Bought this one as a random bi-menage buy on the All Romance Ebooks website. I'd read a few other books by the author so I figured I'd probably like i...moreBought this one as a random bi-menage buy on the All Romance Ebooks website. I'd read a few other books by the author so I figured I'd probably like it. It was a fairly decent book, though not really great.
Series Note: No known series connections.
Summary: Growing up with a slut mother, Randi Jenkins was always the subject of gossip. Even if she, herself, had done nothing to earn it. Then she finds her boyfriend cheating on her and goes a little crazy, sending the gossips running. Randi is horrified. But things get even more complicated when a long-time crush, and supposedly gay friend takes her home and he and his lover confess that they've wanted Randi for a long time. Randi gives in that night, but realizes what she'd be setting herself up for if she stayed with them as they wanted. The gossips would really have something to talk about then! So she high tails it out of town.
A few years pass before Jon Denton and Wyatt Morgan finally decide to go after Randi. It's obvious when they confront her that the chemistry is still there, but Randi is still extremely wary of public opinion and keeps shooting them down. It isn't until tragedy strikes that Randi begins to realize that it doesn't matter what other people think.
Review: The summary of this book is just a little misleading. It gives you the impression that Randi finds her boyfriend cheating and decides to say screw what people think and goes after what she really wants. It doesn't quite go like that. Randi fights her feelings for Wyatt and Jon for pretty much the entire book because she is so afraid of what people think. I was a bit disappointed in that because I thought this would be a book with a stronger heroine who took charge and got what she wanted, public opinion be damned. Initially I liked that she was concerned about drawing attention because of the possibility of getting involved in an unconventional relationship. Because that's realistic. But then I got annoyed as the book went on and it went a bit overboard with Randi's obsessive avoidance of doing anything to draw attention to herself and over-worrying what people think of her. She lets things happen to her that she shouldn't solely because she doesn't want to be talked about. I wanted to tell her to grow a pair.
The characters were pretty good. I mostly liked all three of them. And there's a nice amount of emotional development during the story. I did wish there was a bit more about Wyatt and Jon's past...more about how they met, how they got involved, their sexuality, and all that. I was left wondering a few things about them.
I think the one thing I disliked most about the book, though, was that the relationship between Jon and Wyatt, with existed for quite a while prior to the point this story starts, became too dependent upon Randi's involvement. It really took something away from their relationship when their relationship suffered because she wasn't there. It was an injustice to what they had together. And I also wish there had been more scenes focusing just on the relationship between Jon and Wyatt.
But even though there were things about the book that bugged me, I still mostly liked it. It was better than some bi-menage books that I've read.
WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex and language, m/f, m/m, m/f/m, bi-menage HEA, oral, anal, slight D/s element, rimming/ass play, etc etc(less)
Another of my "I'm-on-a-total-bi-menage-kick" purchases from All Romance Ebooks. Maybe the best of the ones I've read so far from my ebook shopping bi...moreAnother of my "I'm-on-a-total-bi-menage-kick" purchases from All Romance Ebooks. Maybe the best of the ones I've read so far from my ebook shopping binge. There was only one area that kept the book from being really great.
Series Note: No known series.
Summary: Quinn Preston has just been through a bad breakup when she has to attend a wedding and wear a wretched pink dress. She's chugging down some yummy drinks at the bar when she meets just about the sexiest guy ever, Logan Reed. Attraction sizzles but Logan has no intention of sleeping with a drunk girl. So he takes her home and lets her sleep it off at his place. Soon as she's sober, though? Logan has her naked and bent over a table.
Which is what Logan's live-in lover, Tyson White, walks in on. The pair had been talking about maybe bringing a woman into their relationship so Ty is not all that surprised to find Trev with a woman. Quinn, though, is totally shocked to find out that Logan is bisexual and has a lover. The two ask her to stay and "spend some time" with them, but she's not sure at first.
Eventually, Quinn gives in and the three share some smokin' hot sex. Trevor is convinced Quinn is meant for them. Tyson isn't so sure...he's worried that Quinn will come between him and Logan. And Quinn....well, what started out as a hot affair is getting more complicated by the second.
