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Scarlet Stilettos

Scarlet Stilettos [Kindle Edition]

Ash Penn

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Genre: LGBT, Contemporary

Although Laine Lawson is physically male, she's spent much of her life expressing the feminine side of her nature. She's also well-skilled at hiding her romantic feelings for her best friend.

Life's sweet for waiter and ex-stripper Tony Barton. He's met a guy who's everything he wants in a lover, both in and out of bed. Will Thompson isn't the love of Tony's life, but he's fun and doesn't take their relationship too seriously. At least, not until Will discovers Tony's best friend isn't quite as she seems.

When Laine's ex-boyfriend contacts her about a past she'd sooner forget, and with Will's jealousy threatening her friendship with Tony, the only thing she can do is run.

Her absence forces Tony into acknowledging his feelings for Laine aren't entirely platonic. But Laine's a woman, no matter what lies beneath her skirt. They might have shared one night together when they first met, but that was business. A relationship could never work, even if she hadn't disappeared.

After Laine makes a major life-changing decision, she returns home to say goodbye. But Tony can't say goodbye back. He can't say much at all, not with Will doing the talking for him.

Publisher's note: Laine and Tony's road to happily ever after isn't a smooth one, and both must deal with violence along the way.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 571 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loose Id LLC (16 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F9F74OQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #566,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gender identity and sexual orientation 10 Nov 2013
By lilymay22 - Published on
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I wondered how the author would pull off the romance in this story--how could a gay man and a transgender woman find happiness together? Though Laine largely considers herself female, she chooses not to undergo gender reassignment surgery, wanting to still hold on to part of her male side as well. This story encouraged me to open my mind a bit and realize that for some transgender folks there's a continuum and not everyone feels the need for surgery.

In many ways this is a friends to lovers story. Though Laine is secretly in love with Tony, she pretends she's happy being "just mates" with him. She's faced a lot of rejection in her life and is afraid of losing Tony's friendship. He's one of the few people who accepts her. Enemies from Laine's past threaten her and Tony faces his own dangers from an obsessive and abusive lover.

Another reviewer mentioned telenovelas and there is a lot of drama in the tale: Laine has to face a former lover who betrayed her as well as try to mend fences with her family. Tony's life is threatened when his lover refuses to believe that his and Laine's relationship was innocent. My main hang-up with the story is that I wish it had focused more on Laine and Tony's romance and less on their individual problems.

Still I enjoyed the story and the two main characters and was glad to see them finally find their HEA. I was also glad to have my mind opened a bit :-)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 18 Sep 2013
By Taura - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this story. I read Ash Penn's free read and this story followed on. I really enjoyed reading this author and will buy more books in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of story going on 10 Aug 2014
By DeAubreyDigest - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Laine Lawson and Tony Barton are best mates, their friendship forged from a one night stand. Laine has declared herself celibate. Tony has met a man who meets all of his needs. But Will isn't all he seems, especially when he discovers Laine isn't all she seems, either. When Laine takes an abrupt holiday and Will moves in with Tony, all hell breaks loose for the pair of them. Tony learns more about Will than he really wanted to know. Laine makes a mess of her family and has a heart to heart with Adam, her ex who literally tossed her out into the street like garbage. All this while hiding her feelings for her best friend. Tony gets in over his head in Laine's absence. Can she come back and save the day?

This book needs trigger warnings for domestic violence. I wasn't expecting it and at points I had to put the book down.

Minus: My personal feeling is there is nothing sexy about the word saliva. Every time I read it in a sexy scene, it pulled me out of the book with a shudder. I think this book could have been two books on their own, one about Laine and one about Tony, instead of being one book together. There was a LOT going on.

Plus/Minus: I could have kicked Tony's butt for having sex in Laine's bed. I was so mad about it, I tweeted about it while I was reading. I don't CARE if he went back and changed the sheets. I can know intellectually WHY he did it because I've lived there, but I still wanted to smack him for it. NO. Just NO. It did lend itself to more tension later in the book, however.

Plus: I fell in love with Laine the moment I first read her. She's fun and strong without losing her feminine side and the vulnerability that makes her human. I loved that Tony, the ex fighter and all around bad@**, winds up getting himself in a heap of trouble and I actually like the mental stress it puts on him. I love the chemistry between Tony and Laine and I love Oliver for being the smooth mother he is, despite being another bad guy.

All in all, excellent read.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars stay away from this story 22 Sep 2013
By bill m - Published on
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I have never written a negative review on Amazon - I think that good work deserves recognition and that mediocre stuff will be judged on its own lack of merit. But this story is so annoying and unbelievable that it requires a warning not to spend your money on it. It's like a bad telenovela script - if you like that sort of thing then maybe this one won't offend you. This genre is bursting with silly and badly written material, but once in a while even the least discerning of readers is taken aback by some of the stuff that gets published. This is one for that category.
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