Mud & Lace

Mud & Lace

When Wicksy falls for drag queen Charlie, they discover that both sexuality and gender can be fluid. Simon Wicks—Wicksy to his rugby teammates—has only ever been interested in women. But when he sets eyes on Lady Gogo, a drag queen who performs at Rainbow Place, he can’t stop thinking about her. He knows there’s a guy behind the fishnets and make-up, but he’s ready to expl...

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Title:Mud & Lace
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Mud & Lace Reviews

  • Cadiva

    There's not many people do this type of sexual exploration and awakening quite as well as Jay does as far as I'm concerned.

    He's a master at not only handling the awkwardness of someone realising their sexuality isn't what they'd always expected, but also at bringing in the inadvertent hurt that can come alongside someone exploring how they express gender as well.

    With this one, there's a double dose of confusion as each of the men in this pairing has some way to go in working out just what their

    There's not many people do this type of sexual exploration and awakening quite as well as Jay does as far as I'm concerned.

    He's a master at not only handling the awkwardness of someone realising their sexuality isn't what they'd always expected, but also at bringing in the inadvertent hurt that can come alongside someone exploring how they express gender as well.

    With this one, there's a double dose of confusion as each of the men in this pairing has some way to go in working out just what their emotions are telling them.

    For Wicksy aka Simon, it's knowing that underneath the sexy hot Lady Gogo is a man and coming to terms with the fact he loves the femininity of a drag queen but also the male bodily parts.

    For Charlie it's realising that exploring his feminine side doesn't necessarily mean he wants to change his gender and become a woman.

    Together the progression of their relationship starts as a hot and a little bit kinky hook up and moves into genuine feelings as Charlie's feminine layers peel back more and Simon continues to be attracted to the person he finds underneath.

    The sex in this starts off all kinky and dirty talk, which both men are turned on by, it's not just Simon pretending he's with a woman, but turns into a very much mutually loving connection.

    Most of the angst comes from Simon working his way through his feelings about Charlie's gender and how he deals with it felt relatable to me.

    I loved both characters, they're each full of awareness that they could be on the verge of something special and their relatively young ages (20 and 24) never actually came across as anything other than mature enough to know their own minds.

    There's great support from the other Rainbow Place cast and we get to meet journalist Quentin again, who I hope is going to be the subject of book five.

    No sign of his significant other on the horizon though if it will be his romance next. This whole series is a delight though.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I love, love, love a sexuality discovery story, and

    always gets those

    . How does he know what I like and continue to deliver the goods time and again?!

    I really liked how we got both MCs exploring their sexuality and sexual identity. One is discovering that he might be bi or pan, and the other is coming to terms with their gender fluidity. Both narratives are told so well, so organically, that I felt like I was right there with them every step of the way.

    I adore a kinky

    I love, love, love a sexuality discovery story, and

    always gets those

    . How does he know what I like and continue to deliver the goods time and again?!

    I really liked how we got both MCs exploring their sexuality and sexual identity. One is discovering that he might be bi or pan, and the other is coming to terms with their gender fluidity. Both narratives are told so well, so organically, that I felt like I was right there with them every step of the way.

    I adore a kinky, well-done sex scene, and Jay delivers again here. I could listen to these two dirty talk all day and all night!

    I was a little lost as to the secondary characters, many of whom were recurring from previous books, but I think the story works well as a stand-alone. If you like hot stories about two people learning about who they are and who they are attracted to, you'll enjoy this little number.

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  • .Lili.

    After I finished Better Place (Rainbow Place #3), I knew I'd read Mud & Lace but admit I was a bit nervous. Books about closet cases can sometimes go awry for me but had to give it a go for Lady Gogo.

    I had some preconceived notions going in and thought my trepidations would prove right, but fortunately, they were wrong.

    -Charlie, aka Lady Gogo, wasn't at all what I was expecting, and that was a good thing. Behind the confident drag queen is a yo

    After I finished Better Place (Rainbow Place #3), I knew I'd read Mud & Lace but admit I was a bit nervous. Books about closet cases can sometimes go awry for me but had to give it a go for Lady Gogo.

    I had some preconceived notions going in and thought my trepidations would prove right, but fortunately, they were wrong.

    -Charlie, aka Lady Gogo, wasn't at all what I was expecting, and that was a good thing. Behind the confident drag queen is a young man embracing himself. Jay Northcote excelled at showing us the person behind the custome.

    -Simon, aka Wicksy, the total opposite of Charlie. It took me a little longer to warm up to him- because of my preconceived notions. I pulled a Cam. You'll know what I mean when you read the book.