Review: There were quite a few things about this book that I really enjoyed, and one area that held the book back from being a really awesome read. I'll start off with the good parts...
I liked the beginning of the book: a scene at a wedding where Quinn is drowning her sorrows, hating her dress, and meets sexy Logan. It was just an intro that worked for me and gave me a good sense of these two characters.
And let me be shallow for a moment...but yet, the two heroes in this book were seriously smokin' hot. Two buff studs, one a white guy with long hair, a pierced nipple and tattoos. The other a dark-skinned black man, former football player with lots of muscles, a hairless body and tattoos. Ummm....yeah, can you say YUM!!! I was more than a little distracted at times by how hot these two sounded and how much I would have loved to have seen them together ;)
All of which made the sex scenes in the book really really hot. Logan and Tyson alone were hot together, but the scenes with Quinn were well done. Hot, hot stuff.
On a less shallow note, I liked that the author dealt with some of the emotional, cultural issues dealing with the three together. Tyson has insecurities about Quinn adversely affecting his relationship with Logan. Quinn has to deal with her prudish, staid family and how they will deal with her not only being involved with two working class men, but with one of the being black. That kind of stuff definitely added some realism to the story. And made the development of the relationship feel less like a sex fest and more like a romance.
My big complaint about this book, and it's one I've had with several of these bi-menage ebooks I've been reading, and that's with character development. Once again I was left feeling like there were too many things left unsaid about the characters. I wanted to know more about how Ty and Logan met. Logan had been involved with a man before, but had Ty? It's never said. It he hadn't, how did he deal with attraction to a man? What about Ty's family...I don't think they are mentioned at all. I wanted to know more about Logan's marriage and the badness of it. Etc etc etc. Like I said, I was just left feeling like my knowledge of the characters was incomplete. And for me, that takes a lot away from a story. I think I've said it before...if you can't connect completely with the characters, it's hard to fully connect with the story.
If it hadn't been for that one issue, this would have been a really great book...4.5 stars or so. But it was still a hot, enjoyable story. I'd love to read a sequel about these three and how they are dealing with the repercussions of their relationship coming out.
WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex and language, m/m, m/f, m/f/m, bi-menage HEA, oral, anal, light D/s & bondage, a little role play(less)
Yet another random buy from All Romance Ebooks in my search for bi-menage stories. I was a little hesitant about this one since it was the third in a...moreYet another random buy from All Romance Ebooks in my search for bi-menage stories. I was a little hesitant about this one since it was the third in a series and I hadn't read the first two books. Turned out, maybe my hesitancy was warranted.
Series Note: Third book in the "Three of a Kind" series about a group of poker buddies and the threesome relationships they form.
Summary: For the last couple years, Trevor Greenfield and Max Ashberg have been involved in a secret post-poker Friday night relationship. Secretly, both have been wondering about making the relationship more committed and long-term. But in the mean time, while Max is out of the country on business, Trevor has taken in a roommate, the cousin of a poker buddy.
Grace is new to Sydney from a small town, and conservative parents. Since moving in, she's been strongly attracted to Trevor and is surprised when he's attracted to her as well. They start something one night and hope to continue it, but when Grace returns home, she's stunned to find Trev in bed with someone else. And not just any someone else, but a MALE someone else.
Trevor wants to bring Grace into his relationship with Max, but Max is at first wary. He comes around though after meeting Grace. Only problem? The moral beliefs pushed on Grace by her parents. They will have to work on Grace to convince her what they can have is right.
Review: I bought this book even though it was the third in a series that I hadn't read the first two books of. The summary seemed like I would be okay jumping in on the third book. I may have been wrong about that. Or it could just be that author had some issues in introducing the story.
Because my biggest issue with the book was that I felt like I was jumping into it in the middle of events already going on. Instead of feeling like you are starting at chapter 1, it feels more like you are coming at chapter 2 or 3. I felt like I was dumped in the middle of a situation with established characters and situation. And I never really felt like I caught up at any point throughout the story.
