding with all the trimmings. His fiancé, drag star Lindsey, aka Miss Anne Thrope, dreams of renovating Viva! with a larger stage. Or, at the very least, not to get sucked into planning an over-budget wedding for his groomzilla.

All plans are dropped when Hank finds out that Lindsey’s dad had an affair with Hank’s mom, which resulted in Hank’s now half-brother Lance. Will sins of the father poison Hank’s future with Lindsey?

Review:

It is no secret that I’m a fan of Clancy Nacht’s books. Give me a book written or co-authored by her and I’m a happy reader for hours on end. When I found out that she continued Hank and Lindsey’s story from No Tea, No Shade, I immediately knew I had to read it because I love this couple, and I couldn’t wait to read more about them.

I’m pleased to say that I really enjoyed this book. Lindsey and Hank are up to their usual angst and drama and I adored every minute of it! Lindsey and Hank’s lives aren’t boring *at all* and the secrets and commotion their family causes them is enough to drive a saint to sin. Lindsey and Hank’s parents were definitely naughty in their younger days, and because of it, the two heroes have been put into several unique positions.

Here’s the thing, I realize this story might not be for everyone, but I love the almost soap opera snark and over-the-top situations these two men seem to always find themselves in. And, despite all the odds, Hank and Lindsey love each other and are clearly meant to be together. Do they always do or say the right thing? No. But, it’s because of their fears and flaws that make these two men likable heroes to me. Were there times that I wanted to shake some sense into both of them? Yes. But, they are no different than we are. They make mistakes, and sometimes don’t truly think things out before they act, but I simply adore them. In my opinion, they are two halves of one whole and I adore the banter, humor and true love and devotion they share between them.

Dragged to the Altar is an addictive continuation of Hank and Lindsey’s lives. I enjoyed the many twists and turns this novel has and loved the heated chemistry these two men share between them.

Dragged to the Altar is the second book *and hopefully not the last* in the Viva! series. In my opinion, this book should not be a stand-alone read. To fully understand the dynamics between these two men AND of the secondary characters and their backstory, I highly recommend reading the first book, No Tea, No Shade. I know I fell in love with these two men and have enjoyed the crazy journey of their lives.

Highly Recommended!

The Viva! series in book order are:

No Tea, No Shade

Dragged to the Altar

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Boyfriend Goals by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid


Title: Boyfriend Goals
Author: Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Loose Id. LLC
Pages: 178
Characters: Trev, Lee
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

What happens when a nerd and a jock pretend to be dating for the summer? Social justice whiz Trev needs to convince his parents that his bisexuality isn’t a phase, and swim team star Lee needs somewhere to stay until the new semester starts. Forced together for three months at a Vermont lake house with Trev’s family, the boys influence each other in unexpected ways, and despite their differences, a real bond begins to form. What will it take for a fake odd couple to become a real one?

Review:

Boyfriend Goals by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid is a well-written, coming of age story that really resonated with me as a reader.

One the of the first things that struck me as I read this story was the intense attraction these two young men feel for one another. I enjoyed the heated chemistry they shared between them and as they got to know one another, I also enjoyed the friendship the heroes formed between them.

There relationship begins on a lie. Trev is determined to make his parents take his sexuality seriously and it’s because of that, he enlists Lee’s help to show them that not only is he gay, he is capable of having a successful relationship, despite his parents misgivings. Though Lee claims he is heterosexual, his flirtatious personality, confuses Trev. Plus, Lee has an easy going personality and his willingness to pretend he is Trev’s boyfriend with ease keeps Trev on his toes throughout the story.

First, I would like to point out that this is not a gay for you story. Both men are coming to terms with their sexual side and they have to face the reality that things are not always what it seems. Though their relationship begins with a lie, the truth of how they feel about one another becomes the heart of the book.

This coming to age story is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. I loved how Trev and Lee really work hard at being true to themselves, and I highly enjoyed the way they learn to communicate with each other. The transition from strangers to friends to lovers was a beautiful thing to read and I loved every minute of it.

Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid are one of my favorite writing teams. Each of their stories have strong heroes, interesting story-lines and their stories are always well-written and so addictive to read. Their characters are so easy to fall in love with and I enjoy the hours of escapism these authors stories give me.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Effing Gorgeous by Clancy Nacht


Title: Effing Gorgeous
Author: Clancy Nacht
Publisher: Eine Kleine Press
Pages: 67
Characters: Chris, Jason
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Nerdy Texas boy Chris finds himself recruited as a model all the way to New York City where he meets the outrageously flamboyant male model Jason who surprisingly takes a shine to him.

Following a night of sex and hotel room thievery, Chris is thrilled and overwhelmed. Sebastian, Chris’s dubious mentor and enemy of Jason says just enough to give Chris doubts. After all, why would such an amazing man like Jason be interested in someone like Chris?