    ++Both main characters made me care for them. I could

    their confusion and fear and then it's as if I could feel their weight lift when they started to accept themselves.

    -Dual POVs

    -Chemistry, JN knows how to write hot sex scenes, so this is a given.

    -It's always lovely to see past characters and see them doing well. Ffs I talk about them like they're real people. lol

    -The end is HFN. I would've rated higher if the epilogue had given me a little more. I get that they're young, but I don't know- the epilogue whore in me wanted a little more.

    Yes, but be warned you will see past characters in the story.

    All in all, I was left happy at the end. Jay Northcote did an excellent job with Mud & Lace. It's a story about self-discovery, friends, family, and acceptance.

    4 Stars

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    is aptly titled. Simon (Wicksy to his mates and Cam's best friend from book 2) is a rugby player; he's masculine and likes to get dirty. When Simon sees the stunning Lady Gogo, he can't look away.

    Charlie (aka Lady Gogo) loves to explore his feminine side. Drag makes him brave and bold. He can embrace the Lady Gogo persona without shame. He just wishes he could do the same when he's not in costume.

    Simon understands that Charlie is a man, but Simon loves the feminine, so Charlie a

    is aptly titled. Simon (Wicksy to his mates and Cam's best friend from book 2) is a rugby player; he's masculine and likes to get dirty. When Simon sees the stunning Lady Gogo, he can't look away.

    Charlie (aka Lady Gogo) loves to explore his feminine side. Drag makes him brave and bold. He can embrace the Lady Gogo persona without shame. He just wishes he could do the same when he's not in costume.

    Simon understands that Charlie is a man, but Simon loves the feminine, so Charlie as Lady Gogo, with lipstick and lacy panties, does him in. As Simon and Charlie spend more time together, Simon starts to think of Charlie as a "he" versus a "she" and begins to question his own sexuality (is he bi? pan?).

    Meanwhile, Charlie wonders how "girly" he wants to be. Is he transgender or gender fluid? Jay handles these topics with sensitivity and grace.

    The sex scenes in this book are kinky and sensual. The MCs have a real connection that moves beyond gender.

    I loved the secondary characters, including Simon and Charlie's awesome moms. I understood Simon's fear of changing the way everyone perceived him, but I also got why Charlie didn't want to be anyone's dirty little secret.

    The ending is a HFN, appropriate since Charlie is 20 and Simon is 24. I would have liked an epilogue set further in the future, but I very much enjoyed this story.

  • Sheri

    I was anxiously looking forward to this story. I know, I know…that doesn’t sound right. But here’s the thing, I’ve struggled with this series so far and I really

    wanted to shake my JN funk. I’m not exactly sure what happened but I lost my normal groove with the previous couples in this series and was feeling down and out about it. Despite that, I had high hopes for Wicksy and Lady Gogo and was extremely pleased that I’ve found my way again…I adored it. Granted there were parts when I star

    I was anxiously looking forward to this story. I know, I know…that doesn’t sound right. But here’s the thing, I’ve struggled with this series so far and I really

    wanted to shake my JN funk. I’m not exactly sure what happened but I lost my normal groove with the previous couples in this series and was feeling down and out about it. Despite that, I had high hopes for Wicksy and Lady Gogo and was extremely pleased that I’ve found my way again…I adored it. Granted there were parts when I started to narrow my eyes and huff with displeasure but the characters read my mind and literally spoke what I was thinking. My ‘oh no, don’t you dare think you’re going to get away with that!’ was echoed on the pages and I was thrilled to be in sync again. *

    * I got them, I ached for them, and I rejoiced with them! What a glorious feeling. Both Simon and Charlie venture down rocky paths but find solid ground with a sense of place and a sense of peace in each other’s arms.

    is a beautiful pursuit of happiness and celebration of revelations.

    You are who you are, but we are not always in a position to see every facet of ourselves. Life is about change & growth and best lived when we stop fighting the inevitable. You may not see a piece of yourself for decades and there is nothing wrong with that. Life is not static and our bodies are far from it. It only seems natural that we understand our intricacies on a deeper level as we progress further along on our journey. Simon believed he was heterosexual and although he has no qualms with his queer friends, he never envisioned himself living any differently. That is until a certain someone caught his attention. The regular drag queen performing at Rainbow Place sends his body into overdrive. He’s very aware that in this case, the vision that has entranced him is a masquerade. But Lady Gogo is not a person of deception but of truth. Dressing in drag grants Charlie freedom and he gives himself permission to let go of all expectations, including his own, and just be. He finds his salvation in a pair of stilettos and long lashes. It was a delicate dance and I was captivated from the beginning.

