Lovers Taggart Brody and Justice McKinney possess special abilities that make them valuable to agenciSynopsis:
This title is part of the ACRO universe.
Lovers Taggart Brody and Justice McKinney possess special abilities that make them valuable to agencies who employ—or enslave—people with extraordinary talents. When tragedy tears them apart, Justice finds purpose working for the good guys: ACRO, the super-secret Agency for Covert Rare Operatives. But he never forgets Taggart or the past they once shared.
Heartbroken, Taggart runs from who he is . . . right into the arms of Ian Bridges. But Ian, battling his own demons, betrays Tag to the terrorist organization Itor. After months of torture, Tag manages to escape, but kills an ACRO agent in the process.
With nowhere left to turn, Tag disappears into the Alaskan wilderness, but it’s only a matter of time before his enemies track him down. He reaches out to Justice, and somehow Ian finds him too, hoping to right his wrongs. With ACRO and Itor both bearing down, the three men must figure out how to forgive, how to work together, and how to love each other—or the coming battle will destroy them all.
I was rather excited about this book when I first saw it up for preorder on Riptide's website. I ended up preordering the entire Share the Love Bundle so that I could read all three of the menage stories of which this was one of them.
Let me start by saying that I have never read any of the books that this series is set in. Despite that, I didn't feel lost or anything. I'm not sure if any of the characters were introduced in the main series or not, except for probably Devlin because he's the Big Boss. If Justice, Taggert or Ian were, by not reading those books, I lost a connection to the characters. If they weren't, then the lack of connection I felt is due only to the words that were on the pages.
The book starts out with Justice getting called into Devlin's office to listen to a message of Tag requesting to speak with Justice. When he wasn't allowed to speak with him, he left coordinates where he could be found. Justice goes to find Tag so he can bring him back to ACRO, which he knows Tag doesn't want, but Justice isn't the only one that shows up to save Tag. His other ex Ian also shows up despite Tag not asking him to. Tag is pretty pissed at both men and I don't blame him, but there's more to the story, at least, where he and Justice are concerned....more
As a teenager, Charlie "Chase" Rhodes meets Scott Boone and falls head over heels in love with the popular, athletic boy next door. Charlie tSynopsis:
As a teenager, Charlie "Chase" Rhodes meets Scott Boone and falls head over heels in love with the popular, athletic boy next door. Charlie thinks he's living the dream when Scott says he feels the same way. But his dreams are dashed when Scott moves unexpectedly and doesn't return.
Years later, Chase meets brash and confident Adan Navarro, who claims all he wants is a round between the sheets. When they're still together after eight months, Chase is convinced Adan returns his love. But then the time comes to be open about their relationship, and Adan walks away instead.
Time heals all wounds, but when Charlie runs into Scott and Adan and realizes the only two men he's ever loved are now in love with each other, his heart breaks all over again. Scott and Adan tell Charlie they want him back, but Charlie doesn't know if he can trust two people who have hurt him so deeply. And even if he can, why would Scott and Adan want Charlie when they already have everything with each other?
The blurb for this book sucked me in. I had to read it. I ended up enjoying it. Maybe not quite as much as I would have liked to, but I found it plenty enjoyable. I'd give it 3.5 stars.
I liked the way this was written. An intro to each chapter told in Charlie's voice, with different sections of the book's actual chapters were told in POVs from each of the heroes. The first few were Charlie, then it was Adan and then the end of the book was from Scott's POV. I thought this was different and really liked the format.
I really liked Charlie as soon as we meet him. He can be so sarcastic. I just really liked his voice. Scott was a total sweetheart and it sucks the way things ended for him and Charlie. Adan had me feeling pulled one way and then the other with the way he treated Charlie. The only thing that saved him is that he truly did love Charlie, he was just terrified of acknowledging it because of his own prejudices. The way things ended for him and Charlie really made me feel pain.
And then he finds them again just to find that they're together. Talk about getting punched in the gut! Charlie is understandably pissed at first. I didn't blame him. I wouldn't have minded if he didn't get over his anger quite so easily, though. He may have still loved them, but it felt like he forgave them too soon. I was glad that he didn't let a relationship be rushed and he didn't just fall back into bed with him. They had to work to regain his trust even if they were forgiven.
