Released: October 29, 2013
Genre: BDSM romance
On the Flap
Hammer, Liam’s former best friend, can’t stop coveting Raine. But Liam is determined to hold and guide the woman he loves and see if she can be the submissive of his dreams. However, he’s finding that her trust is hard won and he needs a bloody crowbar to pry open her scarred soul. So he risks everything to win her once and for all. But once he’s put his daring plan in motion, will it cost Liam his heart if he loses Raine to Hammer for good?
While there was some uneasiness with the love triangle between Liam, Raine, and Hammer in the first book, the angst in this installment is taken to a whole new level. A good chunk of this story deals with Raine’s insecurities…and that girl has a lot of them. It can be frustrating and overwhelming dealing with her. She can be resolute and wishy-washy at the same time, which is somewhat more realistic. I mean if you were abused for much of your life, it would take much time, effort, and energy to overcome and move past it.
In this, we get to see more of Hammer and Liam’s personalities too. Liam has quite a few reservations of his own with jealousy being his worst. Most doubts seem to stem from his cheating ex-wife but some also from an unsuccessful polyamorous relationship with Hammer and his now deceased wife. Hammer’s issues have surfaced surrounding his inability to express emotions, but let’s face it many man have this problem. He continues to shoulder much of the blame for his wife’s suicide but also unfairly saddles guilt on others.
Beck and Seth emerge as strong secondary characters. Both are responsible in helping Raine in various ways, but likewise act as intermediaries between the two Doms. In the first book I thought Beck was a sadist who likes to break the rules, and while it’s still true he displays a softer, protective side. I hope he gets his own book in the future.
What I found most interesting in this read is that until the end there is no intercourse…none, zip, zilch. That doesn’t mean there weren’t plenty of erotic scenes. Towards the end, the three seem to find their way back to each other and building a more successful poly relationship. With a possible happy ending in sight, we are left with a bit of a cliffhanger as someone from the past returns to the picture.
Rating: 4 Stars
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