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Marly's Choice (Men of August #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  3,803 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Men of August - Marly's Choice By Lora Leigh Book 1 in the series Men of August Marly's love for Cade has spanned her teenage years, and survived strong and intact into womanhood. Her fantasies and daydreams have sustained her, but she's no longer content with merely imagining the touch of his hands, the taste of his kiss. It's time to seduce the tough, sexy cowboy. She's ...more
ebook, 269 pages
Published December 2003 by Ellora's Cave (first published August 2003)
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Eastofoz
Apr 07, 2009 Eastofoz rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lora Leigh; readers looking for sex with limited story
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Auntee
You know that nursery rhyme that starts out « I’m a little tea pot » blah blah blah ? Yeah, well here we have three little tea pots who are itching to do a heck of lot of tipping into their “beloved” Marly. Don’t know why they love her so much, but that’s inconsequential. And here we have the essence of the story. Three guys want Marly, Marly really wants one of them, ping pong this idea 'til you're blue in the face, stick in some endlessly repetitive sexual tension, add some menage and voila, 3 ...more
Shawna
4 stars – Romantic Suspense/Erotica/BDSM/Ménage

This is a bit tough to review because I had sort of a love/hate thing going on with this book...hated the characters but loved the smokin’ hot sex. I think I tend to judge Lora Leigh’s books differently than those by other romance authors though because I know going in that her male leads are usually angst-laden, dominating, uber alpha a**holes (whether they’re military, cowboys, or cops) with troubled pasts and tortured souls, but she writes such e
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Annabel Joseph
Let me begin by stating this fact: The WTFery is strong with this one. This is not the kind of book where you think to yourself, “What a finely drawn depiction of life and love.” No…this is the kind of book where the characters are crazy, the situations are crazy, and yet you suspend your disbelief and continue reading because the sexy times are so awesome. And there are sexy times on pretty much every other page. YAY!

Honestly, I love WTFery in erotic romance, and I love emotionally unstable an
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Karla
I'm glad I read this expecting it to be horrendously written with skeevy sex because I had a blast (for the most part). Zosia's reviews of the Nauti series really did me a favor because I could kick my feet up and enjoy. As a result, I didn't get hung up on all the damn yous and souls and waxed beef curtains, although I did discover that "harsh" and "bit out" are just as (ill-)used by La Leigh.

But I now see why Leigh is such a guilty pleasure, because published Godawfulness really doesn't get be
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Kathrynn
I thought this book was abuse. The boys were her stepbrothers and they felt they were protecting her from her father who wanted to abuse her. Having said that, how could they justify their actions?

I thought Cade was a jerk and he never came around enough for me. The whole "share" to make us all feel connected because we had an abusive father riled me up.

The sex was hot, but too abusive for my taste. Cade ran hot and cold: knowing he was going to share her, but chastising her when she was comfo
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Marion
This book was hot. I think that Cade is my least favorite brother. He was so obnoxious and arrogant he was getting on my last nerve. I did like Marly. She knew what she wanted and went after it. I also liked that she stood her ground when she did not agree with Cade.
Colleen (NerdyWoman) Kayter
Lora Leigh's readers are accustomed to intense characters and plots filled with nuance and psychological depth. The Men of August series doesn't disappoint. In fact, this series is psychologically darker than most of Leigh's stories. There are many erotic scenes, but this series is much deeper.

Marly's Choice could have been penned a la Diana Palmer - the classic theme of guardian and virginal ward - but Cade August is not like Palmer's brooding but honorable heroes. Cade August has two younger b
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Laurie Garrison
I love M/F/M books but this one just didn't do it for me.. I never got a real feel for the characters in this book as in most erotic books. One of the borthers Brock he is like a ghost in this book he is there but you never hear form him just a few lines even in the sex..