This is actually a pretty cute read and fast, too. The sex scenes don't hurt, either. I would probably read this one again someday. ...more
For fifteen years Luke Moore has lived by three rules: stay off his father's radar, never spend more than a single night with any man, and neSynopsis:
For fifteen years Luke Moore has lived by three rules: stay off his father's radar, never spend more than a single night with any man, and never fall in love again. But one night of explosive sex and two men whom he can't get out of his head have Luke breaking them all. Richard and Matthew push him past all his boundaries--both sexually and personally--and now he's no longer hiding from his senator father; he's taking him on. And he isn't just falling for one man; he's falling for two. If you're going to break the rules, might as well break them big.
But Luke's father has his reasons for hating how his son lives, and he'll do whatever he can and use all his power to keep Luke away from Richard and Matthew.
Can this threesome find a way to make their unconventional relationship last with the world around them trying to pull them apart? And will Luke be able to keep breaking his rules for Richard and Matthew, or will he head back to his familiar way of life just when his new lovers want to bind him tighter?
I enjoyed this one. It was really good to see Luke become someone that lived his life in hiding and never being with the same man or men more than once to someone that could love so openly. He really came a long way.
I liked all of the characters and each of them had to compromise in this relationship to make things work. They have sex a whole lot, too. Most of what they do together is sex. At times, it felt like we were just moving from one sex scene to the next. I didn't mind it too much and at least near the end, they didn't have sex after every major event.
I really liked the ending, though. That was one of my favorite parts of the book. It was perfect for these three.
I'm not entirely certain of how I feel about the subplot of the book. The storyline dealing with Luke's father felt like a little too much at times. Luke's father's reactions were so extreme. I didn't get why he felt he needed to go that far in order to do what he wanted to do politically. I knew what the deal was with him and that kid from his past from the get go, though. Luke should have put that together easily. I found it amusing he hated Luke for sleeping with different men all the time when he was the reason that Luke was living that way. If Luke had settled down with just one, his dad would have come along to drive them apart. Yet the man was constantly throwing it in Luke's face that he wasn't having normal relationships. No shit, yeah?
Anyway, the relationship between all three men wasn't always easy. They had to work at it. Especially Luke. He was constantly second-guessing and holding back. He didn't really push them away, but it took some time before he really let them in. At times, he questioned his reactions to them and at others, he just went with it. I was glad when he truly decided to stop running and put an end to the whole mess with his dad. He did good on that front and he made sure there were no more obstacles in the path of his relationship with Richard and Matthew. Those two are really good guys, but Richard's controlling side was a bit too much sometimes. I liked Matthew's playfulness. He was the youngest, but he could be the wisest of them sometimes. They all had issues to work through and they did pretty good at doing that together. Things move a bit fast in the beginning. I was kind of shocked by that. I like this threesome together and this ended up being a good read. I don't know if I'd read it again someday, but I'm interested in reading the spin-off book about Luke's friend Walter one of these days....more
Since losing their beloved third to cancer, Keith Masters and Johnny Lou Reed haven’t thought about filling the void in their lives with anyoSynopsis:
Since losing their beloved third to cancer, Keith Masters and Johnny Lou Reed haven’t thought about filling the void in their lives with anyone else. Until a stormy Christmas Eve, when a half-frozen, newly discharged Army Ranger shows up on their doorstep—with no memory of who he is or how he got there.
The former Marine in Keith is suspicious that he can’t turn up any information about Shane anywhere, not even an address. Direct questioning will have to wait until they’ve gotten the boy well.
Shane knows it’s only a matter of time before Keith and Reed figure out his past. And when they learn the depth and the darkness of the secrets he holds, he could get them all killed.
In the heat of the dark winter nights, the three men discover a passion that heals the gaping wounds in their hearts. And Shane wonders, despite the danger hot on his heels, how he will ever bear to leave…
I loved this one. I think I love gay menages more than M/F/M ones. I was very much looking forward to this one despite not having met the characters in previous stories. I liked the first mengae that SE wrote very, very much, so I was quite excited for another one.
I liked Reed from the beginning. Somehow, he instantly became my favorite. He such a nurturer despite being so damaged and really needing to be taken in hand even when he would run from that. But he was also dangerous as hell. I like that he was the first to suggest that he and Keith become something more with Shane despite all of Keith's protests. He knew there was a lot Shane wasn't spilling, but somehow, he knew there was a connection there and that he and Shane were very much alike.
I also liked Keith a lot who had a lot in common with Shane as well. He was suspicious as all hell in the beginning, but I couldn't blame him since something really was up and Shane started out lying his ass off. He resisted doing anything with Shane at first. Much harder than Reed did, but he opened up quite quickly once things got going. Part of Reed didn't like that, but he managed to get past that. He was afraid to get too close to Shane, but it was already too late by that point.
