Valentine’s Review: Fifth Valentine’s Day by Casper Graham

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Blurb
Matthew Singer loves his two boyfriends very much, he truly does. But he’s uncomfortable with all the extravagant gifts he receives on their fifth Valentine’s Day/anniversary together. Nothing he says or does seems to discourage them. The gifts, sweet as they may be, are getting more obnoxious every year. Then he comes up with the sweetest punishment to dole out to his stubborn lovers.

Aiden Eastwood simply wants his boyfriends to feel loved. Since he has the money, he can spoil them both to his heart’s content. Ironically, Edward Langston is an emotionally stunted psychiatrist, so to show his appreciation to his boyfriends, he buys them the most ridiculous gifts that he can think of.

Will Matthew’s punishment discourage his lovers from buying more insane gifts in the future? Or will it backfire on him spectacularly

Review
I’ve not read anything by Casper Graham before so this book was a very pleasant introduction to the authors work. For quite a short story it gave me a lovely picture of the relationship between Matt, Aiden and Edward. Their back story is included in between the ever increasing extravagant valentine gifts sent between each other. It’s not just Valentine’s Day for the trio it is also their fifth anniversary of being together which is why the reminiscing fits perfectly into the story. Casper Graham can certainly write hot scenes. There are only a couple of sex scenes in the story but Oh boy they are smoking. This is a hot romantic and amusing story perfect to fill a gap.

4 of stars out of 5

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Audiobook: Going Commando (Heathens Ink #2) by K.M. Neuhold Narrated by Cooper North

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Blurb: “I never thought I could want anyone as much as I wanted Nash, then I met you”~Royal
When I was sixteen I was afflicted with a terrible curse…I fell in love with my straight best friend. I never thought I’d move past my feelings for Nash and find someone who could love me in return, until the day a gorgeous marine plopped himself down in my chair and asked me to ink him. I’m falling fast for Zade, but my feelings for Nash are still very real. When life starts getting complicated and Nash speaks the words I never thought I’d hear, the only thing I want is for us to find a way to make this work…together.

“What if I told you, you’d never have to choose?”~Zade
I thought I’d stay in the marines for life, that was the plan. But after a traumatic event I couldn’t make myself re-enlist when my contract was up. Confused and unsure what to do next I called up my best friend for a place to stay. What I didn’t count on was my best friend’s boyfriend practically throwing a sexy tattoo artist at me to keep me busy. Royal is everything I’ve ever wanted and his roommate, Nash, is starting to grow on me, too.

“A few weeks ago I thought I was straight. Now I’m sandwiched between two sweaty men. Can’t say I do anything half-assed.” ~Nash
Of course I’ve noticed that my best friend, Royal is crazy good looking. I have eyes, that doesn’t mean I’m into guys. Although, when I start to notice that his new boyfriend, Zade, is pretty hot too, that makes me start to question things a little. Not to mention the dreams I keep having of the three of us together. I’m willing to try if they are.

**This is NOT a love triangle, just good old fashioned man-on-man-on-man love

**Every book in the Heathens Ink series can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s way more fun to read them in order.

Book Review by Anna:
(Book reviewed here previously)
K.M. Neuhold was a new to me author, but I will be looking at her back catalogue after reading this very enjoyable installment in her Heathens Ink series.

Royal is in love with his best friend since childhood, Nash. Unfortunately Nash is straight, so Royal needs to move on, instead of having threesomes with him and women, just in order to get a chance to suck Nash’s dick.
When he meets Zade the attraction is instantaneous and the two hit it off, both in and out of the bedroom and for the first time in his life, Royal actually sees himself getting serious with someone. And wouldn’t you know it, the first time Royal finds himself in love with someone who can actually return his feelings, is also the time Nash realises he may not be as straight as he thought!
The guys are hot and heavy together and the sex is steamy as all get out **fanning myself**. The transition from two to three is enjoyably smooth and problem free with out any angsting and hardly any outside conflicts about the arrangement either.
Personally I would have preferred the societal biasses against such a set up being explored and more on Zade’s past instead of the Liam side plot, but the author’s choice still made for an enjoyable read. The writing flows nicely and the prose is easily read and very engaging. It’s a lovely little story, with very little angst, which is quite impressive as some very heavy topics are touched upon.

