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Lucius Montagne and Ronnie Lake were best friends during high school, and in those two years, they fell in love. But Lucius joined the army and left Ronnie behind to deal with the pain of being alone.Ten years later, Ronnie works at Cindi’s Cabaret in New Orleans as a female impersonator. He’s come to terms with his love for Lucius and the fact that he likes to dress in woLucius Montagne and Ronnie Lake were best friends during high school, and in those two years, they fell in love. But Lucius joined the army and left Ronnie behind to deal with the pain of being alone.Ten years later, Ronnie works at Cindi’s Cabaret in New Orleans as a female impersonator. He’s come to terms with his love for Lucius and the fact that he likes to dress in women’s clothes. Ronnie’s happy, but he longs to reconnect with Lucius.Lucius returns to New Orleans and gets a job as a detective on the police force. Finding out Ronnie lives in New Orleans brings all of Lucius’s buried feelings to the surface. He discovers his high school sweetheart is being stalked by a United States senator and protecting the man he loves comes naturally for Lucius. Accepting that Ronnie dresses like a woman is a little more difficult.Yet love always finds a way to survive, no matter the obstacles in its way....

Title : Embrace My Reflection
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ISBN : 9781611240634
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Number of Pages : 145 Pages
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Embrace My Reflection Reviews

  • Shell
    2019-03-21 18:33

    Lucius Montagne and Ronnie Lake met in high school. Ronnie was being bullied by a couple of homophobic twins and Lucius came to his rescue, solidifying an instant friendship, one that grew easily throughout those turbulent high school years.At 18 years old though, Lucius had signed up for the military, was shipping off to boot camp and leaving Ronnie and his love behind. Not before spending one passionate night together, however. A night that both men held close to their hearts for the next ten years. Now, at 28, Lucius is a respected New Orleans Police Detective and his newest case is investigating a harassment claim by one of the female impersonators as Cindi's Cabernet. A female impersonator that goes by the name of Veronica Lake, but is known in every day life as Ronnie Lake.This was my first story where a female impersonator is one of the main protagonists and it was delightful. I loved that Ronnie was so fundamentally ok with himself and who he was that he didn't really let other peoples' opinions and bigotries get him down or influence his life or the way he lived. I also loved that Lucius, a masculine police detective adored and loved Ronnie too, just the way he was, heels and all.

  • MsMiz (Tina)
    2019-03-20 13:57

    Ronnie and Lucius are great together. I really liked the fact that while they were apart for 10 years, they understood and were accepting of the experiences they each had while away. There was no jealousy and getting upset, just a feeling that it was what was necessary to bring them together again.

  • Delane Davis
    2019-03-18 18:36

    T.A Chase always delivers a wonderful story. The one thing I love about Emrace My Reflection is the main characters Ronnie. He is all man even while wearing silk and satin and strong enough to love himself even when those who should love him best turned their back. The best part is the love was solid between Ronnie and Lucious despite the years apart and their coming together was beautiful. Embrace My Reflection is a must read and will remain on my TBR list as they are characters I would love to revisit.

  • Mandapanda
    2019-03-16 13:39

    I'm not a big fan of this author but I wanted to read this story with a cross dressing MC. Unfortunately I found the writing style bland. The thoughts Lucius has about crossdressing sound like he's reading them from a politically correct flyer. The preachy tone spoiled the story for me.

