Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Menage Romance
Heat Rating: 4
Lilly, Riley, Christian, and Tallinn have been friends since grade school. Moving to the city was one of the hardest things Lilly had to do, but when an unexpected phone call leads her back to the small city of Burkett, Colorado, home just doesn’t bring back the same warm feelings it used to.
With an unexpected tragedy filling her life, Lilly must turn to the men she loves the most, and hope that the comfort they offer is enough. What she doesn’t expect is for them to give her a soul shattering pleasure, one that leaves her breathless and makes her pain almost bearable. She must now decided to stay in Burkett and be reminded of what she lost everyday, or go back to the city and loose what she found in the arms of the men she cares about the most.
One of the reasons I have strayed from ménage books is the lack of realism depicted within a working ménage relationship. Understandably, these stories are intended as fantasy foremost and don’t necessarily demand realistic events, perspectives, or conclusions.
This was one of those unassuming stories that started out completely different from where it concluded. Had I not known I had selected a ménage book for review, I would have inferred, from the beginning, a dramatic tale about finding love in the aftermath of a horrendous loss. In fact, so much of the novella revolved around an event that happened off-screen it was difficult to determine what emotions the author wanted conveyed.
This isn’t necessarily a failing; had the novella been a little longer, the beginning half cut down or the second half expanded, the dynamic shift from bereavement to arousal wouldn’t have been as jarring. As it is, near the midway point the narrative takes a plunge from one storyline to the next so quickly the tone completely changes.
However, the sex scenes are predictably very hot, and therefore accomplish the feel for which the author intended. Had the transitions felt more natural, I might have liked it a bit more.
2 ½ Tea Cups!