No Tea, No Shade by Clancy Nacht


Title: No Tea, No Shade
Author: Clancy Nacht
Publisher: Loose Id.
Pages: 133
Characters: Hank, Lindsey
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

When Hank’s father catches him in a not-so-innocent childhood embrace with the neighbor Hank’s older brothers refer to as “Ladyboy Lindsey,” he forbids Hank ever to see his best friend again and sends Lindsey home in tears. Later, despite landing on opposite ends of the social and sexual spectrum in high school, neither can forget the boy who gave him his first kiss. While Hank becomes a sports star and bully, Lindsey throws himself into an elaborate sexual game played from afar for Hank’s benefit. When Hank’s football scholarship takes him away to college, their tenuous bond seems severed for good.

After Lindsey finds his calling as drag diva Miss Anne Thrope, embracing both his male identity and the natural androgyny of his intersex body, he’s finally in control of his world…until the night his first love disrupts Miss Anne’s show after a decade of silence. Hank’s dysfunctional behavior, crazy father, and their bittersweet history together threaten to destroy their fragile new romance before it’s truly begun. Should they let go of the past, or is this unique love one worth saving?

Review:

There is something about Clancy Nacht’s books that I really love. I love her interesting and sometimes snarky characters and her stories always keep me reading from start to finish in one setting. Ms. Nacht’s stories are always a fresh, sexy read to me. She’s not afraid to tackle stubborn characters who are far from perfect, but are somehow, despite their flaws, are perfect for each other.

I’m a sucker for the reunion/childhood friends-to-lovers storyline. I’ve read many of these books, but I thought this one had an interesting spin on a well-loved genre.

Right off, I loved Lindsey. I thought he was a strong character and even though he’s been through a lot, he’s still got a zest for life that I really appreciated. Although Lindsey is male he has an extra chromosome in which makes him have more feminine than masculine features. He makes a good living being a popular drag queen at a local bar. Lindsey is smart, funny and has a soft spot for his childhood best friend, Hank, despite that their relationship has not been a good one since junior high.

Even though Hank’s behavior towards Lindsey has been borderline stalker-ish and bully-ish at times, Lindsey can’t help but remember the good times they used to have with one another. So, when Hank shows up at one of Lindsey’s shows and begins to hackle him while he’s on stage, Lindsey feels an array of emotions that range from mortification, anger and a surprising desire to be loved and accepted by Hank.

Hank was a harder sell for me. He’s definitely an unhappy man. Because of an old injury, he cannot play football *which is a game he loved* and is caught up in what he believes is a dead-end job. The only light in Hank’s life has been Lindsey. When Hank’s father forbid him to see Lindsey when they were children, Hank’s world basically fell apart. He not only lost his best friend, but he also lost his first love and frankly, Hank’s life had begun to spin out of control since. So, to keep but his feelings at bay, he began to bully and stalk Lindsey in High School and off and on since.

Even though Hank has allowed his life to almost spiral out of control, what I liked about him was that there is so much more to him than meets the eye. He’s actually tormented by the fact that Lindsey is no longer in his life and although he hasn’t handled the forced separation well, as I got to know him, like Lindsey, I began to feel empathy for him. I also liked how much his character did a lot of self-growth and how it evolved as the story progressed. In the end, I wanted him and Lindsey to work things out and stand together at a strong couple, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The story showed how these two men really loved each other…oh it isn’t an easy ride, that’s for sure! There were times I wanted Lindsey to push Hank away and to get on with his life. Hank’s behavior could be appalling, but he ended up redeeming himself and I ended up really liking him and Lindsey together. In the endd, I liked how they were able to work through their differences and become a couple who became a force to be reckoned with.

If you are looking for a well-written, unique romance in which the heroes have to work for their happy ending, No Tea, No Shade is definitely the book for you. I know fans of this author will love this book as much as I did and I can’t wait until her next release.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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You’re Welcome. Love, Your Cat by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid


Title: You’re Welcome. Love, Your Cat
Author: Clancy Nacht, Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Loose Id.
Pages: 211
Characters: Edwin Blais, Forrest James
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

Since vowing celibacy over a decade ago, history professor and classic car aficionado Edwin Blais’s only comfort has been his dead partner’s cat, Francesca. When she gets lost, Edwin’s beside himself…until he meets the man who found her.

Cat-lover and mechanic Forrest James is a Roman sculpture brought to life, old enough to run a successful garage but not old enough to forget the secrets of a painful childhood.

Edwin’s lonely, and a straight man poses no threat to his vow. Soon he’s going to the garage every night after class. Forrest’s quiet friendship is healing Edwin’s broken heart until a night of mind-blowing sex changes everything. Edwin can’t deny his growing feelings, but a relationship between them seems impossible.

