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My brother, Jamie, finally got to marry his lifelong best friend, BJ, this weekend. I was Jamie’s best man, and Scott was BJ’s best man. Not an ideal situation for either of us, since Scott and I have been enemies since high school. Somehow we managed to get through the weeks before the wedding without killing each other (barely), but then the bachelor party incident occurMy brother, Jamie, finally got to marry his lifelong best friend, BJ, this weekend. I was Jamie’s best man, and Scott was BJ’s best man. Not an ideal situation for either of us, since Scott and I have been enemies since high school. Somehow we managed to get through the weeks before the wedding without killing each other (barely), but then the bachelor party incident occurred and added fuel to the fire. Now we argue even more, and the sexual tension between us is unbearable, at least for me. Unfortunately, I have things I like— kinky things— that Scott would never be able to handle, probably because he’s not even gay. Or at least that’s what I always thought, but now I’m not so sure and apparently neither is he… Lush in Lace is a complete contemporary story written as part of the Goodreads MM Romance Group's Don't Read in the Closet - Love is an Open Road event. Tags: enemies to lovers, gay for you, out for you, funny/humorous, snarky, bickering best men, lingerie (maties/stockings), fetish/toys, nerd/jock, panty-scorcher, porngasmic fluff, family...

Title : Lush in Lace
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ISBN : 25980134
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 137 Pages
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Lush in Lace Reviews

  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
    2019-06-10 05:52

    Firstly, let me just say finding SFGR MANTIES pics is challenging, but very rewarding... And what's a review about a MANTIES story without MANTIES pics?(view spoiler)[What gets your ass in GR jail, that's what. Also, boring. (hide spoiler)]It's entirely possible I'm biased (see avatar & screen name), but there was a lot to like about this story, namely the MANTIES.How shocked would the neighbors be if they had a full view of my newly purchased teeny, pink lace bottoms and matching pink hose with garters?I think I might have had an out of body experience reading that line. I looked like a guppy out of water reading it. Lush in Lace is an enemies to lovers/GFY story. Scott Lush (I teehee'd) and Rylan Madden went to high school together. They ran in different crowds. Scott being a football jock and Rylan a band nerd. They've verbally dueled each other forever, so the notion of them having to band together to bring off their brothers' wedding has got everyone on pins and needles waiting for the fireworks.There were fireworks alright. A bet is made. MANTIES get worn to the wedding. Feelings are hurt and confused on both of their parts. There are a number of miscommunications/misunderstandings.The bottom line is they're both hot for each other, but neither thinks the other is interested.They're both idiots. There are neon signs less obvious, but I guess the old saying of not being able to see the forest for the trees is to blame.I could feel the angry sex in my bones, but my bones failed me. No angry sex. There was a grumpy cat moment.The sex was medium hot and requires some reality suspension. Scott is a buttsex virgin. He has been playing around with a butt plug recently, but still I was disappointed their first time was so fast. I wanted loads of foreplay, begging, incoherence, begging, whimpering, teasing, more oral, begging, maybe some speaking in a foreign language (I always like that), did I say begging? DRIVE HIM WILD! WRECK HIM!IT'S HIS FIRST TIME!MAKE IT COUNT!Gah!You only get one chance to wreck a buttsex virgin. Savor it. Leave an impression.Instead they went straight to Pound Town and Scott had some surprising skills... Skills I'm pretty sure you don't just learn from Googling "gay". Sucking cock like a porn star the first time you suck a cock seems a bit unrealistic. I kept chanting, 'suspend reality, suspend reality, suspend reality' with moderate success.What did TOTALLY work for me was Scott being the big guy and gagging to bottom coupled with Rylan being a bossy, mouthy and smaller top. I sopped that up with a biscuit.The dialogue and story arch are both engaging. I enjoyed the social awareness with Rylan's Socially Smarter program. I'm left wondering if that's an actual program because it's an excellent idea, one I would support. There is a cheekiness that runs throughout which I found entertaining, sometimes crude, but entertaining nonetheless. I think my favorite was their friend whose nickname is Rimmer. Guess what his specialty is? It ain't crochet I'll give you that hint. There was a lot of conflicting info with regard to the MANTIES which I found in equal parts disappointing and confusing. One minute Scott is saying he's discovered a new side to himself, the next he's saying he doesn't like wearing the MANTIES and is only doing it because it turns Rylan's crank. While I support going the extra mile for one's partner I would've enjoyed it more if Scott discovered a love for MANTIES himself. I also couldn't shake the implication that enjoying to wearing MANTIES somehow automatically translated to being gay and/or lesser somehow. As the self proclaimed MANTIES Champion this I cannot abide. NO MANTIES SHAMING!!!!Lush in Lace is fluffy and feel good. I'm not sure I bought into the whole unrequited love since high school plot device, but I'm not hatin' on it. I'm somewhere in the 3-3.5 Star range. Enjoyable + MANTIES = happy Cupcake.Thanks to the author and her team for contributing to the LOR event.