My only other niggle was the character names. All of the Heathen Ink employees and partners have maddeningly similar ‘stereotypical alpha male’ names: Nash, Zade, Gage, Thane, Madden… But that is just me, and I got over it pretty quickly.

All in all I would recommend this book and I will be looking up the first one in the series too and will definitely want to read Adams story when that is released.

Overall Impression: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Book Review by Morgan

I’m going to have to agree with Anna here on almost every point!

I thought the lack of angst was both a blessing and a curse. I think Nash’s “conversion” felt natural and didn’t need a lot of fanfare, however – I think the link between Nash and Zane could have used some fleshing out to be a bit more “believable”.
While I absolutely LOVED the addition of Liam to the story, there was way too much brushed under the carpet in a way that made things look way too easy. With such weighty subjects like youth and transgender and runaways or even bisexual bias and issues of being in a thouple– I felt more time spent on any or all of these as issues would have made for a more complete story. Definitely would have added to my “heart strings” moments.
I also wasn’t as pulled into the “throuple” as a success by the end of the book. Part of me wished that this was either about Nash and Royal or Royal and Zane first…. Then a more involved book that showed them opening up the relationship to the other. It was just a bit too easy and fast to be anything but superficial and while I still enjoyed it – I didn’t “believe” it as much as I could have.
Another thing that bothered me was the total wishy washy way in which Nash’s mother addressed Liam and Nash in her kitchen. One moment she’s preaching about women’s influence and being responsible and then it’s dropped to never be an issue again.
What absolutely MADE this book for me was Royal and his inner dialog – he’s hysterical! One thing he does with regularity is thank God for things like “making beautiful men like Zane. Love Royal. Amen” Or when he sees Nash and Zane kissing “Dear God… Seriously, good job. Love, Royal. Amen.” Royal is a fabulous character and he made this book easily go from a 3 to a 4+ star book.
I was glad to see there are more books on the way and I hope Owen’s story is soon!

Highly recommended to fans of the author and this series, definitely for fans of ménage, this can be read as a standalone easily.

4.25 (rounded to 4) of 5 stars

Audio

It’s hard to juggle a ménage when it comes to narration and I think Cooper North does an admirable job keeping everyone separate. His voice is really husky and suits the overall theme of this series and I like listening to it. Though he could do more to add differentiation to all the MANY characters, I think it’s easy enough to know which person is speaking.
I like his pacing and the emotions he infuses into the narration and think this is a great way to enjoy this story!

Recommended!

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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Unexpected By Sloane Kennedy

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36064274-unexpected?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

Protectors Book 10

I finally had the chance at a perfect life when I met the man I was supposed to be with. But he’s gone and chances like that don’t come along twice in one lifetime. Right?
Former president Everett Shaw had his whole life laid out for him from the time he was a child and he lived out every expectation to complete and utter perfection… until he met the one man who changed everything. With plans to leave public life behind after finishing his term in office, Everett was looking forward to a quiet life with the man of his dreams at his side. But one brutal act of violence stole that bright future away, leaving Everett struggling just to get through each day.

A decade later finds Everett nearing the age of sixty and living a shell of a life. Haunted by his loss, he finds solace in his roses and evenings sitting in front of the television. But when his estranged son is horribly injured while saving the life of another, Everett leaves everything behind in the hopes of mending the broken relationship and helping his son heal in more ways than one.

My job is to protect and there are rules that have to be followed. Even if there weren’t, I wouldn’t risk letting anyone close… not again.
Special Agent Jonathan Nash’s job is to keep the former president safe, not be his friend. Even if something about the lonely older man draws him in, he’s not about to risk what’s left of his career for anything. And it’s not like a guy like Everett Shaw would really see him anyway. Nor would he want him to, considering the ugly past Nash left behind to pursue his dream. No, he’s better off following protocol and doing his job. Let someone else deal with the broken man. It’s not his problem… it can’t be.

