From his deathbed, Sebastian’s best friend tasks him with getting an envelope he has hidden from his wife and to destroy it. Human nature being what it is, Sebastian uncovers secrets about his best friend that shock him when he reads what is inside.
Tate, and his alter ego, drag queen Freida Love, are back in NYC and performing at his favorite drag bar. When he notices the same hot guy in the corner every time she performs, he is intrigued. Even though she has him pegged as straight.
Tate and Sebastian begin a tenuous friendship. Sebastian is scared- not only because of the secrets he is holding for his dead best friend, but also because of the undeniable attraction he has toward Tate. And Tate is just as wary because he is also attracted to Sebastian, whom he assumes is straight. And Tate refuses to change himself or hide for another straight man.
I really loved how Tate and Sebastian formed a friendship first. Two men who are so different from each other, yet are completely drawn together. And although Tate has been hurt badly in the past, he is so patient with Sebastian.
You could really feel the turmoil Sebastian felt by not telling Tate the truth. And when he finally does, my heart breaks for both of them.
Some other things I really enjoyed about this book. It is set in NYC, mostly in the Village and the closely surrounding areas. The fact that both characters pretty much stuck to their neighborhood is so real. When you live in one neighborhood in NYC, the chances of going to another neighborhood for almost anything are pretty small.
I LOVED Frieda Love. Not only her sassiness, but the way Ms. Lee really kept in character. Pronouns are important to drag queens too.
The secondary characters are great. From Tate’s best friend Tori to Sebastian’s co-worker Annie. They added a lot to the story without taking it over at all.
This book was a slow burn. But it really needed to be. But even with the slow burn, when it burned, it burned HOT! Whew.
This was the third in a series but is absolutely a stand alone. A great beach read.
Lee trades country ballads for show tunes in the next standalone book of her M/M series, Roadmap to Your Heart.
After licking his wounds from a painful relationship, Tate Sullivan is ready to move back home. He picks up where he left off as drag queen extraordinaire Frieda Love in a West Village bar in New York City. He doesn’t expect to be drawn to the mysterious man with the dark eyes who shows up to every single performance–flirtatiously eyeing Tate one second and disappearing on him the next. Why mess around with a guy who is clearly giving him mixed signals?
Sebastian Clark is on a mission the first night he shows up at Ruby Redd’s. He doesn’t anticipate his plan being flipped on its head by the charismatic drag queen and even more so by the mesmerizing man beneath the makeup. But the more he learns about the vibrant and brash Tate Sullivan the more intrigued he becomes. So he pushes aside his guilt about why he sought out the bar in the first place in order to get to know the guy behind the stilettos.
They’re opposites on many levels, but as Tate spends time volunteering with Sebastian at the shelter, he begins to feel good about himself in ways he hadn’t before. For Sebastian, Tate represents a sense of fun and freedom that is completely fresh and invigorating. Before they know it, their easy companionship catches fire, and Sebastian is kissing a man for the first time, while Tate is opening his heart to new possibilities. But Sebastian is still keeping a secret, and Tate will have to decide if he can trust again, or if the betrayal he feels from Sebastian’s confession is too much to overcome.