As for Shane, his secrets had secrets. When he finally told them what really happened, I felt awful for him. Hell, I felt awful for all of them over the things that they'd previously gone through. I like that they have each other to get through it all, though. The connection was strong and beautiful. Not to mention all of the hot sex.
I really enjoyed seeing Prophet and Mick here. I had been told Prophet was originally introduced in the Men of Honor series, but I'd already read Catch a Ghost before starting this series and kept wondering when the hell he'd show up. Wasn't disappointed.
The stuff outside of the dynamic between the three men was always there in the background, but not really front and center until the end. It was a bit on the quick side, but I didn't mind it too much. Shane did real good. And then Prophet came behind him and did exactly what Keith said he'd do. Crazy fucker. Though knowing what I know about Prophet, I'm not even a little surprised. I actually wouldn't mind seeing these three again in one of Prophet and Tommy's books. It'd be awesome seeing Tommy meet more people that Prophet knows.
For me, this was another awesome installment in this series. I'm SO looking forward to Sawyer and Rex. I can feel the drama already......more
The one man he can't forget is the one whose memories could destroy them all.
After the one man he trusted disappeared, it took Law Connor tenSynopsis:
The one man he can't forget is the one whose memories could destroy them all.
After the one man he trusted disappeared, it took Law Connor ten years to take a chance on another relationship. Trouble is, right about the time he's finally ready to let go of the past, the past stages a hostile takeover.
Back when they were teens, Styx was the boy with no memory. He and Law had each other's backs until he was forced to leave to keep Law safe. Now a CIA agent, he's finally discovered who he is, and why he's a hunted man.
Detective Paulo McMannus has almost succeeded in helping Law forget his lost love when Styx comes plowing back into their lives. No way is Paulo giving up his lover without a fight.
Suddenly Law finds himself on the run with Styx, the man who can still bring him to his knees...and with Paulo, the man who brought him back to life. The worst part? He can't choose between them. And it's getting harder to remember why he should.
I was looking forward to this one ever since I finished book 1. Probably should have read it immediately, but I suppose I got to it soon enough and I loved it.
The book starts off three or four months after the end of book 1. Damon and Tanner are happy and off for a vacation in Europe. LC is very much not happy. He hasn't seen Paulo since he got out of the hospital after that whole mess with JP and he's still missing Styx as well. When he can't take it anymore, he heads right over to Paulo's place to fuck him senseless. For his part, Paulo isn't initially happy to see LC after all of that and I can't blame him. The man has left him alone for three months and he's wanted to get over him, but when LC asks to be let in... Paulo can't say no and before he knows it, LC is all over him. Of course, our persistent Paulo uses LC's post-orgasmic bliss to get him to agree to a date. A date that doesn't end in any way that either of them see coming.
Lucky for them, Styx was there or they'd both likely be dead. Of course, this brings up a whole lot of anger on LC's side and some not so happy feelings on Paulo's side. Especially when he finds out that they have to go into hiding because of assassination attempts that are meant to draw Styx out. Initially, there are pissing contests between Styx and Paulo over LC, but things turn to lust pretty quickly. Paulo, though, is fairly certain he'll be odd man out when he sees just how much in love Law and Styx are. What he doesn't realize, is that Law has fallen for him just as much. It's all in the way that Law pushes away those that can make him happy the most.
Styx wants Law back badly, but I don't think that he would have tried to come between Law and Paulo. It doesn't help that Styx finds Paulo attractive. That's made even more clear when he watches Law and Paulo having sex. And Paulo watches Styx watching them and gets off even more. It seems that Styx and Paulo really aren't all that different. Especially when it comes to Law. They actually find themselves on the same side when faced with Law's anger. I liked the times when he and Paulo were alone together.
Law for his part was certainly torn, but when he realized he couldn't give up either Paulo or Styx, he wanted to try being with the both of them. And things get really hot between the three. And they all grow closer, giving each other what they all need. It isn't always easy, but things were so much more than just sex between them. There were plenty of feelings involved and they all wanted to do whatever possible to keep each other safe. I loved that about them. And I loved the way the book ended. With all of them together....more
Once again, another roller coaster. Dan and Vadim make me happy and sad and worried and so many other things. They had some serious ups anMy Thoughts:
Once again, another roller coaster. Dan and Vadim make me happy and sad and worried and so many other things. They had some serious ups and downs here, though everything started out on a really good note. Vadim even got some alone time with Hooch, who we get to know a lot better. I love that man. Seriously. Hooch is fucking awesome. The surprise is that Dan was actually jealous about the time Vadim spent with Hooch. Dan, who hooks up with every man he possibly can. I wonder if it wouldn't bother him so much if Vadim hooked up with others on his own more often? Because he really doesn't. The only time he's been with guys other than Hooch is when Dan is there and has instigated a group thing.