After Edwin uncovers the mysteries behind Forrest’s tough exterior, he’s forced to choose between a lost love and an unexpectedly tender new love who needs Edwin more than he ever could have guessed. Only by dealing with their tragic pasts can either forge a future. Will they find a way to do together what neither could do alone?

Review:

I love the writing team of Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid. They are authors that I follow and when they release something new, I’m guilty of dropping everything and immediately reading their book. I love the way they seem to really know their characters and enjoy the emotional and physical chemistry they have together.

What I really loved about this book was the way the relationship between the main heroes gradually progressed. I truly believed that these two men developed a strong friendship that eventually led to love. I also enjoyed how both of them really worked at finding a common ground together as well as really working hard to fit into each other’s lives.

Ever since his partner died in a tragic accident Edwin made a vow to keep true to his dead partner. He has been going through the motions of life, refusing to open up to others and preferring the company of his cat instead of meeting new people and going out to enjoy life. But when his cat runs away, Edwin is practically crippled from the loss of him. He immediately puts out reward posters, but his fear of never seeing his feline friend haunts him. Lucky for him, his cat is found by easy-going and the very sexy Forrest and the two lonely men immediately hit it off and become friends.

This is a very sweet and sexy romance that I truly loved. I enjoyed watching Edwin begin to blossom under Forrest’s friendship. He begins to open himself up to others and began caring about living his life to the fullest, instead of closing himself off to the world. I also loved Forrest. He’s a simple man with basic needs and the love he has for Edwin is truly a beautiful one.

You’re Welcome. Love, Your Cat is a highly addictive read about learning to take chances again once you’ve lost someone special. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book and couldn’t help but wish for more once I had finished reading it. It’s definitely earned a spot on my keeper shelf and I look forward to re-reading it in the future.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Double Black by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid


Title: Black Gold, Book 2: Double Black
Author: Clancy Nacht, Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Loose Id.
Pages: 220
Characters: Goldie, Jett
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 5+


Blurb:

Since they settled in L.A. to run their label three years ago, Jett’s restless nature and Goldie’s isolating fame have damaged their former closeness. Passion brings Jett home every night, but tabloid rumors and growing distance between them leave Goldie afraid of losing Jett forever. While Goldie secretly longs for a wedding, a baby, and more control in the bedroom, Jett pines for his old life in New York.

When Cole, a young man who claims to be Jett’s son, arrives at their mansion, Goldie hopes this is his chance for a family…but Cole has a star crush on Goldie and nothing but anger toward his alleged father. Jett’s jealousy of Goldie’s growing bond with the hot 18-year-old could lead to disaster.

There’s no doubt that Goldie and Jett love each other, but sometimes love isn’t enough. Will Goldie find the courage to confess his needs, or will what’s left unspoken destroy what might have been?

Review:

When I found out that one of my all-time favorite books, Black Gold, was going to have a sequel, I was thrilled! I adored Goldie and Jett and couldn’t wait to see where life had taken them and how they were coping with the difficult and stressful lifestyle being celebrities must be.

It’s been three years since Jett and Goldie have been together. Although they still love each other, their relationship is starting to show some strain from the constant pressure of being famous and their fear of disappointing each other. The sex between them is still great, but when it comes to communication, they’ve stopped opening up to each other. When a young man, Cole, appears on their doorstep insisting that he is Jett’s long lost son, this causes both of them to face the problems they are having within their relationship. Both men must make the decision whether to open up to each other, or to continue allowing a bridge form between them. But communication isn’t always easy, and if they want to stay together, they must fight for both each other and what they believe in.

I LOVED every minute I spent reading this book! If you are a fan of the first book, this is definitely a must read for you! If you haven’t read Black Gold, you must! The obvious love and affection these two men have together is heartwarming. Yes, they have their problems and both men are far from perfect, but together they are perfection. One of things I really appreciated about Double Black is how much Jett and Goldie really mature as the book progresses. Their relationship truly evolves as they reestablish trust and communication with one another. Although I loved them in Black Gold, I wanted to cheer at seeing both men truly do some serious talking, changing and falling even deeper in love than they were before. It was a beautiful story…and even though I wondered if I would like the angry, long-lost son, Cole, I soon warmed up to him too.

Beautifully written with characters that will live in your heart and mind, long after you’ve finished the last page, Double Black is a story that is masterfully told by two amazing authors. I love the writing team and Nacht and Euclid and I can’t wait to read more books by them. Highly Recommended!

The Black Gold books in series order are:

Black Gold
Double Black

On a side note: The covers to both Black Gold and Double Black are some of my all time favorites too!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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