Room at the Edge is the second book in the Room at the Top se...moreThis review was originally written for MM Good Book Reviews and can also be found there.
Room at the Edge is the second book in the Room at the Top series about two submissives and a dominant working on their relationship and exploring their limits. When compared to the first book it’s missing the same tension and expectation when a lot of it was up in the air and their future was uncertain. Here the three have a more equal relationship and their needs have certainly matured.
Austin and Jay have come to depend on their Dom Liam, needing his attention as well as presence and while once their weekly meetings were more than enough, now they not only crave more, they need it.
Liam is really careful with their boundaries, doing his best to give both men what they need with simultaneously satisfying his own desires, but all three are afraid of their relationship falling apart, and while Austin and Jay are still and unbreakable unit, Liam is feeling as the third and is just as reluctant to rock the boat.
Evolving their relationship – both in the conventional sense as well as when it comes to their level of ‘play’ – was an absolute success for the authors of this wonderfully kinky story. It introduced some new aspects of BDSM as well brought other needs to the front and center, making their interactions as well as their dependence of each other nothing less of a beautiful, pain stung dance.
It flowed slowly, which in this case was a bit of a negative trait, requiring more focus as well as persistence, but still, I completely enjoyed this sequel and wouldn’t mind reading more about Austin, Jay and Liam. (less)
This is a short story that seems to promise more than it even...moreThis review was originally written for MM Good Book Reviews and can also be found there.
This is a short story that seems to promise more than it eventually offers. I was looking forward to a ménage with BDSM elements and while you will find the listed in some form, my expectations far surpassed what I eventually got.
Declan and Ron are in a BDSM relationship, deeply in love and devoted to each other. Declan is bratty and I found him to be somewhat insecure in his relationship, while Ron keeps putting out this brave adventurous vibe but in most situations comes off completely lost without a set goal in mind.
The two decide that what their relationship needs in that particular moment in time is a third in their bed and they end up inviting Christopher, Declan’s ex Dom.
For any potential readers – you should be aware that this story is primarily sex centered. There’s little when it comes to plot and BDSM is rather mild. It didn’t work for me at all, but then again, I thought the whole dynamics was wrong. Declan was way too mouthy and Ron had no idea what he wanted in bed. The three guys consulted over everything during the act, which just about killed the eroticism as well as any spontaneity that could have been found there. I kept wondering what exactly they discussed beforehand when every single move needed permission. Christopher was the only one who gave me any real Dom vibe, but I never once felt as if he was any closer to Ron and Declan than he was at the very beginning.
To conclude: this book really wasn’t for me.(less)
As a big zombie fan who had a positive experience with one oth...moreThis review was originally written for MM Good Book Reviews and can also be found there.
As a big zombie fan who had a positive experience with one other book from this author, I had to see what I Am Here was all about. An attractive cover and particularly three men on it, worked like a charm and as soon as I got it, I jumped into the zombie apocalypse.
Sawyer works in a bookstore and has the hots for his boss Jesse. Their attraction comes to its peak on the night when there is a meteor shower everyone else just has to see, but instead of solving their boss/employee relationship they end up defending themselves from biting old ladies and the still walking dead. The action, both plot related as well as the sexual, starts right away, and before you know it, you have two guys who are crazy about each other killing zombies. Personally, I really like fast paced stories with well-developed fight scenes and well thought through plot, both of which I found here.
As they run, they rescue Sawyer’s best friend, Chloe and her little brother and eventually meet up with Topher, Jesse’s ex and still a very good friend.
The ménage itself develops rather late and even then I thought it lacked the chemistry which was obvious between Sawyer and Jesse as well as Sawyer and Topher. It’s really hard to incorporate romance into something as gore filled as a zombie story and there were plenty of times where I either noticed the inconsistencies or rolled my eyes at inappropriate situations where the main characters decided to have sex. I suppose it’s a curse when you watch as many zombie related movies/shows as I do, to pick apart each action and pay attention to details.
Anyway, my main issue here was the amount of sex, which frankly pulled me out of this fast paced story. I feel there’s just no room for it when each minute is danger filled and you’ve just spent your day killing people you used to know and actually still have their blood in your hair and clothes.