  • Wave
    2019-03-06 14:30

    While I like T.A. Chase’s writing a few of her recent offerings have not been my favourites. However, in my opinion, this book indicates (to me anyway), that she’s back. I thought that the protagonists, although not perfect, were well drawn other than a few niggles, and the supporting characters were fully fleshed out. In many books with cross dressers the characters are cardboard cut outs, but in Embrace My Reflection T.A. Chase makes her cross dressing character three dimensional and sympathetic. Ronnie made no apologies for dressing in women’s clothing, not only when performing at Cindi’s Cabaret as Veronica Lake, but also at home hanging out.There seemed no doubt that Lucius loved Ronnie but I didn't feel that there was a strong explanation for why he didn't contact Ronnie in the 2 years since he returned to NO. However I really liked Lucius, especially the way he protected those he cared about.The reason I didn’t rate this book higher is because of a few concerns I had about Ronnie’s characterization. My main issue was I thought that the character was defined by being a cross dresser rather than this being just a part of who he was. Consequently, I felt that what was missing from the story was more about Ronnie the man, without the heels and makeup, but perhaps that didn’t happen because we’re told that Ronnie believed he was ugly, after years of mental abuse and conditioning by his father, and wearing feminine clothing made him feel beautiful.If you like sympathetic characters and cross dressers you might want to take a chance on Embrace my Reflection.

  • Dee Wy
    2019-03-19 18:56

    This was an extremely sweet story. A friend of mine would call it sugar kink it was so sweet. But Ronnie's character stole the show. You've got to love a guy who is happy to have a penis but when he wears his comfortable jeans puts them on with silk panties and high heels, lol.Ronnie and Lucius were best friends in high school and lost their virginity to each other the night before Lucius left town, and it's been ten years since they've seen each other when the story begins. The plot with the stalker following Ronnie as he works as a female impersonator in a night club was a bit predictable, but I enjoyed their story anyway. A fun read!

  • Alyosha
    2019-03-07 10:39

    A great cross-dresser x cop childhood-friends/lovers-reunited-story! Embrace My Reflection was very, very sweet, I had a silly grin on my face the whole time I spent reading it. Both main and side characters felt real and three dimensional. Plus points for author for providing some background and soul/identity searching on the subject. Exactly what I needed. 3.5 stars(also contains a scary stalker and some very hot loving)

  • Ami
    2019-03-01 16:48

    3.5 starsHaving a protagonist like Ronnie Lake is a breath of fresh air. I love him (uhm, her?) for embracing who he is. Even if he must faces judgment from other people, it doesn't really put him down. It is a lovely story ... and there is tenderness between the two of them that just makes it wonderful. The scene where Lucius touches Ronnie's hair and notices how soft it is, is sweet.

  • Elci
    2019-03-08 17:47

    This was a sweet and fun read. Ronnie and Lucius met in high school and became best friend but life led them down separate paths. 10 years later they meet up. The relationship picks up from where it left off. Just a nice sweet read. I like books that show that just because a male character is effeminate or wears female clothes doesn't mean he's not a man or that he's not desirable.

  • Arthur
    2019-02-20 15:34

    I was a bit reluctant to read this book because of the cross-dresser topic, although the reunion of childhood/high school friends is my favorite sub-genre (I made a list for it). I'm glad I gave it a try. It is one of the better books in MM romance.Ronnie and Lucius have been best friends during high school. Upon graduation, Lucius enlisted in the Army and was sent to Afghanistan/Iraq, while Ronnie stayed and work as a female impersonator. They shared their first time the night before Lucius went to the boot camp, and were separated for 10 years. That morning, Lucius just left. When Lucius was discharged, he became a police officer in New Orleans. He was not sure if Ronnie would take him back, that it took 2 years and a criminal case to get him to find Ronnie. Actually, Ronnie always waited for Lucius. So, when Lucius showed up one night in the club, he embraced his old friend with open hand.The story was divided into two: the first is on how the two rekindled their relationship, and the second is on how to deal with Ronnie's stalker.It's written beautifully. The issue of gay cross-dresser (Ronnie does not want to be a female; he is 100% gay male who likes to wear woman's clothes) is presented nicely. Being gay is difficult enough, and being one who likes to wear different clothes make Ronnie even 'minority' among the minorities. The thriller part is also nice. Not too angsty, and the way they handle the case doesn't make you angry for being sloppy.It's highly recommended book.