We also got to see Jean again and his wedding in which they find yet another gay man to get it on with. I think Dan gets it on with about three other guys aside from Vadim, Matt and Jean as per the usual. That guy gets around. I love Dan to death, but sometimes, I wish he'd slow down on all of that. I understand what he means when he says sex is sex, but love is a love. He may feel somewhat tender towards some of the other guys (especially Jean, though), but I believe him when he says no one could make him stop loving Vadim. Which is why the whole situation with Hooch is hard. Dan seems to believe Vadim is in love with Hooch and that he only needs Dan to take care of him and hold him together. Dr. Williams mentioned that something like that could put a strain on Vadim's relationship with Dan, so Vadim needs to really examine himself. As far as things are now, he doesn't seem able to separate need from love. Are they the same or not?
Still, I don't know why no one suggested Vadim go to regular therapy sessions. He needs them badly. Especially after he went completely unhinged when he found out about Dan and Katya in the worse way possible. He also handled it in the worst way possible. Vadim has the really bad habit of reacting in violence and then running away without allowing Dan to even try to explain. Dan doesn't deserve that at all. It really makes you question if he really does love Dan the way that he says he does. I was happy when they were able to make up, but then that whole issue with how Vadim connects with Hooch came up later and started to get in the way.
And of course, Dan's messed up knee was a huge issue in this book. I knew it would be and what I thought would happen ended up coming to pass. While Vadim was away with Hooch, no less. So not good. I can only guess Dan isn't going to handle this well at all. He refused to really talk about retirement and now... I foresee really bad times ahead. So afraid of what's going to happen to my guys, but I do know they'll get through it somehow, but it's likely going to be damned painful to read before the happy ending....more
Book 2 pretty much picks up from where book 1 leaves off and things are immediately intense. Vadim has been captured by the KGB and they dMy Thoughts:
Book 2 pretty much picks up from where book 1 leaves off and things are immediately intense. Vadim has been captured by the KGB and they do everything they can to get him to sign a confession stating he betrayed his country by being involved with Dan. It hurt so much to see him being broken over time. He tried to hold out, but after so much time and them having told him that Dan was dead, he slipped away. Dan, meanwhile, was sick with worrying and wondering. On the day Vadim was to be executed and Maggie tried to tell him that Vadim is still alive, he totally loses it. It was powerful to see Dan act that way. You knew just how much he truly cared for and loved Vadim. He did everything in his power to get his man back and it paid off. Sort of.
When Vadim gets out of Lubyanka, he isn't himself anymore. Which is completely understandable. He needs time and space to try to reconnect and get used to the world again. As it is, he has no home, no country and is considered a disgrace. And then he gets thrown into a dinner party. That whole thing was not handled well at all. He felt so panicky and afraid. Like he had to do whatever he was told to and whatever was expected of him. In the end, he ran and Dan was devastated. Instead of looking for Vadim, he threw himself into yet another war zone, going on suicide missions and fighting in bars. But, he was also out and damn proud of it. Didn't take him long to find himself a sex partner, which turned out to be good for him or else he likely would have gotten himself killed.
Things are kind of mixed up for both of them after that. Vadim decides he has to explain to Dan why he left, but since Dan went and turned mercenary, Vadim can't go unless he proves he can still be useful and ends up going through SAS selection. That second meeting does not go well at all. Dan is pissed and ends up outing Vadim straight away. I don't think that was his intention, but he just plain lost it. And it leaves Vadim in a really bad position with everyone assuming he's Dan's bitch. But one guy, at least, tried to befriend him. Until Vadim seriously fucks that up. And then he nearly fucks up everything else when he realizes that Dan has been getting it on with other guys. Starts doing some really suicidal shit. Really, he was a mess. Dan was just as big of a mess. Things get better when they talk things out and then go on a trip together.
I liked watching them struggle with it all. They had a lot to work through and getting back together didn't make everything all roses. Dan still had his guys aside from Vadim (which was weird to me, at first, but I did get it) and Vadim didn't quite like this at first. Mostly, he just seemed to ignore it. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Dan together with Jean. It was somewhat different from how he is with Vadim, but still damn hot. It amazed me how attracted to Dan Jean was, but I couldn't blame him. Dan's my favorite, too. I think Jean still doesn't realize just how gay he is, though. Every time he did something just a bit more on the gay side. Nothing wrong with that and it was great that he never seemed to be disgusted by any of it. Jean is an awesome guy. I really, really like him.
