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Playing for Keeps

(Unshakable #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  506 ratings  ·  89 reviews
College running back, Trent Harte, has been living with his lovers, AJ Barnes and Brock Everett, for two years. Caught in a compromising position, rumors abound. It's hard enough to be an openly gay football player, but gossip and snide comments only add to his stress. Threats against his partners causes Trent to wonder if he should step back from the relationship.

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ebook, 2nd Edition, 114 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Fireborn Publishing, LLC. (first published June 17th 2013)
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College running back, Trent Harte, has been living with his lovers, AJ Barnes and Brock Everett, for two years. One of his teammate catches them in a compromising position and starts a rumor, intending to ruin Trent’s career.

It's hard enough to be an openly gay football player, but it seems living in a polyamorous relationship is considered something even more “pervert”. He can endure it, but when his partners are threatened, that’s too much for him, and he considers stepping back from the rela
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Just finished. I LOVE IT!
Will try and do it justice tomorrow, after I reread it again. This is exactly the story I wanted.
Here are the boys

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Trent - AJ - Brock

When I first saw the picture that inspired my prompt I really wanted someone to tell their story, and I am so glad that Lexi picked it.
I think m/m/m stories are my favorite kind, but most of the stories are how the guys get together, but I know that the HEA is really just the beginning and how much harder wo
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-action
4.5 Stars!

I really enjoyed this one.....but it was too damn short!

I don't read a lot of ménage stories but this one was really well done! I would have loved to read about how Trent, Brock and AJs relationship came about. Watched them fall in love.....

As it was, we get a moment in time. Two plus years in to their relationship. Where their relationship is tested by the hate in the world. The oddity of their relationship is questioned. Where one person struggles with his place. Questioning whether
I fucking loved this one!!!

My absolute favorite of the Love Has No Boundaries stories to date. It's a threesome story, told with so much love and devotion and downright passion that I never wanted it to end. Then I hear from Mandy, the one who wrote the prompt that planted the seed for Lexi Ander to write this fantastic story, that there are plans to expand on this story in the future. Yippiee! I can't wait!

If you like passionate men showing their physical love, with incredibly strong emotional
4.5 stars
I adored this story. Trent, AJ and Brock have so much love, the threesome is for keeps, the tender devotion for each other really shines through. They're sexy and the chemistry flew off the page, I loved the three POV's given, a great opportunity to find out what makes the guys tick. A convincing and wonderful relationship between three interesting and lovable men. A load of passionate fun and I can't wait to read more about them.
Another fab story from the LHNB event, and I think Mandy my friend that Lexi did a wonderful job with your picture prompt...and that was pretty yummy too! 4.5 stars and

I loved this story of Trent, Brock and AJ. The absolute pig of a father, a wonderfully understanding and accepting mother (who may have been getting her own back in some small way on said pig of a father), lots of loving and finally a man that understood where the guys were coming from. Great story.
The Bursting Bookshelf of a Wallflower
Playing for Keeps tells us the story of three young men that are in a ménage relationship since nearly three years. While not hiding their relationship, they are not out to the public due to Trent’s desire to get into the NFL. Unfortunately, they are seen in an obvious situation by one of Trent’s teammates and he is now facing rumors spreading like wildfire. Put under pressure not only by players from other teams and the media, Trent also has to deal with his father, who is engaging a political ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's LHNB event.

Menage stories are hard to write and I was soooo curious how Lexi would manage her task.

I loved it!

Trent, AJ and Brock are so cute together. It was heart melting to read about their love for each other and their determination to fight for their love... no matter what.

Lexi said she wants to write more about the guys. I can't wait! :)
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one of my favourites from the LHNB series. The established relationship of Trent, AJ and Brock lends itself to a really believable ménage tale that for a change isn't all about hot sex and threesomes but shows a really solid passionate and loving relationship between three men and their fight to stay together when one of them is in the spotlight and rumours of their lifestyle come to the fore. Worried that he may compromise what they have if it comes out publicly Trent tries to step a ...more
Despite the popular contrary, this is NOT my first ménage; I read them before, I just don't like 'em much. I don't purposefully look for them. However, since the theme of 2014 was to expand my reading experience, I decided to make it my March personal challenge... and this was the first challenge title

What I Do Like

+ Mandy, whom I roped into this to help me with the titles, did it right when she chose a committed threesomes. I liked how these men were equal, they truly love each other, devoted t
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes it is very difficult for me to read menage because so often I feel like they are two plus one and not an equal triad. This wasn't the case here - these guys are all equally together, equally in love and equally protective. I loved that about them. And by the end, unapologetic in their relationship. And sexy! ...more
4.5 stars.
Loved this LHNB short. I don't always like threesomes, but maybe because this was a well-established relationship it really worked for me. A lot of emotion and the love and loyalty between the three men was just beautiful. I would love to read a full story about these three.
So a NFL hopeful, ex-marine and sports newscaster hopeful walk into a bar...

