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Healing the Wounds

(Neighborly Affection #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  777 ratings  ·  87 reviews
There are no safe words. There is only surrender.

When Alice leapt into sexual games with her neighbors Henry and Jay, she didn’t plan to fall in love. She sure didn’t expect she’d be the switch between Henry’s commanding mastery and Jay’s submissive playfulness. But now she’s moving in with them, and she’d better figure it all out – fast.

Trouble is, she’s never been a live
ebook, 318 pages
Published June 2nd 2014 by Lyrical Press
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Nerdy Chic
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Before I even start this review, there are three things that I must admit. First, I've never been a big fan of M/M/F books. Just haven't read many books that have really enticed me before this one besides Kelley Jamieson's novels. Second, I started this book not realizing that this was the third book in a series. I was a little lost in the beginning but the book quickly caught me up in what I needed to know to get into the story. Lastly, once I finished book three, I immediately went and bought ...more
*ARC received by Netgalley*

“No alternate Fridays. No waiting. No guiding you slowly into this relationship, this lifestyle. Just sweet Alice, mine to take whenever I pleased. And I please now, Alice.”


After confessing her love for Henry and Jay, Alice and her lovers take their relationship to a whole new level.

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In 'Healing the Wounds' I missed the more emotional and more dramatic parts that were in the previous book. It was
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, menage
Complexity, sweetness, and pleasure.

MQ Barber doesn't write your typical erotic romance. I love ménage stories, but Barber is beginning to ruin me for other authors. Her characters show such depth and her relationships are so complex and rewarding that I'm beginning to hold others to her standard.

Healing the Wounds is the third in her Neighborly Affection series. Each book deals with fears that Alice, the heroine, struggles with as her analytic personality causes challenges for her in her relati
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The series truly gets better and better. In this 3rd installment we learn the history of Jay and Henry. We learn the horrors Jay has to overcome in order for their tirade to work. We also see the true devotion Henry has for his subs. It also shows how Alice is fitting into their relationship. I truly hope this is not the last book in the series because there is a lot left to tell.
Tabitha Schmer
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a series that I have really enjoyed however the third book was a very slow read for me. I just could not connect with it.
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First of all, book #3, Healing the Wounds, is less dramatic. Not talking about the plot with villains and dead etc. A plot can be dramatic playing with the feelings of the characters. Lets remember that this series is a true saga and all books must be read in order. no choice.

1426178222So book #1, Playing the Game, was the journey of one woman to find and accept love and acceptance. Book #2, Crossing the Lines, was the journey of all three characters dealing with love and connect. Book #3,
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is what I have been waiting for since the beginning of book 1. Finally they are all together as a couple or a triple or whatever you will call it.

When I finished book 2, I have been thinking about what we would read about in this book, what would Henry, Jay and Alices life be when living together. Would they live together as a normal couple, would their lives be like when Alice joined them every second friday or how would they form their lives now when living together?

The possibilities wer
Amanda Lee Disheveled Book Blog
I am in love with this series and these characters. M.Q. Barber doesn’t disappoint!

Book three starts right were book two left off. Jay and Alice are still coping with the effects of an unsavory time in a BDSM club. Henry steps up to take care of them in their fragile state. There is more interaction from Will “Santa”, and Emma. I loved learning more about when Jay and Henry first met. Henry is seriously delicious and Jay is still so sassy and adorable.

Alice is still strong and I love how she in
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is, by far, my favorite series dealing with a non-traditional relationship (MMF). Henry is strong, yet vulnerable. Jay is hot and while he appears initially to be weak, he is anything but and he is the glue that holds them together. Yes, he is my fave. Alice is Alice. Spunky and unsure of herself and her role/place with them, but willing to go all in showing her bravery. After the scary, for that was what it was, first time at Henry's BDSM club in book two, old wounds are opened and new wou ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: menage
I was given this book and here is my honest review

This is the third installment of my favorite threesome. What can I say I FREAKING LOVED IT ...
Henry,Alice and Jar are amazing together. This starts off when the 2nd left off. After a horrible time in the club Jay and Alice are actin weird and Henry is trying to give them time to work through it but they are not dealing with it at all.
This threesome has so much love for each other that it is amazing. O yeah and I loved getting a little more infor
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
These characters and their antics are the best sort of soap opera to me, and I think I would happily read several more installments about them, even though the stories are a little short on the narrative conflict that I usually desire. Apparently that doesn't matter so much when I'm having such fun. ...more
My favorite thus far of the series.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satisfying union

The story continues for Alice, Henry and Jay. A kind of mental and emotional breakdown happened at the end of the last story between our characters and this is a story of rebuilding bonds and forging new and deeper ones. I find more fondness for the characters as they reveal more of themselves and their strengths, thoughts and fears. All of them navigating their lives to build off of one another to make their family stronger. I have enjoyed that there have f been any contrived or
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
While this book had a good dose of sex, love and healing it got a little long in the middle. I love me some Henry but he is becoming a little to good to be true. Not sure if I'll go to the next book. ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good