Sawyer as a character was someone I liked the least. He had his good moments and I do like bratty characters, but his outbursts seemed more acted out than a part of his personality. Topher was my definite favorite and I can’t get over how little there was of him in the story as well as the relationship. Maybe its partially just my impression because I liked him so much, but the story had involved him to a bigger extent.
As apocalypses go, this was a good one. From losing your loved ones, to military involvement it probably falls under ‘classic’ category, but the author has a flair for action and it shows. So if you lack zombies in your life, pick this up and read about what’s it like to find yourself surrounded by people who want to eat you and all the imaginative ways how to escape that fate.(less)
This was another ménage I happily added to my list where age...moreThis review was originally written for MM Good Book Reviews and can also be found there.
This was another ménage I happily added to my list where age clashed with youth and all sorts of sparks kept lighting my interest.
Mike and Nick are in a relationship. A weird one, where they don’t discuss their feelings but live together and function as a couple. Occasionally they spice their life up by inviting a third to their bed and that is how Adam found his way into an unplanned romance.
Nick is the one who first saw Adam and arranged everything, since the older man was exactly Mike’s type. Now from the first I had issues with the way Nick and Mike’s relationship worked. At moments they seemed to care for each other but mostly it felt as if only sex connected them together. Adam was pretty much the glue that tied it all up and their relationship with him definitely worked.
I liked this book, and debated about my rating, but the fact remains that this worked more as a relationship between two men, that being mostly Nick and Adam. Mike was the odd man out from the start and the only one who wasn’t given any page space. I honestly thought at times that he would disappear completely and we would only be left with Nick and Adam.
In bed together they were explosive, and I really liked that part, but again wished for more details about the relationship even if it had meant cutting out some of the sex scenes. The ending is listed as HFN, which I wouldn’t really agree with. The story is finished, even if the author has intentions of writing a sequel, but the ending is rushed and not a lot was said about Adam’s family and in general the interactions needed some work.
I am rather satisfied that I’ve picked this book and would recommend it as something light to read, presuming of course that you do like three guys working it out together. (less)
It’s hard not to be attracted by the amazing cover for this...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
It’s hard not to be attracted by the amazing cover for this book and the complications promised by the blurb made it almost perfect for me. Of course the ménage is what sealed the deal and pushed me into reading this long story about trial, mistakes and forgiveness.
Spencer and Justin have been a pair for a decade, and while they’ve had their ups and downs the core of them was something that seemed everlasting. But then you have Justin and Dutch and the understanding and the feeling of rightness there just can’t be wrong. Now sparks between Spencer and Dutch are something else, and while this short summary sounds confusing, believe me, it’s nothing compared to how exactly you’ll feel once you start reading.
I actually really liked the characters and the premise of the story. I like it long and complicated sometimes but when it’s also difficult it just gives me that satisfaction I want to feel after a good book. So while I still thought this was a good story, I had some issues that might be completely individual but I think are worth mentioning.
The way the story was constructed made it very difficult to read. The author decided to switch between points of view, which I like and appreciate in a ménage, but he also wrote one chapter in the present and the next in the past. Like ten years before when it all started and as you go further along with the story the age gap slowly shortens until there is only now. All three men have their say, their view of things, and while I was initially surprised by Dutch’s perspective, (For some crazy notion I expected him to only be a third in the story without any active participation – silly of me) I soon realized it was crucial to see his side for the relationship to work. Spencer’s chapters were the most annoying ones for me, because he had the tendency to speak to his father in his head, and I won’t even go into how exactly distracting that was.
This is a three hundred plus pages story and after all was said and done, I was sad to realize I knew very little about the characters. Everything revolved around their drama, bad or just wrong choices that they never seemed to be able to work through. The secrets and unfounded conclusions were enough to drive a sane reader crazy if you’re having a bad day, but they also do add a bit of rhythm to the story that will most likely make you finish the book. What ripped me out of the story the most – and I really can’t believe I’m going to say this – was the dirty talk. It didn’t fit the character’s personalities and it just seemed so random to me it made me feel more uncomfortable than hot, which rarely ever happens to be honest.
For those of you who’ve missed it, there is cheating in 3, between all characters in one form or another, but what bothered me was recklessness which I won’t spoiler but I’m guessing you’ll see it right away if you decide to give it a chance. Another thing I consider important to mention, because I would have liked to have known it before hand, is that Spencer is positive and has been since before he and Justin have met.
