I’ve read what I would consider a generous amount of m/m/f stories and the way Aicher tells this one is a happy departure from the norm. It’s already in my re-read file. The only thing missing was that it wasn’t longer.
Disclaimer: I didn’t read the first two in the series so I’m not going to have an opinion on how this story compares to those. Now that’s done, moving on. Closer to forty than she is thirty, Allison English has a few things going for her – her best friends Kendra (Book 1) and Cali (Book 2) and her law career. She’s a logical thinker whose background and beliefs in no way prepare her for her attraction to not just one man but two. It’s so outside of her realm that she’s at a loss on what to do. After getting caught up in a crazy and really sickening scene at The Den, Tyler Wysong needs someone to rescue him. Too bad he doesn’t want to be rescued, and certainly not by the Dom that he’s attracted to. Seth Matthews is the Dom who has a soft spot for both Tyler and Allison but hasn’t acted on either until push comes to shove.
I don’t normally use the word love when I’m referencing a book but I absolutely loved this book. Here’s why. I could really relate to Allison — her background and what she believes in. There’s a saying that you train a child in the way that they should go and they will not stray from it. Well Allison knows that romantic relationships have two people, regardless if they’re two dudes, two chicks or dude and chick – it’s two. So to find herself attracted to not just Seth or Tyler but to both, well that really sent her for a loop. I really liked that she didn’t just fall into bed (or the lifestyle) with these guys when she’s been questioning how the relationship is going to work. I really liked that there’s no whining or yes/no/maybe with her; when she’s doesn’t know the answer she asks and for that I was so appreciate because that would have been so outside of her established personality and not in the least bit fitting.
Tyler stood out as the most damaged, not just physically but emotionally. His demons are so big, bad and buried so deep that he willing puts himself in harms way to deal with whatever he can’t get away from. He definitely wasn’t my favorite but he had to most to grow and he need to (and then some). At 28, Tyler’s still blaming his dead father for the way he’s living his life. Sometimes we make decisions based on choices for whatever reason, but they’re always our choices so sometimes you’ve gotta man up Tyler and do what you have to do to move on.
I didn’t know what to think about Seth because he’s a Dom who really doesn’t like to do the traditional BDSM things. He’s not into scenes outside of his own bedroom, he’s not into the s/m at all but these were the things I enjoyed about him. He’s a sensitive guy and from what I know of his familial background I could definitely understand why. That’s some hard business to handle. I thought his separate relationships with Tyler and Allison were believable. There’s something that happens towards end between the threesome that I really thought Seth should have had more balls about – use your Dom voice, I don’t care what but he should have stood up for himself and Allison more.
Last, what I thought was really above board on this threesome was that we got to see them from the very beginning. There’s an established attraction between Allison and Seth from months prior but the relationship didn’t go anywhere until the three of them got together. The bedrooms scenes were hot, but the scenes out of the bedroom were even better and that’s where this story shines.
Now, you might think that I found nothing wrong with this story but nay, nay I did. I thought Tyler got away with too much in this relationship. He got more sympathy from both Seth and Allison that I thought he deserved. I would have liked to know more about Tyler’s father – he played a big part in the sequence of events that lead Tyler to the life he chose. I would have liked to see both guys be more concerned about Allison’s welfare. But overall, this was a really good read that happened to be an m/m/f. So if you’re interested in more story than sex, I would give this one a try.
Happy Reading Folks!
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Bonds of Desire
by Lynda Aicher
Release Date: July 15, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press