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Crossing the Lines

(Neighborly Affection #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  929 ratings  ·  103 reviews
A safeword won’t save her from love.

After six months of cavorting in her neighbors’ bed, Alice admits signing the contract to be Henry’s sexual submissive is the best decision she’s ever made. He delivers on his promise to give her sexual satisfaction. But submitting to his dominance alongside his long-term lover shows her the sharp line between sex and love. Henry loves g
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Published March 3rd 2014 by Lyrical Press, Inc. (first published January 1st 2014)
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***ARC received by author for review & feedback***
This is my fave MMF book ever and it's out tomorrow!
If you don't read MMF books and want to try one, then I'd recommend this series. For me, the first book was good, the second book was FAB! It's not a straight up erotica, it's got a strong lead female, it's got friendship and romance. It's REALLY worth a read.

4.5 STARS.

Genre: MMF erotica.
Cover: 7/10
Writing style: 9/10
Heroine: 8/10
Hero/s: 9/10
Amount of humour: 1/10
Amount of jealousy: 3/10
♂♀♂ Mary's Menage Reviews ♂♂♀

Clic HERE to read my full review! ~Mary

RELEASE DATE: March 3rd, 2014

Sometimes, I come across a story that become an obsession, that I enjoy so much that I just do not want it to end.

Neighborly Affection series is one of them. I purposely says series because Crossing the Lines is book #2 of Neighborly Affection series and it must be read in order, after Playing the Game.

I am trying to sort it out my emotions right now because I just finished reading the last line and I am still in awe. I was with Playing the Game but
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The stakes are higher for Alice in her games with Henry and Jay. Sure, she's getting plenty of mind-blowing sex from her partners with the benefit of friendship on non-game days, but for how long? Henry and Jay share a deep emotional connection, but where does she fit in? Does she even want to fit in? Love was never what she intended in their arrangement, and the idea both thrills and terrifies her.

As with the first book, I found the internal struggle and psychology of the characters fascinating
Heather Blair
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ready to go for a ride?

Hold on TIGHT!

Oh my god this BOOK, this SERIES!! Right from the get-go, things do not go the way you would expect from the ending of the first book. We are shoved face first into emotional upheaval by a phone call from Henry to Alice. Our fave dom is not having a good day and very soon none of us are.

The members of the ménage à trois are the same wonderful bunch, never fear. Our sweet puppy boy toy Jay is also as friendly and sexy as ever. We explore his damaged side far m
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was on the verge of giving it 4 stars but the ending and all the sex made me lean into a 5. The sex kept getting hotter and hotter! I liked when Henry took Alice to the bdsm club and new characters were introduced. And in the end i even got my happy ending, even though it seemed like it wouldn't happen. The story did lag a bit for me in the beginning but not for long.
PS: the 'i love you's were said! :) I'm a hopeless romantic! ;) 4.5 spanked-thoroughly-stars! ****'
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOD!!! I absolutely loved this book. It is a must read to continue the amazing story of Alice, Henry and Jay. Deeper feelings are revealed and deeper secrets are revealed. MQ Barber is an amazing author and I highly recommend!!!!
Jeannie Zelos
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Crossing the Lines. M.Q. Barber,

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I do love well written erotica, that which has a good story, and doesn't just rely on page after page after page of sex to try to fill content. I hadn't read the first in this series, but this looked promising so I settled in to read. Its a great story, a gentle interlude into how the sex contract between the trio is working.
Henry is a Dom, not a harsh, bullying, heavy handed one but a gentle, subtle, thoughtful man who real
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There is something about this series that has me hooked. I can not quite place what it is. Sometimes I think it is the depth of the characters and the fact that they feel real. Sometimes I think it is because Jay, Henry, and Alice are in some ways so different from one another, but deep down they each have their own insecurities and vulnerabilities making them also very much alike. Sometime I think it is because it is hotter than hot. Whatever the reason, this series remains my favorite triad se ...more
April Johnson
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A safeword won’t save her from love.

