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Monday, July 11, 2011

Le Jazz Hot by Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid

Le Jazz Hot by Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (160 pgs)
Other: M/M, Cross Dressing, anal sex
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Handsome Julian Larson is a talented singer and dancer who performs in drag to make ends meet. So when his best friend needs a burlesque act at the last minute for a fireman's birthday party, he calls Julian. There, Julian dances for the birthday boy, Trent Fitzgerald; a too-good-to-be-true heartthrob who is too nice to keep a woman in his life.

Falling hard for the leggy, blond singer--but believing that she's a woman named Julia--Trent tracks Julian down to his apartment where Julian poses as "Julia's" twin in a desperate, doomed ploy to win over the sexy firefighter. When Trent inevitably uncovers the truth, will it mean the end of Julian's chances or a brand new opportunity?

Julian may sometimes dress like a girl but Trent is about to find out Julian is all guy. Actor and singer Julian agrees to dress in drag as a favor to his friend. Little did anyone know that hot firefighter Trent would fall for Julian dressed as Julia. When playboy Julian discovers he may actually have found the perfect man, the love triangle between Trent, Julia, and Julian gets messy. Only Trent’s willingness to understand and accept Julian holds the key to their happiness.

Le Jazz Hot plays on the familiar gender bending comic trope. Julian pretends to be a girl one night and that happens to be the night he meets Trent and there’s an instant connection. The story is a lark from the beginning and instantly over the top. In this day and age there’s no question such a scenario is unlikely to happen so readers have to be willing to suspend some considerable disbelief to get into the story and appreciate it. If you can do that, then the somewhat exaggerated antics aren’t likely to bother you.

The real strength of the story is the characterization. Trent comes across as too good to be true and perfectly na├»ve. This is a bit of a stretch but the adorable playful banter Julian offers is likely to win over readers. Trent is occasionally offensive in his ignorance but Julian shines as a bit of a mess. He loves women’s clothes but doesn’t want to be a woman. He’s happy as a guy but commits a lot of those first crush mistakes – such as pretending to be interested in the same hobby only to embarrass yourself. It’s a relatable and rather cute comic story that relies on missteps, misunderstandings, and ultimately good sex to come up with a happy ending.

The sex scenes sizzle and the pace is quick so the book reads very fast, and it fits that desire for an easy, uncomplicated and light hearted read. If this sounds like something you want, give it a try.

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