Will Chris figure out who to trust in the glamorous and fake world of New York fashion?

Review:

Effing Gorgeous
by Clancy Nacht is a fun, sexy and very enjoyable short story. Ms. Nacht has a true knack at writing unique and sexy characters that live and breathe off of the written page.

What I really liked about this book is that things aren’t always as they seem. At first glance, Jason seems like a shallow, inconsiderate jerk…but in all honesty, even when Jason is at his snarkiest, I couldn’t help but like him. When Chris meets him, his is overwhelmed by Jason’s over the top personality but charmed by the shy and even vulnerable man Chris sees deep inside.

Chris knows he’s a little naïve and when a supposed trusted mentor tells him that Jason is no good, this confuses him and leads him to do something hurtful toward Jason. When Chris finds out that he’s been deliberately mislead, he sets out to win Jason over…no matter what.

I truly enjoyed the banter these two men had between them. I also loved Jason and his colorful personality and could easily see why Chris was so easily charmed by him. I thought the two men fit well together and loved how they truly opened up emotionally to one another. I loved the ending, but wish it hadn’t been so glossed over.

Effing Gorgeous
is a feel good, sexy read that would be a perfect read on a lazy day.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid

Title: Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars
Author: Clancy Nacht, Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 133
Characters: Wyatt Parker, Tully Randolph
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Wyatt Parker has a good life—he owns his own construction company, his own house, and he eats home-cooked meals every day. But cooking for one while watching the foodie network is more than lonely. When he learns about an upcoming reality show centered on becoming the personal chef for his favorite rock star, Wyatt leaps at the chance to audition.

Tully Randolph is the drummer for the band Unusual Potatoes. With a chef for a mom, love of good food runs in the family. When he’s asked to host a cooking competition, he’s all in—especially after he meets Wyatt, who is just the kind of big, hairy guy who gets Tully’s juices flowing. With a heart as big as he is, Wyatt wows Tully with his skills in the kitchen… and in the bedroom.

But if their relationship is found out, Wyatt could be drummed out of the competition—and out of Tully’s life. All the ingredients for a happy future are in front of them, and they just need to figure out how to bring everything together.

Review:

Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid is a sexy romp of a romance from start to finish! I love this writing team and I shamelessly admit they are on my automatic buy/read list.

Why do I love their books? I love them because of the splash of humor, the interesting well-written and unique heroes and their stories always have a romantic sexy storyline that I always enjoy.

At first glance, you wouldn’t believe these heroes would belong together. Tully is a famous drummer of the rock band, Unusual Potatoes whereas Wyatt owns a construction company who is a big bear of a man who loves to cook. Sparks fly when they meet, but their attraction is forbidden since Tully is judging a new cooking reality show where the winner will cook for his band for their upcoming tour dates. But, as Tully continues to eat Wyatt’s delicious food and he begins to see the warm and wonderful man Wyatt truly is, he can’t help but be drawn to him.

Since Unusual Potatoes’ first album, Wyatt has been a huge fan of Tully’s band. He’s a little bit star-struck by Tully, but quickly begins to realize that there is more to Tully than a pretty face with a rocking talent. Each time he’s around Tully, Wyatt has to suppress the urge to befriend him, comfort him and take care of him. Inside Tully’s smile, Wyatt quickly sees the loneliness and kindness that the drummer tries to hide but Wyatt is immediately drawn too. When Tully begins to show Wyatt that he is interested, the big man is both surprised and thrilled that he’s captured the rock star’s attention…even if it’s just for the few weeks they are taping the show.

Tully has always been attracted to bigger men. Having just lost his mother, he is lonely and longs for the home-cooked meals his mother so lovingly fixed for him. When he meets Wyatt, for the first time since before his mother’s death does Tully feel loved and appreciated again.

I loved this book! I thought the relationship between the two men was a beautiful thing to watch develop and I quickly became emotionally invested to the both of them. In the end, I believed these men belonged together and I could not wait to see how everything turns out in the end.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Sentimental Sunday – I’ll Be Your Man by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid

If you follow my reviews you know that I make it no secret that if I’m totally in love with a book, I will read it again and again. I know there are some of you who probably don’t do this and I respect your decision not to do so, after all, there are so many great books you haven’t read yet…so why read the same book over and over again?

I get it…I really do. It’s no surprise that I have a lot of books to read and review and I love every minute I spend doing it, but I am also very guilty of just wanting to revisit old friends and enjoy the story they have to tell all over again.

I guess I’ve always been sentimental and if something means a lot to me or if a book really moves me in some way, I’m going to remember it and want to revisit the characters soon by reading their story over.

