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Two are Better than one

Two Are Better Than One

Suzanne Rock

 Genre: erotica, mmf, ménage

 Book Description:

 Quinn and Declan enjoy having sex together, but love sharing a woman more.

After months of searching, they’ve lost hope of ever finding a permanent third to complete them.

Then they meet shy, reclusive Hannah and everything changes. The sexual energy between them is incredible and the men soon realize that no other woman will do. They decide to confront her at the department’s summer kick-off party.

Will the straight-laced Hannah be open to a three-way relationship? They’ll have to do everything they can to convince her that two men are better than one.

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 Excerpt

 “Did you find her?”

 Hannah stopped walking as she recognized Declan’s voice.

 “No. I looked everywhere.”

 Quinn. Hannah knelt down behind the dune and angled herself until both men came into view. The setting sun cast a red-orange halo around them both, creating a beautiful, romantic picture.

 “Damn Greg.” Quinn fisted his hands. “He’s such an ass.”

 “I never liked him,” Declan agreed. “Now he’s scared off Hannah and I’m not sure if we’ll ever find her.”

 Hannah stared at the men. They were looking for her?

 “I’d love to punch his face in.” The normally jovial Quinn slammed his fist in his palm.

 “Come now, you know violence isn’t the answer.” Declan sighed. “I just wish I knew if Hannah was all right.”

 “You don’t believe that she had sex with Greg, do you?”

 “I don’t think anyone believes him. He’s an ass, remember?”

 Quinn shook his head. “I’m worried about her.”

 “Me too.”

 “If only we weren’t running late. We could have stopped it.”

 Hannah stood and was about to reveal herself when she saw Declan reach out for Quinn. She hunched back down behind a sand dune and watched as Declan wrapped his arms around Quinn’s shoulders. The act was gentle and affectionate. Soothing. It seemed almost as if he was consoling a lover.

 Desire sparked in her lower abdomen. She imagined herself between the two men, their hard, naked bodies pressed up against her like in one of her erotic novels. She had never participated in a three-way, but she guessed that with Declan and Quinn it would be so much more intimate than what she had read about, more intense. To be surrounded by all of that warm skin, to feel their hands and lips on her body, would be like a dream come true.

 “Don’t worry, we’ll find her.” Declan hooked his finger under Quinn’s chin and raised his head to meet his gaze. Then he closed the distance between them and covered his lips.

 They were…kissing? Hannah gasped and put her hand over her mouth. They were lovers? A hollowness formed in the pit of her stomach. She was such a fool to think that they’d be interested in her. Damn Becky for putting the thought in her head. Declan and Quinn were lovers—lovers! Tears once again stung her eyes and a sob escaped her throat.

 Declan broke the kiss and pulled back from Quinn. “Did you hear that?”

 Quinn stepped out of his lover’s embrace. “There’s someone here.”

 Hannah stood and turned to go.

 “Wait—don’t leave.” Quinn’s voice rose up from the dunes.

 Hannah closed her eyes. Could this evening get any worse? She couldn’t run away now. She’d have to talk to them. Hannah decided she’d be curt and quick, then get out of there and go home as soon as possible.

 Hannah had let Becky give her hope for something more than a life of seclusion, and now she was paying the price. Hannah was better off with her cat and her erotic novels.

 It was best to get this over with as quickly as possible. Slowly she turned around.

 Both men started moving toward her.

 “Hannah,” Declan was faster than Quinn and reached her first. “My God, we were worried about you.”

 “Were you?” Hannah looked from Declan to Quinn. “Just now you were kissing. You couldn’t have been that worried.” Hannah winced at the men’s stunned expressions and immediately regretted her words. She held up her hands between them. “I mean, it’s none of my business—”

 “You saw that?” Quinn asked.

 Declan took a step forward. “Did it disgust you?” He took another step. “Scare you?”

 “A little.” She shook her head. “I mean it didn’t disgust me. I just didn’t know that you two…” She waved her hands in the air between them.

 “We are lovers, yes.” Declan stopped and held his hands out at his sides. “Does that bother you?”

 “No. Yes.” She sighed and dropped her hands. “I don’t know.”