I learned a long time ago to live life on my terms and that sometimes you have to take that leap of faith to get what you want. But wanting two men at the same time? That’s new, even for me.
At forty-five years old, former Navy SEAL Gage Fortier has experienced success and loss in equal measure, and while his life has taken a direction he never planned, he wouldn’t have it any other way. When Reese, the young man he’s partnered with in the underground vigilante group they both work for, is injured on the job, he sees an opportunity to build on the friendship with the bitter former soldier while giving him a place to recover. But when he discovers that the young man is actually the estranged son of a former U.S. president, Gage realizes he has the chance to give both father and son so much more. There’s only one problem with his plan… how to ignore his growing attraction for the devishly handsome Everett Shaw.

And Everett’s perpetual shadow, Agent Nash.

Three men on very separate courses. Until something unexpected happens and three become one…

*TRIGGER WARNING: This book as a couple of triggers. You can check out what they are by downloading the sample or using the “Look Inside” feature and scrolling to the appropriate page. Note that reading the trigger warnings could cause spoilers.

Can be read as a standalone novel.

The Protectors series crosses over with some of my other series, so for the most enjoyment, they should be read in order, but it is not required. You can find the correct reading order at the beginning of each book. I’ve also bundled all my series in the correct reading order under the title of A Family Chosen: The Protectors and Barrettis.

Review

Sloane Kennedy’s ability to take a broken man and build a heartwarming, enticing and deeply moving story makes her one of my favorite authors. Although broken these men still have strength and unusually strong wills.

This time she has 2 broken men, Everett who has never come to terms of his grief for his dead lover and the loss of his son in his life. Nash from growing up as a foster kid and then a malicious lie that derailed his career. The third man, Gage, in this ménage, is actually well adjusted, calm and level headed. We also have 2 children involved, although one is a grown man, as do many of Sloane’s stories.

Sloane Kennedy takes us through a roller coaster of emotions and has us surprised with twists and turns throughout. I loved how she really had two stories twisted together and held us in suspense until the very end. The Story moves at a good pace yet there are times you should have a tissue handy.

The sex scenes are HOT, HOT, HOTTER! As only Sloane can do, it’s like you are sitting in a darkened corner watching it all happen. Did I say HOT!

5 of 5 stars

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Spooky! Destroyer of Worlds by Jordan L Hawk

Amazon Link

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Blurb

After becoming possessed by the vampire spirit Gray, telekinetic Caleb Jansen thought his situation couldn’t get any worse. But that was before Graham Forsyth, head of SPECTR’s sinister Research Division, took him into custody.

Forsyth claims he can exorcise Gray before the forty-day time limit runs out. But once at RD, Caleb and Gray find themselves ensnared in a web of lies. What is the truth behind the tests Forsyth is performing on them? What does the agency really plan to do with Gray? And most worrisome of all, why does Gray sense demons within the walls of RD’s compound?

Caleb’s boyfriend, SPECTR agent John Starkweather, has suspicions of his own. With the help of his friend Sean and a shadowy organization known only by their symbol of a moth, John intends to save Caleb and Gray at any cost.

But when divided loyalties threaten his last chance at exorcism, Caleb discovers love may come at a price higher than he’d ever imagined.

Review

OMG out of the frying pan into the fire!

Because Caleb/Grey became known to the public after saving John’s ex-boyfriend in the previous book, General Forsyth has the perfect opportunity to claim that they needed to imprison them. And Caleb wants to believe that R & D will have the capabilities to exorcise before time runs out.

Jordan L Hawk ramps up the intrigue, introducing us to the Vigilant, showing us glimpses of what General Forsyth has planned, and a lot of revelations and running around. Much of the story is spent building up to the 6th and final book. It’s still a page turner and you learn a lot of the why and how of the story.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Spooky! Eater of Lives By Jordan L Hawk

Amazon Link

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Blurb

When a supernatural killer is implicated in a string of cannibalistic murders, federal exorcist John Starkweather must track the demon down with the help of his live-in lover, Caleb Jansen. Caleb is possessed by Gray, a vampire spirit who is a natural demon hunter.