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-05-26 12:05

    This is the sexiest prompt pic of the event. And this story was sexy, but also a little annoying. What worked for me: - MANTIES (big, burly jock stroking himself through lace; stockings being ripped off in the heat of the moment)—YES, PLEASE. - ENEMIES-TO-LOVERS. I like rough, angry sex; what can I say? Some of the snark between Scott and Rylan was funny, and I liked the mega-slow buildup.- EPILOGUE: fun, smexy, and sweet. Sign me up. What didn't work as well:- Can there be too much snark? Um, yes, I think so. Rylan and Scott read very young and immature. Rylan, especially, was prone to crazy bouts of insecurity. He NEVER listened, assumed the worst, and threw hissy fits like a toddler scorned. This was seriously irritating behavior that got old fast. - Too much telling. I didn't need entire sections summarized. The section from BJ and Jamie's POV was particularly random. - Too much "straight bashing" on Rylan's part. If Scott were truly straight (vs. gay for Rylan), handcuffing him to a chair and having a stripper wave his cock and ass in Scott's face would have been ... not cool, at the very least, possibly emotionally abusive. Never mind Rylan forcing Scott to show him his (barely concealed) cock, then touching his ass crack without permission. Would a gay man like to be coerced this way? Rylan's mean streak was a mile long, and I had a hard time relating to him as an MC. Overall, though, this is a bit of fluffy, snarky fun, good for a pool-side read.

  • Jilrene ♥
    2019-05-26 11:55

    3.5ish rounded down for lack of umphI wasn't hooked or even invested in the characters. I liked it; even without the connection I enjoyed the story. Low angst, decent amount of steamy sex, but just a bit boring.

  • Ele
    2019-05-29 05:58

    *4.5 stars*I'm so relieved I liked this story! I didn't want another prompt with manties to go to waste.What I liked:*Manties play a huge part in the story. It's how it all starts but the author took full advantage of the kink and displayed it many times through the story.*Enemies to lovers trope, very well done.*Big guy desperately wanting to bottom.*STEAM! SO MUCH STEAM!*The brothers. Great couple.*A guy named Rimmer (I shit you not) and a clumsy stripper in high heels. So funny.*Rylan's Socially Smarter program. (Is there a story with Rodney and Kev? I'd read it if there was)My main niggle:*It was obvious that the two of them had feelings for each other. You 'd have to be stupid or blind to miss this and I wonder how they did not see it. * Little misunderstandings here and there, like Rylan storming off before Scott gets to explain or assuming things that are not true...from this perspective the story could have been shorter.Anyway, I enjoyed this immensely and I would read from this author again. Great job!

  • *P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
    2019-05-29 10:50

    3.5 starsThis review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.Having read 3-4 f/m reads in a row my inner mm fangirl was demanding that she had it enough and was in need of some mm love, so I decided that it was high time to give her her special treat in a form of this mm enemies-to-lovers novella.Rylan & Scott, the gay nerd and the popular jock and ladiesman, have been arch enemies all their life despite their brothers being in a relationship and their families close friends. There was just something about Rylan and the other way around that provoke the other to mess with him on a regular basis. Their snarky "fights", emotional moments and steamy scenes were the best parts of the story.I must admit that I was a bit skeptic at first after I had read that one of the guy is into lingeries(manties/stockings), but now, after I had read it, all I can say that the manties only added to the hotness department and I wouldn't mind reading more mm romances with heroes with this type of fetish.Recommended to mm fans with preferance for fast-paced, sweet, fun and a little kinky mm enemies-lovers contemporary romances!Make mm fangirl happy: Misson Completed!

