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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 explore his fantasies, and Lady Gogo is game for making them come true.

Charlie adores performing in drag. It allows him to indulge in his love of cross-dressing while earning some extra cash. Fooling around with a mostly straight guy in secret seems like a fun diversion, and gives him the chance to explore his feminine side. He feels safe wearing the mask of his confident alter ego, because the real Charlie is hidden from view.

When Wicksy sees more of the guy behind the make-up and glitter, his attraction to Charlie persists, and he realises he’s bisexual. In turn, Charlie begins to understand and accept his gender fluidity. As their mutual journey of self-discovery brings them closer, the secrecy becomes increasingly hard to deal with. If they’re going to have a future together, they both need to find the courage to show people who they really are.

©2019 Jay Northcote (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Blown away

Just...wow. I was absolutely blown away by this audiobook and the amazing narration by Hamish Long. I read the ebook a few weeks ago and already knew the story is a solid 5 stars. Mud and Lace has become a firm favourite along with some of the Housemates series. Beautifully written, it is a breath of fresh air with its references to biscuits (not cookies) and other British institutions, like drinking tea. Simon (Wicksy!) could have come across as arrogant for his treatment of Charlie. Instead, he is confused. Oh...I so wanted to push him forward, but it is made clear that he has to grow at his own pace. Charlie also suffers from confusion, but for different reasons. How he comes to his realisation is fully explained with the clever use of secondary characters. I think that is what is so great with this author's books. Every tee is crossed but not in a wordy way. Hamish Long is a new favourite narrator. He speaks clearly and at an even pace. His range of voices is astounding and I loved his West Country ones...almost Doc Martin! I looked him up to see what else he's narrated and I will definitely listen to more Rainbow Place and a couple of others I spotted.

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Sad that I've finished all 4 books.

This series by Jay Northcote has been incredible, I've felt that I belonged to their friend group and that Rainbow Place was somewhere I coukd actually go. Hamish longs narration was brilliant. Loved that I could close my eyes and still feel that I was there with them. Between Jay's great writing and Hamish's story telling, I listened to these books overnight without sleeping. Please can we have more books in this series. Loved them ❤️❤️

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Another great story from Jay Northcote

A story of straight to Gay and the worries that can be unfounded in some cases showing parants can accept and be happy for their sons and the people around them can be happy for them.

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Great story and superb narration

I enjoyed reading all the books in this series. This story is definitely my favourite—it was a real page turner and the audiobook is excellent too. I will definitely listen again. I loved the overall storyline, the contrasting main characters, the writing, and the ‘kinky’ sex between ‘straight’ hunky rugby player, Simon, and Charlie, who is in the process of exploring his feminine side and dresses accordingly. Their relationship development is well-paced. The initial sexual attraction and steamy encounters are hot, but gradually this moves beyond the physical as the two men fall in love and at the same time learn more about themselves. Bravo, Jay. This is a wonderful addition to the series. The narration by Hamish Long is superb and makes for a great listen. He creates a diverse range of character voices and his story-telling style is easy to follow. I especially loved how he distinguished between Lady Gogo and Charlie.

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 09-01-20

✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

I have loved all the books in this series so when this one released I grabbed it right up. When it started I'll admit I thought this might be the one that isn't for me but to my complete surprise, I really enjoyed this one too. The situation in this story was a real eye opener for me on a subject that I will also admit I never really understood but now I feel like I do a little more. I was really impressed with the way these characters handled their confusion without a ton of drama. The author really did a great job making me feel and understand how they were feeling. Can't wait for more in this series! Hamish Long did another fantastic job on the narration. He might be my new favorite British narrator.

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 10-01-20

Mud & Lace

I wasn’t sure about this book for me I am not a big fan of Fem guys in my stories but that is just me. And that is ok. But I am so glad I kept going because I loved their story. Simon really grew as a character for me and Charlie oh Charlie he came into himself I loved it. I love them; I loved the friendships and the chemistry. You really don’t miss the older characters either because we get a little dose of them in this story too. The mothers in this book my gosh my heart. I loved their acceptance. <3 Kindred spirits them and I. Again the narration was spot on. Loved it Hamish is my new narrator crush.

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  • Zara
  • 07-06-20

So sweet

Charlie and Simon is so sweet together. Great story and another enjoyable visit to Rainbow Place Great narrator.

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  • Vania
  • 04-06-20

A hockey player & a queen, discovering themselves.

I loved this book. Both Charlie and Wicksy are navigating the muddy waters of self-awareness, discovering things about themselves and trying them on for size. All of this mixed with their anxiousness about revealing those parts of themselves to others and their growing feelings towards each other. I loved both characters, Charlie is so young and unsure, but when he puts on his Lady Gogo persona, he transforms into a self-assured and sparkling diva. Simon Wicks has always considered himself straight, and when he finds himself entranced by the dashing drag queen, he’s very confused, because mentally he recognizes there’s a dude under the glitter, wig and make-up… Charlie and Simon start to see each other and both of them understand things about themselves that will make them take some chances in their lives and they will come out stronger thanks to this.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 29-02-20

My favorite one of the series.

