The Triangle – Shape of Love #1 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

REVIEW

If there is one thing that can be said about a J A Huss novel/series it is, expect something unexpected.  That is exactly what you get with this book, unexpected twists, unexpected decisions, unexpected…everything!

Christine is not your average 24 year old.  She doesn’t work in an office, the man in her life isn’t her boss, and she most definitely isn’t doing ‘something boring’. But what exactly is it that she does do?  Christine has lost her memory and now a man is standing in front of her telling her to leave with him.

Danny has loved Christine for more years than he cares to remember.  When he found her, he promised to protect her and in doing so he hid his feelings and pushed her away.  Now she is back. One call from him and Danny comes running. Finding Christine the way she was, no memory of anything but him hurt more than he would say, but this is Christine. His to protect, his to love, and his from this point on.

Alec knew he could count on Danny to protect her, save her from whatever was happening, but what exactly was happening?  With Christine’s loss of memory it would take time to piece everything together but by then it may be too late.  Can three people really love, trust and respect each other and what happens when the triangle loses shape? Will it be able to put itself together again?

Absolutely engrossed in this story from page 1.  The tension between the characters, the trust and betrayal, the bits of Christine’s memory coming back to add even more intrigue to an already enthralling story just kept me turning page after page, and by the end there were still so many questions that needed answers…so many questions…

These are very interesting characters.  Christine is way older in her thoughts and actions than any 24 year old should be.  She knows what she wants and she is not afraid to go get it.  Danny is the calming influence, the decision maker, the ‘let’s think about this for a minute’ one, but once he makes that decision he goes full force into it.  And then there is Alec.  What can be said about Alec – rich, entitled, slightly delusional, a whole lot ‘who gives a fuck!’

The sex between these three is HOT! If MFM/MMF is not your cup of tea then don’t get this book cos, trust me on this, there is plenty of heat and sizzle when these three finally get it on!

Another fantastic start to a new series by the talented duo that is Julie Huss and Johnathan McClain.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

They’re sworn enemies and I’m in the middle.
Both of them claimed me. Had me. Used me. Forgot me. 
Except… I don’t remember any of it. I don’t even know who I am or why I’m in this cramped basement apartment with tinfoil covering the tiny windows when my bank account says I have over two million dollars. 
I don’t know how I got the stitches on the back of my head, or the scar under my chin, or the ache in my shoulder—but I do know I probably deserved it.
I don’t know why there’s a shotgun in the closet, a sniper rifle under the floorboards, and a pistol under my pillow.
I don’t know why I stay. 
I don’t know why I care. 
I don’t know why I’m trying to put something back together when it was never whole to begin with. 
Until I look at them.
Until they look at me.
Until I touch them.
Until they touch me.
And even though the memories don’t come back.
I know. 
I know why I stay.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41566383-the-triangle)

The Legacy of Falcon Ridge – The McLendon Family Saga #8 by D.L. Roan

REVIEW

This family has been with me for a long time now and I have followed everyone of them as they have embarked on their own life adventures. Seeing the whole family brought together for Dani and Clay’s wedding is just another step along the path that will never end because even when the author hangs up her pen I will still be carrying these wonderful people in my heart.

Every member of the family makes an appearance in this book along with some of the newer characters who I know we are going to be seeing a lot more of. Dani’s wedding is fast approaching and the effect this is having on the Dad’s is hilarious. Grey is is usual self, and we wouldn’t have him any other way. Matt is cool, calm and relaxed….yeah right! But Mason, I think he may have had a personality transplant!

There are some very emotional moments and some downright sad ones, I was right there with them in that room. Word of warning have tissues at the ready….

This story encompasses so many of my favourite characters and shows them at their best. I laughed with the family. I cried with the family. I breathed a sigh of relief with the family. And I congratulated with the family. I am a quiet observer of this family and I thank D. L. Roan for bringing them to us.

A new series will soon be in the making featuring the Sterling Family (Clay’s family) but I do feel that there will still be more to come from Falcon Ridge. For one thing we are missing Cory – Could there be a Detective McLendon series in the future? I wait with baited breath for what comes next.