As for good points; I liked the author’s approach to serious subjects, the way he just flung himself into dangerous waters and managed to handle the story to the very end. This was something really complicated to write and he managed it without missing a beat, giving each of the characters enough attention and in the end pulling them into a whole. I think the actual romance needs a bit of work and it is something where the focus was a lost, but that will just keep us on our toes for his next book. I for one am looking forward to it, and will keep an eye out. I just hope he will be gentle and ease on the flashbacks. (less)
This time round Josephine Myles gave us her flare of British in...moreThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
This time round Josephine Myles gave us her flare of British in a combination of three. A shy glassblower Josh, Japanese descendant Rai who is pursuing his PHD in economics and Evan the plumber eventually form a colorful ménage that just works.
Josh is a shy man who has an unpleasant past when it comes to boyfriends and spends most of his time enjoying the company of his best friend Denise. She is loud but loyal and doesn't hold her tongue when it comes to her upstairs neighbors who enjoy having vocal sex on a very squeaky bed. Pretty much everything makes Josh blush, he's just adorable that way, but nothing quite does it as the sounds of the hot couple, Rai and Evan, who live below him unfortunately. While the sound is excellent in Denise's apartment, Josh can't hear a thing from his, even when he puts his ear to the floor. Life just sucks like that for him sometimes.
Anyway, there is no way Josh is making the first move, but Rai and Evan don't have such reservations, and while their starting relationship is based on friendship, what comes of it is so much more.
I enjoyed this book primarily because of the colorful characters who were all very different from each other but each one with an interesting and fun quirk/interest. Big fan of ménages or not, there is enough of an actual relationship in this book to keep things going. The author is true to her style and uses art as her book's appeal factor as well as humor to round it all up nicely.
While Denise played a big role at the beginning of the book, as Josh, Rai and Evan became closer, she just faded away. It seemed like such an unlikely thing for a strong character as her. I also didn't quite like certain parts being glossed over or skipped and just mentioned later on in the text. It's one of those things that really stand out for me, because I expect them to be explained and take a center focus sometime in the book. It just annoys me when that doesn't happen. But the main thing that made me rate this with four instead of five stars is the final result of the dance between the three. Rai and Evan were solid, from the beginning to the end, but Josh started off as a casual third, and while he did progress some from that point, I never quite felt like he had as firm a place as Rai and Evan in the relationship. He was included, don't get me wrong, but some of my impression came from actions and the other part from Josh's own words. Maybe the introduction and the progress were too long and not enough page space was dedicated to the development of their relationship as a ménage. I'm not even sure, I just know it didn't quite click for me as it should.
Long ramblings aside, this is one of those threesomes that stand out. The characters are intriguing, their actions somewhat unpredictable and the plot itself was well thought through. Even without dramas THE HOT FLOOR is strong read with an amazing cover.(less)
I’ve had a nice experience with one of Elisabeth Lister’s boo...moreThis review was originally written for MM Good Book Reviews and can also be found there.
I’ve had a nice experience with one of Elisabeth Lister’s books and while that sounds kinky it’s nothing compared to the sexual tension and chemistry this author can create.
That said, I will get into this review with a warning – this is not a ménage, but rather a triangle which eventually ends with just two men together. It is mentioned in the blurb, but if you’re just skimming it like I did, and reading what you want to see you will miss it. So it happened that my whole experience of the book was clouded with my expectations and I analyzed the relationships according to them.
The whole story is told from Tate’s point of view and I read about his enthusiasm about finally having another session with this famous Dom. As the day approached his happiness was almost contagious, but then he found out that the session would involve another man, Sebastian. Tate wanted to meet Sebastian before actually getting naked with him and the sparks flying there were otherworldly. After their weekend with James, the Dom, they decide to explore their relationship a bit more despite having another scheduled session with James.
At first I was disappointed by the difference in the chemistry between Tate and James as opposed to the emotions between Tate and Sebastian. They were all supposed to be interested in each other, weren’t they? Instead James was all clipped and scene centered while Sebastian truly enjoyed every moment he and Tate had together. But then as I read on I realized it was actually a strong point of this story because it showed the difference between just a sexual meet, what the three of them experienced that first weekend and something deeper which was the case later on between Tate and Sebastian. Boy was I wrong.