  • Heather♥
    2019-02-25 12:35

    If you like reading about a sexy man in lace panties, then this is the book for you. Ronnie and Lucius were so sweet together it had me smiling a lot. Even though they hadn't seen each other for 10 years, their reunion was pretty much angst-free because this wasn't a case of unrequited love or unresolved hard feelings. As young lovers in high school they found first-time love together, and that love only seemed to deepen over the years that they were apart. They both wanted to get out of the small town they grew up in and were only separated because Lucius joined the military and Ronnie's life took a different path. Their time apart did them both good though. Ronnie became more confident and open about his preference to wear women's clothing, and Lucius knew from his time in the military that he didn't want to hide his sexual preference any longer. He wasn't ashamed of who he loved. They both had jobs they enjoyed (Ronnie was a cabaret singer and Lucius was a police detective) so being together again made them feel complete. I loved Ronnie and all his pretty clothes. I thought Lucius was a little too perfect at times, but Ronnie deserved to be doted on. Lucius was wonderfully protective and their love never faltered. A little drama with Ronnie's stalker, and a great cast of supporting characters (particularly Ms. Cindi and Percy at the cabaret, and the other tenants where Lucius and Ronnie lived) made this a very enjoyable story. And let's not forget Ronnie's pretty clothes :)

  • Ashley
    2019-03-21 18:50

    Sweet romance, though perhaps leaning too far toward saccharine. I liked that Ronnie was so comfortable with himself, and that Lucius accepted him for who he was with no issues. I did not like the writing though, and I had an issue with a major plot point. Ronnie and Lucius had not spoken for 10 years after Lucius joined the army. I don't get why they couldn't have stayed in contact. Lucius joined in the era of DADT, but they could have hidden their relationship, or at least stayed friends. They didn't have a major fight before Lucius left, Ronnie was accepting of Lucius's decision to join up. Why couldn't they write letters, or email, or have phone conversations? For two people supposedly in love they let go pretty easy.

  • Karen K
    2019-03-20 11:58

    I'm a big fan of T.A. Chase and I really enjoyed this book. Lucius and Ronnie are great characters and I love that they have a history together. Ronnie is a strong, emotional man who just happen to feel more comfortable dressing as a woman and he does it with style and grace, together with Lucius they are a fantastic couple. My only issues with this book is that it seemed to move very fast and the dialogue was a little stiff - maybe part of that is the shorter length of the book. Still a really good read, though.

  • Natalija
    2019-03-13 16:41

    I actually really enjoyed this book. There was no real character development, but I truly appreciated its originality. I'll definitely be reading more by this author.

  • jules0623
    2019-03-04 13:45

    Flat and one-dimensional characters.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-05 12:57

    All tell, no show - storyline was much better than the writing.

  • Shaz
    2019-03-02 13:29

    This was a sweet and fun read. I loved Ronnie! He's absolutely gorgeous and Lucius sounds yum. I'd love to read more about these two. That's really my only complaint...I want more!

  • Lexi Ander
    2019-03-05 14:34

    I love first love stories. Loved, loved Ronnie and Lucious together. The ending was strung out a little long for me but I loved everything else.

  • UnusualChild{beppy}
    2019-02-24 15:56

    Synopsis: Lucius and Ronnie were friends in high school, but Lucius joined the army and left Ronnie behind. Years later, Ronnie is a female impersonator and Lucius is a police officer who comes looking for him when he finds out where Ronnie is. Lucius finds out that Ronnie has a stalker, and does whatever he can to protect Ronnie.What I liked: I liked that fact that Lucius loved Ronnie, just Ronnie, not Ronnie the gay guy. I also liked the fact that Ronnie was comfortable with who he was and wasn't going to change himself for anyone. What I didn't like: the stalking aspect seemed a little over the top.

  • Diane
    2019-03-03 13:59

    This was a great story about relationships and reconnecting and is more of the focus than the situation to first get them together. As usual with one of TA's books, I connected with the main characters on an emotional level, which is what hooked me in the first TA Chase book I read. The secondary characters are people you want to know more about and hope to see more books that will give you more about them and thankfully, later this year, a sequel is coming out so it will be interesting to see how the main characters progress and which, if any, of the secondary characters from the first book will reappear!Another winner from TA!