Of course, there's also Matt and Hooch. Matt who is a sweetie and had something pretty awful done to him by Vadim and Hooch who is mostly a mystery, but really damned hot. Every man is completely different, but all bring something to the table. Things get even hotter when menage starts coming into play. It was hard for Vadim to handle Dan with other men before that. Especially Jean. He felt pretty threatened by the fact that Dan continued to sleep with Jean because it seemed to him, that Jean made Dan very happy. Of all of the guys, I guess he thought Jean would be the only one that could come between them. Jean made it clear, though that that wouldn't happen. And that it couldn't happened. Those two scenes were fucking hot. I knew those three would make a great team. And then there was a scene with Matt and Hooch and then just Vadim and Hooch, who Vadim seems to be able to understand very well.
I loved all of that. Dan and Vadim connecting with the other men. Those are the kind of friends you make for life. I especially liked seeing it for Vadim who so badly needed more human contact after what he went through. It was really hard to handle at times, but you could see him getting better over the course of the book. Which actually ended on a good note. I'm jumping right into the second part of it....more
A hot, awesome and wonderful erotic romance with some sexy as sin cowboy characters.
From the start, I knew this was going to smokin' as soon as ChanniA hot, awesome and wonderful erotic romance with some sexy as sin cowboy characters.
From the start, I knew this was going to smokin' as soon as Channing participated in that wet t-shirt contest. And then came Colby with that smooth tongue of his. I likely couldn't have resisted that proposal that he gave Channing either. I have to admit, a lot of this calls to my wild side and if I thought I could handle that type of life at all, I'd go looking for my own cowboy.
Anyway, this was fun and I will admit that as a rabid yaoi fan, the M/M aspect really appealed to me and I am looking forward to the book that features more of Trevor and Edgard.
I liked that this wasn't just a story with all sex and no romantic plot. The emotions were there and there were a few times when I wanted to yell at various characters for messing up things for themselves. I wanted to scream at Trevor during that last scene with him and Edgard. I wanted to shake Channing when she deserted Colby in the night after he made it clear that from that point forward, things were going to be about him and her, period. She knew what she felt for him, but she ran. Later on, I was able to acknowledge that some of her fears were reasonable. Especially after what happened to Mike Morgan and then what happened to Colby later. I guess I just wanted her to take that leap. Because she almost lost him without really letting him know what she felt and that would have been such a waste. Luckily, my girl came to her senses and did what was right by and for them both.
I will certainly be continuing this series. The technical aspects of the rodeo life and ranching life were all interesting tidbits and certainly not boring. It was great that these could be included without bogging the story down and making the story about "real" cowboys instead of about men that wore cowboy hats and cowboy boots that drove trucks....more
Read this in no time at all. Nice story, though as others have said, more background on the changes that happened to the population would have been niRead this in no time at all. Nice story, though as others have said, more background on the changes that happened to the population would have been nice. It felt like we were dropped right into the middle of things.
I loved Connor and David together. I'd love to see a second book to see how things will go with Emmet.
So, menages are popular, eh? This one wasn't too terribly out of the norm. I liked Daniel. The scenes were hot, so that made this enjoyable enough, buSo, menages are popular, eh? This one wasn't too terribly out of the norm. I liked Daniel. The scenes were hot, so that made this enjoyable enough, but it doesn't stand out from others that I've read so far. I'd still likely read it again 'cause I <3 Daniel....more
Quick sexy read. Not a big story, but was fun. Kate sure took full advantage of her situation. Most people would have freaked out a lot more, but a liQuick sexy read. Not a big story, but was fun. Kate sure took full advantage of her situation. Most people would have freaked out a lot more, but a little suspension of disbelief never hurt nobody....more
Sexy book. Loved all of the main characters. Glad Lacey came to her senses. Seriously, I was mad at her near the end. Ry and Bram sure made up for losSexy book. Loved all of the main characters. Glad Lacey came to her senses. Seriously, I was mad at her near the end. Ry and Bram sure made up for lost time....more
I liked this a lot and despite Joe's massive flaws, I love that guy. Seeing the threesome's relationship evolve was sweet and way hot. Gotta love thosI liked this a lot and despite Joe's massive flaws, I love that guy. Seeing the threesome's relationship evolve was sweet and way hot. Gotta love those Joe/Brent scenes....more