The clipped and almost mechanical scenes continued throughout the story and for some reason I just couldn’t see Tate and Sebastian working out together long-term. When it comes to the professionalism of the sessions, I was pretty satisfied, but the negotiations were glazed over and that dimmed the experience for me some more.
By the end I was really struggling with the rating because the dynamics between the three was so wrong and didn’t work for me at all, but at the end, when I finally realized the book would end with just two men, I hated Tate’s final choice. Both Sebastian and James had their good points as well as bad, but I guess I’m more into the personality of the ‘loser’ in this story and that sealed the deal.
Since I’ve liked this author’s work before, I was surprised at the completely different flow of the story. It wasn’t really my thing even when I wanted to be amazed by it, so for the rest of you – pay attention to the blurb and jump in with your eyes open, tastes are different, and ours might be worlds apart.(less)
I had no idea this was a ménage because I apparently don't...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
I had no idea this was a ménage because I apparently don't pay enough attention to the blurbs, but for me that was a pleasant surprise. The beginning where it was still more about telling then showing, I was really having fun with the way Taylor saw the team building day. He was probably the most fun for me of the three guys but his bitchy attitude didn't flow into two other POVs which was somewhat disappointing and later on he seemed mostly shy if anything.
Forced to spend his day with colleagues, Taylor would rather be working and the last thing he wants it to spill his secrets to strangers. Scott is pretty much fine with spending the day outside, eating good food and getting paid for it, only he's pretty much bored out of his mind. So when they are asked to form small groups to better get to know each other, Taylor, Scott and Fergus get together and as three gay men with healthy appetites they end up starting their bonding with talk about lust.
The story really isn't long enough for much more than that and while they end up together in bed the flow of the story is such that there really should be more information to it. Except for the beginning the book felt rushed with quick jumps forward and not enough connecting points. I liked it well enough but it would have worked much better as a longer story.(less)
This was my second book by Mercy Celeste and since I absolutely loved Behind Iron Lace plus this was a menage, there was no way in hell I was skipping it. Being the kinky sort, the incest part of the story that was hinted at by the cover and the blurb did wonders when it came to my interest and eagerly expecting this book doesn't even come close. Mercy has a pretty style of writing with quick plot development and scene switches. It's something that really works for me because I don't have time to get bored before something new is happening.
This book was quite different from Behind Iron Lace but the style was there and I could see the resemblance in the masterful creation of sexual tension and influx of hard truths toward the end of the story. Of course, with three characters instead of two, and the heaviness of secrets between them, this is essentially a completely different story.
It is told from Liam's POV, a thirty eight year-old man who was forced into a life no one would willingly choose. At the age of sixteen the prom queen forced him to have sex with her, and eight months later the tiniest baby boy was born, setting the course of Liam's life. He never regretted his son, but the prom queen bled him dry and with no other choice Liam started making movies of the dirty kind. That's where he met Seth, the love of his life and his lover of six years. But the porn industry is far from a land of flowers and honey. After a movie gone wrong Liam cut all ties with that life including Seth and almost ended his own. Now, four years later, with his son Kel all grown up, gorgeous and in college, he's living in some sort of normalcy, trying to forget his past and simply surviving.
Then being a good father who is more the likes of a friend, he is introduced with his son's new boyfriend, a man who he least expected and who he both wanted to see and never wanted near him again. Seth is just as gorgeous and just as in love as he was four years ago. Is it a surprise for anyone when I say Liam feels much the same?
The long introduction suited me and the story in general was really easy to follow. There were a few almost heartbreaking moments but the hot ones eventually prevailed and I've discovered that the author's talent for making scenes steamy certainly wasn't just a fluke. I don't need to point out that all three men end up together but although I usually avoid revealing any type of spoilers, I think it's important to say here that Liam and Kel aren't biologically father and son, for all those who draw the line at incest. The feeling of discomort might still be there but I thought it important to give the reader all the facts before you get into the story.
As for the menage, the easing into it was done with a certain dose of magic to it and I had no eye-rolling moments and easily accepted their relationship as it was. As a threesome they were extremely hot and I loved Liam and Seth's past as well as the way Kel was fascinated by both older men. There is one scene toward the end that had me staring at the screen with undivided attention and I would have paid a lot of money to have been allowed to be there, just as an observer of course *grins*. I sympathized with Liam and thought his secrets were justified. It might just be me, but if faced with the same terrible choices as he was, I doubt I would have ever said a word either. He certainly never had it easy, and his story most of all made my eyes tear up a few times. I thought all three men were special in their own way and together they just worked. The age differences appealed to me as well and the slight dominance of Seth and Liam over Kel was pretty much amazing.