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-15 18:39

    T.A. Chase is back on her game with Embrace My Reflection. I was ready to abandon her as an automatic buy after recent efforts (for example, Shades of Dreams was woeful compared to some of her other works). Female impersonator, Ronnie "Veronica" Lake, and New Orleans detective, Lucius Montagne, make a great couple. There are some good secondary characters as well and the plot makes sense.I also loved the cover, but since Ronnie is described as "beautiful, blonde, and blue-eyed", who is that drag queen on the cover? Another in a long line of covers that don't match the protagonists!

  • Rachel Emily
    2019-03-02 10:51

    I think someone else said the same thing already, but it seems like TA Chase is back on track with this one! I was kinda disappointed with a couple of previous releases, but I really, really enjoyed this story. I loved the characters and how sweet it was, Ronnie especially. I really liked that they didn't angst over the 10 year separation, but both realized they needed that time to become the men they are in the present. Really enjoyed it, this has everything I love about a TA Chase written story.

  • Dallie P
    2019-02-27 14:37

    Loved the premise, but the dialogue was laughable and there was zero development. I couldn't stop rolling my eyes through the whole thing. I loved Ronnie and that he was happy with who he was, but the "ugly" part just kind of ruined it for me, since she destroyed everything she had built up about his character being content with who he was. Add another nine chapters to this story and I think it would have been good, but it was just too fast paced.

  • Bookbee
    2019-03-18 17:40

    I enjoy the theme of cross-dressing. Men in satin and lace? Yum! One of my favourite M/M Romance characters ever is an effeminate man. Unfortunately, this book didn't quite do it for me. I just didn't feel the connection between Lucius and Ronnie; we were "told" about their love and connection but it wasn't made tangible for me, perhaps because I found some of the dialogue to be stilted or overblown.

  • Lidia
    2019-03-07 10:45

    Three stars for the story more one star for the sweetness that shines on all pages into dialogues between all protagonist.Brave, bold and proud by themselves are the friends by Cindi's Cabaret . Ronnie is little one, piece of cake , he is good and innocent and love silk and lace. Lucius , though at the beginning I not liked him, is a character strong but that love Ronnie tenderly, so this book is a enjoy reading.

  • Alishea
    2019-03-10 14:51

    I really wanted to love this book, but it felt seriously rushed, from beginning to end. I was just barely getting to know the MC's (who skipped through the re-introduction like it had been a couple of months that had almost been planned), when the suspense action went into overdrive. The rescue, while I was glad no one got to traumatized, almost seemed to happen too fast.Hopefully, the second book will be better. I do still intend to read it.

  • Colleen
    2019-03-04 11:51

    Kind of a 3.5 for me. I enjoyed the main characters. And the supporting characters as well. I wish that the story had been longer with more suspense on the crime front. I would have also like to see Lucius take Ronnie out on that date, out in public, and prove more than just say that he was okay with Ronnie being a cross dresser. Not that I doubted it, it's just that I felt this story could easily be a 5+ with expansion.

  • Tammy
    2019-03-02 13:52

    I love both of these characters! How Ronnie/Veronica waited 10 years for Lucius to come back to him. How Lucius knew from high school that he loved Ronnie! Such a sweet story of acceptance and love. The stalker thing was ok and the secondary characters were awesome! Would like read a little more of their story.

  • Brenda Maldonado
    2019-03-05 17:51

    I really wanted to love this book, but somehow it fell flat for me. Ronnie and Lucius didn't quite have the depth of characterization that I would have liked. I LOVE stories that feature characters that are cross-dressers, but prefer if cross-dressing does not define the character. In this case, I felt that Ronnie was mostly defined by his cross-dressing and not much else.

  • Vfields Don't touch my happy!
    2019-02-24 16:36

    Subject matter was a 5 for me because there should be more mention of cross-dressing men. The MCs were right for each other. I just wish we had spent more time with these two before they reunited. It would have given them a more well-rounded development.