I loved Mud and Lace as an ebook and I loved it even more as an audiobook. I can't say enough good things about Hamish Long's performance of this entire series, but I especially loved this one. His voice for Charlie fit the character perfectly. I know Jay Northcote has another book in this series coming soon and I sure hope that Hamish Long is the one to bring it to audio. * * * * * * * * Below is my original review when I read the book last year: Mud & Lace is part of the Rainbow Place series but reads just fine as a standalone story. Characters from other books in the series appear but you won't feel lost if you haven't read them. While I have very much enjoyed all of the books in this series, Mud & Lace is my favorite. I haven't read too many stories with gender fluid characters and I really enjoyed this one. In Mud & Lace both Charlie and Wicksy (Simon) discover things about themselves that they didn't know or acknowledge until they became involved with each other. Charlie loves performing in drag as Lady Gogo and Simon loves watching her. As their sexual relationship turns into something more Simon must make some decisions and admit how he really feels. He finally realizes that while he was first attracted to Charlie's Lady Gogo persona, he's also attracted to Charlie no matter how he's dressed. I really felt for both of these characters. It was hard to read how hurt Charlie was when Simon denied their relationship to his friends. At the same time Jay Nortcote's fantastic writing of this story also had me sympathizing with Simon. He was so confused about his feelings for Charlie and it took him a while to admit to himself how he felt. I don't know if there are more stories planned for this series or not but I hope there are because Rainbow Place is a very special place to visit and I wouldn't mind spending more time there. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com*** (posting March 4, 2020)

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  • Goldenchels
  • 26-02-20

Wonderfully written and expertly narrated

I knew I would love this book, but I didn’t know it would be so much. Truly, I loved it. Discovering your sexuality is such a relevant topic and it’s lovely to see it explored with the caution and trepidation that one may feel but without the self loathing and shame that some feel the need to really exploit. Fun and sweet, Mud & Lace gracefully journeys through rugby player Wicky’s attraction to drag queen Lady Gogo. Lady Gogo’s alter ego Charlie is also discovering things about his own identity and I love that Jay has taken the time to add this to the story. It’s a wonderful look into the questions so many people have about themselves. It’s also blisteringly hot at moments and I enjoyed every second. Narrator Hamish Long has a gorgeous voice and helped make every moment pop into reality.

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  • Amocca
  • 14-02-20

Great story about finding out who you really are

This is the 4th book in Jay Northcote's Rainbow Place series, but the second one I have read. They work fine out of order - even if you will be slightly spoiled as to the couplings which has obviously happened in earlier books. So far this is a very recommendable series. I was slightly worried about this one, as the "straight" MC wants the gay MC to be dressed as a woman when they hook up, and that could have gotten ugly - but why do I even worry? Jay always handles questions about gender identity with aplomb and sensitivity - and this one was no exception. Sure I wanted to slap Simon quite a few times, but he did come around - at least in private - pretty quickly and there was no doubt that Charlie enjoyed the sex whilst being treated like a girl... This is a super story about finding out who you really are and I highly recommend this one, as well as the series as a whole.

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  • Karen
  • 04-02-20

Wonderful OFY story! Amazing narrator!!

This book reminded me of Helping Hand, the same magic with an extra layer of maturity and self-discovery. I read this in one go, it was just impossible to put away. Absolutely amazing story! As of now, this is my favorite Jay Northcote title. Hands down. I’ve been waiting for this story, super intrigued by Wicksy and Lady Gogo from their first meeting in Better Place. I had high expectations, but this still blew me away. This was such a well-written story, with just the right amount of nervous tension, excellent pacing and phenomenal secondary characters. Loved the mums! One of the (many) great things about this book is that both MC’s learned new things about themselves and that it wasn’t purely a “classic” OFY story. Charlie is an amazing character! It was really great to have an MC who identifies as gender fluid. Wicksy’s confusion felt very authentic to me. He’s not perfect and doesn’t have his act together from the get go, but he’s just so genuine and such a nice guy all around. Also, it really has to be said… this is a super sexy story! Wicksy sure has a way with words. Wicksy/Simon and Charlie are wonderful together and I hope to see more of them in future Rainbow Place stories. Narration: Hamish Long did an amazing job in his performance of this story! I especially loved how he differentiated between Charlie and Lady Gogo, giving them each their own distinct timbre and accent, though not making them too different either. He also did wonderfully with all the voices of the other characters. Having listened to the stories that came before too, it was such fun to recognize the voices of the MC's from the previous books in the series, especially Cam's and Alex. Like meeting old friends again.

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  • bookworm2
  • 13-01-20

Oh! Wicksy!

If this the last of the book in the series, then, what a way to end it. Wicksy's character were loved in the previous books, and now that he got his own story to tell, this makes the series end in a high note! Thank's Mr. Northcote for this series, and Hamish Long for his fabulous narrations. This series put a smile on your face, and truly hoping there are more Rainbow Place for LGBTQ to be truly happy without prejudice. More power to you both, and looking forward for more great reads./listen from both of you talented artists. Cheers!

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  • Joan
  • 08-01-20

I loved this series!!!

I listened to this book at 1.25x This was the best M/M romance series I've listened to since Ella Frank's Temptation series. This is the 4th book in the series and I can't wait for #5. All 4 books were 5 Stars worthy of 10. Jay Northcote has become my new favorite M/M romance author. Hamish Long the vocal artist did a wonderful job. His talents shine through in these books. Author and narration great match.