What I disliked most is when a woman says no even though she still feels like having sex no is no, so I felt like this book really borderlines she keep saying no and he keep telling her she wants it and she end up doing it..
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Camille-Dhark Nytmhare
This is book about an alternative lifestyle that some readers will find offensive. I am not one of those readers. Parts of the book are pure fantasy. But if you can stretch your imagination to believe men are vampires, shape shifters who can fly, then stretch your imagination to believe that men can connect through a threesome. You can also imagine that there is a 21 year old virgin who anally preps herself in anticipation of her first time. You don’t have always have to understand. Just take a ...more
Heather in FL
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Jennifer
Wish I could do minus stars!
Though as well written as her other works, this depraved tale left a very bad taste in my mouth.
Full of selfish, cruel, sick, twisted, perverted psychotic men who should be in very intensive counselling instead of being free to indulge in glorified rape/sexual enslavement, trapping formerly intelligent, independent women into a very 'mindless cult' like lifestyle.
The women are relegated to nothing but blow up dolls who can talk in this series, not even allowed to dr
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I am a Lora Leigh fan and always look forward to reading any of her books. She writes intense stories with strong, emotional and flawed characters that somehow remain with you for a long time.

Marly’s Choice is Book 1 in the Men of August Series and even though ménage is a favorite genre of mine, I did feel I a bit hesitant about the characters being three brothers sharing one woman. However, the story is very well-written and bearing in mind that this is after all fiction and just a fantasy made
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Sirenprincess
Wow! This book is something else! Know what you're getting into when reading this book. It's wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong and really just an excuse for lots of orgies. But it's still a rather intriguing read that I rather enjoyed. It's meant to be a book about people that are all broken and doing things they know are wrong but that makes them feel better. That alone made me like it. I was pleased to find that Marly stands up for herself and demands and bosses just as much as she is commande ...more
Elaine
You can read hundreds of other story synopses here, so I won't re-summarize when it is not needed.

I generally enjoy a Lora Leigh book. I know I can expect an entertaining story populated with over the top Über Alpha heroes, some hard-driving headboard banging... banging, and more. You can always count on Leigh to add a little kink to the explicit guilty-pleasure reading.

But as I read this book, the sage wisdom of Elvis Presley came to mind, several times:

“A little less conversation, a little mo
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Lenore
This was an ok read. The sex scenes were (as always with Lora Leigh) sizzlin' hot but I have to admit I hated the main characters, Cade and Marly. And the way their relationship evolves was just not convincing. Lusting after someone (even for years and years) is one thing and loving someone is a different thing entirely.

But the thing that irritated me the most was that even though Marly was an inexperienced virgin, Cade made her do things even some very experienced mature women probably wouldn'
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Luisa

What happens in this book happens between people that are family and each one of them was abused when they were children and that makes this book all kinds of wrong. Is this supposed to be sexy? Hell, no.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked this book. At that moment I didn't know Goodreads existed so I started reading this and in the beginning what is about to happen is not very obvious. I kept reading hoping I was imagining things and when it happenned, because I am that stupid,
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Leesa
I would like to give it a -1 star but I can't. When I started this book, I had read reviews and thought it can't be that bad. Believe me, it can. Save the money, time, whatever, just don't bother. I mean unless relationships that wreak of incest (I don't care if they are step brothers, that's too close!) and abuse are your thing.
If not, here's what your not missing - infatuation confused with love, creepy pervert pedo relatives obsessed with a young girl for no apparent reason but to further th
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Christine
Holy crap! I had NO idea what I was getting into with this book. So sure the initial story line seemed a little skeezy. Ward falls for her gaurdian. But hey - they weren't blood relations and this has been known to happen. What I was not expecting was the hard core BDSM and group sex that involved the 20 y.o. ward. So - I'm not usually a prude about erotica, BDSM, etc. but frankly this book scared the daylights out of me and gave me nightmares that night. Just seemed really violent. Made me wond ...more
Joie
okay so this book was all types of bad... I thought at first that at least the sex was good but I changed my mind that was just as bad too. Marly is a doormat the August Brothers are a something to say the least and I can't believe that any woman with an once of self esteem would stick around for that... and come on most of the time he was basically raping her and come on she just wanted him to stop fucking her unconscious really that's not good sex it was all just too much. The dialoge was bad ...more
Kate
Read this book as part of a "Survey of Commercial Lit" so to speak. I have to say, this book is pretty gross and I don't mean the erotic element. The leading man is an abusive, humiliating bully and the "heroine" is a weakling. Ick. I don't identify with Leigh's female characters at all and her characterizations in general are cardboard. Leigh seems hesitant to commit to her plot twists and the conflict always feels contrived and forced. It was a struggle to finish it and I'll admit I did a LOT ...more
Holly
Oct 15, 2009 Holly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Lora Leigh
Shelves: erotica, 2009, e-book
Absolutely ridiculous, but there's no denying that LL writes insanely hot sex scenes. That fact alone gets this up to 3 stars.