Synopsis

The Wedding Countdown Begins…..

As Dani and Clay plan their happily ever after, the McLendon family prepares to say goodbye to one of their own, and pass their legacy of unconditional love to the next generation. Grab a box of tissues and some chocolate, and take one final journey to Falcon Ridge in this heartwarming and passionate conclusion of the McLendon Family Saga.

Author Note: D.L. will miss the McLendons as much as her readers. While she has other stories to tell for now, she may visit Falcon Ridge in the future, and share her journeys in additional volumes.

The McLendon Family Saga Reading Order:

The Heart of Falcon Ridge
A McLendon Christmas
Rock Star Cowboys
Rock Star Cowboys: The Honeymoon
The Hardest Goodbyes
Return to Falcon Ridge
Forever Falcon Ridge
The Legacy of Falcon Ridge

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36556148-the-legacy-of-falcon-ridge)

The Billionaires: The Stepbrothers -Lover’s Triangle #3 by Calista Fox

Insurance fraud investigator, Scarlet Drake, is tenacious when it comes to following the leads.  Her current assignment has her tracking down Michael Vanderberg in connection to an art theft on his family’s estate but when the pair final meet the chemistry is undeniable.  Eliminating Michael from her investigation sends her into the path of his stepbrother, Sam Reed.  Saving Scarlet from a snow bank sends sparks flying and when Scarlet finds out that the brothers have shared women in the past she is more than willing to join them.

With the investigation still in full flow, Scarlet struggles to protect her new relationship whilst still tracking the clues.  Will she be able to hold it all together or will the secrets become more than anyone can take?

REVIEW

I received this book as an ARC review and really enjoyed it.  The characters are interesting and the chemistry between all three is sizzling.  The story is well written and is full of twists and secrets.  Scarlet is a woman who has had a tumultuous past. From the time she lost her parents in a tragic accident she has kept her heart sealed so that she would never feel that sort of pain again. Michael is similar to Scarlet in the heart department, whereas Sam is still recovering from the loss of the woman he loved. It takes all three of them to overcome their fears of love but together they are strong.

This is the third book in the series and although I have not read the previous stories it did not detract from the enjoyment of this one.  The female characters from books 1 & 2 make an appearance in this one and I will definitely be reading these and probably more by this author in the future

This is a menagé a trois with MF and MFM sex scenes.

Double Dose by Katie Allen

Speech therapist Daphne Dahl lived an uncomplicated life, keeping herself to herself wherever possible, but all that changed when the attractive stranger kidnaps her.

Ari would do anything for his mute friend Benjy, even kidnapping. Bringing Daphne to their remote hideout in an effort to find out why he wont talk should have been simple enough, but the more time they spend together the more his feelings for her grow. He knows that Benjy also has feelings for this new woman in their lives.

Daphne knows she should be scared, should attempt to get away at every opportunity but something stops her.  Is it the growl that comes from Ari or the sparkle in Benjy’s eye, either way she knows that there is attraction for not just one but both of these men. When the reason for their confinement makes an unwelcome appearance, Daphne will do everything she can to protect her men.

REVIEW

Finding yourself in a remote log cabin with not one but two big, handsome men, who wouldn’t want to stay?  Ari and Benjy, along with three other men, escaped a testing lab where they were essentially lab rats given bionic powers.  Following the process Benjy stopped talking…enter Daphne. Daphne has always been a loner, since she advanced two year ahead at school. Finding out her fiancé didn’t really love her and left her after stealing all his clients money, she vowed never to get attached again.

The story is interesting although the bionic powers took some getting used too. I did feel that there could have been more made of the two different plot points, her fiancé and the lab people.  Everything just seemed to come to a rushed end.  I won’t deny though that the sex scenes are hot. If you enjoy a bit of menage then you will definitely like this.

This book is the fourth in this series which had all previously been published under another name.  This book can be enjoyed as a standalone and although we are introduced to the characters from the previous books it does not impact heavily on this story.

Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC

Masters and Mercenaries – 1-3 by Lexi Blake

The Dom who loved me

Sean Taggart works for an elite securtiy team run by his brother, Ian.  Getting close to the targets personal assistant was not exactly the high point of the mission until he sees her.