I'm not sure where the fault for that lies. It is either because this is the third book in the series and there's a bit of establishing the characters and story in the previous books, or the author just did a poor job of bringing the readers into the story. I'm leaning more toward the latter just from some things in the book. It made me feel like the story was more independent from the other two books. Either way, I ended up just feeling a bit disconnected from the story.
It didn't help that this was yet another shorter ebook that didn't do a very good job of establishing character portraits (i.e. giving the readers a full idea of who these characters are). I just wanted to more about the characters as individuals to understand who they were. I wanted to know more about how Max and Trev met, how things went between them, why they kept it casual, why they kept it secret from their friends when those friends would most definitely understand, had Max been with a woman before, etc etc. And there were things about Grace's character that don't make sense. There's one line where she's going out on a blind date and says something about maybe being out all night with her date (i.e. sleeping with him) but then later she's all obsessed about the morals her parents instilled in her which don't fit with a woman who'd sleep with a guy on a first day. Basically, there just could have been a lot more character development.
On the plus side, there were some super-duper hot sex scenes in the book. And I mean scorching hot. Maybe some of the best I've read. Which made some of the other faults of the book not seem quite so bad ;)
I may consider going back and reading the first two books in the series to see if I did miss anything associated with this book. And hey, they are menage books, so I'd at least like them on that level ;)
WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex and language, m/m, m/f, m/f/m, bi-menage HEA, oral, anal, slight D/s vibe(less)
This was another random buy from the All Romance Ebooks website. I had some high hopes for it...it sounded like a great story...but the book didn't re...moreThis was another random buy from the All Romance Ebooks website. I had some high hopes for it...it sounded like a great story...but the book didn't really live up to my expectations. Which is disappointing.
Series Note: First book in the "Compass Brothers" series about four brothers raised on a Wyoming ranch who take off to different parts of the U.S. to start new lives.
Summary: As a teenager, Silas Compton wanted Lucy, but knowing she was too young and that he wanted her too much, he left her alone. Even when his best friend, Colby, started dating her. The problem with that? Silas was also attracted to Colby. And one day he gives in to that attraction and kisses Colby...then Lucy walks in on them and runs off after seeing their passionate embrace. Knowing that he's ruined everything, Silas takes off the next day, moving to Alaska where he spends the next ten years doing any dangerous job he can. Until a terrible accident sends him back to Wyoming to heal.
Back at the ranch, Colby and Lucy (now married) welcome him with open arms. Both realize how much they've missed Silas and will do anything to claim him as theirs. But it will take a little bit of work to convince Silas they are ready for his brand of loving and that they can survive what others will think of their relationship.
Review: I hate writing reviews where most of what I have to say is on the negative side of the fence. It makes me feel bad. But I prefer to write my reviews honestly, if fairly.
I had such high hopes for this story. A) because it's a bi-menage story (which I LOVE), and B) because the premise sounded interesting. And the premise was good. Silas is attracted to a man and a woman, who also happened to be attracted to each other. But feeling like there's no way things could work out, that's he's only made problems for Lucy and Colby, Silas runs. Then returns 10 years later when he's injured to find things are still the same between the three of them. It was a good set up to the story. But that's about really the only above average aspect about story for me.
My biggest complaint was that this story was way oversimplified and very under developed. Everything happens in a blink with very little struggle. Silas gets hurt, comes home, gets confronted by the two people he loves and before you can blink, they are all together. It went way too smoothly. These people have been apart 10 years. There needed to be a little more to them working it out. Every aspect of conflict in the story was just solved too easily. Which is shown by the fact that i think the main chunk of the story takes place over maybe 2-3 days. I want more than that out of a romance. Emotional struggle, angst, that back and forth tug/pull. Not a simple conversation and all is well. There wasn't enough delving into the characters emotions for me to buy fully into the romance.