  • Aeren
    2019-06-11 10:54

    Es muy complejo disfrutar de una novela cuando a uno de los protagonistas le obligan a permanecer atado mientras un streaper de polla desproporcionada se restriega contra su cara, todo ello propiciado por el otro MC... Rylan me ha parecido insoportable, no sólo es mala gente, es desconfiado y simplemente aborrecible, es un gilipollas con todas las letras y en neón, ya que se pasa media novela escupiendo estereotipos le voy a seguir. Lo siento, ni todos los tíos buenos enfundados en seda y el ocasional polvo medio bien contado merecen pasar por este despropósito. ¿No había más excusas para juntarles que la súbita urgencia de dildos y buttplugs en la luna de miel? Se iban a Europa no al Polo Sur, estoy segura que los Holandeses se las apañan bien... Culpo al KU (inserta puño a lo Scarlet O'Hara)

  • Izengabe
    2019-05-24 11:41

    Cosas que me dio por leer... No acabo de pillar el rollo manties ;D, pero bueno, es muy cortito y está entretenido.

  • Maygirl7
    2019-05-18 09:53

    The bad: the "straight " guy who's always been attracted to the gay jerk is a misogynist. Women are not smart enough to interest him anymore. Why the author thinks that's acceptable in a genre that is mostly read by women is beyond me. Maybe that was the author's attempt to make Scott's attraction to only Rylan more believable. Not buying it. Rylan in particular is an unlikeable character but I didn't want to spend any time with Scott either. Beyond that this is not the kind of writing that works for me though there is definitely an audience for it. I'm sure that other readers will like this a lot more and be able to overlook what I couldn't.

  • Kristan
    2019-05-28 07:49

    Rylan and Scott have been each others arch nemesis since high school. It's impossible for them to not take a dig at the other, insult, bait or otherwise snark their way through every interaction they have. So naturally, when their brothers (Jamie and BJ) get married to each other, it's in everyone's best interest that they call a truce for the wedding. Scott's issue with Rylan is that he provokes feelings in him that he just can't understand. Rylan's main issue with Scott is that he really can't handle the gay world as the straight brother to BJ. At least, that's Rylan's opinion. And he takes every opportunity to rub it into Scott's face. Again, and again, and again. Hence a Manties bet is made.Result: One very happy reader.Manties aside, this story was dominated by the enemies to lover aspect. Is it possible for there to be too much snark?Possibly. Sometimes Rylan is downright mean. And here's the meat of the problem for me. I didn't like Rylan all that much. Yeah, I felt for the guy; he's been in love with Scott forever and there's just something about the man that pushes all his buttons. But my God, he must be exhausted from the amount of jumping to conclusions he does. I'll give you an example: (view spoiler)[“I didn't realize how long I'd foolishly held on to the hope that Scott would miraculously change. He won’t and where does that leave me?” I asked again rhetorically. “I made a promise to myself that I'd never become one of those foolish, lonely old gay men, pining away for that one straight man, who will never be able to love them back. I can't be that person, Jay. I won’t, even if it means losing the best part of my life.”That right there? That was said the morning after his first sexy time with Scott. After a two minute conversation with Scott, where Rylan did all the talking, put words into Scott's mouth and then hissy-fitted his way out the door. Rylan didn't even give him a chance to reflect on what happened, come to terms with himself, or an opportunity to peek outside his closet. Or, I dunno, wake up? And "the best part of your life"?! You mean the part where you don't see each other all that often, but when you do, you automatically provoke the man into an argument? (hide spoiler)]Rylans behavior aside, there were some incredibly sweet moments between these two, and watching Scott come to terms with his feelings created some very endearing moments. There was some pretty outrageous dirty talk given to a man during his first gay encounters, that I would think would have him running for the hills. And I don't believe for a second that Scott became a 100% comfortable, professional gay after googling "gay sex". But Rylans take charge attitude? Mmmm. That totally worked. So did Rylan and Scott's dynamic when they finally got their acts together. Overall, an enjoyable enemies to lover, smutty, Manties read.My thanks to the author for their participation in the Love is an Open Road event.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Makhda
    2019-06-13 09:56

    4.5 starsThis was so funny. I laughed a lot with these guys. And of course, the sex scenes was HOT. This was typical kind of story. I'm sure I've read it somewhere else before. But there's something in the writing that makes me want to keep reading it. I feel the chemistry between them. And I got HEA. That's enough for me.Thank you to the author and the team behind this story for participating in this event and sharing this with us. <3P.S. : Yup, I did not wait. And I do not regret it.*********************************************************************There's three of my favorite tags in here. I'm so giddy. Can't wait to read this. XDWait for the download, wait for the download, wait for the download..*muttering*

  • Bitchie
    2019-05-17 09:50

    Finally, someone did a manties prompt justice!I loved that this was a detailed, well plotted story, rather than just a quickie for the spank bank. I loved the whole enemies to lovers vibe, and think the author totally nailed this prompt (hah, nailed).I did think that it got maybe too sappy at the very end, but what's a little sap in an otherwise totally fun, hot story?