My only remark is kind of difficult to explain. They all had plenty of page space and the story certainly didn't lack sex, but all three together, in a situation that was normal for them, without all the side disasters, didn't happen often enough. I sort of only saw glimpses of how things would be like out of the bedroom and I wanted more of it.
Little things are often enough to make us happy. In this situation, just knowing there are more books by Mercy Celeste waiting to be read pretty much made my week. How is that for little things?(less)
LOVEGAMES is the second book in a contemporary series with wel...moreThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
LOVEGAMES is the second book in a contemporary series with well thought through characters and steamy scenes. I was really looking forward to it, especially thanks to the beautiful cover and I wasn't disappointed.
Sebastian ends up at a concert of a singer he's not that big a fan of and the last thing he expects is to actually meet the singer himself – not that he even recognizes him at first. But Keith's pushy and confident attitude isn't something that appeals to Sebastian at first, instead it is what pushes him back into the crowd and straight into the arms of Adam, Keith's boyfriend and Sebastian's favorite actor.
Keith and Adam have an open relationship. They prefer to be together, but due to their work, it often happens that other people find their way into their celebrity beds. Sometimes individually and sometimes in a threesome, pleasure is not a foreign notion to them, so they don't think twice about inviting Sebastian – a hot little thing – back to their bed for a hot night of satisfaction.
All three of them are caught by surprise when they do want more out of that burning one night stand, but the road to that ending is neither a short one nor an easy one. Sebastian probably took it the easiest, since he was the first one to be aware of his crush and accepting it, but he had confidence issues and let's face it, none of us would just accept a famous actor and singer feeling anything other than passing interest toward us.
This story shared all three points of view and I found that to be very interesting. In general I do prefer to see all sides of a situation and I do relate to such books with more ease. As for the plot, while interesting, this book was mostly a collection of steamy and inventive sex scenes, some of which I thoroughly enjoyed but that might not be for everyone simply because of their frequency.
There was a certain plot bomb just jumping out of a story, but I was focused more on the characters and their struggles which were exquisite and detailed enough to make the story appealing despite the sex. With secrets falling out of Keith's closet and the intensity cracking between all three men, it takes effort for them to find their happy ending and that was the part that touched me the most.
The first book in the series – Paper Planes – is in my opinion better than this sequel. The characters are more wounded and their attraction more on the side of keeping the readers on our toes, but LOVEGAMES does have a charm of its own. It is a completely different book, from the plot to the fact that it's a ménage, but still very special and also another reminder why I like this author's work. I have read a few books by her and one thing I can say about them is – they are all different. Very different from one another and in my book that is a big plus. When an author can create a different style with each story and bring new depths to the writing, there is nothing else to be said there other than maybe slapping a big fat recommendation label right beside the author's name. (less)
I'm not sure how much an author can say in eighteen pages with...moreThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
I'm not sure how much an author can say in eighteen pages without concentrating solely on one part of the story. Maybe that is why I rarely pick extremely short books to kill my hours in the day. Ms Black chose short and to the point sentences with little explanations and quite a bit of action to set a base for what could be a great future novel.
There isn't much to it really. Chris needs new furniture, Ethan and Jackson are selling it and from there it's straight to the action. Honestly I felt a bit like I got dropped into an episode of the Twilight Zone. The whole setting just screamed for a shocking punch line. But nothing like that happened. It was an instant attraction and the beginning of something more.
The word count worked both in favor as well as against their tale, where little details made it raw and fast paced, quick development left plenty of room for not quite believable situations.
It was no more than a taste but certainly impressive.(less)
WHAT WE DESERVE is a sweet story about three guys who were luc...moreThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
WHAT WE DESERVE is a sweet story about three guys who were lucky to find each other and who didn't let past conflicts get between them.
Sean had been in love with his best friend Jamie for years only he never thought his desires would be reciprocated. He was close to ecstatic once Jamie took him into his arms and made his first time as special as it could be. After all, Sean's wildest dreams came true and nothing could have spoiled it. Until morning came and Sean was told Jamie had left him without a word and joined the army.