Along with that, I didn't feel like I knew the characters well enough. Especially Lucy. She was just sort of there in the story. And Colby...I don't think he was even given a last name. At least I didn't notice one. For me, that doesn't say much about the character development. It just seemed like there was a lot left out...like how Lucy and Colby got back together after Lucy caught Silas and Colby kissing. If you want me to connect with a romance, then I need to connect with the characters.
I also didn't like how Silas is still recovering from serious injuries yet he's jumping into the sack with Lucy and Colby, going to bars and looking for fights and all that. The guy nearly died! Give him a chance to get well, for pete's sake! The first day there he's hardly awake then suddenly he's screwing around. Umm, no! I can suspend reality on some things, but not stuff like that.
Which leads to the realistic aspect...I could pick on the fact that this story is very unrealistic all around. It falls into that 'never happen in real life' category, but I'm not bothered by that. It's an idealistic story, but that's okay. I only wish we lived in a world where people could have alternative relationships like this one without being judged.
My last issue is with the writing itself. At times it was way too wordy with adjectives dumped in all over the place. There was one line I read during a sex scene that literally made me stop and shake my head because the excess adjectives just made it sound ridiculous:
The salty emission mingled with her copious lubrication to facilitate his amplified motion.
I mean, really? That's not sexy to read during a sex scene.
And at times, the flow of the book just wasn't there. Sometimes the wording seemed jerky and ill-fitting. Which all seemed to make my other issues with the book worse.
So yeah, this book disappointed me. I was hoping for so much more. But I'm intrigued enough about the other brothers that I will at least read one more book in the series.
WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex and language, m/f, m/m, m/f/m, oral, anal, bi-menage HEA, D/s, toys referenced, and a scene in the beginning that involved one hero with a different male and female(less)
I was in need of some new bi-menage stories to read, so I paid a visit to the All Romance Ebooks website and this was one of the books I picked up. It...moreI was in need of some new bi-menage stories to read, so I paid a visit to the All Romance Ebooks website and this was one of the books I picked up. It ended up being a pretty good purchase. I liked this story for the most part.
Series Note: This is book 2 in the "Three's Allowed" series, about threesome relationship. I'm not sure how the two books connect; I have not read book 1. But I was able to read just this one with no trouble at all.
Summary: Years ago, Graeme Kennedy and Elizabeth Ashford had a short relationship, but Graeme's unsure sexuality (his attraction to men) led him to break up with her so he could get what he couldn't get from her and not break her heart. She married another man and Graeme moved away to be in law enforcement. Now, ten years later, Elizabeth's married has turned into an abusive hell.
She runs one night and is rescued by reclusive security expert Michael Enwright. When Graeme is called to the scene, he's shocked to find Elizabeth and all his feelings come rushing back. He takes both Michael and Elizabeth back to his house and decides this time, he won't let Elizabeth go. And with both being attracted to Michael, maybe Graeme can have both a man an a woman in his life.
But first they must deal with Elizabeth's abusive husband. Before all is said and done, Graeme's life is changed forever. They will all have to deal with the aftermath before moving on.
Review: When you buy a random ebook, solely for the type of romance it is, you really don't know what you're going to get. I've gotten some winners, some losers, and some in between. This one was mostly a winner, which is a happy surprise.
I liked that this book wasn't just a pointless sex-fest. There's an actual storyline with Elizabeth running from an abusive husband and then the search to find him and put him out of commission. It definitely adds some depth to the story and makes it more readable. There could have been some more development to the storyline, but it wasn't bad as it was.
The characters were also enjoyable as well. I liked all three of them but thought they could have used development. You get some backstory, but it didn't feel complete enough. The characters were a little too in the moment.
And of course, there's some hot sex ;) Can't have a bi-menage story without that. This is another of those where one of the men had never been attracted to a man before. That part was maybe oversimplified, but I didn't mind it too much.
It was a pretty good book on the whole. It could have been more developed, longer, but as it was, I didn't mind the book at all and didn't feel like I wasted my money on it. And that's always a plus.
WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex and language, m/m, m/f, m/f/m, bi-menage HEA, oral, anal, rimming, and masturbation(less)