 “There’s more,” Quinn said.

 “More?”

 Declan glanced at Quinn, and then refocused his attention to her. “We like kissing each other, but we find it much more erotic to both be kissing another woman.”

 “Much more erotic,” Quinn said as he stepped closer.

 

GetAttachment.aspxAbout the Author Suzanne Rock:

A lifetime New Englander, Suzanne married her college sweetheart and has been with him for over twenty years.

Every summer she drags her husband and two daughters to Maine on a quest for the perfect lobster dinner. Every fall she can be found down in Foxboro, Massachusetts cheering on her favorite football team.

 In between those trips, she’s a chauffer, a maid, a chef, an event planner, a hairdresser, a wardrobe stylist,  a tutor and a sometimes masseuse.

 To keep her sanity, she often drinks copious amounts of coffee and stares at the blank screen of her laptop, dreaming of great adventures. Sometimes she even writes them down for others to enjoy.

Suzanne loves hearing from her fans, and can be contacted through her website:  www.SuzanneRock.com
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Review: Happy In Their Love

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Happy in their Love

Happy In Their Love (Men of the Borderlands #10) by Marla Monroe
Word Count: 50,505
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand Inc
Review Source: personal purchase
My Rating: 4 ★★★★☆

Blurb:

[Erotic Futuristic Sci-Fi Cowboy Ménage a Trios Romance, M/F/M, spanking, HEA]

Abe Waverly isn’t looking for company when first Russell then Celina shows up. They know about loss just like he does, but can he trust them with more than just his home? Celina Berry fears becoming attached to either man, but what will become of her and her unborn baby if she doesn’t?
Russell Coggins wakes up after a bear attack in Abe’s home. Russell isn’t sure if he is welcome there or not, but he has time to decide while he is recovering. Then they find Celina who has just lost her husband and has been traveling alone. She’s pregnant and scared, unsure who she can trust.
Together the three of them become a family as they fight Mother Nature to survive in the deepest parts of The Border Lands. Learning to trust each other is more than just a need. It becomes necessity in order to survive.

My Thoughts:

This is a story that focuses on loss and love. Yes, it’s a ménage, and a great one. What I loved most was the developing relationship between the three and the fact that there was no one in immediate danger or that no one was trying to interfere with the relationship.

Russell, what can I say about him other that he’s a strong man with a soft heart and tender touch? He recognizes and accepts his feelings for Celina pretty much from the start and supports her in any way he can while still protecting her.

Abe is a man who has sealed not only his heart, but his person off from the world. He’s been living alone for eight years and finds it difficult to let himself care for others. Abe is scared of losing what he love’s most all over again.

Celina is pregnant and just lost her husband when Abe and Russell find her. It takes her a bit to deal with the feelings growing for the two men in relation to having lost her husband. She’s a strong woman who made a conscious decision to love again and her strength comes through.

I really like the fact that we get a fair amount of the story after everyone accepts the relationship and we got some time to meet the baby. Like I said earlier this is an erotic ménage and the sex was very hot and well written, but the love story was what made the book for me.

Purchase Happy In Their Love from BookStrand

Tour Spotlight & GiveAway – ALPHA MARKED: SCARLET

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ScarletScarlet (Alpha Marked #1) by Celia Kyle
Pages: 160
Publisher: Summerhouse Publishing
Review Source: Author/    Tours
Release Date: April 2, 2013
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Blurb:

Thirty and single? Well, getcha ass to the Gathering! As if hitting thirty wasn’t enough, unmated Scarlet Wickham is summoned to this year’s Gathering. As a woman Marked to be the mate of an Alpha pair, she’s not going to find happiness anywhere other than in the arms of two Alpha werewolves. So, off she goes with her sisters in tow. ‘Cause yeah, she’s one of the plump Wickham triplets, and they’re all being carted off to werewolf speed dating.

