Sunday, November 13, 2011

Behind Iron Lace

Title: Behind Iron Lace
Author: Mercy Celeste
Publisher: Silver Publishing
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ISBN: 9781920501761
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Darcy Butler isn’t thrilled with his move to New Orleans. It’s hot, humid, he isn’t happy with his job, his life and he’s homesick for the life he left behind in Oregon. When he meets the gorgeous photographer he intends to hire to re-vamp the art department of his online magazine, Darcy suddenly feels something he’s never experienced before. An attraction to a man.  

Caleb Mitchell is home from roving the world because his mother is dying from cancer. He needs a distraction to keep his sanity and thinks the position as art director is just what he needs. Caleb doesn’t expect his instant attraction for the cute owner, especially a man who claims to be straight. But he wants Darcy and he’s determined to get him. Caleb just has to get Darcy out of the closet first…and deal with a jealous ex…and a past that could destroy everything. 

Behind Iron Lace is the first book by Mercy Celeste that I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and it won’t be my last. The story caught my attention on the first page and didn’t let go until the very end.  It’s entertaining, well written with a smooth flow, has vivid descriptions and Darcy and Caleb have unique and interesting personalities. There are numerous secondary characters to add color and flair; it has drama, angst and plenty of hot, steamy sex. What more could you want?  

The chemistry between Darcy and Caleb is instantaneous and I loved the first part of the story where they met, grew closer and Caleb slowly seduced Darcy out of the closet. It was sweet, tender and hot. But there’s plenty of unhappiness too, with Darcy dealing with his business partner and the pain of Caleb’s mother dying. The story has a little bit of everything and just when it looks like life will work out, the bottom falls out of their relationship. Never fear. Ms. Celeste throws in a few more twists near the end, giving them the happily-ever-after they’ve been looking for. Read and enjoy.

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