Le Jazz Hot by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid is the second book I've read by this writing team. I really loved the first book they collaborated together on, Black Gold, and was extremely anxious to read another book written by this co-authored team. I admit I had high expectations when I started Le Jazz Hot, and was surprised by some of the twists and turns the storyline takes throughout the book. It's unlike any book I've ever read before, and now two days after I read it, I'm still a little undecided about how I feel about it and how I should rate it.
Julian Larson had no idea when his best friend called him for a favor that it would change his life forever. Although, Julian loves being a man, he also loves to dress up in women's undergarments and clothes when he wants to feel especially sexy. As an unemployed actor and singer, Julian has to take gigs like being a drag queen just to make ends meet. So, when Julian's best friend asked him to perform as a woman for a regular customer at his best friend's bar, Julian hesitantly agrees. Once he gets to the bar and finds out that that it's the patron's birthday and that he's a macho and VERY straight firefighter, Julian becomes worried. Even though Julian can easily pass for a woman, he fears that the macho fireman will see through his disguise and not appreciate that Julian tricked him and `she' really a man. But, once Julian lays eyes on the big, sexy firefighter, he becomes almost immediately smitten with him. The fireman's gentle disposition and inner sweetness calls out to Julian's heart. These unexpected emotions and Julian's strong feelings of desire for the fireman scares Julian, and he ends up leaving in the middle of his act. He knows he must get away before he either gives his true identity away and he must save himself from falling more for the adorable, STRAIGHT firefighter.
Trent Fitzgerald can't believe the lovely, young woman who was singing in his lap so sweetly to him just up and left him high and dry. Although, Trent has been unlucky in love in the past, the strong connection he felt for the beautiful female entertainer drives him to uncharacteristically decide to look her up. After convincing the owner of the bar to tell him where "Julia" lives, he decides to show up at Julia's apartment and woo her until she is convinced to go out on a date with him. When Trent goes to Julia's apartment, he's surprised when a pretty, young male named Julian, answers the door. The young man, Julian, looks so much like Julia, Trent believes that Julia/Julian are twins and soon becomes friends and strangely attracted to Julia's "twin" brother Julian. As the two men become fast friends, both men start craving a relationship and a love that neither had thought they would ever have in their lives.especially together. But, the more the two men are together, the more lies pile on top of more lies and soon Julian is plagued with guilt and fear that he will lose Trent altogether. When the truth finally comes to light, will Trent be able to forgive Julian and make a life with him together.forever?
I liked this book. I liked both of the main characters, Julian and Trent a lot. Julian's determination to make something of himself and his zest for life was refreshing to read in a hero. Even though he can be selfish and somewhat superficial, the love he feels for Trent changes him into a more caring and loving man, and a hero that I really came to care about. Trent is another uniquely written hero. Even though he's big and burly, his sweet and gentle disposition made him a hero that wasn't one I'm used to reading about. I mistakenly thought that he would be an uber alpha hero, that would have a `devil may care' attitude, and I admit I'm glad I was wrong with my assumption. Trent is a simple man. Although he has an extremely dangerous job, he wears his heart on his sleeve, has been very unlucky in love and is quite endearingly na‹ve throughout the book. Trent's gentleness and the utter trust he has in others might turn some readers' off. I admit there were times I wanted to grab Trent myself and give him a good shake because he refuses to see what is going on in front of his face. In the end, I ended up really liking Trent, and admired his big heart and willingness to forgive for a chance to love and be loved.
Le Jazz Hot won't be a book for everyone. I have a feeling that there will be readers that either love these characters or hate them. There will be some readers' that will not like the flamboyant, larger than life, Julian, and the sweet, sexy and simple Trent. I admit there were times Trent's naivity made me roll my eyes, but I still liked him. Some readers also may not like the lies and deceit that continuously go on throughout the book, and they might be turned off by the `gay for you' theme that Le Jazz Hot has.but not me. Le Jazz Hot isn't the most realistic romance I've ever read, but I DON'T read romance for its realism. I like being swept away by likeable characters and the emotional connection and love they share between them, and in the end, I ended up really liking this book and the characters in it.
I've decided to give Le Jazz Hot 3.75 stars because I DID like and appreciate that the authors' went out on a limb and took chances with both characters' and the storyline itself. I thought it was a fresh and sexy read that I really enjoyed and I look forward to rereading it again one day. I'm definitely going to be looking out for more books written by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid. I really enjoy the snappy dialogue they write in their stories and their uniquely written characters
Handsome Julian Larson is a talented singer and dancer who performs in drag to make ends meet. So when his best friend needs a burlesque act at the last minute for a fireman's birthday party, he calls Julian. There, Julian dances for the birthday boy, Trent Fitzgerald; a too-good-to-be-true heartthrob who is too nice to keep a woman in his life.
Falling hard for the leggy, blond singer--but believing that she's a woman named Julia--Trent tracks Julian down to his apartment where Julian poses as "Julia's" twin in a desperate, doomed ploy to win over the sexy firefighter. When Trent inevitably uncovers the truth, will it mean the end of Julian's chances or a brand new opportunity?
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.