Keller and Madden, Ruling Alpha pair, can’t believe their luck. They’ve found their mate, and she’s more than they could have ever hoped for. She’s feisty with spirit to spare, and lush curves that they want to trace with their tongues. They can’t wait to solidify their bond and get to know the beautiful woman who is to rule at their side. But first, there’s the minor inconvenience of a challenge to the death…

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ALPHA MARKED:  SCARLET  – EXCERPT

Scarlet continued clicking down the wide, marble-tiled hallway, passing boutique after boutique of overpriced souvenirs and gifts. Nearing a store boasting high-end purses and accessories, she paused, pretending to look over the offerings. In reality, she took a peek at Mr. Gun Guy in the glass’ reflection.

He didn’t even pretend he wasn’t watching her. No, he stood eight feet back, hands behind him, and flat-out stared at her.

Well, she wasn’t about to have him follow her to dinner. She turned and faced him head on. “Is there a reason you’re following me?”

“Yes.” His voice was a low baritone, but it did nothing for her.

She waited for further explanation but didn’t get anything. “Okay, why?”

The man’s look remained bland. “Because the Ruling Alphas ordered your protection.”

She rolled her eyes. “Well, we’re back to why.”

“It was ordered.”

Scarlet huffed. “Do you know why and you’re not telling me, or are you simply a drone doing as he’s told?”

That earned her a quick twitch of his lips, and she knew he was trying to suppress a smile. “A little in between.”

“Fine. God forbid we complain about the Ruling Alphas and their high handedness. This is because my sisters and I got into it in the ballroom with Garron and Quentin, isn’t it? Keller and Madden tattled to them. It wasn’t our fault, you know.” Then again, the assholes had been tossed from the Gathering, so it made sense that the head honchos needed to be informed. “Well, if you’re gonna follow me around like a puppy,” she winked to take some of the sting out of her insult, “you might as well walk next to me.”

Scarlet gestured for the guard to approach, but the man stood still, his body frozen in indecision.

“Come on, I promise not to tell the big bad Ruling Alphas you actually talked to me while you acted as my guard. Hell, who knows when I’ll actually get to meet them. I’ll probably forget you by then.” She winced. “Not that you’re forgettable, I—” She huffed. “Just talk to me.”

“I don’t think—”

“Well, I do.”

She stomped toward him and tugged on his arm, ignoring the sting that accompanied touching a male not meant for her. Stupid Mark. Now that she’d met her mates, pain would accompany any contact she had with other men, human or wolf. At least until she completed her mating with Keller and Madden. Thankfully she wasn’t alone in the ouchy department. It was the same way for the guys.

“Yes, Alpha Mate.” The man grumbled but relented. Aw, her males had already spread the word about their connection. That had to be the reason she’d been upgraded from simply “Marked” to “Alpha Mate” by the guard. How sweet. Sweet-ish. She sorta wished they hadn’t jumped the gun, but Alphas were Alphas.

As uncomfortable as the wolf appeared, she didn’t bother trying to talk to him further. She simply felt better that he wasn’t following her and making her feel like a stalked chubby gazelle.

In less than a minute, they strode into the restaurant side by side, the maître d’ quickly leading them toward the back. Together, they wove their way through the room, sliding around various tables, and she noticed most were occupied by two men and a single woman.

Well, it looked like quite a few were already performing the Test of Proximity. Although she had a feeling the test was all for show. Much like the dinner she was about to enjoy.

Before long, she stood before her two wolves in the very back of the restaurant, and both men rose upon her approach. It was Madden’s growl that broke the sweet moment.

She needed to remember he was the more aggressive of the two, and apparently he didn’t like other men close to her.

Hoping her mother’s teachings had been correct, she stepped in front of the guard, redirecting the wolf’s attention. “Madden?”

The rolling sound cut off the moment his eyes met hers, the last of his air hissing from his lungs in a sigh. “Scarlet.”

She waved behind her. “The Ruling Alphas said I needed a guard. No need to get testy.”

Madden furrowed his brow. “Wha—”

Keller cut him off. “I’m sure they want to keep you safe.” He smiled and stepped around the table, drawing her forward with a hand on her lower back. The seductive scents of heated wood, raw power and man surrounded her, and she melted into his side. “You already know how to handle our Madden.”

She chanced a look at the wolf in question and noted his smile. “Perhaps.” She turned her attention back to Keller. “I’m not sure how to handle you, though.”