Caleb’s desire to find the killer is tempered by the knowledge his own time is running out. If John can’t successfully figure out how to exorcise Gray before forty days are up, the possession becomes permanent.

When John’s ex shows up, looking for a place to stay while visiting the city on business, tensions mount even higher. Lines are drawn and Caleb learns some decisions, once made, can never be changed.

Review

Well Jordan L Hawk has definitely hooked me in on her storyline! I picked this story up and read through it in one sitting.

We have the concern as to whether Grey can be exorcized, while all of us readers don’t want that to happen. There is the ex-boyfriend of John showing up, and Shawn telling Caleb he should step out of the picture. And while all of this is going on there is General Forsyth from R & D nosing around.

We meet a new demon, with little hints running through the story. The sex scenes keep getting hotter and hotter……. And we are left with a cliffhanger!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Boys of Brighton Series by M. Tasia

 Amazon Link

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GoodReads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/series/199327-boys-of-brighton

Gabe (Boys of Brighton #1)

Blurb
Fifth-generation firefighter Gabe Mason saves Johnny from the flames of an office building fire, and Johnny will save Gabe from himself.

UNQUENCHABLE

Gabe Mason is a fifth-generation firefighter unable to move forward with his life after a devastating betrayal two years earlier. Graphic designer Johnny Jeffrey relocated to Brighton, Texas, to flee persecution and fear, and to begin living again on his own terms. The two meet amidst fire and smoke, and soon Johnny is in Gabe’s arms, right where he should be. The connection is palpable, undeniable, and hot, and healing from the past is within reach of both men. And yet, the office-building blaze that brought them together is only the beginning of their struggles. Not family, not faith, not a lunatic’s rage. It took a fire to bring Gabe and Johnny together. Nothing will tear them apart.

Sam’s Soldiers (Boys of Brighton #2)

Blurb

Emergency room nurse Samuel Mason is offered a ménage relationship with two ex-military men and discovers a love more dangerous—and more exquisite—than he anticipated.

Welcome back to Brighton, Texas. Where any man can find home.

THE POWER OF THREE

As an emergency room nurse at Brighton General, Samuel Mason spends most of his days caring for the sick and injured, and his nights alone. Until now.

Jack “ Spider” Forrester and Dante Snow have arrived. Retired from the Army, they provide protection to those in need. They’ve come to Brighton to guard Sam’s cousin from a dire threat, but it’s Sam’s world they turn inside out. Jack wears his heart on his sleeve but is no pushover, and Dante is scarred from a past he’d sooner forget. They two are partners in all things, from the bedroom to the office to the street, and they want Sam to join them…for as long as they’re in town. But there is danger ahead, and not just from the type of men these skilled, muscled heroes have sworn to take down. The danger of falling in love.

Rick’s Bear (Boys of Brighton #3)

Blurb

Welcome back to Brighton, Texas. Where any man can find home.

A DEN OF THEIR OWN

Clem “Bear” Mitchell owns the only diner in Brighton and prefers to be left alone. After growing up in—and barely escaping—one of the toughest motorcycle gangs out of Chicago, he just wants peace. Librarian Rick Johansson is the same. Due to his anxiety, he has always lived on the outskirts of society, finding it far safer to stay in the stacks. But no man is an island, and when the two are thrust together by dangerous events playing out around them, they see that life is better together. The tattooed, bear of a biker and the quiet, unassuming librarian will soon show the residents of Brighton that the local bookworm can teach an old bear new tricks.

 

 Review

This is a series that is best read in order, but you can hop around if certain aspects draw/repel you from one story or another.

In general each book is fairly similar: One very “alpha” male (or 2!) finds himself attracted to a more submissive male and the desire to protect and love and care for him drives him to be super adorable, mushy and overprotective!

Of course there is a life threatening danger putting our guys on the line and usually something horrible in the past making them seem even more vulnerable.

There are plenty of hot smexy times but I won’t say that is the focus of the story. There isn’t a lot of humiliation that you sometimes see in uber alpha males and the more submissive guys in these stories all have strong backbones!

I really loved finding this series and hope to see more from this author as well as to continue to enjoy this series in it’s entirety!