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this. The other day as I was re-reading one of my favorites I began to wonder if other people are like me and I also wondered why they do this too. What made that book so special that they had to reread it again?

I thought I would periodically share some of my all-time favorites and explain WHY they are my favorites. These thoughts are certainly not reviews…they are just the endless ramblings of an avid reader who likes to share her thoughts on books she loves.

Also, I began to wonder if you guys would like to share your own thoughts on your favorites. If you do, please feel free to send me an email at top2bottomreviews@gmail.com and tell us why a certain book is your favorite and why you read feel compelled to read it more than once. I’d be glad to put it on here and share it with our readers. After all, we are among friends, right? I plan on publishing these posts on Sundays and calling it our Sentimental Sunday posts.

Last year we lost my brother-in-law in a tragic accident. This devastated all of us and in all honesty, I couldn’t function like I once did. Just the thought of picking up a new book and trying to read it got me anxious, but I love to read and I found myself reading my favorite books over and over again. Revisiting these characters gave me comfort, just like old friends do. This went on for me for several months. Finally, I was able to get back into the swing of things, but I honestly believe that re-reading my favorites kept me going and brought me out of the dark place I had landed myself in.

I have many books that are favorites of mine. They are often favorites for many different reasons. I’ll share them all with you, but I thought I’d start with this one. I read this book many times during my darker days. It always brings a smile to my face.

I’ll Be Your Man by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid

I love this writing team. Their characters always have such a heated chemistry between them, that they really resonate with me as a reader. This is one of my favorites for two reasons… One, I absolutely loved both men. Both Richard and Paul were so realistically written to me, I could easily envision them as I read the book. I loved the friendship and respect they have together and OMG…the sexual chemistry between them makes me want to break out in a sweat!!

The second reason I love this book is it has one of my favorite themes: Older man, younger man…yep…I love the May/December romances and I’ll Be Your Man is one of my all-time favorites within this genre.
This book comforts me when I feel down. It always brings a smile to my face and reminds me of why I love to read romances and why it’s never too late to find true love.

If you are interested in this book…click here to check it out.

Thanks for allowing me to share one of my favorites with you. Have a very happy Sunday!!

BLURB:

Richard Lynch is a 50-something executive with an ex-wife he’s still hung up on and a son in grad school who only calls when he wants something. In his professional life, Richard’s successful and in control, but his personal life consists of little more than sitting down in front of the television set at seven and being in bed by nine.

Then he meets his son Kyle’s best friend and roommate, Paul Watkins, the handsome gay son of a former rockstar. Richard’s bland, predictable world is thrown into chaos by Paul’s sweetly determined pursuit of him. To some Richard’s new lease on life seems like a mid-life crisis and Paul’s infatuation seems motivated by daddy issues, but to Richard, Paul is his chance to explore a part of himself he’s kept buried all his life. With friends, family, and their pasts threatening to keep them apart, what will it take for each to become the other’s man?

The WASPs by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid


Title: The WASPs
Author: Clancy Nacht, Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Eine Kleine Press
Pages: 160
Characters: Blake Brooks, Tyrone Edwards
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5



Blurb:

Blake Brooks’s life is not going as planned. His wife kicked him out to move the nanny in, and his father disinherited him. The only haven he has left is his old boarding school buddy, Tyrone Edwards. It turns out Tyrone has a room all ready, clothes picked out, and and a place in his life reserved for Blake and his daughter Bitsy, whom they both adore.

Tyrone has always played it straight, even in boarding school when everyone was experimenting. Now he’s giving Blake mixed messages: affection and teasing one minute, fobbing Blake off on a gay co-worker the next. Is Blake succumbing to wishful thinking, or has Tyrone been holding out for Blake?

Review:

Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid is one of my favorite writing teams. They write characters with strong personalities and interesting quirks that make them flawed, likeable men. There is also something very special about their writing style that I really enjoy. Their stories are always fast-paced, humor filled and extremely sexy.

One of the reasons why I loved this book is: there is an undeniable emotional and physical connection between the two heroes. The physical chemistry between them is sizzling hot, but yet, there is also a very tender side to their relationship that really jumped out at me.

Blake is a tad bit spoiled…okay he’s really spoiled *and a little bratty*. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he’s pretty much had every material thing he’s ever wanted in life. Unfortunately for him, the one person he’s wanted most, his best friend Tyrone, is straight. Over the years, Blake has done things *some not so well-thought out* to get over the love and attraction he has for Tyrone, but as always, when things go wrong in his life, it is Tyrone he needs and reaches out to.

Tyrone has a big heart and has always been there for Blake anytime he needs him. He works hard, is responsible, but has never had a serious relationship with another person. The only meaningful relationship he has at all is with Blake. He is a true friend and an all-around nice guy.