“I doubt that’ll be a problem, sweet. I’m like any other wolf. Give me something to snack on and you’ll have my attention.” She didn’t miss Keller’s not-so-subtle innuendo.

“Right,” she drawled.

Keller pulled out the chair and she sat between the two men. His heat warred with the inferno that flowed from Madden. Two sides of the same coin, so alike, yet so different.

The guard that had accompanied her took up a post in front of the table. He and four others essentially made a wall-o-wolves, cutting them off from the rest of the diners. Talk about overkill.

My Thoughts:
I really liked this book. It was fast paced and well written. My only problem with it was the length. I knew going in it wasn’t a full novel, but I wasn’t ready for it to end when it did. I just got to know Scarlet had a strong core that she used to hide her vulnerabilities. That she loved and was very loyal to her sisters.

The Alpha pair that turn out to be her mates, Keller and Madden, came across as very alpha and hot. There were hints of their tender, caring sides toward Scarlet but the story ended before that could be completely explored. The “claiming” (read sex) scene was oh so very hot and made me really wish to be Scarlet for a night.

In short my only problem was the length and my desire for it to be longer. I always seem to feel that way about Celia Kyle’s work.

Scarlet (Alpha Marked #1) on Amazon

About the Author

Celia Kyle

Celia Kyle is a paranormal erotic romance author and would like to rule the world and become a ninja. As a fallback, she’s working on her writing career and giving readers stories that touch their hearts and *ahem* other places.

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Review: Trusting the Cowboys (Riverbend, Texas Heat #1)

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Trusting the Cowboys

Trusting the Cowboys (Riverbend, Texas Heat #1) by Marla Monroe
Pages: 109
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Released on April 25, 2012
Review Source: Personal Purchase
My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Blurb:

When Lexie’s boyfriend abuses her, Quade and Jared step in to help. They want to take care of her the rest of her life. Lexie isn’t so sure that a relationship with two men can work when the one she had didn’t. Still, she takes a job as their cook while saving money to leave.

Quade and Jared set out to show her that ménage relationships work and especially in their town where there are others already living there. They have to convince her they love her before she takes the next bus out of town.

When they think they have everything under control, her ex steps in and tries to sabotage their marriage plans. Lexie is convinced the men won’t want her after everything he has said. Will Quade and Jared believe his accusations about her scheming to marry them for their money, or will they trust that she really loves them?

My Thoughts:

Riverbend, Texas is town where many who enjoy polyamorous relationships have chosen to live. Best friends Jared and Quade new they wanted to have one wife for the both of them from a young age. Due to the fact that they were raised in town it was accepted and Jared’s parents had such a relationship.  Quade had a rough childhood and that gave him better insight into what Lexie was going through. The guys had to convince Lexie that they loved her and that she was worthy of being loved.  First they had to gain her trust. Trust that they weren’t going to change their minds about her, or have personality changes and suddenly start to beat her.  Jared and Quade are two very hot and handsome cowboys with soft, loving centers.

Lexie feels stuck in a very abusive relationship. She doesn’t have much of a backbone throughout most of the book. It has been beaten out of her. It takes the love of two cowboys to help Lexie rebuild her courage. When her boyfriend beats her unconscious Jared and Quade get her to the hospital and convince her to take a job as their cook. Lexie takes the job to earn enough money to get out of town. She doesn’t realize the brothers gave her the job to protect her, keep her close to them, and allow them the time to “woo” her. Lexie has to fight her insecurities and the fact that everyone throughout her life has eventually left her. Lexie’s letting the past go and accept love was hard and sweet to witness.

This is a fast, enjoyable read. It has the soul mate thing going on. The guys see the girl and bam they’re in love/she’s the one. The sex was steamy, if a bit predictable. Then again not sure how many ways it can be done? 😉 I will say it was realistic, hot, and in no way cheaply done.  If you like hot cowboys, ménage, and just a touch of angst this is a book for you.