Grace Hawthorne would not describe herself as young or petite.  At 40 years of age, widowed with two sons already in college, she only has her job left to look forward too but when Sean enters her life it takes a drastic turn.

Sean’s dominant side soons makes an appearance leaving Grace feeling hot and confused. Does she want a life of submission and how long can a man like Sean be interested in an older women anyway?

When threats escalate it is up to Sean to do the right thing.  Is walking away from Grace really the answer?

 

The Men with the Golden Cuffs 

Serena Brooks is in trouble. As a writer of erotic novels she has found that people don’t always accept differences but when her stalker starts esclating to personal threats she seeks out the help of McKay/Taggart Securities.

Jacob Dean and Adam Miles have been best friends since joining the army together.  They have found that they like to share more than just a home, they like to share their women too.  When they are assigned to protect and investigate Serena Brooks will they be able to resist staking a claim to her.

Serena is a very curious writer and finds that the lifestyle of Jake and Adam is very appealling.  Submitting to Jakes dominant side leads to more than just a little research and when she is introduced to the ‘Club’ all her fantasies come true, but how long will they last?  How can Serena possibly keep the interest of not one but two alpha males?

When all evidence points to an inside job will Jake and Adam believe in the trust and love that could be theirs or will their past insecurities cause them to lose the one women they could both love?

 

A Dom is forever 

Liam O’Donnell has been in hiding since the day his brother was killed. Leaving Ireland and working for his old friend Ian Taggart has kept him occupied, along with being a Dom at Club Sanctum. Never wanting more than a one night stand, Liam is more than happy to go undercover to seduce the assistant of a possible gun runner.

Ten years ago Avery Charles lost everything, her husband, her child and the use of her legs.  Years in hospital learning to walk again made her strong but was she strong enough to deal with Liam O’Donnell. When her philothropist boss becomes the target of an investigation, Avery’s life is turned upside down. Can she trust those around her or is Liam just using her to get what he needs?

REVIEW

I will be completely honest and say that I did not expect to enjoy these books. I have never really taken much interest in the ‘Club scene’ type stories with hardcore Dom/sub, but these books did surprise me as they are not really hardcore at all. There are moments where I feel the women’s humiliation but the way they are written this doesn’t last long and feeds into the feelings between Dom and Sub well. Each male in their own story has a dominant side looking for his perfect sub but also looking for a life partner. None of them are 24/7 Doms.

There is also the suspense side of each story which detracts from the whole BDSM side.  The team is primarily a group of former military men who have a shared interest in BDSM. They are essentially one big happy family (ok, not always happy) but the bond between them is hard to break.  When the men find the woman they want there is nothing that will stop him from claiming her as his own and the women are more than happy to be claimed. As with all books of this type there is the moment when all seems lost – the alpha says something stupid, the woman does something stupid, or the bad guy gets past there defences, but I will say that so far each has had a HEA.  Something else that I enjoyed about these books is the continued presense  of the characters from the previous books and the ending of each leads onto the beginning of the next.

The scenes are fairly mild but gives a glimpse into the world of BDSM.  If you like this in a story then I think you will enjoy this series.  They have opened my mind up to reading other books along a similar line.

I will be reading more of this series in the future.

 

 

Return to Falcon Ridge – The McLendon Family Saga #6 by D.L. Roan

Jonah McLendon has returned.  After a year and a half away from Falcon Ridge he has finally decided that it was time to face his family and the demons he left behind.

Jonah has never forgotten Chloe, the girl who betrayed him and had him beaten to within an inch of his life, and finding out the his best friend, Pryce, is now engaged to her sends emotions and tempers flying.  But not everything is as Jonah believes.  Pryce, Chloe and Jonah have some big decisions to make and not everyone is happy with their arrangement.

When the truth is revealed can Jonah earn back the trust and respect of the people he loves most?

REVIEW

This is such a fantastic series.  The characters grow from book to book and they never fail to make you fall further in love with each and every one of them.