Sound like a interesting dirty joke set up (maybe) but it is actually the set up for a beautiful prompt and picture well executed. A college threesome in a established relationship, some angst/ bullying thrown in, sensual tension and yummy man sex makes "Playing for Keeps".

I liked the story. (at times it was wordy but then again you can't question how each main character felt)

I loved the couple...trio...throuple? - Brock
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mmm, short-reads
4.5 - I have found that when an author writes a m/m/m story it either works and it comes across natural and you get a story where all of them just fit so right together that you can't picture them without each other or the story falls flat and the menage just feels like a couple and a third person. This one definitely was natural and these guys are just so perfect for each other. They are so loving and committed to each other, that you just know that no matter what they will always be there for ...more
3.5 stars: If you know me, you'll know I'm not a fan of menages; I read them from time to time when I come across a blurb that intrigues me. I decided to read this one because it was about an already established relationship between the three, and not an established couple and a third person comes in - which is usually what I come across of. In this case, I really liked how the relationship was done; I didn't feel like one of them was left out, but it was really a relationship of three person wh ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, mmm-menage, lhnb

I have come to enjoy ménage stories, well good ones. And this story is definitely one of the good ones, I loved Trent, Brock and AJ. We meet them 2 years into their relationship and are dealing with bigotry and threats from Trent's dad. I could feel the ties and love between these 3 men and this too short story sucked me in!

Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing I like most about this story was the focus on the depth of love in the menage relationship, not the sex. The three men - Trent, Brock and AJ - obviously care so much about each other, willing to sacrifice their individual dreams, if necessary, to be together.

These are strong men but they are not afraid to express their emotions and take a stand - all for one and one for all!

The story is engaging, the emotions strong, the sex hot and the ending happy.

The only minor niggle I had was the
Izzah Zulaikha
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Never read a menage a trois story before but i gotta say, after reading this, i'm totally intrigue!
Thank you for this beautiful story! <3
Between 2,5 and 3 stars.

I have not realized up to the moment I started to read it that it is about a menage relationship.
I'm not really in this kind of books.
But I've seen that some of my GR friends enjoyed this short story.
It is why I decided to give it a try.

It was not bad.
◆If you want a feel-good-reading without thinking a lot,
◆if you' re a fan of menages,
◆if you search for something quick and
uncomplicated in between

it could be a suitable novella for you.

I just couldn't connect mys
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: M/M romance buffs, good soulful people
Really cute, not too much angst (thank you thank you thank you) and not too long. Being a freebie from the Love Has No Boundaries in the m/m romance group here on Goodreads is an added bonus.
There are a lot of stories coming from there right now, and the talent is incredible. Just incredible.

This story was well written, with believable characters, all three of them were relatable and felt genuine. Perhaps they talked more about emotions than I'm used to men doing, but every person in the world
Dana Cavallon
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Great story! I loved the characters, individually and together. The conflict and resolution were believable, and they all seem like they're headed for a long and happy life together. The story felt complete as it was, but I'd love to see more of them. Seems like there's room for a story as Trent becomes the first openly gay player in the NFL, no? *bats eyes hopefully* ...more
Heartfelt romance with some sizzling chemistry in this collegiate polyamorous story.
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
A solid read with an enjoyable storyline and characters. One of the things I like most was the realistic portrayal of the situation and reaction of society. Being a sports star come with a surprisingly large amount of publicity (well, surprising to me, since I couldn't give two shits about sport) and people will try to destroy and slander what they do not understand-- although, I don't understand why people would object to a menage relationship, I mean, that's just triple sexy. But, I digress. I ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dritc
LHNB story released 17.6.13
Menage stories are hard to balance when all three players are equal in the relationship but the author did a really great job with this one. The changing point of view wasn't confusing as each chapter it clearly identified whose voice was speaking and there was only a tiny sentence or two overlap between the change in speaker. The story itself was well written and the characters well rounded.
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice read, fitted the prompt perfectly and the epilogue was the icing on the cake.
We have another entertaining, sweet read. Getting an all male ménage to work in a story has got to be difficult since there are so few that actually pull it off. Lexi Ander pulled it off.
I rather enjoyed this story about three young men trying to find their way together. Trent is a college football player, and a really good one. He's openly gay and he's hoping for a shot at the NFL. When rumors spread about his relationship with AJ and Brock, he becomes the target of harrassment. That, along with Trent's bigoted father's manipulations, nearly causes Trent to crumble under the pressure, but Brock and AJ show Trent what is really important -- their relationship.

The story was engag
Rachel Emily
Eeeeeee! I loved this! Excellent story, and I especially liked how equal all three guys were in their relationship, it wasn't 2 and 1 like in some stories I have read. I loved the writing and the flow of the story, realistic conflict, and definitely would love to read more with these boys! ...more
Really enjoyed this story, but it was too short. I got a good basic feeling for the characters and was able to believe their relationship. The sex was steamy and I loved the epilogue.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free, m-m-plus-x, gr-2013
Great photo, prompt and story thanks to Mandy and Lexi. ...more
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Lexi has always been an avid reader and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up i ...more

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