  • WhatAStrangeDuck
    2019-06-02 09:44

    I'm not going to rate this. It was free, I'm sure there are people who like it, so go forth and enjoy yourself.I finished it but I was not happy. The MCs were too juvenile and sometimes cruel in a strictly not enjoyable way. Maybe it is in a warped way an achievement to have a gay bully but the first scene made Rylan appear just that, and nope. It's not an achievement.In all fairness, I'm not a huge fan of the "Enemies to lovers" trope but I've been known to enjoy it. With this - not so much. I think that it all boils down to the fact that the MCs just seemed too juvenile - not young in the tentative, exploring way but just juvenile. Silly. Just not my cuppa.

  • Isabel
    2019-06-16 06:02

    Men in lace.. delicious!!!!

  • Pixie
    2019-05-19 07:57

    Everything Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion said.

  • The_Paperback_Peruser
    2019-05-26 08:44

    Readable. Once. Only for the sake of manties.

  • Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
    2019-05-28 12:36

    3.25A little too much snark. I know, I know. Is there such a thing? I usually LOVE snark but they weren't just snarky...they were mean. And the miscommunication and assumptions made were annoying. Not sure I ever really warmed up that much to Rylan but Scott was sweet and of course the lacy manties made up for a lot. That prompt *fans self*

  • ❀~Amy~❀
    2019-05-30 13:05

    3.5 starsCute story and manties !!!

  • Lucy
    2019-06-15 13:47

    Oh this was awesome!!! Lush in manties!!! I liked that scott struggled with his feelings, it made it more realistic . So cute and loved the ending

  • Julie B.
    2019-06-01 09:45

    3.5 stars

  • Melanie~~
    2019-05-29 11:50

    Wow!! So much fun and SOOOO sexy!!

  • F.
    2019-05-30 10:52

    Love the manties!!

  • Trio
    2019-06-14 11:52

    Very cute. Had some good laughs and was very well written. Was waffling between 3 and 4 stars but it just got too sappy at the end. Still a very good read and the manties stuff was very cute.

  • Maria
    2019-05-18 13:47

    3.5 Stars rounded down because issuesHuh, this was unexpected and hot. And yet...I'm usually not a fan of lingerie and manties. Just not exactly up my alley, at least not in books. But it was hot here, I'll admit. That might have had to do more with Scott than the underwear, though. Because I liked him right from the get-go. He was sweet, caring and sometimes a little idiotic. But cute as hell. Rylan was... different? I liked him and his sassy mouth in a way. And I understood his aversion to getting together with a guy who want able to define himself in any way. After one time too many with "experimenting straights" the heart trends to get wary and defensive. He did open up more in the end, so i could live with that. The snarky banter was amusing, if a little too much at times. But it is an enemies to lovers story, so that wasn't really unexpected. What did throw me now and again was the underlying nastiness at times. Granted, most of the fights were direct results of miscommunication or no communication at all, but still. The times these two actually threw insults at each other and some of the interactions, especially on Rylans part, left me a little unsettled. That wasn't teasing anymore, it was downright mean, bordering on... I don't know. Not sure what you call one enemy touching the other enemies' most private orifice in public without permission? No matter what the name, it didn't completely sit right with me, and I had a harder time believing the rest of the story after that. It was a nice answer to a really hot prompt, though. And I enjoyed it nonetheless. Just not as much as I'd hoped.

