So far, this is my favourite of the Brothers In Arms series. Those familiar with the series know that it is a regency-set menage series (MMF - includeSo far, this is my favourite of the Brothers In Arms series. Those familiar with the series know that it is a regency-set menage series (MMF - includes M/M) that sees war veterans seek love in each other and a woman.
One of the aspects I enjoyed the most about this one was the fact that you find out really fast that there are major hurdles to overcome before an HEA is even remotely feasible with this trio.
Within the first few pages, we find out:
- That Ian and Derek have been lovers since the war;
- Ian and Sophie were betrothed to one another when she was but ten years of age in order to assuage his family;
- Sophie has withstood horrible abuse at the hands of her father and brother during her childhood and anxiously awaits Ian to save her from these awful people;
- That now after many years of delay Ian is finally ready to marry and start a new life with Sophie and hopefully Derek; and
- Derek greatly opposes this marriage, becoming increasingly bitter and believing Sophie to be this awful person who's stealing Ian away from him.
As you can see, there's a lot of work to be done before all three can be legitimately happy with themselves as well as together. Each individual character has their own share of issues and baggage, and Kane does a wonderful job by taking the time to really show the reader the root of the respective problems, how its evolved over time, the action plan to finally deal with the problems, followed by its implementation. The growth of each character from the start to finish is amazing. They all retain the little querks you've come to love in Sophie, Ian, and Derek especially, but who they've become individually as well as for each other by the end is a great reward for the reader in my opinion.
All this character development also helps the sex scenes be that much hotter and better throughout. You feel the characters' emotions during these scenes, and at no point did a single sex scene feel flat and unnecessary.
Like I said, this is my favourite of the series so far. I'm reading this series in a very strange order (don't ask - i don't get it myself) but after reading at least half of the series, I enjoyed the characters, the story, the length and its pace, the sex, and the overall level of detail given in all aspects the most in this particular installment.
We also got the opportunity to see other characters that we've come to love from other books in the series, including a couple of chapters dedicated to Very in an effort to help set up for her upcoming book with Wolf and Lord Kensington. ...more
Oh Novellas. I can never seem to give them great ratings because they almost always leave me wanting. I actually quite enjoyed this one but2.75 Stars
Oh Novellas. I can never seem to give them great ratings because they almost always leave me wanting. I actually quite enjoyed this one but at the same time I wish the story had been further developed. And it’s stories like these where I do think there is room to round out characters and add a little meat to the story, that I ask why an author decides to only give you what felt like at times to be the Coles Notes version of the story?
Book 3 of the Brothers in Arms series (a regency ménage series MMF) sees Valentine and Kurt return from the war, not only as lovers, but determined to start a life together that includes finding a wife for both of them, having some kids, and living happily ever after. In this particular installment Valentine and Kurt are recommended a potential bride when the few women they initially seek out do not react well to Kurt and Valentine’s lover status as well as the fact they’d be entering a relationship as a threesome. They need to find someone who will accept both Kurt and Valentine. Enter their potential bride Leah: widow of a gambler that left her with serious debts to pay and few ways to pay it, mother of two children, and woman who’s dealt with a whole lot of shit because of her dead husband and her even MORE awful brother-in-law who actually wants to marry her. She’s on the brink of giving into this horrible man, when Valentine and Kurt come to the rescue in the nick of time. It’s definitely not smooth sailing initially, especially with said awful brother-in-law continuing to try to get his way, but if the three of them can make it through these initial struggles and obstacles then they can make it through anything.
So with that kind of storyline, and less than 100 ebook pages, you barely scratch the surface on the individual characters, their lives leading up to the trio’s first meeting, the development of their relationship (including their sex scenes together), their struggles, and on top of it all the ending to me felt a little abrupt. Like I said, it is good, but if this story had been fleshed out more, it would have been great! ...more
This is not only my first Samantha Kane book, but also my first historical-set story. As a big fan of MMF erotica, I try not to be too picky3.5 Stars
This is not only my first Samantha Kane book, but also my first historical-set story. As a big fan of MMF erotica, I try not to be too picky about the setting which is why I was open to a regency-set series where the male heroes are war veterans. Instead, I’ve become increasingly picky about the three main characters relationship and how the author takes her time to develop each character and make such an unconventional arrangement work in the long run. Normally, I start a series from the beginning, but for some reason I started with book 7. Thankfully, the book works as a standalone and overall was a great read!
In this one, our three main characters are Gideon North, Charles Borden, and Sarah Whitley. Gideon has been tragically injured from the war, now lives with his estate manager and war sergeant Charles, and is looking for a wife. But not just any wife; Gideon requires a wife who won’t shudder when she sees his scars, and who can handle his acerbic personality among other things. Here enters Sarah, a shy, innocent, and smart young woman who is also seeking a husband, who will accept her scars as well, and help her create the life she’s always dreamed of. When the three meet, it is clear that this is an ideal match. Three completely different personalities but all of which complement each other. Sarah really brings a balance to the relationship, and as she grows, she is also one of the main reasons both men change for the better and come to terms with their feelings for each other.