Jonah is the twin brother of Dani (who I believe is the focus of the next story) and found himself in love with not only his girlfriend but also his best friend.  The prejudices that arise during this story are all too common in every day society.  Two men and one woman is not deemed to be the social norm and therefore is wrong.   If this series of books has shown me anything it is that no matter what the dynamics it is the love within that is important.  Anyway that’s all a bit deep, let’s get back to the awesome story of Jonah, Pryce and Chloe, and what a story it is!  Finding out more about the Grunions has been interesting… Mother Grunion needs a damn good slap! Absolutely loved the part where Pryce has finally had enough and tells her like it is. Still she has to keep trying to control him. Seriously, how did she expect him to react?  The relationship between Jonah, Pryce and Chloe is brilliant. And I just loved the reactions from each and every member of the McLendon family.

Wonderful story of love, trust, understanding and believing in yourself. All three of the main characters broke free from their own insecurities and believed in what they wanted.

Word of warning: If you have issues with menagé relationships,  Polyamory marriages or M/M sex then do not read any of these books. If however you enjoy high levels of amazing sex scenes with drop dead gorgeous cowboys who are not ashamed of being naked then why the hell haven’t you started reading them already?!

The Random Series Boxed Set – Books 1 – 8 by Julia Kent

Finding a naked man on the side of the road was not what Darla expected as she drove home. Well, in all fairness he wasn’t completely naked – he had a guitar and a collar around his neck.  Picking up the naked hitch-hiker was also not something she expected to do.  Welcome to the Random Acts of Crazy!

This series follows the lives of the not-yet-discovered rock band, Random Acts of Crazy, starting with Darla picking up their lead singer and guitarist, Trevor.  Coming to his rescue is the bass player and his best friend, Joe.  Between the three there will be laughs, tears, love and a great deal of sex!

The other band members, Liam, Sam, and stand-in bass player, Tyler, each have their own story to tell.  Finding love with his own special woman will not be easy for any of the guys but when Random Acts of Crazy happen anything is possible .

With a trip to a fantasy sex island, a batch of dodgy gummy bears,  a road trip from hell, Christmas strippers and a stolen chicken called Mavis, what could possibly go wrong?

Random Acts Series

Book 1 – Random Acts of Crazy

Book 2 – Random Acts of Trust

Book 3 – Random Acts of Fantasy

Book 4 – Random Acts of Hope

Book 5 – Randomly Ever After – Sam and Amy

Book 6 – Random Acts of Love

Book 7 – Random on Tour Los Angeles

Book 8 – Merry Random Christmas

 

REVIEW

So, I have just read the entire series in 9 days, possibly my own Random Act of Crazy.  The antics that these guys (and girls) get up to is hilarious.  If you are easily offended by threesomes, the use of hallucinogenic drugs, the word ‘fuck’, and the emotional bonding between a man and his chicken, then this series is really not for you.

All the books involve the wonderful main characters – Darla, Trevor and Joe – and there ups and downs (in all respects) over the course of a few years.  Along the way we find out more about the other band members – Liam, Sam and Tyler – who each have their own story, but there is never a quiet time with Darla around.

Starting with a naked, high Trevor hitchhiking along the highway, being picked up by Darla and  then rescued by Joe, the story of the three begin. Joe and Trevor are best friends and had never dreamed about sharing a woman before but when they meet Darla the intrigue of how it could work sets them wondering about not how it works but if it really could work.  Darla can’t believe that these two gorgeous men could both be interested in her and the moral and social implications of being a shared woman causes her to have issues integrating into the relationship.

I laughed, I winced, I got really angry (especially with Joe!) but through it all I knew that the story unfolding would be heartbreakingly painful with outbreaks of hilarity. All the characters have their own individual personalities but work so well together.

Now that I have come to the end of the series I can honestly say that I will miss reading about the highs and lows of this intrepid band of misfits. I know that they also appear in ‘It’s Always Complicated’ along with some of the characters from ‘Her Billionaires’ and the ‘Obedient’ series which I will be rereading very soon. Good Luck Darla! Enjoy the rest of your life with two hot men and make sure they are worthy of your love and affection.