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Adult Review: Swat Team One and the Social Worker (The Men of Five-0 #1)

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Swat Team One & Social Worker

Swat Team One and the Social Worker (The Men of the Five-o #1) by Dixie Lynn Dwyer
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Pages:  203
My Rating 4.5/5

Blurb:

Caught in the middle of a hostage situation, social worker Samantha Gray faces death to help a family in need. When she calls for help, the SWAT Commander and his team of four gorgeous men come to her rescue. These five handsome faces, sexy bodies, and take-charge personalities send her body into sexual turmoil, but she has to resist. She fell in love once and caused her lover’s death. She can’t give in to temptation this time, no matter how desirable the brothers.

The Valdamar brothers are a pack of Alphas hired by the government to keep the peace. They discover their mate, but she refuses to reciprocate their advances. As trouble continues to find her, they lose their patience and decide to take what is theirs and shield her from further harm in the one place she resists—their arms.

My Thoughts:

What a great start to a series! This story is long, action packed, and steamy. It pretty much has it all…mystery, romance, action, and great sex. I didn’t want to put it down, but sleep did call. I thoroughly enjoyed that everyone involved in the story was aware of shifters. It was refreshing not to have to go through the reveal and the heroine’s conflict over it. Instead the author focused on the characters and plot, and boy was there a plot. There was more than one theme throughout the book, but it was written so well they were tied together nicely and I never got confused. The twist at the end was something I definitely didn’t see coming.

Samantha has a lot to deal with in a short amount of time. Feeling guilty over a lost love she resists her attraction to the 5 brothers of swat team one. They live in the same neighborhood and seem to always be there when Sam needs them.  Samantha lost her mother when she was young and her father comes across as lacking and neglectful. I got to see Samantha grow into herself, after she is finally told the truth of who and what she is, and accept the love of her mates. The inner strength she has was amazing.

The brothers, Dustin, Trey, Adam, Donny, and Kyle are all Alpha males and show it. They waited about a year before claiming Sam so they didn’t overwhelm her. They are dominating yet tender, loving and caring about and with Samantha. It would have been easy for the brothers to come across as a single entity, but Dixie made sure the book was long enough and detailed enough for each of their personalities to come through and I loved each one of them.

The sex was handled well. It wasn’t just a continuous ménage/free for all. There was time for each brother to have his time with Samantha. It was sweet and loving. It was hard and fast. It was always hot. I wondered how it would be handled with 5 men, but it was done better than I’ve read with some of the m/f/m I’ve read. This is a must read if you’re a fan of PNRe and ménage.

Warning: Attempted rape of heroine by villain.

SWAT Team One and the Social Worker on Amazon

Dixie Lynn Dwyer’s Website

Review: Kansas Heat (Kansas Heat #1)

This book is for those OVER 18. It’s  erotica -> menage (M/F/M/M).

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Kansas Heat

Kansas Heat (Kansas Heat #1) by Jenny Penn
Pages:  488
Publisher:  Siren
Release Date: June 11, 2010
My Rating: 3/5

Blurb:

Amanda Johnson only has one thing in mind when it comes to Cody Reese. The cowboy has another, and it involves both his brothers. Haunted by their past, Knox, Jace and Cody have their reasons for minding secrets as they lure Amanda into their wicked fantasies.

Wary of men thanks to her own silent demons, Amanda gives into her passion only to find her trust shattered. When things turn deadly, Amanda begins to wonder whether love will lead to her salvation, or destruction.

My Thoughts:   

A little conflicted over this one. I wanted to really love it, but I didn’t. It was good and a very good size for an eBook. My issues are personal opinions. It was well written and the characters really were developed and brought to life.

 Knox was too cruel. I get that the author wanted there to be strife and conflict between him and Amanda, but I just think it went overboard. I would never have forgiven him for some of the things he said and did.  He would only call me a whore once and never see me again. It wasn’t just his hurtful words but his entire attitude. Knox had a problem falling/being love and took his confusion and pain out on Amanda. It wasn’t until after the final straw for Amanda and she left that he came to accept that he wanted her. I don’t there was enough remorse or groveling from Knox for Amanda to take him back. 

I loved Jace.  He truly loved Amanda and treated her accordingly. He was there for her emotionally and tried to build her up not down. My only issue is that he didn’t beat the shit out of Know enough.

