Reviewed by Marte
TITLE: Plaid versus Paisley
SERIES: Fabric Hearts #2
AUTHOR: KC Burn
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 216 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 12th, 2016
Two years after his life fell apart, Will Dawson moved to Florida to start over. His job in the tech department of Idyll Fling, a gay porn studio, is ideal for him. When his boss forces him to take on a new hire, the last person he expects is Dallas Greene—the man who cost him his job and his boyfriend back in Connecticut. He doesn’t know what’s on Dallas’s agenda, but he won’t be blindsided by a wolf masquerading as a runway model. Not again. Dallas might have thrown himself on his brother’s mercy, but his skills are needed at Idyll Fling. Working with Will is a bonus, since Dallas has never forgotten the man. A good working relationship is only the beginning of what Dallas wants with Will. But Dallas doesn’t realize how deep Will’s distrust runs, and Will doesn’t know that the man he’s torn between loving and hating is the boss’s brother. When all truths are revealed, how can a relationship built on lies still stand?
Plaid versus Paisley is an enemies-to-lovers story. The main characters Will and Dallas butt heads from the day Dallas starts work. The attraction is plentiful for both, but they hate each other at the same time. There is a fine line between love and hate, isn’t it?
Will and Dallas mix together as well as oil and water. I found some of the situations their attraction and resentment towards each other funny since they are so obviously attracted to each other. They refuse to act on at first, and it’s like a tug-of-war between them.
I enjoyed their bickering and head butting. Dallas kept pushing Will’s buttons just to get a reaction. Will acted as a bit of a jerk. I admired Dallas perseverance to wear Will down, and getting him so see Dallas as a person, and not an enemy. I liked Will and Dallas together. They clearly had chemistry, and I liked how they danced around each other. Their unresolved sexual tension was through the roof. When they finally acted on their attraction, though, they went from nothing to dick touching in two seconds, which was a bit sudden in my opinion. I could have done with some seducing, and not just a sudden “I’m touching your dick through your pants right now” move.
The inevitable relationship angst wasn’t very big, and it was mostly due to miscommunication, and withheld information privy to the reader throughout the story. I was just waiting on Will to figure it out. I did feel Will hung on to his resentment towards Dallas a bit too long, and he had a really bad reaction to finding out Dallas’s secret.
I read the two books in this series back to back, and I can see some similarities in the build of the stories. Where #1 Tartan Candy was a slow build with the characters getting to know each other, and taking their time before they progressed their relationship, #2 Plaid versus Paisley was more high in passion and attraction. I felt both books had the same build up to a big misunderstanding, or revealing, that led to the characters falling out. Then an apology and quick forgiveness, and everything wrapped up nicely in a rather short amount of time. I felt the writing was a bit better in this one than the first book. Tartan Candy had a bit of a problem with repetition, and there is still some in Plaid versus Paisley, but less.
Each of the books has a different couple, but they’re all in the same group of friends and setting. If you have read the first one you’ll recognize the characters. They can be read as standalone, though. Strictly speaking, you don’t need to know the characters from Tartan Candy to enjoy Plaid versus Paisley and vice versa. I do however recommend reading them in order to fully enjoy all the characters, and get the most out of these books.
Plaid versus Paisley was a nice sequel in the series. I did have some minor niggles, like miscommunication, some of the scenes, some repetition, and how everything is worked out and wrapped up rather quickly. Will and Dallas’s attraction, however, was through the roof, their head butting was fun, and I really enjoyed reading about the enemies turning into lovers.