There’s a sense of realism for that time period that I really enjoyed while reading the story. I loved that Sarah at the beginning knew almost nothing about sex but was willing to learn, and demonstrated a beautiful inner-strength during these scenes. While the wedding night brings all three together for the first time, it’s not the way you expect. Gideon is self-conscious about his scars and amputated leg, and needs Charles as a “buffer” to ensure the experience is a good one for the very innocent Sarah. While Gideon and Sarah do end up consummating their marriage, Charles as the third, doesn’t have intercourse with Sarah as he is not her husband and it wouldn’t be appropriate – at least not at this point. It is important to note, that with the exception of Gideon and Charles, they are all learning about each other. Very little time has elapsed from Sarah’s first meeting of these two men and the wedding night, but as the story progresses, they continue to discover each other, and it is as time moves forward that you see the impact Sarah makes on their lives and vice versa.
Charles and Gideon do have a brief intimate history, but since the war and Gideon’s injuries, both refuse to deal with their feelings and what happened so many years ago. Sarah with her innocence initially struggles to understand what’s going on between Charles and Gideon, but she is instrumental in the two of them working past their issues, confronting their fears, and finally acknowledging what they want and need from each other. This discovery is not immediate but a beautiful progression that really strengthens the triad’s relationship to give us readers the story, sex scenes, and ending we wanted.
Overall, the sex scenes are beautiful and well done. They are not as graphically depicted as a more contemporary-set erotica would have been, but I think that’s appropriate. I will say that for me personally it wasn’t as “hot” as other MMF books I’ve read, ones where the sex scenes get the reader all hot and bothered, which is I think my only minor criticism. That being said though, based on this story, it was a great read and I plan on reading the rest of the series… but starting from the beginning this time. ...more
These days my favourite erotica to read is MMF, or what I like to call: a true threesome, where all three parties are into each other. For those thatThese days my favourite erotica to read is MMF, or what I like to call: a true threesome, where all three parties are into each other. For those that don't like man-love in any way shape or form, this book is not for you.
Oooh. This woman knows how to write a sex scene. This was a quick read (ebook 160 pages) but I enjoyed every moment of it! I've read a couple of St. Clare’s books now, and if there is one thing I can assure a prospective reader, she is very good at writing an engaging and hot sex scene between two bisexual men and a woman. This particular tale is of the sci-fi kind – which made me hesitate at first when I read the synopsis since it’s definitely not a genre I’m particularly fond of – where an alien is sent on a mission to catch and kill a dangerous power-hungry alien who’s fled to planet earth.
First we meet Devin, a human government worker, who welcomes Cayl to earth and provides him with his IDs, gives him a little 411 on human must-dos, most of which Cayl quickly disregards since humans are beneath him, and who shortly thereafter is tasked with escorting him through his time-sensitive mission on earth. Devin is not excited by the prospect of being his escort, especially when she finds out that in order to track and find this dangerous alien they must visit an exclusive sex club in the city. Not only is she dreading said sex club, but in order to get in she must find someone with a membership to the club. The only person she knows is Mace, a man she’d met a few weeks back, found quite attractive, but someone she’d subsequently laughed at, and in his face to boot, when he’d asked her out on a date thinking it was a joke. Mace begrudgingly agrees to get them in, and after the quick phone call request from Devin, meets them at the club. Before they head in, first task: get Devin into more appropriate sex club clothes – to blend in – and wouldn’t you know that all it takes is hiking up her skirt and wearing her suit blazer with nothing else underneath. After the men have completed their first once-over and boob-stare, they head into the club…. and let the sexcapades begin.
From this point forward we get to see Cayl discover many things about the human race he hadn’t anticipated. While he knew about human reproduction, he wasn’t expecting the sensory overload that comes with arousal and sex. He quickly discovers he loves Devin’s breasts, and after failing to find the evil alien that first night, it takes Mace to show him how to relieve his “affliction” down below when its decided Cayl will stay at Mace’s home. While Mace is openly bisexual, Cayl quickly discovers he also appreciates the male form and what it has to offer.
While they continue to search for this evil alien, bringing an element of suspense to the story, Cayl is continuing his sexual education, which continues once again at the club, as well as at Devin’s and Mace’s respective households. While he starts out his journey comparing humans to animals who can’t control their basic needs and wants, it’s clear as the story goes on that he is struggling with his own self-control and is forming an attachment to both humans. While the trio’s relationship is mainly sexual in nature, this attachment is also forming on both Mace and Devin’s parts as well. And it’s clear as the story goes on, that all three are – secretly - dreading the evil alien's capture and destruction, since once Cayl’s mission is complete he must return home.
Overall, this story and its characters could have been developed a little further, but that being said I still really enjoyed it. Beyond the sex scenes being all kinds of hot, Cayl cracks me up. From the way he speaks, to his fascination with Devin’s boobs, he’s just an enjoyable and memorable character for me as well as the highlight of this book. Towards the end there are some suspenseful as well as bittersweet moments, and I’m glad, because it made for a better-rounded story. It’s not perfect, but I’d recommend this to any fan of MMF even if sci-fi is not their preferred genre. ...more