I think I loved book one the best (so far) because Gabe just takes over Johnny’s life in this whirlwind and it’s pretty hysterical! There are also some great grannies and really lovable extended family members to keep us all entertained.

Highly recommended for fans of very sappy and sweet Alpha/Omega type romance (nothing paranormal here!) and for fans of romance with humor as well as that hurt/comfort feel.

4.5 of 5 stars for the series

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Spooky! Once you go Demon by Sean Michael

Amazon Link
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Blurb
There’s a shift of power happening in Hell, and nothing will ever be the same.

Kerr has been with High Demon Horatio’s household since his age of majority. A natural submissive pleasure demon, for the last seven years he has been untouched by his master Horatio and his job has morphed into a more managerial role. Still, it’s a shock when goons from Master Belial’s house arrive at his doorstep to inform him he’s been sold and his new master expects him to come immediately.

Lost by Horatio in a card game, Kerr finds himself in the Belial household, where Ceris, Master of the Harem, takes Kerr under his wing. Kerr is not only honored and used as he was made to be, but he is given a newly acquired demon, Harmony, as his own to train. The three pleasure demons have a rocky start, but they have all the time in Hell to figure out how to work together, and it isn’t long before they begin to care for one another.

Meanwhile, Belial has waited for thousands of years for Horatio to admit he’s actually a submissive. When it appears that’s never going to happen, Belial arranges for his best friend to lose a card game in which he’s offered himself as the prize. Horatio can’t believe Belial would do this for him, but the council puts their seal of approval on the bet, and he has no choice but to offer himself to Belial, who immediately gets to work convincing Horatio that he’ll be so much happier as Belial’s sub.

Will Kerr and Horatio find joy in their places in the Belial household? Only time will tell

Review
Phew, they certainly need a demonic libido to keep up with each other! Kerr is a submissive pleasure demon but when he is moved to his new master’s house he is a bit out of practice. Well of course there is only one thing to do about that and it is Ceris’s pleasure to do so. The fun starts from page four and doesn’t stop.
There are two stories running along side each other in this book. There is Belial’s sneaky pursuit of his friend Horatio. Both of them are High Master Demons but Belial is convinced Horatio is really a bottom. Horatio has been denying his nature all his life and now he’s in the position he has always dreamed of but his pride will not let him accept it. The other story is in the Belial’s harem with Ceris, Kerr and Harmony. Poor Harmony brought low by defaulting on a loan now finds himself a pleasure slave, a very reluctant and virginal one. Kerr has to train Harmony in his new position in the household. And both have to pleasure Ceris. What I like about Sean Michael is that there is always love in the relationship. The submissive is always cared for. I must admit I was a bit surprised by the epilogue.
If you are into BDSM with a lot of hot action and a touch of plot this could be just for you.

4 of stars out of 5

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Northern Pack Lodge Series by Susi Hawke

Amazon Link
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Goodreads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/series/212550-northern-lodge-pack

Omega Stolen (Northern Lodge Pack #1)

Blurb

THE LAST THING HE WAS LOOKING FOR…

Jake is an alpha wolf on a mission to find his missing sister, who’s been kidnapped by the Alpha of his former pack. What he didn’t expect to find was a whole group of omega’s being held captive along with her. When he catches the scent of his fated mate among the group of omegas, he knows that he will do whatever it takes to get them all to safety – even if it means taking them all, along with a group of his alpha buddies and forming their own pack, a thousand miles to the north.

WAS THE ONE PERSON HE NEEDED.

Kai was shocked when his own father sold him to the evil Alpha Fremont for a paltry sum of gold. He is befriended by the ragtag group of omegas who also being held in a life of captivity. That is, until the night that a gorgeous Alpha appears, looking to rescue his sister. He takes all of them to safety, along with his studly posse of alpha wolves, moving them all up north to form a new pack.

HIS FATED MATE…THE FATHER OF HIS CHILD?

Kai soon becomes pregnant, settling into his new-found role as the Alpha’s mate, he begins to feel safe for the first time in his life. As his pregnancy progresses, so does the danger, as the former Alpha tracks them down – putting their new pack, and Kai’s future happiness, at risk.

