Recently divorced soccer mom and paralegal extraordinaire Charlotte Sullivan has a secret past life that returns to haunt her on her birthday in the form of a perfectly gift-wrapped, blood-red velvet bustier. A summons from her once Master, François Rene de Hart, follows.Pure lust awaits a mere train ride away, but she fears the journey may break more than her heart the second time around. With her teenage daughters in Europe for the summer, Charlotte’s opportunity to relive her youth with a man she once loved seems too good to be true. It’s also a chance to be bad, which she hasn’t been in a very long time. Curiosity and temptation win out over logic.But more surprises are in store. François’ current lover, Pierre-Louis, is very much a part of his life. If she wants to be truly reunited with her Master, she must learn to love the other man as well.Reader Advisory: This book includes same-gender sex. Variety’s the spice of life, after all…
Before opening this book a reader could come to the conclusion that they were in for a story about a slave returning to their Master. This would be true, but it is only a part of the story. Charlotte does go back to see her Master whom she left years ago because he refused to have children with her after he sends her a gift. Turns out he is willing to take her back, but only if she is willing to now become a part of a menage since her old Master now has a young, male slave as well.
The menage aspect was unexpected during the reading and seemed a bit much. Charlotte struggled with the idea of a menage a little, but then agreed too easily. When she explained the situation to her family it seemed awkward and not believable. Then again, the ending seemed unbelievable and a few things were left unresolved.
Something else that sound be mentioned is the cover doesn’t give a hint at a menage, and the woman on the cover is too young for the actual character in the book. As far as the rating goes, the story was well written but the end seemed rushed. And for BDSM and kink, while a lot of scenerios were discussed they weren’t actually scenes in the book.
Three Men and a Bounty
Siren Publishing [link to buy]
Rating: 1 out of 5 Paddles
Well, partner, what ya got here is a tale of the old west, about three men who find they have a right powerful hankering for each other. As if a menage wasn’t complicated enough, one of the men is a US Marshall, and a former slave. In the post civil war period, that’s a big complication. But wait, the author apparently thought, let’s make it even more complicated. Let’s make one of the other men a shape-shifter, able to take the form of a wolf at will.
There are so many potentially big issues that this story could have addressed, or used to dramatic effect, but most of them get short shrift. James is the black US Marshall, and the oldest of the three men. The racial issue gets brought up often, but when it comes to the other two men, there’s little exploration of how they feel about their attraction to a man of color. This is a constant problem with the story, every issue that should prove a barrier and provide some drama to the story is often simply brushed aside. For more than half the book, we’re told that shifters like Troy, the middle man in the threesome, are feared and hunted down like the animals they become. When Troy decides almost spontaneously to show what he is to his two admirers and shifts into his wolf form, their reaction could easily be summed up as simply, “Cool!” No fear, no suspicion, nothing. Just instant acceptance with few, if any, questions.