They say first love is the hardest one to let go, and no one knows that better than Sean. Even when love is all but crashing through the door, he is reluctant to commit himself completely to Tyler, the man he cares deeply for. Then Jamie is back, after twelve years in the army and he's not willing to disregard his wishes again and deny his heart. He wants Sean close even if just as a friend.
Up to that point I really liked this book. All three guys were developed nicely, their relationships explained and explored and I really saw a lot of potential in this story. But once Jamie started insinuating himself into the lives of the people he'd left behind – and he'd left more than just Sean – the plot started to rush. Gone were all the explanations and gentle easiness of their contact and instead we got three men who knew themselves more than people double their age. They accepted their feelings without a glitch and they plunged into a life that was sure to be full of trials and difficulty.
For me, the rest of the story was just too sweet and their conflicts mostly unbelievable. Sex scenes were excessive and somewhat failed to show me the connection the three men obviously shared.
Despite that, I would be curious to see what this author could do with a bit more page space and time.(less)
While the blurb promised a lot, especially because I was lured into it by the menage, the final result was far from my expectations.
First of all, I co...moreWhile the blurb promised a lot, especially because I was lured into it by the menage, the final result was far from my expectations.
First of all, I couldn't get into the writing at all. Even when I put aside all the hopping from one pov to the next in the same scene, there's still a matter of somewhat forced dialog and just excessive descriptiveness. I got hooked by the potential, but other than the guys' looks and occupations, in the end nothing else appealed to me. I didn't find the plot believable and sex interrupted the story way too often. Maybe a part of my dislike was also in the fact that I haven't read the first book, but to be honest, after this one I don't even care. It's hot and some will probably find it exciting, but for me it was a complete miss. (less)
Surprisingly enough, ménages do it for me. This one more than did it. The perfect combination of steamy sex scenes, character vulnerability and mysterious background story just sucked me right in. I'm not lying when I say I hardly took a break and genuinely enjoyed every sentence in this complex tale of self-discovery, surrender and love.
It all starts with Mac chasing a story. THE GOLDEN DANCER has been stolen and the prime suspect is the billionaire Daniel Terrebone. Mac thinks he's on to something and as much as he dislikes the owner who's been robbed, his curiosity for the story is much stronger. He is set on exposing the billionaire as the thief.
Then another story comes in, one Mac shouldn't have gotten but is more than willing to write. Trelain is a real, flesh and blood dancer, a graceful star, winning the adoration of every crowd he performs in front of. Trelain can dance, and ballet happens to be very close to Mac's heart.
But Daniel doesn't just collect art, and Trelain has both eyes as well as great appreciation for beauty. Running to the rescue has Mac falling into all kinds of lust charged situations, and before he knows it, covering a story gets all kinds of additional meanings.
From simple infatuation to full out realization, Mac's life flips in a mere blink of an eye, and instead of just day dreaming about steel thighs and golden hair, he finds himself expecting that strong arm on his shoulder and the irresistible sound of begging.
I'm sure not everyone will like this story. For one it's extremely sexually charged and the guys certainly don't lack any imagination when it comes to experimentation. The whole theft thing was done nicely, but for people expecting a lot of explanations and detailed descriptions, it will probably be a disappointment. The author focuses more on the love story, the building relationship, conflicting emotions and the strings connecting the three men together.
In every way, I approved of that approach. I loved the excessive sex, the emotional sides which came out in just the right moments, and those sugar coated sentences of affection simply did me in. I liked the idea of the theft and thought it a great starting point, and a rather good conflict later on, but did I expect details about it? Not at all. I wanted a romance and a romance I got. It only had three hunks instead of two and that made it pretty much impossible to wipe the smile off my face.
Tara Lain knows how to write her men, breathe life into them and give them just the right amount of sensitivity without making them a weeping mess. They are funny, sensual and endearing, the same as her wonderful book.(less)
Menages are something I truly enjoy reading about, but thos...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
Menages are something I truly enjoy reading about, but those are also some of the stories that are most difficult to write. How do you make it work three-way without giving the impression of distancing one of the characters? Some authors are brilliant when it comes to creating unbreakable emotional ties and making the sexual aspect of their relationship a side thing. I more than found what I was looking for with this book.