    It wasn’t only Simon and Charlie that swept me off my feet but their story gripped me. I was nervous, excited, and relieved. I enjoyed watching Charlie as his personal journey transpired. The confidence Lady Gogo boasted slowly found its way to their everyday mirror. He questioned himself and found the answers he was searching for. Embracing a flexible frame of mind unlocked self-acceptance. Simon’s quest held a bit more frustrations but at least I wasn’t alone. Cam, Alex and even his family helped him along the way. Through it all, it felt authentic. Each individual journey belongs to one person and one person alone. Above all, that sentiment rang loud and true. As much as I loved Simon, Charlie, and Lady Gogo, I was totally smitten with the moms. Top it off with a pair of amazing best mates and this cast was stellar. I’m so grateful I kept swimming with this series, it would have been unfortunate if I’d miss this one.

    A wayward journey with dirty talk, covert hookups, and a rewarding reveal.

    If you are looking for a wonderful story of sexual awakening and sexual liberation, look no further, this is it!

  • Rachel Emily

    Mud and Lace is the story of Simon AKA Wicksy, the rugby player we met earlier in this series, and Charlie AKA Lady GoGo, the drag queen who performs at Rainbow Place.

    I was really looking forward to getting Simon and Charlie's story - a character questioning his sexuality after he meets a drag queen? Yes, please! I really enjoyed how Jay wrote both characters, and how they both had some realizations and self-discovery to find out along the way. It wasn't just Simon that had to learn things abou

    Mud and Lace is the story of Simon AKA Wicksy, the rugby player we met earlier in this series, and Charlie AKA Lady GoGo, the drag queen who performs at Rainbow Place.

    I was really looking forward to getting Simon and Charlie's story - a character questioning his sexuality after he meets a drag queen? Yes, please! I really enjoyed how Jay wrote both characters, and how they both had some realizations and self-discovery to find out along the way. It wasn't just Simon that had to learn things about himself, but Charlie, too. And Charlie is just a sweetie, I absolutely loved him. I loved how caring he was, his great relationship with his mother, and how he came to discover and embrace his gender fluidity.

    I admit, it took me a bit longer to warm up to Simon - he seemed so crass at the beginning, almost bordering that line of d-bag with his lack of caring for Charlie and obsession with Lady GoGo, and I worried about how things would go down between them. And then when he's trying to figure out how to come out so he can have a real relationship with Charlie - he had such a supportive group of friends and what seemed to be a great family, so I felt like his hesitation was possibly somewhat unwarranted? I kinda wished he had stood up a bit more for Charlie on his own and earlier on, but I get you need some conflict and story.

    Overall, I really enjoyed their story - their chemistry was great together, and I loved how gradually Simon saw the beauty in Charlie as himself, not as a drag queen. I love this group of friends that all revolve around Rainbow Place and look forward to the next book!

    I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  • Judith

    After the introduction of drag queen,Lady Gogo,in the previous book I was more than intrigued to discover the man behind the make up and heels and

    Charlie has always tried to hide his feminine side,never really having the courage to explore it.So when he has the opportunity to take part in

    After the introduction of drag queen,Lady Gogo,in the previous book I was more than intrigued to discover the man behind the make up and heels and

    Charlie has always tried to hide his feminine side,never really having the courage to explore it.So when he has the opportunity to take part in a talent contest he can finally go there,so to speak,when he creates the fabulous Lady Gogo.But after the act is over and the make up is removed and the costumes put away he finds he's still not completely comfortable in his own skin.He starts to question his identity...

    Simon (Wicksy) always considered himself straight but he's more than a bit fascinated by Lady Gogo.He knows under the hair and make up it's really a man and almost convinces himself it's ok because Charlie looks like a woman.He's never even considered the possibility of being bi or gay....

    Charlie slowly starts to accept/recognize his gender fluidity and I just wanted to wrap him up and hug him as he struggled with his emotions and what he felt comfortable with and not what others expected him to be.

    The portrayal of Simon's struggle in accepting his own sexuality was very well done.I didn't warm to his character at first but I definitely understood him and I'm sure his character is very true to life. Coming out and admitting your sexual orientation must be extremely difficult.

    Another great addition to this enjoyable series.

    Recommend Read.

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  • Ky

    is the fourth book in

    's

    series and the one with the most interesting title.

    Wicksy is a straight rugby player with a crush on Lady Gogo, the drag queen who performs at Rainbow Place once a month. He knows that under the make up and the glitter is actually a guy but that doesn't make his infatuation any less intense. He is smitten with her and does everything he can to approach her. And yes he keeps thinking of Lady Gogo as a her even after he starts

    is the fourth book in

    's

    series and the one with the most interesting title.