This is the first book of the new Northern Lodge Pack series. Every book is guaranteed to have a HEA, but it’s advised to read them in order for maximum appreciation. 18+ readers only please! And yes, this book contains M/PREG, knotting, adults doing lots of sexy naughty things to each other, and the occasional use of potty mouth language!

Omega Shared: M/M/M Shifter Mpreg Romance (Northern Lodge Pack #4)

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Omega Shared is the story of two wolf men named Owen and Zane…and a bear named Karl. This unlikely threesome are fated mates, who need to figure out a way to be together that will work for all three of them.

Karl is an alpha bear without a family of his own, since bears are solitary creatures who only form attachments to their mates. Lonely, Karl longs for family, and the comfort of having a support network, like his friends in the wolf pack enjoy. Little does he know it, but he will soon be raising his brother’s cub. It would be a good idea if he had mates to help him when the adorable three-year-old girl appears in his life.

Owen is a wolf that doesn’t make attachments. In his life, people leave. Never having had a family, he’s pretty sure that he’s not cut out for one anyway. Instead, he will just enjoy his secret affair with Karl. Who cares if they’re both alphas? It’s not like Owen’s looking to mate and have pups of his own anyway. No, he’s better off just fooling around with the alpha bear, than to risk his heart with an omega. Even one as tempting as Zane.

Zane lost his entire family on the day of his high school graduation. It’s been three years now, and Zane is finally starting to heal and come into his own as an omega. When he sees an alpha from his pack kissing a bear shifter, Zane is intrigued. He’d never realized that alphas could be together romantically. Now, he can’t get the memory of the two strong men kissing each other out of his mind. He feels a pull to them both, but he can’t tell which one is his fated mate. They both smell so good to him! But, he couldn’t possibly be a match to Karl, could he? Can wolves and bears mix? Is it even allowed? Zane has a lot to figure out if he is going to get what really wants from the two alphas: a family of his own.

This is the fourth book of the Northern Lodge Pack series. Every book is over 30k and guaranteed to have an HEA, but it’s advised to read them in order for maximum appreciation. 18+ readers only please! And yes, this book contains M/PREG, knotting, adults doing lots of sexy naughty things to each other, and the occasional use of potty mouth language!

Review

This was a fun series to find! I’m betting that reading them in order is probably the best way to go about things, but I enjoyed book one and was really in the mood for the ménage so I jumped to book 4 and didn’t find myself lost.

These are longish books with a lot of character development, a fair amount of sexy-times, a fair amount of “shifted” times and mpreg!

There are the requisite bad guys out to sabotage the new pack and loads of personal insecurities to overcome.

In book one, Kai and Jake bond fairly seamlessly and they end up working together to help defend their new pack throughout most of the book.

In Book 4 the pack is nicely established but Karl and Owen still don’t feel comfortable sharing their mated secret. While I found it hard to believe that the pack could be so oblivious or that the couple could ignore their third mate for so long – I enjoyed watching them interact. Karl and Owen are opposites but both so alpha and Zane really compliments them well.

I’ll probably go back and read more from this series as it was really well-done.

Highly recommended to fans of shifters and mpreg!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Talking in Code by Ariel Tachna Narrated by Scott R Smith

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/talking-in-code-by-ariel-tachna-8897-b

Blurb

Some things crumble under pressure. Others are tempered by it instead. For three former soldiers, a tragedy might be the catalyst that binds them together—stronger than ever.

Richard Horn and Timothy Davenport met in the SEALs twenty years ago and have been lovers ever since. Now running their own paramilitary organization, Strike Force Omega, they work in the shadows to protect their country and its people. When Tim falls for Eric Newton, a deadly sniper and strategist on their team, Richard accepts that Tim’s heart is big enough for two men. He respects, admires, and even desires Eric enough to accept him into their relationship—and their bed—but he’s never been fully a part of what Eric and Tim share.