  • Ashley S.
    2019-05-21 10:01

    I absolutely loved this book! Such a quick read filled with everything you are looking for in a contemporary M/M romance. Although I would have appreciated more dialogue at the beginning, the banter was second to none as was the storyline. With their two brothers getting married, Scott and Rylan (the MCs), as the two best men, need to forget their past bitterness and put on a happy face for the sake of both families. You see, they couldn't be any different from one another...or so we initially think. Scott (straight) makes a bet with Rylan (gay), which he soon regrets after what he discovers he will have to wear under his wedding attire. This part of the book definitely had me close to tears from laughter. All of that aside, it is easy to spot the overwhelming sexual tension brewing underneath the surface between these two. The author takes us on a wild ride through many different emotions from bitterness and angst to protectiveness to lust and then finally to love. I shed a few more tears with the conversation between Rylan and his brother, Jaime, and then also between the H and H when they finally admitted what they wanted. Overall, this was a great story with amazing characters, hot sex scenes and a worthy HEA. Well done, A.J. This won't be the last book I read from you!

  • Jeanne 'Divinae'
    2019-05-30 09:48

    Manties!!! Need I saw more. You should read this story just because manties are involved. ha-haRylan and Scott are soon to be brother in laws. There brothers, BJ and Jamie are finally getting hitched. They’ve been a couple for twelve years, since they were sixteen. Scott may be BJ’s stepbrother, but they love one another as if they were blood related. Scoot and Rylan are like oil and water… or at least they bicker like they are. They both assume the other hates them, but in all honestly they love one another. While Rylan is a successful, wealthy man, he has always crushed on Scott. To bad he is straight and hates his guts. Scott is a whirlwind. He isn’t gay… but he wants Rylan. In fact, truth be told he has always wanted him, but he is confused because Rylan is a guy… and he isn’t into dudes… They bicker… all the time. Then Rylan bets Scott to do something on the day of their brother’s wedding. Wear some manties and stockings. Neither of them expected the outcome. Scott is super sexy in them. And Scott… he likes the them. But most importantly he likes how Rylan likes them.They have some communication obstacles they need to get around if they are going to have their happy ending.

  • Jane
    2019-05-16 07:38

    The following thoughts were first published HERE.It's one of these books that you read and enjoy, but in the end have actually no idea what to say about those 137 pages so that your experience would be adequately described. But I will say this much: man panties or manties, especially lacy manties, are a thing I never thought of before. But what I can say that I really enjoyed, was the fact that Ridges managed to write all 137 pages of it without once saying how the men could feel their nether regions tingling and enlargening by tenfold in a second or less. I like that she kept this part realistic and that she didn't overwhem me with the amount of sex scenes going on. And I especially liked that the first one didn't happen before the halfway mark.

  • Silvia
    2019-05-26 05:40

    5 starsLush in Lace was so fun! I love reading about enemies to lovers, straight to gay, and unrequited love troupes. This fit the bill! While it was predictable it was everything I wanted to read at this moment. Rylan who is gay and Scott who is straight are best men for their brothers, BJ and Jamie, who are getting married to each other. Rylan has been secretly in love with Scott since high school. Scott has always teased Rylan mercilessly for being a nerd and Rylan always responded in kind by calling Scott a dumb ass jock. So sets the stage for this love story that comes with a dash of angst, a pinch of frustration and healthy dose of hotness that made for a perfect recipe of HEA. 5 yummy stars!

  • Leanne Crabtree
    2019-05-17 10:41

    3.5 stars.I liked the storyline--as in the arguments and bickering between our two main characters--and how they finally just came around to the idea of being together. It was rather sweet once it got going.I just didn't understand the "manties" thing. I know people have fetishes but I'm not sure if it's something that would appeal to me to read about. I found it a little strange.Nevertheless, I liked the characters. They both wanted the other but misconceptions and behaviour got in the way for the past...ten years or so?

  • Michelle
    2019-05-31 07:51

    Loved it! Loved it! LOVED IT!I must warn you, there were times that were just so frustrating. Rylan (our MC) jumps to conclusions too too much. It gets exhausting, and Lush is also frustrating. No one is actually dumb enough to have that much of a hard time coming to terms with their feelings and admitting their feelings in the real world. BUTthe author more than makes up for it with some romance . And theworstbest proposal in the history of proposals from Lush in the end.Well done.And I might be biased because I love men who wear manties...

  • Katrina Passick Lumsden
    2019-05-20 09:50

    It's free and not entirely rage-inducing, but Rylan was a melodramatic, presumptive bitch, and Scott was indecisive and sometimes thoughtlessly cruel. The two of them got on my nerves more than anything, which sucked because if their personalities had been just a bit less abrasive, this would have weaseled at least four stars outta me.