After six months of cavorting in her neighbors’ bed, Alice admits signing the contract to be Henry’s sexual submissive is the best decision she’s ever made. He delivers on his promise to give her sexual satisfaction. But submitting to his dominance alongside his long-term lover shows her the sharp line between sex and love. Henry loves goofy, eager-to-please Jay. Neither man has promised to love her.

Hiding her feelings grows harder every night she spends wit
Felicity Nichols
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was asked by Lyrical Press if I'd like to review this book as an ARC reader. I hadn't read the first book so this was stand alone story for me reading it. Having no previous knowledge of Alice, Jay, and Henry's relationship I thought M.Q. Barber did a beautiful job with this story.

Alice has Friday dinners with the men at their apartment but she seeks more. Barber does a wonderful job showing the emotional conflict she faces within herself. She struggles to accept just Fridays but begins to won
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So what did I think about this book? I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT. I can't get enough of Alice, Jay and Henry.

This is the sequel to Playing the Game. Where the first book for me was a happy book, where Alice join Jay and Henry in their every-other friday bed-activities, this book took me through several emotional stages - the happy, joyful, playful, hurting, teary and angry.

In this book you will get to know Alice, Jay and Henry on a more deeper level than in the first book. You will get to learn
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
This is the continuation of Alice, Henry and Jay. Alice knows for a fact that being with Henry and Jay was the best decision that she has ever made. The only conflict is that the more time she spends with them the more she begins to feel things. Emotions run high when certain events bring them together on non-contract nights. Alice begins to question whether or not she will continue to be able to check her feelings at the door Alice has a decision to make, but will she have the guts to actually ...more
Lindy at BookBlinders
This was an interesting book that I think I would have gotten more out of if I would have read the first book in the series.
When I picked this up I didn't know it was a continuation of a story so I felt kind of dropped into the middle of things and had a hard time getting a feel for the characters right away.
I felt like I was just getting into the swing of things when the book was over.
The dominant in this book, Henry, read like a professor who was constantly in teaching or doting older man ro
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
A copy was provided by NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Book #2 of the Neighborly Affections series

After being in a three-way BDSM relationship for 6 months, Alice is developing strong feelings for her neighbors Henry & Jay. She begins to realize her needs are no longer being met with the way her contract is written. She has to work up the courage to let Henry know she now wants more than just her every-other-week playtime.

This installment also goes more in-depth with Jay's previous rela
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Yes, I will definitely read the next instalment in this series especially if it's as good as Crossing the Lines. I am really excited to learn more about how things will turns out for them. I think I enjoyed this one even more than "Playing the Game".

Here, the author made me fall in love with these interesting characters who completes each other perfectly. I loved them individually but together they were wonderful. They may be an unusual couple but they're so sweet together I didn't even care. I
After reading the first book in this series, Playing the Game, I wanted to get my own Henry & Jay. Now, I really, really, really want my own set!

This series just keeps getting better. As Alice spends more time with the guys, she starts to feel things she never felt before - attachment, jealousy, wanting something more. But, she has a contract to live by, which doesn't give her the right for these other things, at least that's how she sees it. Even though Henry has told her to come to him with a
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is book two of a series and I am kicking myself for reading them out of order. M.Q. Barber's finely honed writing skills really shine in this book, her characters are vivid and three dimensional. This was M/M/F menage at its best; written with dignity and respect to the lifestyle. The concentration is on interpersonal relationships, love and character growth; again Ms. Barber hits a home run. I became emotionally engaged and attached to the characters, they felt that real. The sex scenes we ...more
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley-reads
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! This was even better than the first in this series. Jay and Henry and Alice are HOT together and that COVeR OoMMMGg!!! Sexy! Just plain SEXY! Alice does have some emotional issues. Trying to fit puzzle pieces together, all nice and neat. I really want to read the next in this series. Henry does the Dominant role well. Sweet and strong and very in tuned with their needs. Things from their past play more of a role and it really gets interesting towards the end. So ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by giving profuse thanks to M.Q. Barber for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You have definitely been added to my authors to watch for list.