I loved this series! Very realistic, strong character development, and overall charming. Definitely a top favorite; I'd even consider reading again (which I never do!)
Kimmers of Kimmers' Erotic Book Banter
M.Q. Barber has just been added to my best author list and, let me tell you that takes some good, touching writing. It is still hard to believe these are her first books/series ever written.
I find it really hard to write my review without feeling like I am possibly "spoiling"....but I cannot begin to stress enough, no matter what you see in need to read and feel this book. Heck, the series! The entire series has so much depth, and 'Healing the Wounds' in particular, captures thi
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've had this book sitting on my kindle since it was either free or .99 on amazon about a year ago. I liked the concept, but haven't really read much menage, so it just sat there for a long while. Which is sort of stupid because I read all three in a binge fashion last week. Really, really excellent. And since I binge read and can't really separate the three books in my head, I'm combining my review of all three. I will say that the first book was my favorite--probably because we see the most de ...more
Jeannie Zelos
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Healing the Wounds, M.Q.Barber. Neighbourly Affection 3.
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I loved Crossing The Lines, hadn't read the first book ( one day...) but found no problem picking up the story. At the end of that Alice and Jay go through a very traumatic event at the Club Henry takes them to. Now Alice is living with Henry and Jay he wants to get them past that trauma, he's a good Dom and can see that though both claim to be over it they're not, they feel ashamed, guilty and are hid
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Healing the Wounds by M.Q. Barber was unlike any romance I had ever read and I say that as a compliment. Have you ever heard of the term psychological thriller? Well, I would describe this book as a psychological romance. Never before had I felt that I reached into each character’s psyches so deeply and really understood them.

This book is the third installment i
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Changes are in line for the relationship shared by mechanical engineer Alice Colvin, messenger service owner Jay Kress, and acclaimed artist Henry Webb. What began as a seemingly limited engagement has now developed a sense of permanence for the three, what with Alice about to take up residence in the apartment that Henry and Jay live in. It may appear to be a simple thing, just moving boxes and furniture across the hall, but for Alice, it signals opening herself up to commitment.

While Jay appea
Angela Goodrich
In Healing the Wounds we return to the ménage relationship between Henry, Jay and Alice. Picking up where Crossing the Lines ended, we find the trio making plans for Alice to move in and become a permanent member of the household, and formally solidifying her place in the relationship. Two pages into the book and I immediately remembered why I love this trio so much – Henry is the ever-patient voice of reason offering love, comfort and guidance to the eager-to-please Jay and over-analyzing Alice ...more
Mira Stanley
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: menage, d-s
In a nutshell: Complexity, sweetness, and pleasure.

MQ Barber doesn't write your typical erotic romance. I love ménage stories, but Barber is beginning to ruin me for other authors. Her characters show such depth and her relationships are so complex and rewarding that I'm beginning to hold others to her standard.

Healing the Wounds is the third in her Neighborly Affection series. Each book deals with fears that Alice, the heroine, struggles with as her analytic personality causes challenges for he
{As this series is one of my absolute favorite, I don’t know why I waited so long to review these novels. And seeing as I will be referring back to them in my upcoming review of Becoming His Master, I thought it was well past time to sing their praises as well, so to speak. Also, please be advised, as this is a continuing series this review does contain spoilers to the previous books.}

Beginning literally where Crossing the Lines ended, this is less a straight forward story of healing than it is
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I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Book #3 in the Neighborly Affections series

Alice has recently moved in with Henry & Jay after playing with them in a contracted BDSM threesome for a little over a year or so. She's never been in a long-term committed relationship and she's never been in love. The guys have been together for several years now.

Their relationship is going through a bit of a hiccup after Alice's first time out at the local BDSM club turns traumatic for
Erika Williams
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I give this book a solid 3 1/2 stars. Since Goodreads does not support fractions, however, I had to round down since I wasn't that into this book. There were things I loved about this book, but the were also things I didn't enjoy so much. This book was like what 50 Shades of Grey wanted to be in terms of BDSM, but with bonus threeways.

First, things that gave this book solid points. Unlike most doms in this recent string of books, Henry is not a complete dick. He actually cares about his subs' ne
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Update Feb 12 2016: When I wrote this review, I assumed that this was only going to be a trilogy, hence my complaints about the ending not being perfectly satisfying. Now that I read the follow-up, I take that back, of course, but I'll leave the review as it is for now. Just know that I really enjoyed the book. ;-)

How does the old saying go? ... All good things come in threes. And there's another, similar one. All good things come to an end. *sigh*
This is the third and, sadly, last part of the N
April Johnson
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Alice leapt into sexual games with her neighbors Henry and Jay, she didn’t plan to fall in love. She sure didn’t expect she’d be the switch between Henry’s commanding mastery and Jay’s submissive playfulness. But now she’s moving in with them, and she’d better figure it all out – fast.

Trouble is, she’s never been a live-in girlfriend. The day after a traumatic first night at a BDSM club might not be the best time to start.

Struggling to find her place within the lifestyle, Alice seeks equali
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: hawt-sex
I devoured all three books in this series in less than two days and I was pleasantly surprised. The first book is largely sex. It's very good sex. The characters made me curious. Jay's childlike exuberance and Henry's formal, parental dominance and Alice stuck in the middle not sure whether she's a passing fancy to the two of them or something more. The second book was the most successful for me and had some discernible character development as well as, again, great sex. The angst of Alice as sh ...more
Indie Editor Nancy
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Book Three was an enjoyable a read as the first two in the series. All three main characters Jay, Alice and Henry are comfortable together and are enjoying their home life and falling into their own roles. There was still lots of lovemaking, but more mental than physical BDSM. Henry allowed Jay and Alice to ask for what they needed, he didn't make assumptions or push them past their breaking points. Henry's patience with Alice has brought her around to accepting their love and moving forward wit ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
O.M.G. What a great squeal to this erotic romance. I simply can't get enough of Henry and Jay. Their complex relationship is what makes this book so great.

After finding out how truly traumatized Jay is, Alice too becomes a victim to the same man. Henry feel's at fault for the events leading to it and what befalls after. It was his intention to help Jay get past what happened to him and give Alice a wonderful first time introduction to being a submissive in public, but feels like he's failed. Aft
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