I loved the devotion these two men had for each other. Even though it was obvious to me what was going on in Tyrone’s head and heart, Blake is oblivious to his best friend’s feelings. Sometimes we are just too close to a situation to really see what’s standing in front of us, you know? There were times I wanted to shake both men and tell them to stop, talk and really listen to what the other one is trying to tell each other. But even with the best of relationships, there are times we don’t communicate with one another as we should.

I loved the banter and chemistry between these two men. The authors really have mastered the way their characters really talk to one another. I liked how wrapped up into each other lives, and really enjoyed watching these two finally be together as they should have long ago. It gave me several hours of pure escapism and fun and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book.

If you are a fan of this amazing writing team, you will definitely enjoy reading this book. Between the humor, interesting characters and the sizzling chemistry these two men had together, it was definitely a very satisfying read for me. I can’t wait to see what these two authors come up with next!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Prince Charming Wears Garters by Clancy Nacht


Title: Prince Charming Wears Garters
Author: Clancy Nacht
Publisher: Loose Id.
Pages: 172
Characters: Sara, Chuck
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Fetish, Contemporary, M/F romance
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

Sara feels like her life is on track. She has the career of her dreams as a senior art director at one of the hot ad agencies in town. Her only real annoyance is the womanizing account executive in the office next door, Chuck.

When Chuck lands a new account, he sets his sights on Sara to work with him, but she gets the feeling he’s looking for more. Working late one night she discovers Chuck’s secret: he loves wearing ladies lingerie. Surprising to her, she can’t resist his long legs in silky stockings and her lust drives her to begin an ill-advised affair.

As a career-oriented woman, she’s not sure if she’s ready to balance her steamy encounters with work life, and she’s positive that trying to date Chuck would be a disaster. Yet, each time they get together she can’t help but speculate on what Prince Charming’s wearing under his well-tailored trousers.

Review:

Yes, your eyes didn’t deceive you, Prince Charming Wears Garters by Clancy Nacht is a M/F romance. Some of you are probably wondering why a review site who proudly reviews gay, lesbian and transgender romances would cross over and read and review a heterosexual romance. Have we lost our mind? Was this some kind of mistake? Will we be reviewing more M/F romances?

The answer is no, no and no.

When the review coordinator asked me if we would consider reading and reviewing this book, I was both wary and intrigued. I admit, it’s been YEARS since I’ve read a M/F romance. We all know I how much I love reading about my men and their journey to find their HEA, BUT because this is a publisher I trust AND because Ms. Nacht is one of my favorite authors, it seemed like a no brainer to give it a shot. Why? Because even though the story is about a heterosexual couple, there is something unique and sexy about the hero, Chuck, that I couldn’t resist, and I thought our readers might like to check out once they knew about it.

By the blurb, it’s no secret that Chuck likes to wear lingerie. Now, I personally think this is very sexy, and I’ve read a couple of M/M books where one (check out Le Jazz Hot by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid) of the heroes likes to wear silky, feminine things under their ordinary clothes. I liked that this hero has a fetish that isn’t written about very often, and although he’s not gay, I thought he was one of those wonderful out of the box characters that our readers just might enjoy reading about.

I loved the characters in this book. Sara is an intelligent, career minded, funny and interesting character. She’s not your typical cookie-cutter heroine. Although she knows she’s amazing at her job, she still has self-doubts about herself and often is her own worst critic, but what I liked about her was how attracted and supportive she was of Chuck’s fetish. Once she realized there was more to him than meets the eye, she is willing to tentatively give him a chance. She has a good heart, a wonderful best friend (who everyone will adore) and it was easy to root for her and Chuck to find their happy ending.

Although I really liked Sara, I LOVED Chuck. At first, he seems to be somewhat of a womanizer, but we soon find out that there is much more to Chuck than meets the eye. He’s smart and sexy and I could so easily imagine him looking sexy in those garters he loves to wear. He’s not your typical Alpha-heterosexual hero…he’s really so much more, and quite frankly, I think I might have fallen for him a little bit myself.

Sara also has an amazing best friend, Dane. He is Sara’s protector and brother she never had. He is always willing to lend a supportive ear for her. He and his husband, Trey, are a staple in Sara’s life, and I loved how even though they might not be blood related, they are definitely a family.

The story itself is fast-paced and I ended up reading it from start to finish without being able to put it down. I enjoyed the journey these characters when through and in all honesty, hated to see it come to an end.

Prince Charming Wears Garters is a sexy, intriguing and well written story that I know I will enjoy rereading time and time again. Between the likeable and well-written characters, to the fast-paced plot, it left this reader a big satisfying smile at the end. I loved it and I easily recommend it to those who are looking for unique and sexy hero…plus the heroine was pretty great too.

Sometimes it’s good to read outside the box.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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