The story starts off with Dru and Thom's relationship. Even once Skye comes into the picture, the focus stays mostly on the love between the first two. It was a necessary step, in my opinion, to show just how strong their bond is before accepting the third, Skye, into their folds. I think I easily liked Thom the most, and on that point, I missed more details about him and the insecurity he lived with daily. That imperfection made him special for me.
The attention paid to Skye's past and his growth from a damaged, almost boy, to an even stronger man was exquisite, and that was also my favorite part of the book.
Glitches started toward the end, where the only female character in the book began to get a somewhat bigger role. Her way of approaching things mostly made me angry and I thought of her as a jealous, insecure woman who didn't care about friendship even half as much as she said she did. So even though I suspect she was supposed to be a positive character, all I got from her was an extremely negative vibe.
Overall I consider the first half of the book to be much better than the rest which was muted in it's intensity by unwelcome time jumps and badly handled dramas. With that, all that's left to say is how despite the few flaws, this is a wonderful menage with great character development, intense emotional situations and delicate but few sexual moments. I do recommend it. (less)
When in need of a good BDSM story cut with sweetness and serve...moreThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
When in need of a good BDSM story cut with sweetness and served as a three-way relationship, you should look in the direction of this book. Adorable subs in need of a firm hand could make even the toughest of hearts stutter, but a good top just sets the beat straight again.
Jay and Austin are two submissive men in a relationship. They love each other deeply and they know that will never change. Unfortunately, their needs are not fully met as their yearning for punishment and balance is too strong to simply go away. Their previous arrangement with Patrick, a stable dominant fell through when the man moved away and the rising frustration during the following months just didn't make things easier.
Liam came in as a recommendation from Patrick. He is a straight divorced man with plenty of arrogance and a sexy accent who seemed like the right choice. But does the right choice also mean all rules imposed by Jay and Austin can stay the same?
I ended up thinking my rating over for some time after I finished this book. Considering some parts and figuring out if others could have been written differently. So my final rating isn't something I just stuck up there based on mild fondness.
This is a slow pacing book. There is no action and rush. Every detail is explained and every action thought through. The characters had their voice, their personalities were distinguishable and very powerful. From the very beginning I was carefully guided into their world. First into the relationships of Jay and Austin—their needs, wants, desires as well as their habits and quirks were made so a part of them they almost felt real to me. Later on, when Liam came into the picture, his dominance was so powerful I could see why the two subs needed him. The gradual progression from getting to know each other to pushing the limits almost made it seem like a movie and contributed tremendously to the story.
The book is filled with their scenes which can't be considered hard, but were very enjoyable. I loved to see them squirm and just snap into that state of mind where they felt safe and the different points of view made every man completely involved into the story.
The character of Austin's sister, April, was the only disruptive element of a nicely moving story. Her attitude and general personality were just ugly and even though she does end up being apologetic by the end of the book, that part was not as well worked through to make it believable. In addition to that, my biggest objection was one point at the end where a type of unnecessary conflict was placed. I truly felt as if someone grabbed me by my shirt, slapped me a couple of times and then put me back down, and expected the wonderful relaxed mood I was in before that moment to continue. It did eventually, but that took time and there were just not enough pages left to the story.
The feeling I got while I was reading made me realize I had to rate this book with five stars. I enjoyed it immensely and as such I recommend it. (less)
This was a very dark book with gritty scenes and shocking...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
This was a very dark book with gritty scenes and shocking events. Don’t let the mention of Fae fool you into thinking it will all be flowers and pretty guys. It’s not.
The beginning was very confusing and hence frustrating for me. I didn’t know what was happening and to whom it was happening. But once I understood the workings of the world and who the main protagonists actually were, I started to look forward to their interactions and future events.
I can’t really say what this story was about without revealing spoilers because the blurb only gives insight into this intriguing world. But I can say that it is a ménage between two Fae and one human. Each of them is a killer with a past of his own and some very vivid memories of their actions. They don’t hide it, or hide behind it, but rather admit their actions as well as their enjoyment in the brutal side of their lives.
Other than the beginning, I only had some issues with the ending. On one side I found the epilogue unnecessary and on the other, it frustrated me that it was written the way it was. But I suppose it makes sense as a hunter could never be truly satisfied without the hunt.
This story is one I would recommend, and it does push me to read the other book set in this world, so my only warning would be – you will want more. (less)