BARING THE BEAST
Twenty-five year old Oliver Brown is addicted. Two years ago, he was at the height of his career as “Nicky Star,” fashion model, porn actor, partier without peer. Then came the accident. Hiding his scars, both emotional and physical, he’s gone into hiding. But fine clothing is some solace. A new suit by Debussy? Better even than a ride on his motorcycle Hulk or all the things he used to give and take on camera.
Enter Leslie Scott, the flamboyant, dark-haired, heel-and-tiny-short-wearing twink sent to deliver Oliver’s newest fix. A firecracker, Leslie is dapper, generous, in touch with his feminine side but all man, and as gorgeous as any garment ever made. He makes Oliver dream of ending his reclusion, of recapturing a future forever denied him. But for that to happen, Leslie would have to strip him to the bone. Only then will they rebuild life from the bottom up.
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Susan Mac Nicol writes contemporary m/m romances which are touching, sexy and brilliant; Suit Yourself is no exception. As the third instalment in a series and the tenth full-length novel Susan Mac Nicol has written in the genre, one may assume that they would pick up Suit Yourself knowing exactly what to expect, but this is definitely not the case. Yes, it’s true that structurally the story adheres to the formula of its genre; two individuals meet, they fall in love, there is angst but always a happy ending, but as fans of contemporary romances that is what we expect. However, it is Susan Mac Nicol ‘s ingenious characterisation which distinguishes her novels from the majority – and Leslie, in particular, is perhaps one of her most divine creations! In Love You Senseless and Sights and Sinners, we glimpsed Leslie as a loyal friend and vivacious fashionista, with a penchant for wearing high-heels. In Suit Yourself Leslie is at the point of seeing his two best friends paired off and though he is not desperate for a partner, he admits it would be nice. When he is asked to deliver a suit to a special Debussy customer, little does he realise he will be in the presence of a porn legend! Although this relationship between Oliver and Leslie could easily have been insta-love, Susan Mac Nicol allows it to progress organically, though with these two being so sexual, it doesn’t take long! In contrast to Leslie’s charisma and flair, we have Oliver who, despite his obsession with Debussy suits, is still dealing with the abuse he suffered from his ex-boyfriend and the trauma of a motorbike accident. Susan Mac Nicol ensures we follow both men through their highs and lows until we realise the distinct possibility that Leslie may not have his fairytale ending. Suit Yourself finished far too quickly for me and whilst I am intrigued to see who the subject of the next Men in London novel will be – my money is on Frankie or Maxwell – I know I will revisit Leslie’s story again. Suit Yourself is another treasure by Susan Mac Nicol and if you haven’t read any of her books yet, you’re missing out! *I received this as a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review*
FourandHalfStars I absolutely adored this book. In fact this could quite possibly be my favorite book in this series. I didn't really look forward to Leslie's book to be honest. I just thought he was so over the top and dramatic sometimes, but this played out really, really well to me. I really like the way Oliver paired up with him and the couple they made. Leslie while still over the top was toned down by how withdrawn Oliver was and the way they both ended up being exactly what the other one needed totally worked for me. Although I would've liked to see Oliver come out of his shell a bit more, I think the book itself was perfect as it had to be taken in small steps after what he'd been through.... doesn't mean I wouldn't want more from him though. I loved that we got little bits of the men from previous books as well and they came to back Leslie when needed as he was there for both of them. I did find there were quite a few typos, but being that I got an early copy, those very well could be fixed by the time the book is published and I didn't mark down for it. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Renee FiveStars Suit Yourself is my favorite in the Men of London series, we have met Leslie Scott in the previous two books in the series and I just loved him and couldn’t wait for his story. Leslie is flamboyant and his flame burns oh so bright. You can’t help but love him really. When Leslie goes to work on his day off to see if there are any scrapes of material he can use he is sent on a delivery. No big deal right? HA! Ex porn star Oliver Brown was the recipient of said delivery. Oliver was previously known as Nikki Star, he was famous, rich and partied like there was no tomorrow. One night changed everything and now he is a recluse. When Leslie delivers the suit to Oliver he is his normal outgoing self and he leaves an impression on Oliver. Of course Oliver, aka Nikki, left a long last impression on Leslie for years as he was the star of his fantasies and solo sessions. Oliver hardly ever leaves his house but Leslie wiggles his way into Oliver’s heart and they meet for coffee. Step by step these two men form a friendship and then a relationship and it was heartwarming how the recluse and the flamboyant get along so well and balance each other out. Their story had its ups and downs but it was well worth the journey. We also got to see the other couples and catch up with them and I love how Eddie and Taylor and their men are there when things get rough. I love Leslie and Oliver and I hope we see more of them in the series. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. ~Angie