Like Playing the Game, Crossing the Lines had me spellbound from the very first page. Henry, Jay and Alice are just magnificent. The build up was wonderful. I enjoyed seeing each character work through his/her own issues. I also enjoyed Jay getting the opportunity to be the "hero" for a change and not nece
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Our favorite three our back and it is even better then the first book I read. Henry, Jay, and Alice all battle with there own issues about their "situation" But they are having fun while they do it. :) M.Q Barber does a great job with each person and their thoughts on each other. This book goes just a little deeper in to the feelings of Jay and Henry's feelings towards Alice and Alice's feelings towards Henry and Jay. But of course they are having fun along the way. :) I would have to say that i ...more
Rhenna Morgan
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Know what's better than a good book? A second book in the same series that's even better. Not kidding. I sucked this thing down (much to the dismay of everyone personally and professionally waiting on something from me) in a super short time frame. I did manage to stop reading long enough to feed my kids and get 8 hours of sleep, but that was about it.

The thing that's great about this series is the character development. You're right there with Alice as she develops, like its you instead of her
If you are contemplating reading this book, don't read this before you read Playing the Game as you will feel like you have been dropped into the middle of a movie without any background. This is definitely a book that should be read RIGHT after the first installment.

And yes, this was a fabulous read. With CROSSING THE LINES, we are exploring the depths of this triad's relationship. It was so good to see how each of the players expressed their self doubts in the relationship, how the each moved
Nicola Montague
Even hotter than the first one and with a surprising amount of emotional depth as we learn a little about Jay's past before Henry and a traumatic experience he had when he started out as a Sub. The emotional core of the book is Alice learning to trust her feelings of love for Henry and Jay as being more than sexual and her fears about whether they feel the same way for her or if she is just a distraction. Like the first book there are plenty of sex scenes, ranging from the sensual to the more ro ...more
Dakota Storm
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jay, Henry and Alice are back and sexier and hotter then ever. Each character is trying to figure out the meaning or feelings in their sub/Dom three way relationship and what the future may hold. This book is just as sexy but with more emotions hanging out there. Alice's emotions especially. She doesn't want to give this relationship up, she's more than fulfilled but she also has a deeper connection with these two guys and she can't loose that either. I don't want to give too much away but I kno ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
I don't really like the characters anymore... ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What was missing

I read the first story to this series and while I thought it was a good storyline and plot, I felt it lacked something though I couldn’t quite put my finger on what “it” was. Now, I know. Each of the characters needed to get outside of their heads and convey their needs. Alice, Jay and Henry are coming into themselves and their places within their triad and realizing their needs. Alice helps Jay, Jay helps Alice AND Henry understand that because they are more alike than they are
Amanda Lee Disheveled Book Blog
*** I have received an ARC from Lyrical Press, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review ***

This book was a lot different from book one not by a lot but it definitely got a lot better. M.Q. Barber, Is there going to be a third book? I really do hope so!

Henry is perfect but he's a tough one to crack, he is a great Dom and usually seems to always be in his role in one way or another. But as in book one where you didn't see much emotion from him you do here in book two, I appreciated that. Ja
Briar's Reviews
Crossing the Lines by MQ Barber was another hot read that has me anxious for the next book!

While this book didn't live up to the first book, man was it definitely hotter in the sexiness department. MQ stepped up the game, with more sexy-time, more conflict, and more heartbreaks/feelings! I have so many feels after reading this!

There are so many reasons why I loved this book, so here's a list:
1. Alice is an incredibly strong female lead!
2. Jay is adorable, even though he's kind of unrealistic the
Joe B
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
This story was tough to get through. First I didn't realize it was Book 2 of a 3 Book series.
The character development of the primary Dom was really interesting. He never displayed a streak of cruelty, but just caring and love to his two subs. The young woman who has joined the this 2 male couple, is always questioning herself, and her motivation, but keeps it all to herself, instead of opening up with the men she plays with.
Disappointing that we learn of some of the kinky sex scenes after they
Bobbie Tidball
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second read-through of the Neighborly Affection series, and I love it as much this time as I did the first time! M.Q. Barber has created a wonderful little world for Alice, Henry, and Jay. Their story currently spans five novels and one collection of shorts, with more on the way. The books need to be read in order, so if you haven’t read “Playing the Game” you should go do that now.

“Crossing the Lines” is the second book in the series, taking place right after “Playing the Game” left
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