Book Reviews

A Touch of Class (The Slippery Slope 2) by Merry Farmer

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 23-June-2022

Book Blurb

The butler did it…

Uptown industrial heir Kelsey Jamison III has been born into wealth and privilege, and it has made him completely miserable. Driven by guilt, neglect, and self-loathing, Kelsey lives the most self-destructive life he can as a way to seek revenge on his villainous father. He is caught in a vicious downward spiral, until help comes along in the most unlikely of men.

…but he had an accomplice…

There is nothing at all wrong with Robert Merriweather’s life…except for the fact that it is hollow and loveless. At least until he takes up the offer for a night of passion with the young man he’s had his eye on at The Slippery Slope for months. “Grace” is everything Robert has ever wanted in a lover—passionate, submissive, and beautiful. Robert is happy to carry on with his new friend without either of them knowing a thing about who the other really is.

…and now they’re both in trouble.

Kelsey’s and Robert’s worlds come crashing together when they come face to face in their ordinary lives. Even worse, when Kelsey’s father demands that he marry his rival’s daughter, Robert is the one who has to plan the wedding. Can the two lovers wrestle themselves free from the bonds of class and duty, or will lives be ruined in the name of a business deal?

Book Review

“I learned early that class is universally admired. Almost any fault, sin or crime is considered more leniently if there’s a touch of class involved.” ~ Frank W. Abagnale (Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake)


Kelsey Jamison III was born into wealth. Although the money was plentiful, his life was all planned out for him, and it was one he didn't want. The Slippery Slope nightclub and his persona as Grace offer friendship, but what he desperately needs is love. When he meets Robert Merriweather, it seems he may have found it.


Robert frequents the Slippery Slope, a place to relax and be with like-minded men. He has been watching a charming young cross-dresser but has yet to approach him. From the furtive looks Robert has been receiving from the man, Robert surmises that the feeling may be mutual. One night, he decides to approach him. The young man tells him that, at the club, his name is Grace. Grace takes him upstairs to the apartment he keeps above the club and gives Robert pause. After flirting for a while, Robert surmises what type of "fun" they can get up to. During their encounter, Robert learns that Grace enjoys rough sex. Which he is happy to supply.


Robert tries to learn more about Grace, but Grace won't tell him anything. He wants to keep who he is a secret. To enhance their fantasy, Grace wants to keep their identities a secret. Although Robert thoroughly enjoys the dynamics of their relationship, Robert begins to suspect Grace's desire for rough sex and degradation is Grace's way of punishing himself, which is not good.


Kelsey can hardly believe that not only has he ended up in bed with the man who he's been lusting after for weeks, but that Robert wants to see him again. With so little going right in his life, Kelsey wants to believe this will, but his "real" life continues to bring him down. When he returns home, his father announces that he wants Kelsey to marry a woman to secure the merger of his and her father's businesses. Kelsey reminds his father of his proclivities, but he doesn't care. Kelsey's happiness is not on his father's plan. Miserably, Kelsey agrees to meet the woman. When they go to her father's house, Kelsey gets the surprise of his life when the house's butler opens the door. It's Robert. Now, they know exactly who each other is.


'A Touch of Class' is the third book in the 'Slippery Slope' series. I've always felt sorry for Kelsey. He always seemed so sad. It was painful but essential to understand why if I was to understand him. I'm grateful that Robert's understanding and support helped Kelsey find his strength. Thanks, Merry, for bringing them together. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 252 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-May-2022
Price $4.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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