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The Courage to Love

(Brothers in Arms #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  3,339 ratings  ·  239 reviews
Brothers in Arms, Book One.

Kate Collier is still recovering from a vicious rape and trying to make a success of her dress shop when Jason Randal and Anthony Richards return to London from the Continent, intent on winning her. She's known them for years, ever since they served with her late husband in the Peninsula against Napoleon. She'd been in love with them for almost t
Trade Paperback, 210 pages
Published September 30th 2009 by Ellora's Cave (first published April 1st 2006)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]

The Courage to Love is book one in the Brothers in Arms series by Samantha Kane.

Lord Jason Randall and Anthony (Tony) Richards fought in the Napoleon war together and suffered endless misery side by side. They are best friends and inseparable. They first laid eyes on Kate when they saw her with her husband during the war. Now Kate is a widow. They have waited three long years for her to be ready for them. They are back in London ready to make her theirs. But they are quite shock
Jun 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who like menage books
Recommended to jenjn79 by: saw it at Ellora's Cave
Rating: 3.5 / 5

This book is all about the sex. Really really HOT sex, but pretty much just about the sex nonetheless. I saw it while I was poking around the Ellora's gave website and was hopelessly intrigued by the premise.

And after reading it, I'm having a hard time trying to decide how to review this book. Because on the one hand, the characters were cool, the romance was pretty good, and the writing itself lent it to being rather readable. Plus the sex was super hot, always fun to read.

On the
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of threesomes
Reading this brought to mind the immortal "Simpsons" line, "I've said 'Jiminy Jillickers' so many times, the words have lost all meaning!" Kane's favorite sex word is "fuck" and its variants -- a nice forthright word, but like any fucking word, it can really get fucking tiresome and lose its fucking effectiveness when used without a fucking break. Fuck.

Telling the love story of Kate, Tony and Jason, The Courage to Love is an erotic menage Regency romance and succeeds at different levels in each
Jill Dunlop
Feb 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
The Courage To Love is the first book in Samantha Kane's Brothers in Arms series. Jason Randall and Tony Richards return from their sojourn on the continent to claim the woman they love. Kate has been living as a mistress to several men. Jason and Randal received a letter from one of Kate's friends suggesting that Kate needed their help and would be ready to settle down with them and start a new life as their wife. When Jason and Tony, go to see Kate, they know immediately that something is not ...more
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Denise H.
*** Hot and heavy on the sex meter ! Wow ! *** These characters were sex obsessed.
Two men, Jason and Tony, come back from the war, and the "Continent" to claim their love, sweet Kate. But now, Kate isn't as sweet and rejects them. She's been through enough with men and wants no more of it. Her ex shared her with a bunch of friends, (gang rape), and she's disgraced in society. The men feel horrible that they didn't return sooner, but vow to make up for it.

If this were a longer story, deeper per
Aug 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
The Courage to Love is a M/M/F erotic romance ostensibly set in the Regency era. Jason Randall, an earl of some sort, and Anthony Richards are veterans of the Napoleonic wars and formed an especially close friendship while serving together. With the war over, they return to London to propose marriage to Katherine Collier, a widow of a comrade of theirs. Kate, however, was forced to become a mistress after her husband's death, with traumatic results, and refuses to give up her hard earned indepen ...more
Maureen Feeney
Apr 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ordered, b-u
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Jan 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of menage, fans of m/m romance, fans of regency romance
3.5 of 5

This m/m/f menage set in regency England was enjoyable. The characters are instantly likable and the scars carried by Kate actually make her stronger and Tony and Jason become protective but not cavemanish about her security. Even the budding sexuality and sassy attitude of her young teenage niece was a perfect accent to this tender sweet story.

Tony and Jason know they love Kate. Kate knows Tony and Jason like to have menage a trois. The real emotional turn comes when Jason (the dom) alm
I'm in two minds with regards to this one. On the other hand the author didn't capture any early 19th century details, i could have taken place in 1970 and it'd be the same thing. On the other hand the sex is pretty steaming hot, so that gets two thumbs up from me!
So, as historical fiction? Er, nope. As a one hand read? *fans self*
**2 stars for plot and one additional star for unintentional humor.**

Whispersync, you'll be the death of me.

