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Posted August 16, 2013
The rocky road to a HEA continues in this second installment in the Razor trilogy, Love's Storm. Though I haven't read the previous book I had no trouble getting pulled into the emotional upheaval this steamy polyamorous relationship causes everyone as their relationship progresses in this second installment. Not only do the authors show the sexual aspects of this kind of relationship but also the emotional impact in a vividly realistic way that leads to anger and the heartache of people's judgements. The authors present the positives of this relationship in an easily relatable way while not glossing over the negatives which leads to some truly gutwrenching scenes with those unable to understand this chosen lifestyle.
Amy and Bryce are very secure in their marriage but have found a way to enrich their lives further by bringing Amy's friend Raine into their family. They all have very distinct and different personalities in that Amy is sweet, bubbly, with a hidden naughty girl side to her. Bryce is rugged, manly, but has a softer side which has him wanting to do whatever it takes to make the women in his life happy. Raine is a tough woman who doesn't show her emotions easily. She's already thought of as kinky for her love of engaging in hardcore spanking as it brings her much needed mental release, so condemnation by others is something she already deals with. These three are usually in sync but still have disagreements over how to explain their relationship to others and if the blatant condemnation by some is worth their being together. There's also Raine's continuing need to go to the BDSM club to get the punishments she richly desires from her pseudo lover Lucien which Amy and Bryce don't understand and which puts a strain on their relationship. Their relationship continues to be a work in progress that will rely on give and take from each of them. Individual jealousy needs to be set aside for the happiness of the group and openness and honesty is essential like in any other relationship. The work invested seems worth it though as they're profoundly happy and complete together as each brings an emotional facet that makes them whole.
A bitter man's revenge is what leads to this relationship coming to light and it appears as if he'll be back to cause more problems as he's a stereotypical villain in his deeds and actions. The majority of the characters react negatively to their relationship citing religion, sin, and suggesting therapy to make them normal again. It's as I suspected but still very disheartening to see in its intensity. Knowing that friends, family, and business associates see this so negatively means that they still have a very rocky road ahead of them. The discussion between Bryce and Raine towards the end of the story, and that I saw coming quite early on, means things are going to get even more complicated in the next installment. Amongst the numerous steamy sexual encounters comes a surprisingly thought-provoking story about what really defines a family and what you're willing to sacrifice for love and happiness. The authors present this lifestyle very positively and yet don't shy away from the negatives and heartache surrounding this choice. The story runs the gamut of emotions and though there were some predictable moments I still found myself rooting for their relationship to succeed and greatly anticipate where their relationship goes from here.
Posted May 6, 2013
Great sequel to razors edge ,Hot and steamy with twists that leave you wondering how it will all work out. Very well done! Can't wait to see how it all works out in book three.