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Beneath the Layers

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Eight stories of men who like a little satin and lace.

A Linebacker in Lace by Caitlin Ricci
This ex-linebacker is impossible for his friend to resist.

Satin Secrets by CL Mustafic
Sometimes secrets are better when they’re shared.

Backwards and in High Heels by Elizabeth Coldwell
Tonight he has the chance to live out his dream.

Angels in Delaware by Sita Bethel
When one finds two
ebook, 165 pages
Published April 17th 2017 by NineStar Press
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Let me just tell you how much excite I had when I heard there was going to be a whole book devoted to MANTIES!

Even though I don't care for anthologies, the MANTIES will not be denied!


A Linebacker in Lace by Caitlin Ricci - 2 Hearts

Super rushed.
The dialogue's stilted and this "relationship" moves at lightning speed riiiiiight into instalove land. A decent attempt was made to flesh out the characters, but by and large it was
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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This book was provided for free by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.

From the first time I saw this book while browsing new releases, I was so excited to read it. I love stories that push the boundaries of gender expression, and I especially love stories that allow characters to do this with the support of their loved ones. These stories, while not without sprinklings of angst, all have happy endings. They all contain an aura of relief, like we're privy to
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5-3 stars

A Linebacker In Lace
3.5 stars
Well written and likeable characters.
A sweet little tale that is a beginning of a story rather than the full picture.

Satin Secrets
3 stars
This is a sexy little scene.
It's obvious what's going on from the very beginning and it was a bit over the top and 'damsell in distress' but it didn't dull my enjoyment in the writing.

Backwards And In High Heels
1.5 stars
I didn't enjoy this one.
I liked the premise of the story but I didn't connect with the characte
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review

1. A Linebacker in Lace by Caitlin Ricci
An ex linebacker gets spotted wearing a pair of lady's underwear, and it leads him down a previously unknown path.

It was refreshing to see a manly man accepting that he liked being in lace. The way Brent was accepted without question by Arliss and his family was sweet as well. Gives warm fuzzies when you can feel the love coming from the story.

2. Satin Secret
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The stories in this anthology are connected by underpinnings. Specifically, pretty unmentionables in satin and lace, worn by men who like the feel. As with any anthology, I had some I liked more than others.
A Linebacker in Lace by Caitlin Ricci, rated 3.5. Let’s put it out there that Arliss is amazing. Brent wears the silk panties but he still thingks “It’s wrong to want them. To wear them.” Arliss makes sure Brent knows that it is what Brent thinks and feels that is important. As an ex-jock, B
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology
~ 3.5 Stars Overall ~

There are eight stories contained in this latest anthology from NineStar Press. All contain lightly erotic stories of men who are femme-leaning, and enjoy some kink in their lives. The stories introduce you to the wide range of topics contained within the femme kink, and the men who push the boundaries of gender expression. It covers everything from manties to drag to transgender men. There are some heavy hitting authors here, and I really think that you will enjoy at least
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall … 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

All of these stories are fun and follow the overall theme in different ways. The selection of stories varies greatly and none seem repetitive. I wouldn’t call the majority of them “hot” and too many were not at all steamy. I look at the purpose of an anthology, besides entertainment as a glimpse into the writing style of authors I may be unfamiliar with to tempt me to go look for their other books. This anthology didn’t really hit that mark but it did keep me
James Stryker
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A unique anthology from a talented group of diverse authors. I appreciated how the concept that ties this collection together embraces gender fluidity with a variety of perspectives and heats – it’s a combination of stories to strike you in whatever mood you might be in.

The shining piece in this anthology, for me, was E.M. Hamill's All that Entails. In taking a historical perspective, Hamill’s story is an intriguing twist on the “arranged marriage.” Relayed in dual POV (so awesome in a short st
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
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Overall, Beneath the Layers is an interesting mix of gender friendly, lace loving men.

Laura ~Passion flower
Beneath the Layers (ARC) was graciously provided to me by IndiGo Marketing & Design for an honest review.

"The Warm and Comforting Embrace of...Satin and Lace..."

Wow. *sitting here speechless* Well. Having just read my first Anthology, an Anthology filled with a whole lot of smooth and lustrous satin, frilly and detailed lace, a corset here and there, along with a light and feathery boa to round it all up, I don't quite know what to say yet. And, that's a first for me!

When I first saw the
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A Linebacker in Lace by Caitlin Ricci
Brent and Arliss are adorable together. Arliss might have been a little overzealous in his love of lace, but how can you fault him for that?

Satin Secrets by CL Mustafic
This is basically one long scene, but is kind of perfect for what it is.

Backwards and in High Heels by Elizabeth Coldwell
This romantic little story includes dressing up and dancing. I really enjoyed this little glimpse of an obviously loving and supporting couple.

Angels in Delaware by Sita B
A Linebacker in Lace by Caitlin Ricci - 2 stars

Satin Secrets by CL Mustafic - 2 stars

Backwards and in High Heels by Elizabeth Coldwell - 2 stars

Angels in Delaware by Sita Bethel - 2.5 stars

All That Entails by E.M. Hamill - 3.5 stars

After the Dance by Sydney Blackburn - 3 stars

A Secret Shared by C.A. Blocke - 2 stars

Ruffle My Feathers by Asta Idonea - 2 stars

Details to come.
Nicki Markus
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: read-lgbt
Beneath the Layers is a great collection of diverse tales, from the sweet to the erotic. There's something to appeal to all tastes, but my personal favourites were Satin Secrets by CL Mustafic, After the Dance by Sydney Blackburn and A Lineback in Lace by Caitlin Ricci.

Disclaimer: One of my stories features in this collection; however, my review pertains only to the other stories therein.
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This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
This was a collection of perfection! The stories were all of just the right length and were unique and unusual. Nothing overly predictable.
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May 01, 2018
I loved this diverse anthology. Beneath the Layers is filled with eight—EIGHT!—stories about gender and identity; desire and acceptance. Men in lingerie? Yes, please! Some in this bundle are scorchers and others completely clean, but there’s something for everyone.

A Linebacker In Love by Caitlin Ricci – 2.5 stars

This was probably my least favorite in the bundle. A former football player finds comfort in wearing lace and a shop owner introduces him to more. I expected the story to be short, but
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Wow, all the stories were so good. You guys did an amazing job!
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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This is a wonderful collection of stories; especially of you love men in lace like I do. All of these stories are quite different with only the lace as something in common, but I think it makes it even better because you get to see such different relationships. Some are comfortable in their own skin while some others just need love and support to know that what they want is okay. Most of the stories are told thro
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Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5* stars

This is a collection of short stories offering a little slice of life of men who like a slip of silk, a touch of lace and the occasional high heel. A couple of stories are quite chaste in their affections, whilst others range from fun to smexy.

A Linebacker in Lace by Caitlin Ricci
Brent is an ex football player and gets propositioned at a sports bar to visit a lingerie shop because there is sliver of lace showing above the waistline of his jeans....

I found this story a little forced an
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Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. If she isn't writing, she can usually be found studying as she works toward her counseling degree. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces ...more

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