I've had this book on my TBR for almost two years so when it came out in audio, I decided to get it - for some reason, it's always easier for me to listen than to read. I was expecting the plot to be a bit out there but it surpassed even my higher expectations. I confess I laughed a lot.

Tony and Jason found during the war that they needed each other to be "complete" (!) - they are not love
Aug 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mm, mmf
Arrrrrrg. I'm building up to a rant about this one.

1. At the beginning of the book, the heroine was gang raped the year before -- yet she throws herself into a vigorous threesome with no thought or hesitation.

2. The two male MCs have supposedly been in love with the heroine for years, yet they stood by and watched her whore herself out as a paid mistress to not one, but a whole string of rich men without even bothering to tell her how they felt -- even though one is a rich lord himself, and coul
Dec 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: erotica, menage
I was going for 2-3 out of 5 stars. Until a 16 year old (who's about to turn 17 in 2 months) got fingerfucked in an alley by a 30-something man. That, is just a big fucking no. I don't want to read about kids having sex. Ever.

Menages in Regency London did sound like it could be either very cool, or a complete train wreck. But polyamory and the formal language and very formal way of life just doesn't go together. It takes something that could potentially be very sexy, and makes it awkward at best
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}

So I spotted this series a long time ago but it was in the middle of the whole Ellora's Cave fiasco and I just didn't feel like it would be right to buy anything from them. These came to my attention again last week and since EC is gone I decided to have a little look and discovered that they are all now being self published so I bought them all and now I'm addicted!!

This was lovely and smutty but also had a bit of a plot and which in turn made me just really like all the characters. I mean it
Pam Nelson
Ummm I am just going to say HOT!

I love this series, and this is a re-read for me. I don't really have a lot to say because these are just guilty pleasures for me. :)
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I just finished the entire Brothers in Arms series, which consists of 12 full titles and one prequel short. This is the first full title and it is the tale of Jason and Tony, best friends and war buddies who happen to enjoy sharing women in the bedroom, and who are also in love with the same woman - Kate.

This isn't Pulitzer Prize winning stuff. This is erotic fiction. So if you're in the mood for something worthy of a Pulitzer, look elsewhere. If you are, however, in the mood to read a dirty st
Aug 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-f, menage, m-m
This was a wonderful erotic, historical and romantic read. I'm not a huge fan of historical stories, but this one was really good. The historical details were not too elaborate and added a nice touch to the characters' issues. Rules of society that brings a man to duel for a woman's honor or make a woman an outcast because she's raped did give this story's heroine a believable struggle when the two men she loved did ask her to marry them.

The Courage to Love is a story of a menage a trois and th
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
I had great expectations for this book. And I must say that the story didn't meet them. I was actually quite disappointed.

In the beginning, it looked like there would be an actual plot there, balancing the sex, unfortunately, the plot quickly succumbed to a huge amount of sexing and pathos so bad my teeth hurt.

I expected some slow discovering, adversity, nervousness... But everybody was so accepting, so kind, so understanding... in the early frickin' 19th century! Right.

