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So for several weeks, I have posted about Erika's horrid night a the club – it started with a diva fight, then she mused about not being able to get a date, then 2 prostitutes got into a fight, she gets hit in the face then she hears The Black Dragon club (her dream club) got hit – and now Puii announces…….
Erik loved her club. The garish wallpaper. The crazy energy of the divas. The fact the queens knew more makeup tips than she―
Puii's strong fingers gripped her shoulder. She turned. He held out his cell phone. "Another text from Chaylos. They hit the Purple Peacock. He says it's the Daeng Arthit Triad and they're headed this way."
To save Darien's life his brother asks, "Can you walk in high heels?"
Erika Bailey, owner/manager of a drag queen club in Bangkok, Thailand has happily settled into all aspects of her new life, except for her lack of a love life. When a new diva auditions, Erika is bewildered over her instant attraction to the blond God, Apollo.
Darien Scott is on vacation after a world tour and mistakenly figures the safest place to be is at The Black Dragon with the head of a Triad. When the club is hit, Darien is the only person to get out alive. Now he's running from the police and a Triad. Mistake number 1.
Disguised as a drag queen, he's hired by Erika, but falls hard for his new boss, then struggles with not coming clean with her. Mistake number 2.
Can he fix his mistakes and find a life filled with love or is he headed straight for mistake number 3?
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I picked up this book because the premise sounded unique. A drag club owner and her employee falling in love? Sounded like a new one to me. I didn’t really know what to expect when I started reading. What I got pleasantly surprised me.
Darien is about as alpha as you can get. A Grammy winning rock star who just finished a tour and is looking to blow of some steam partying in Thailand. Unfortunately, some gangsters come calling, at the club he is at and kills everyone in the place. He miraculously escapes the club, but the gangsters (who think he can identify them) relentlessly hunt him, leaving a trail of dead bodies behind. In his time of need, Darien calls on his brother Brian for help. Brian works at a drag club, and comes up with the idea of hiding Darien at work. After a “makeover,” broody dark-haired Darien becomes the blond god Apollo, newest member of the Pink Peacock’s cast.
Erika never imagined she would be managing a drag club in Bangkok, but here she is. She likes her new life, even though she doesn’t meet many eligible candidates in her line of work. Apollo seems different, though. She doesn’t want to be attracted to the drag queen, thinking she has no chance. Little does she know what he is as attracted to her as she is to him.
This book somehow reminded me a bit of the opening scene of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” mixed with “the Birdcage”. Darien was hilarious trying to fit into a world so different from what he was used to. Erika was smart and sassy. I loved Brian, Darien’s brother and fairy godmother. The other performers were hilarious, too.
Some of my favorite quotes:
Darien: “How’d you get so good at this covert, spy, hidden identity stuff?”
Brian: “Watched a lot of Bond movies. They are so hot. Daniel Craig. Oh. My. God!”
Darien: “I never knew being a queen was so much work”
Brian slapped his shoulder. ” We haven’t even got to the makeup yet.”
Darien: Happily-ever-afters only happened in those annoying chick flicks and love ballads he wrote.
I would give this book 4.5 stars. It was a unique concept executed well. I enjoyed reading it, and the cliffhanger at the end makes me want to find out more! I given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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