Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: Stranger in Black
AUTHOR: Devon Rhodes
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 76 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 10, 2016
Before Christian can end his relationship with a closeted cheater, he needs to see the evidence firsthand. He disguises himself and attends a masquerade ball escorted by a friend, in search of the Stranger in Black. When he finds him, he gets something entirely different—and much more erotic—than he expected.
Wearing a black-and-gold mask, Jarrod is on the hunt for Chris, the “other woman” his best friend’s fiancé is having an affair with. But a sexy vision in a white gown captures his attention and takes his breath away, which is strange, since he’s gay.
One by one, the pieces fall away, exposing their dual deception. After the masks—and the pants—are off, Christian and Jarrod must work together to support a friend… and maybe become something more than strangers.
First Edition published by Amber Quill Press, LLC, 2011.
Christian has decided to end his relationship with Carl after he discovers that even though they’ve been dating for a while now Carl is still the same as he was years ago when they were in college. Carl had been Christian’s world back then right up until the night Christian saw Carl out on a date with a woman. Christian knew Carl was scared of being outed as gay so he did everything he could to make sure no-one suspected a thing. Now that Christian has opened his eyes o Carl’s treatment of him he has been going over their entire relationship and he doesn’t like what he’s seeing!
Sure the sex hot but there has always been something missing, a lack of emotional investment on Carl’s part. Carl has never taken him out, he’s never even spent the night at Christian’s. When Carl bought in his costume and invitation to the masquerade ball held by Carl’s legal firm, Christian thought he might actually be invited to be Carl’s plus one, Carl’s excuse? It’s more of a work thing than a social thing!! This is when it hit Christian with the certainty that Carl was never going to be his and that yes he was more than likely in a relationship with someone else!
Christian has asked his best friend David to help him get in to the ball as he knows that David gets invited every year. The costume Christian ends up with is a Marie Antoinette-esque style gown along with a wig and bejewelled mask. David has asked his cousin Shenice to do his make-up and when he looks in the mirror he would swear it was a woman looking back at him. All he has to do is find Carl at the ball and discover who he’s with. The only problem with that is Carl isn’t wearing the “Stranger in Black” costume. It doesn’t take long for Christian to realise the mix-up and find the real Carl, along with the woman Carl is with.
Jarrod has been asked by his best friend Mira to wear her fiancé’s costume to find out who Carl has been seeing. When Jarrod see’s a woman who is staring hard at him he realises this is the one who has been with Carl what he can’t work out is why he’s so attracted to her when he’s gay! After discovering she is really a he, Jarrod is determined to kept the knowledge that Carl has been sleeping with a man not a woman.
Even though Carl tries to get back together with Christian, Christian wants nothing to do with him as he’s found something a whole lot more meaningful with Jarrod! You are going to have to read the book to find out what happens next, I promise it’s worth getting your own copy. I definitely have no hesitation in recommending Stranger in Black to everyone.