This book is simply ba
Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads, erotica
"Brothers in Arms: The Courage to Love" by Samantha Kane is the first book in her historical erotica menage series. She uses the Napoleonic wars as the spur for her heroes preference for a menage relationship. The sex scenes are blistering and the love each hero feels for the heroine, and eventually, each other, shines through. I'm not usually a fan of M/M erotica, but in this book it just seems a part of the story and didn't turn me off at all. This first book sets up the villan and introduces ...more
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: menage, ebook, nook
This is my first read from this author and not my last. Wow this story was HOT..... I have never read a book like this one m/m was different but I have to say made the book even more spicy.
Jessica Alcazar
I don't know what to say, except....OMG!
Yes, it was erotic and all that sex hoopla, but OMG the story....just wow!
Aղցela W.
This book was picked for me in a menage pick it for me challenge and I must say well done. I was surprised and I wasn't sure of this series, because I did read the prequel to this book and it was ok, this book made up for that. Jason and Tony served in the war together and have always loved Kate and knew that they wanted to share her. Let me just say now that the sex scenes in his book were hot as hell. Kate Collier is slowly recovering from the brutal rape that has left her a social outcast amo ...more
Shan ~A~
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was a little confused in the beginning what time period this story was set in and then it seemed like the author kept jumping from character to another. Like I said I was confused, but that was only in the beginning.
After the first chapter everything started to make sense and I started to enjoy the story. The story is highly erotic and also very heartwarming and funny. I know it seems like those description probably shouldn't go hand in hand, but they fit.

The love that the heroes and heroine
I don't know how long I've had these on my e-book pile but I have a long backlog of books I'm trying to work through as a 2015 resolution book club. This was a quick read and while I really don't feel it is quite worthy of a historical fiction tag (it reads so modern it's distracting) but there's a good deal of well done sex scenes. I did feel like Kate was more an after thought than really necessary to Tony & Jase. I liked Very and probably will read more in the series because I have them & als ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book has been on my TBR for a while. I'm not fond of the historical genre (too many rules), I'm not fond of war type stories (too much chest thumping and/or pointlessly violent passages), in fact the only thing that kept this in my TBR is that MMF is my fave theme. It persistently popped up and has been rec'd to me so often that I gave in to peer pressure. I am so glad that I did.

Tony and Jason, comrades in arms, have loved Kate for years. First she was married to a fellow soldier, after h
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Erica by: Tabatha Scott
These three are NAUGH-TY! Wow. Any possible combination you can think of in a true menage relationship, these three did it. Absolutely freaking HOT and not a shortage of sex scenes anywhere. As her niece Veronica said, "“Oh good Lord, I’m going. Don’t start the circus until I’m well away.” Circus IS RIGHT! But there was such an emotional connection between these three...and watching Tony and Jason finally admit their feelings for each other and act on them WITH the blessing of the woman they bot ...more
Christina (SteepedinBooks)
May 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2013
While this was a somewhat titillating read in places, there were a few issues that made it hard to enjoy overall. First, there is the matter of Kate's gang rape. I didn't feel that this was handled in any realistic way. I know I shouldn't expect realism in erotica, but it bothers me when such a tragic thing is handled badly or offhandedly in fiction. Even though it has been a year since her rape, I don't believe Kate would so easily jump into bed with two men, even two men she loved. She's been ...more
Heather in FL
I enjoyed this one. For some reason, I was under the impression that this series was about cowboys, not proper English people. :-) Not being English, and obviously not being from that era, lol, I don't get why Kate was ostracized for being raped. I never quite understood, in the other romance novels I've read from that general era, how being a mistress was not something to cause shame. You're basically being paid (you could get a house, clothing, servants, etc.) for being available to a married ...more
Carolyn F.
Kate's husband, Tony and Jason's friend and fellow soldier, is killed and in order to survive she becomes a mistress to several men over a period of time. Tony and Jason have always loved her but are waiting for her to sow her wild oats and then they plan on asking her to marry them both. This is supposed to be the 1800's and they just out and out say we want you to marry us both. A little delusional. They aren't lovers of each other but have enjoyed threesomes as some sort of healing balm from ...more
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: menage
WOW!! A wonderful, hot, steamy MFM and MM historial love affair. It starts with Kate learning to live past a horrible time in her life while taking care of her 16 yr old niece. Two of her late husbands friends, Tony and Jason, have come back into her life with the intent of both of them to marry her.
Kate has reservations about how their possible marriage may look to others especially with her past. Over time with the aid of her niece, the men finally make Kate see that they truely love her and
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Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children, two boys and one girl. With a master’s degree in American history, she spent seven years as a high school history teacher before becoming a full-time writer and mom.


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Brothers in Arms (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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