Cody is the baby brother and his personality showed it. He was all about fun and getting what he wanted. He devastates Amanda with his obsessive loyalty to another woman. Cody also says something that degrades Amanda and shows his immaturity in a public setting. He truly felt horrible for his actions, but it was more than Amanda could take. It took him awhile to admit to himself and a little longer for him to tell Amanda that he loved her.

Amanda is a woman with some self-worth issues. I felt as if she was too confrontational to hide insecurities. Sometimes, Amanda would be antagonistic to a fault and then get all hurt when the reaction she gets is appropriate. Then she takes more, of what I would consider hateful and borderline abusive, than anyone ever should from the brothers, especially Knox. Amanda does eventually leave the brothers due to their behavior, but this was after she went back and forth a few times.  It took her a bit, but Amanda gets some backbone and stands up for herself.

 

Maybe it was a little too long. The relationship between the brothers and Amanda seemed to take a circular route and too long to develop into something loving and healthy for it got a little aggravating. It ends with more of a HFN then a HEA. It feels like the story should continue with the next book, not a conclusive ending.

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Some New Releases for January 1st – 11th

New Releases

January 1st

For the Love of a Goblin Warrior (Shadowlands) <- I’ve been looking forward to this one.

What Chris Wants (The Edge of Honor Series) (This is a short story, but only .99)

Private Deceptions (Hauberk Protection)

His to Protect (Red Stone Security Series)

Midsummer’s Eve: Hot Down Under (adult/erotic)

January 2nd

Alpha One (Shadow Agents)

His to Control (Cape Falls)

January 8th

Rise: A Nightshade Novel < – The sequel to Rift and the prequel to the New York Times bestselling novel Nightshade.

January 11th

double infiltration

 

Double Infiltration (The Sinful 7 of Delite, Texas #4) 

 

(This is an Erotic Ménage a Trois Romance for those over 18 only)

 

Blown Down Review

Blown Down 

Blown Down by Em Petrova
Pages: 181
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Release Date: November 11, 2011
My Rating: 5/5

Blurb:
The only thing third-generation logger Abe Gardner wants more than to enjoy Chapel Caldwell-in the kitchen, on the porch, in the shower, even in bed-is to marry her. When he invites greenhorn Levi Black to share his bungalow, Abe never expects to bring him into their bed.

 After a seven-year stint in prison for assault, Levi wants nothing more than to outrun his past. In Abe’s and Chapel’s loving arms he finds solace…until the family that fought to convict him unexpectedly shows up. Torn between his new makeshift family and his ghosts, he struggles to stay true to himself while Abe and Chapel race to meet a critical deadline and foster Levi’s love.

My Thoughts:

Chapel is a strong and confident woman when it comes to pretty much everything in her life except for her father.  She was raised by a single father from an early age when her mother died. Chapel longs for her dad’s approval and any show of affection he’ll give.  She is in love with a logger her father doesn’t like and all and who isn’t afraid to let her know he loves, appreciates and approves of her. Chapel may have taken on more that she or the company could handle when she signs a big logging contract. Her father’s disapproval and hostility spur her into finally moving out of his house and right into the arms of her men.

Abe is all man and heart. I love the fact that he isn’t afraid to show his love and affection for Chapel. He’s the first to invite Levi into their relationship because he sees the way she looks at him and vice versa. It wasn’t an easy decision for Abe; he had to come to terms with the fact that it didn’t bother him to think of Chapel with Levi, who he loves like a brother.  It came to the fact that he loves them both and the logging industry is far from safe. He and Levi love Chapel and together if something happened to one of them the other could still love and care for her.

Levi comes into town after a stint in prison. He’s shocked at Abe’s offer of a place to stay, not being to use to anything nice from others. A friendship and bond form between the men and Levi falls for Chapel pretty much from the beginning. He’s amazed and willing when Abe suggests they share/love Chapel together. Levi struggles with telling his lovers about his past, fearful they will reject him if they know the truth. Of course Chapel’s dad buts into it and causes conflict between the three.

