Leather+Lace by A.B. Gayle

The Opposites Attract Series

  • Red+Blue (book 1)
  • Leather+Lace (book 2)


Leather+Lace (Opposites Attract, #2)Leather+Lace by A.B. Gayle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Swathed in chiffon and lace, Steven Stanhope owns the stage as Stevie Tricks, lip-synching the songs of the famous gypsy queen. But after he escapes an abusive Master/slave relationship, the only collar he’ll allow around his neck is black velvet.

After a four-year absence, Steve is ready to reclaim his life and the property he left behind. But is it safe? Definitely not if his ex is still into leather. To find out, Steve appears at a charity night for the local BDSM community, using the anonymity of his stage persona to mask his identity.

Instead of his ex-Master, Julius, Steve finds a tangled mess centered around another Master of Leather, Donato Rossi. In order to unravel their ties to the past, Steve and Don must find common ground and work together. In the process, they learn that when it comes to love, sometimes you have to make your own rules.

So what did I think?

This book was a very pleasant surprise! Most definitely not the standard story that I was expecting. The story was a unique view of the world of master/slave and had a lot of things going for it.

Steve – I will admit that I am not overly fond of main characters in drag but Stevie had something special about him. I loved him from the get go! Such a mix of strength and vulnerability.

Don – Very shallow of me as I am judging on the physical description but his moustache sounded terrible! However his personality was wonderful. He was such a contrast to Julius with his totally different view of the nature of submission.

The sex – the early scenes in the book were all about the unemotional, purely physical aspects as Stevie does his fundraising BJ duties. But the sex between Don and Steve, once they leave the pub has a lovely emotional quality.

The location – so nice to see a book set in Australia!

As I started the book I was a little worried that it may attempt to take on too much of an education role ie. trying to educate me, the reader, in the world of BDSM. This particularly worried due to the character of Gabriel who wanted Don to mentor him but also the discussion being held between Don and Stevie as they debated the concepts. However it was actually very well done, sharing information and opinion without turning in to a textbook. The focus was able to remain on the characters and the relationship development.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series and need to back-track and read Caught as the characters from this book make a small appearance in Leather+Lace.

Big plus also for the books cover and the title!

4 Stars


For more information on A.B. Gayle and her books visit her website

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Holiday time!

I’m off on holidays tomorrow! I will be staying at the Cable Beach Report in Broome, Western Australia. I’m looking forward to riding a camel on Cable Beach, seeing the Staircase To The Moon and checking out the pearls!

Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia.

Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I won’t be spending much time online or writing reviews but my holiday reading list is quite long! Expect a whole pile of reviews when I get back in a week! 🙂

I plan to finish the following series that I am part the way through:

  • Men of Smithfield by L.B. Gregg
  • Morning Report by Sue Brown

The following books are also on the list for the week:

  • Cold by Brandon Shire
  • Racing For The Sun by Amy Lane
  • Paid Leave by Hayley B James
  • Moments by R.J. Scott
  • Woke Up In A Strange Place by Eric Arvin
  • I Can See For Miles by Lisa Worrall
  • One Night by R.J. Scott
  • A Beautiful Lie by Tyler Robbins
  • Pup by S.J.D. Peterson
  • Good Boy and Naughty Boy by Lisa Henry

Have a great week!


Men of Smithfield: Seth and David by L.B. Gregg

I ‘read’ this book via the audio book from Audible (narrated by Shannon Gunn)….

Men of Smithfield Series

  • Mark and Tony (or Gobsmacked) – book 1
  • Seth and David (or Happy Ending ) – book 2
  • Max and Finn (or Cover Me) – book 3
  • Adam and Holden (or In and Out) – book 4


Men of Smithfield: Seth and David (Men of Smithfield #2)Men of Smithfield: Seth and David by L.B. Gregg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

He’s everything I’ve never wanted – too young, too weird, too wild.

I wasn’t impressed that I had to get my weekly massage from a guy with a toe ring. But when I discovered David Cooke’s skills as a masseur were literally orgasmic, I couldn’t stop thinking about him and his amazing hands, day and night. Especially at night.

He’s full of surprises. And despite my bad behavior, David’s just as eager to explore this chemistry between us. Turns out, there’s a lot more to him than hemp pants and tattoos. If he’s so wrong for me, why does being with him feel so right?

So what did I think?

I enjoyed this second book in the Men of Smithfield series. I enjoyed the descriptive style and the wonderful humour throughout the book. It was full of witty comments and interesting internal dialogue. The characters were great including the children.

David was a wonderful contrast to Seth and they complimented each other very well. The pace was fast and the plot had some mystery/intrigue.

I actually listened to this story via the Audible version. While I loved the narrator and the voice he provided for each character, I still prefer to actually read a book rather than listen.

I set the narration speed at 1.25 as the default speed was too slow for my liking. As it is, audio books take a lot longer to get through as my own reading speed is faster.

Reading would be my first choice, and I think I will only revert to audio books if there is a particular situation that prevents me from reading. In this case, I listened while driving and ironing!

I have now listened to the first two books in the series via Audible so will read the next book which should make an interesting comparison and give a different perspective on the series as I think listening rather than reading does change the opinion of the story – you are influenced by the narrators accents and inflections. In this case, I quite liked the voice the narrator used for the main characters and even the children plus I enjoyed how his dialogue matched what was happening in the story eg. breathless voice when needed, but I didn’t like the way Seth’s ex-boyfriend was voiced. I found him totally annoying, which was probably ok given his character, but I felt the accent determined my feelings and not his actual words or actions.

3.5 stars

4 Stars

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