Review: KC Burn – Plaid versus Paisley (Fabric Hearts #2)

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Reviewer: Ashley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Summary:

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?

Review:

Dallas’s life could not get worse. After losing his job because he couldn’t work due illness, losing his home, and being rejected by his parents he turns to his older brother for help. And not only does he get a place to recuperate, his brother also has a job for him. The catch? It’s with his old supervisor, who Dallas has had a crush on for years. The other catch? Will blames Dallas for being laid off of his old job, and Will refuses to let the fact that Dallas is handsome and charismatic fool him into losing this job as well. As the two work together and grow closer, sparks flare and a relationship blossoms.
I want to start off by saying I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first book, Tartan Candy. I did enjoy seeing Raven and Caleb, and I loved learning more about Jamie. And Dallas! I wanted to wrap him up in blankets and protect him from the world. He was such a delight to read about, and I loved watching him grow stronger both physically and mentally as the story progressed.
I had two big problems with this book. First, I found Will entirely unlikable. His paranoid and distrustful nature was grating and remained through the entire book. And since most of his paranoid distrust was groundlessly aimed at Dallas, the precious lamb who just wanted to love him, Will’s issues were doubly hard to overlook. Second, much like in Tartan Candy the plot of this book climaxes with an earth shattering, relationship crushing argument. This was my least favorite part of the first book, but in Tartan Candy I actually liked both main characters and I could accept it when they made up. I spent the entirety of this book dreading the coming conflict, and when it came it took Will from annoying to cruel. I didn’t feel he deserved the forgiveness he was given, but it made Dallas happy and that’s what mattered to me most.
Overall, this was a very well written book with lots of very likable and fun characters (aside from that one…). I think people who enjoyed the first book will like seeing those characters again. And while this wasn’t my cup of tea, if you like contemporary novels, good character growth, and conflict, this may be a good fit for you.

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