Then Eric is captured by terrorists and Tim is gravely injured in an op gone wrong, bringing Richard’s world crashing down around his ears. Even if he gets his men out alive, Eric must face the aftermath of months of physical and psychological torture—and without Tim to lean on, Eric’s PTSD is tearing him apart. Richard has to figure out the third leg of their triangle fast, or Tim won’t have a life to come back to.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)

This wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but definitely not in a bad way.

I gathered, from the blurb, that this was going to be about three strong men who’d all had very rough lives learning to work with one another in a (relatively) new triad relationship and to a certain extent that it what this is about.

But… the story starts from a different perspective, a different point in their relationship and takes a different path than I’d expected.

Without giving any significant spoilers, I can say that Timothy is seriously hurt early on in the story and as a result he spends a lot of time unconscious. As a result most of the book is about Eric and Richard learning to be together without his presence.

I think that ménage is tricky to write well if the person writing it is going after anything other than kinky sex scenes. Whether the relationship starts as an established couple plus someone new or all three people coming together for the first time, in order to be compelling, a connection must be made that shows not only love for each partner but a necessity for the triad for the entire thing to work.

We start off at a distinct disadvantage in that the triad is already established, the main couple has been together for years, and we are only now seeing what’s behind all that – four years into the relationship.

Ariel Tachna is a gifted story teller and she manages to bridge that gap gracefully without giving us a lot of flashbacks or info dumps.

All three men are unique and have their own story to tell but they all felt fairly well-developed. I think the only thing missing was a better understanding of Timothy since he spent so much time out of the picture.

I loved how our two MCs had to learn new ways to be with one another without that crucial addition of Timothy as he’d been their glue all along. It wasn’t easy but it was always open and we didn’t spend a lot of time wishing they’d just talk. They did talk but sometimes that isn’t always enough.

There is plenty of hot sex here – though the triad sex is kept to a minimum unfortunately.

I was definitely compelled by this story and interested in following it all the way through, but I kept feeling like I was dropped in the middle of a bigger story. If there’s more, I’d love to see what happens next and I’d love to spend more time with our triad as a triad.

For fans of ménage, this might not satisfy but it is definitely compelling. For anyone looking for injured heroes leaning on one another and learning how to be together despite the odds, this is a great book for you!

Audio

Scott R Smith is not my favorite narrators. He has some qualities I really like – I like the voices he chooses for characters and I think his tone is easy to listen to, but he has a way of “punctuating” sentences – verbally – that doesn’t sound right to my ears.
He gave everyone a unique voice and handled the female voices okay, but didn’t do a lot to improve on the story, neither did he detract.

Overall, I think this is a fair way to experience this great story.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Kink Month: More Than Most (More #2) by Sloan Parker

Amazon Link
https://www.amazon.com/More-Than-Most-Book-ebook/dp/B00VUIUJ3E/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1503454280&sr=1-2&keywords=more+sloan+parker

Blurb

Investment manager and always-in-control Richard Marshall has just landed a historic estate he’s waited years to acquire. Gone a lot for his work, he’s seriously craving his men. Yet it’s more than just the sex he’s missing. Emotionally-traumatized Luke is still dealing with the aftereffects of his father’s attempt to kill him, and Matthew’s trying to find his way as part of a menage relationship.

When Luke and Matthew come clean with Richard about what they’ve been feeling, he knows there’s only one way to solve all his problems: keep them close by accepting their help to investigate why someone wants to destroy the mansion he’s trying to save. When it becomes clear he’s put his family in danger, Richard has to choose between giving up control and pushing away the men he loves right when they’ve started to heal and have rekindled the explosive chemistry that brought them all together.

A menage relationship is hard enough. Add in danger, intrigue, a haunted mansion, and three sexually frustrated men, and it’s not a typical love story. It’s much more.

Review

This was a nice sequel to a great ménage story. I didn’t love it, as there seemed to be more angst than necessary. These guys already have so much going against them, simply working through that would be enough challenge for any relationship, but there is even more angst awaiting our trio.

Just as with book 1, there is a lot of sex and a lot of drama, and a pretty good resolution by the end.

While I enjoyed this, it doesn’t come near to my appreciation for book 1.

Recommended for fans of book 1, with caution.

3.5 of 5 stars

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