From the Blurb:
The day Ryan Fulton realises he’s in love with Jamie Holt is the day he knows he’s losing him. With blue-tinted white blond hair, eyeliner, and a personality to match, Ryan knows he’s a bit much. But can he change? Can he tone it down and, if he does, can he live like that? He’d never suspect Jamie of cheating, but maybe his closeted boyfriend decided flamboyant Ryan wasn’t worth the effort.
But Ryan isn’t going to take it lying down. Determined to win Jamie back, Ryan even decides to get rid of the black and blue lace undies he just bought.
Then Jamie comes home and says they need to talk.
Ruby Moone is a new to me author, so when I picked up this book I didn't know what to expect. It's a short story - more like a scene really - about a day in a couple's life.
Ryan and Jamie are a committed couple that moved in together a few months ago and they are very different in almost every aspect of their lives. Ryan likes experimenting with different colors in his hair, he wears eyeliner and clothes in vivid colors. Jamie keeps his hair in their natural tone and dresses conventionally. Also, where Ryan is all the way out of the closet, Jamie keeps one foot in it, not hiding but not exactly open about his sexuality either.
I don't know if there's a full novel telling the beginning of this couple's story but "Eyeliner and Lace" read like a bonus scene of one. There was something missing, small details about the characters and their history. The writing style was good even though the second half of the story was slightly too corny for my taste.
I liked the beginning, where Ryan had all these suspicions about Jamie's behavior and no matter what was going on he was determined to fight for him and keep him.
The truth wasn't a big surprise but it did seem like a rash decision. As a couple, they had no consistency in their actions. They were committed and lived together, yet they didn't really know how the other felt. I think this happened so a big emotional scene could take place.
Other than that though, this is an enjoyable book, an easy and quick read to pass the time when you don't want to think about what's happening too much.
*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. *
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