Book Reviews

Plaid versus Paisley (Fabric Hearts 2) by KC Burn at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 27-July-2017

Book Blurb

Two years after his life fell apart, Will Dawson moved to Florida to start over. His job in the tech department of Idyll Fling, a gay porn studio, is ideal for him. When his boss forces him to take on a new hire, the last person he expects is Dallas Greene—the man who cost him his job and his boyfriend back in Connecticut. He doesn’t know what’s on Dallas’s agenda, but he won’t be blindsided by a wolf masquerading as a runway model. Not again.

Dallas might have thrown himself on his brother’s mercy, but his skills are needed at Idyll Fling. Working with Will is a bonus, since Dallas has never forgotten the man. A good working relationship is only the beginning of what Dallas wants with Will.

But Dallas doesn’t realize how deep Will’s distrust runs, and Will doesn’t know that the man he’s torn between loving and hating is the boss’s brother. When all truths are revealed, how can a relationship built on lies still stand?

Book Review

“Lying is an elementary means of self-defense.” ~ Susan Sontag

The last person Will Dawson, of 'Plaid versus Paisley' by K.C. Burn, ever expected to or wanted to see was Dallas Green, the man Will attributes to losing his job, his partner, and having to leave everything behind and start over. Will is incensed that he is in his office and, even more so, when he learns that his boss has already hired him because Will's workload has become too heavy for one person. Will hates Dallas with a passion and blames him for destroying his life; there is no way he is ever going to trust him. Will is determined that Dallas will not ruin his life again, no matter what it takes.

When a very humiliated Dallas shows up on his brother's doorstep, Stefan is pleasantry surprised to see Dallas, but disturbed by the shape he is in. He and his partner take him in and encourage Dallas to stay with them for as long as he needs to. Dallas is overwhelmed by their compassion and concern. He is not used to be treated that way. Stefan gives him a job in the IT department at his adult entertainment business, Idyll Fling. Dallas accepts the job offer, on the condition that no one knows Stefan is his brother. Stefan reluctantly agrees. When they walk in the IT office, the first person Dallas meets is Will Dawson, someone he worked with in his previous job. Dallas also had a secret crush on him from when they worked together. Dallas doesn't know that Will blames him for everything that went wrong in his life.

Even though he's capable of much more, Dallas is given only the most menial of tasks. This frustrates him knowing that Will is deliberately withholding work to maintain control of the department. Will intentionally avoids Dallas as well avoiding confrontation. Dallas tries to work with Will, but his frustration builds. It reaches a point where he doesn't care if he makes Will angry or not. Tired of Will's attitude and inefficiency, Dallas starts an office filing system. When Will comes back, he loses it and fires Dallas. Stefan rehires him and tells the men that nobody is going anywhere and they have no choice but to work together. Things get slightly better. Will still doesn't trust Dallas but his resolve is slipping. Being hostile would be far easier if Will didn't find Dallas so ridiculously attractive. After an opportunity to partially clear the air, they have a brief but steamy sexual interlude in the server room. Unfortunately, Will's reaction afterward is to run, leaving Dallas wondering what happened and where to go from here.

Dallas and Will could have saved themselves a lot of trouble if they had been able to be honest with each other. Unfortunately, they were both skilled in avoidance instead. All the guessing, assuming, and speculation between them could have been averted but caused so much grief instead. Thanks, K.C. for bringing these two together when they were having such a problem doing it by themselves. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Fabric Hearts series.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 216 pages/74587 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-December-2016
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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