Ah, the sweetness and all kinds of spicy, that is erotic romance. As a fan of this category, it’s hard to find stories with both erotica and romance; it’s usually just erotica. This is my first story from Caitlyn O’Leary and I’m hooked on her writing style. The first in the Fate Harbor series is for Josie Decker – baker extraordinaire, Chance Reynolds – rich dude, and Sam Booth – former Marine and best friend to Chance.
Having moved across country to Florida and taking care of her younger twin sisters, Josie gets an offer to move back to Fate Harbor, Washington, that’s impossible to resist. She’s the new owner of the local bakery with all of the responsibilities and early hours that entails, but that’s perfectly okay because baking is her passion. Chance has a passion too and it’s Josie. He’s never forgotten her from their younger days and might have even influenced the situation for her move. Sam didn’t grow-up with or meet Josie prior to her coming back but after one glance, he’s completely enamored.
All three had their turns as foster children to Betty and Butch Hutchins. Of the three, Chance was the only permanent member of the Hutchins household after getting there as a 3-year-old. It’s there he met the older Josie who was already in the foster care program. She was in and out because of a drug-addicted mother. Like Josie, Sam was in and out of the system because of his parents, then finally had his permanent home with the Hutchins. Growing up together, Chance and Sam naturally fell into a sibling like role – brothers for life. In case you’re wondering this is an m/f/m ménage with a hint of spanking and absolutely no BDSM (thank goodness).
I liked all three characters. I had some trouble with Josie’s symptomatic back pain, but overall there was little that I didn’t find likable. She had a good head on her shoulders and didn’t allow either Chance or Sam to get away with much. The thing is that Josie’s a loner. Yes, she raised her sisters, but she’s basically been a single parent to Becca and Sarah; so between them and her no-good parents she’s had to rely on herself all her life. I enjoyed her independent spirit about the shop and her friends, but I especially liked the choices she made for her sisters. The development of the relationship between her, Chance and Sam was credible – I liked that although some accepted triads in the town of Fate Harbor, there were some who weren’t accepting of their lifestyle.
The playful, manipulating, but always trustworthy Chance was fun. You might think that Josie would be the glue to the triad, but she’s not. It’s really Chance. He knows exactly what he wants in life and it’s his best friend and brother along with his best girl, all under his roof/protection. I didn’t get a sense of his physical traits, but that wasn’t important here, because it’s really about the way that Chance made both Josie and Sam feel; and they felt they were better people for having him in their lives. Sam is the brood and he seems to flip Josie’s switch when it needs flipping. He’s a wounded Marine whose pride will sometimes make him fall, but he’s getting better and he’ll do anything for Josie and her safety.
The chemistry between Josie and her two guys was hot, you could even say on fire. The only thing that put me off, and it’s not exclusive to this story, is the speedy introduction to anal – I want to read a story where the heroine doesn’t jump for joy the first time. But I digress.
I recommend this if you’re in the mood for a fun, quick albeit non-action packed ménage.
Happy Reading folks!
*Book provided by author for review
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by Caitlyn O’Leary
Release Date: September 9, 2014