This is a wonderful story of love and growing trust. It also shows the importance of honesty and openness in relationships of all kinds. The refreshing thing is there isn’t an overwhelming amount of angst. None really between the lovers, it comes from situations they find themselves in. The steamy scenes were very hot and really well done. They didn’t come across at all cheesy, which is sometimes easy to do with ménages. The sex wasn’t repetitive and it was imaginative and sweet.
The way Abe and Levi work together and stand up for each other and Chapel is terrific. The ending, as well as the whole story, was well done and believable even if it ended too soon 😉 

If you’re looking for a story that is very warm and a heartfelt romance with a bit of action then I would definitely recommend this one. I didn’t want to put it down the few times I had to when real life intruded. 

 Blown Down on Amazon

Review of The Best Mistake

The Best Mistake

The Best Mistake by Kate Watterson
Pages: 54
Publisher: Carina Press
Review Source: NetGalley
Release Date: Jan. 16, 2012
My Rating: 3/5

Blurb:

When Lacey Billings gives her boyfriend, Ran, an erotic wake-up call in the middle of the night, she’s shocked to discover that the gorgeous man she’s kissing isn’t Ran…it’s his cousin, Rick.

Although Ran laughs off the mix-up, Lacey and Rick can’t stop thinking about the unexpected encounter, and they can’t escape the scorching flashbacks it’s aroused.

Ran doesn’t want an innocent mistake to ruin his relationship with his girlfriend or his cousin, so he proposes a solution. He wants the three of them to solve this problem the old-fashioned way, by sleeping on it…together.

My Thoughts:

Quick but good read.

Lacey comes home and thinks to put the moves on her boyfriend only it’s his cousin (who looks a lot like him). The difficult decision to live a ménage lifestyle was handled well. The boyfriend was supportive and wanting her happiness which is necessary in these relationships. That the author addressed Lacey’s apprehension was good and done well. I liked that I got all 3 POV’s.  Not much more I can say without giving away too much.

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Review of The Reluctant Virgin (Ride’em Hard 6)

For readers over 18!!

The Reluctant Virgin [Ride ’em Hard 6] by Stacey Espino
Publisher: Siren
Pages: 127
Review Source: personal book
Reviewed by: Tala
My Rating: 4/5

Cindy Taylor has reinvented herself after a childhood she’d rather forget. Its seven years later when she’s forced to return to her hometown on business. She’s a new woman with the same deep-seated vulnerabilities thanks to her disability.

Her regular client, Josh Granger, and two men from her past, Matthew Garner and Chance Anderson, are all hell-bent on making her theirs. But Cindy can’t bring herself to reveal her secret, choosing to live a lie instead. She wants nothing more than to experience the sexual fantasies these men promise, but her fear of rejection is just as strong.

Cindy will have to overcome her personal demons if she’s to experience the happily ever after she was certain would pass her by. It’s a race against time because the men won’t wait around forever, and Cindy is the most reluctant virgin

I really liked this book.  Although I’ve really liked everything of Stacey Espino’s I’ve read. This one will tug at your heart.  It wasn’t like a lot of ménage out there where the men involved already know that’s the type of relationship they want.  Josh, Matthew and Chance come to this decision when Cindy admits to loving them all and doesn’t want to choose.

Cindy was tormented her entire childhood and it has her convinced that she will always be alone. No man could want her once they know her secret. She molded herself into a strong self-sufficient woman, at least to the outside world.   It was hard at times to watch (read) her deal with her hurt and anger.  I’ll admit her lack of confidence was annoying at times, but it was relevant to the story.  With the patience and love of the men involved she blossomed into a truly strong and loving woman who not only accepts love but expects it from “her men”.

What can I say about the men? Hot, sexy, alpha and once they love they love completely.  Chance is my favorite, for his patience and immediate acceptance of what Cindy needs.

Josh starts out a playboy and has a difficult time admitting that he’s in love. When he finally does he has the hardest time with the idea of a ménage.

Matthew is a childhood friend that was always there for Cindy.  He has a hard time convincing her that he could want her.  Let’s just say he take me on a picnic any day!

The sex scenes were steamy and very well done. They weren’t too long or drawn out and not quickies just to get through them.   It didn’t come across as cheesy, which seems to be the case a little too often with these types of stories.

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