    Wicksy is a straight rugby player with a crush on Lady Gogo, the drag queen who performs at Rainbow Place once a month. He knows that under the make up and the glitter is actually a guy but that doesn't make his infatuation any less intense. He is smitten with her and does everything he can to approach her. And yes he keeps thinking of Lady Gogo as a her even after he starts forming a connection with the person beneath the costume.

    Charlie is a quiet guy that doesn't like to ruffle feathers. Once he puts on his fabulous clothes and perfect make up though it's like he's becoming a whole other person. He's braver, louder and has more self-confidence. He has started discovering new things about himself in the past year and slowly he takes a journey to self discovery. Performing as Lady Gogo is only the first step but the catalyst is him meeting Wicksy.

    Together they experiment and each learns new things about himself that he has to come to terms with. Their relationship started out as casual hookups but that didn't last very long. They were so drawn to each other that they began spending more time together, talking and really getting to know one another. The secrecy is were all the drama came from as Wicksy wasn't out as bi or pan and Charlie didn't want people to make the connection that he was Lady Gogo.

    I liked that we got to follow Charlie's journey to self discovery. He struggled to understand his wants and needs and to figure out how he felt about something when he wasn't affected by other people's reactons but in the end he had a much better understanding of who he was.

    They are both lucky to have strong support systems and people wanting the best for them in their lives. Charlie's mother was amazing in her support and encuragement of Charlie's efforts to find his real self. Wicksy had mainly friends around him but his family was pretty great as well. I liked that there was no homophobic character to create drama. Everyone was pretty open minded and just wanted their loved ones to be happy.

    Up until about 70% I had a blast with this story, but then came Charlie's pressure for Wicksy to come out. I'm never a fan of this plotline.... Charlie wasn't so much pushy as he was passive aggressive in his desire to stop hinding their relationship, the result was the same though. Wicksy felt like he had to decide between coming out at his own time and losing Charlie or keeping Charlie and coming out immediately. I get that it was hard for Charlie to hide and that he hated feeling like a secret but that kind of ultimatume is guaranteed to affect my rating.

    I have no idea who the next couple is going to be but I'm certain we haven't seen the last of

    yet and so I'll make sure to keep an eye out for any updates!

  • Adam

    ‘Mud & Lace’ is quintessential Jay Northcote - sweet and sexy with some feels.

    Simon is a total lad. He’s in to rugby, beer, and the ladies. He’s also totally comfortable with his LGBT friends, and hanging out at the local gay hotspot.

    But falling for a drag queen catches Simon completely off guard.

    Charlie loves drag. It gives him the freedom and confidence to explore different sides of himself. He’s down to fool around with Simon, if only for the novelty of the hot straight jock.

    Bu

    ‘Mud & Lace’ is quintessential Jay Northcote - sweet and sexy with some feels.

    Simon is a total lad. He’s in to rugby, beer, and the ladies. He’s also totally comfortable with his LGBT friends, and hanging out at the local gay hotspot.

    But falling for a drag queen catches Simon completely off guard.

    Charlie loves drag. It gives him the freedom and confidence to explore different sides of himself. He’s down to fool around with Simon, if only for the novelty of the hot straight jock.

    But things get complicated pretty quickly.

    I was a bit skeptical at first. The “straight-boy-and-the-queer is a common trope in MM. But it’s one thing to be attracted to androgynous or cross-dressing men; it’s quite another to ignore your sexual partner’s gender all-together.

    Luckily, I didn’t have to worry. Simon gets over his initial hang-ups pretty quickly, and he’s in it just as much for Charlie’s pleasure as his own.

    From the moment they give in to their attraction, Charlie and Simon are on

    . They give and take in equal measures, and indulge their kinky sides for some hot action!

    Feelings enter the picture gradually. What starts off as just some fun becomes a friendship. Simon and Charlie find themselves wanting to share parts of their lives with each other, and both slowly let their guards down.

    There are two major themes in this book - discovery and acceptance. Both go hand-in-hand for our MCs.

    For Simon, it’s his sexuality. And for Charlie, it’s his gender identity. I loved how their relationship grew as each man became more comfortable with his fluidity.

    Also loved the supportive moms!

    It takes some work, but Charlie and Simon work out how to be open about who they are and what they mean to each other. The ending is a strong HFN, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of them in future books!

  • Jay Northcote

    This is the 4th book in the Rainbow Place series.

    It features Wicksy (Cam's housemate from book 2) along with Charlie (aka Lady Gogo who appears in book 3). It was fun to write. I always love self-discovery stories, and this one has a double helping with both sexuality and gender questioning.

    If you decide to give it a try I hope you enjoy it :)

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