There were MANY aspects of this story that made me feel...well, skeeved out, to be quite honest. Which seems to be another running theme with LL's books. She seems to enjoy making the reader squirm, and not just because of the sex scenes.

This is one incredibly messed up, bat-s*** crazy family, and I hear that it only gets crazier as the series goes on. *eeeep*
Mo
Maybe I am a bit of a prude at heart - but thought it was a bit much. My Catholic upbringing coming to the fore maybe ... I did like it but found that the end was very rushed - it was all over just like that! Not sure if I will read the next in the series - want to read a NICE book now to settle down. Saying all that I have read plenty other Menage books - might have been that he was the guardian and she was only 12 when they took her in. Would not be one of my favourites.
Clary ♡.
Bueno este libro lo encontre porque los compararon con "The Naughty Boys" de la misma autora por supuesto asi que decidi leerlo pero quede tristemente decepcionada, ¿Que paso Lora? Veo en los reviews que a muchas les gusto siento ser la excepcion pero no le encontraba sentido por ningun lado ni siquiera a la parte de sex era como no se, empezaba y terminaba y no me enteraba como jaja, y por ser los tres hermanos que veian a Marly como una hermana o lo intentaron hasta ahi todo bien porque no era ...more
Flor
Ok, entonces, se sabía que este libro iba a ser del amor entre Marly y Cade más que nada. Y estaba todo más que bien hasta el final. Me quedé como "colgada" porque, ya sabía que el amor entre Marly y Cade era más profundo que el de Marly con Sam y Brock y viceversa, pero de todas formas después de que estuvieron los cuatro era como que Sam y Brock se dieron cuenta de que Marly los había sorprendido en cuanto a las sensaciones y a lo que sintieron. Supuse que iban a elegir estar los cuatro juntos ...more
Tara
Holy Jesus. I need an ice bath, STAT! Best erotica I've read in a while. Great story to go along with it too.
marlene
you could put lora leigh's name on a phone book and i'll read it. this book however squicked me out. the alpha male needed more than a glass thrown at him. he is an arrogant, self centered, all around jerk. i don't care how tortured of a past you have, or how many demons are chasing you. pushing a virgin to their knees against a barn, having her go down on you then calling her a whore as you walk away is not acceptable. even after the name calling and petty intimidating he tried she still went a ...more
Camille-Dhark Nytmhare
This is book about an alternative lifestyle that some readers will find offensive. I am not one of those readers. Parts of the book are pure fantasy. But if you can stretch your imagination to believe men are vampires, shape shifters who can fly, then stretch your imagination to believe that men can connect through a threesome. You can also imagine that there is a 21 year old virgin who anally preps herself in anticipation of her first time. You don’t have always have to understand. Just take a ...more
ValerieC
Jan 25, 2011 ValerieC rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One Who Has To Pay For it
Rating: 2.0

Just not a good book. Too many errors in what happened in one scene and the description of it later. Not well written... 1/2 of it was the angst from the hero, which got soooo boring. And his 'proclivities' didn't seem so bizarre if you read many of these books, except for the sharing with his brothers. Just another angst-ridden Dom. I also don't find a 10 year gap in age to be such a big deal given how immature men are compared to women.

I have a lot of Lora Leigh books, but this was
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Mrs. Missive
This book pushed me. I was intrigued. I was turned on. I was...annoyed.

This has a heroine returning to the home where she was raised. She has no blood relation to any of the men she grew up with, but the fact that she is going after the dude that tucked her in at night is a bit of a harsh taboo for me, but I also got passed it. Because they talked about "not blood related" A LOT.

There were also some scenes that triggered for me. Any sexual assault victims here is your heads up.

I love the basta
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Jeannette
I really enjoyed this book. It is a series that revolves around brothers who use sex to deal with something from their past, but it wasn't all about sex. In fact, many of the sex scenes were started, but left to the readers imagination.

In this book, Cade, the oldest brother, is dealing with his desire for Marly, the young woman that he helped raised. I have read another book with this storyline, and over all, enjoyed it. In this story Marly grew and was willing to leave if Cade doesn't get it to
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