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Posted March 15, 2014
It was enjoyable to read about Mary, Jeff, and Zeke. Nice to find out how all the friends were doing. Hoping there will be a 4th book to continue their stories.
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Posted March 28, 2014
I loved this book and the dynamics between these characters! Love and relationships are not easy for anyone but especially when you are in a unconventional one. I loved reading how Zeke, Mary and Jeff handled this relationship. All three of them have things in their past and challenges that hinder their blooming relationship. Will they be able to overcome these issues and have the happily ever after they deserve? Must read and find out. Loved how three different type of people come together to find the love they deserve and the support they thought they wouldn't find!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2014
My rating: 4.5 of 5 ¿¿
After an accident shook up what seemed an easy and fun, occasional three-way hook up, Zeke discovered how invested he had become in both Mary and Jeff. His involvement with Jeff is still new, and certainly not known to anyone around him, but he is finding it something he has come to need in his life, as much as his connection with Mary.
Having been relegated to the role of patient, Mary is not really complaining. Not when she is cared for by two very hot and attentive men. Her only frustration is, she can't be as active a participant as she would like. But being forced into this day to day interaction has shown her the beautiful possibilities of their unconventional relationship.
Not one to jump into things blindly, Jeff is all to aware of the potential pitfalls that are ahead. They all have a tremendous amount to lose if this should not work. And even if they decide they are ready to face the outside world, it may not be ready to accept them. In fact, between employers, family and friends, they may simply be torn apart....
Fabulous writing, well-thought through subject matter and amazing characters!!!
This is not an easy review to write, simply because I don't want to give too much away and so much of this story plays on an emotional level. What that means, though, I that the character development for all three main characters, Zeke, Mary and Jeff, is tremendous in my opinion. This story for them is not just about discovering each other, but about discovering themselves.
And in no one is that more clearly than in Zeke, who has been everyone's best friend and buddy, party man extra-ordinaire for so long, that he himself didn't spend much time thinking beyond that. In terms of settling down, starting a relationship. He certainly never saw himself in a relationship with a man, although he had wondered. Zeke is the most vulnerable of the three in the sense that he stands to lose the most in terms of friends and family. Not really trusting their reaction - when really he is not really trusting himself yet.
Mary, who is a little more used to an unconventional relationship, is the more pragmatic one. She approaches things in an almost organizational manner, to try and keep a healthy balance. Of course, with a background and family as hers, the need for some predictability and balance is understandable. She seems to spend a lot of time mediating. Although initially she appeared the most unaffected by their playful threesome, since the accident she has become its centre.
And finally Jeff, with the painfully clear vision, who almost sabotages his own happiness by being cautious. The baggage he carries has been carefully stowed away in the attic, where no one can get at it. But Jeff knows its there and the possible implications it has. He seems hesitant to fully give himself, afraid something might open up the attic door. And in doing creates a situation that is almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
A compelling story of three completely different personalities, drawn to each other to form a cohesive unit. Sloan Johnson's telling of this struggle to completion is incredibly insightful and refreshingly real. Her use of some mild domination and submission illustrates beautifully the dynamics in this triad relationship and her writing is fantastic!
¿Complex, revealing and luscious juggle for balance.¿
**Copy provided in return for an honest review.**
Posted March 21, 2014
Another fantastic book in the Isthmus Alliance series! This story was sexy as hell. It was full of passion, love, drama, and of course a bit of kink. ;-) I was glued to my tablet until I had finished the story and I was not disappointed.
Zeke, Jeff, and Mary have an interesting and downright HOT relationship. They all 3 clearly care about each other and struggle with their own inner demons and insecurities but learn to work past that. They develop intense feelings for each other as couples and has a whole unit. I easily found myself rooting for all 3 of them and had no trouble empathizing with each of their feelings during different parts of the book. It was easy to see the connection not just between their triad but also within their group of friends. They easily function as their own family and those are the best kinds of groups of friends.
The story line was compelling and had me intrigued from the very beginning. It flowed nicely and I had no problem reading it in one day. I truly enjoyed this story and I hope there is more to come from this group. It was also really cool to read about them meeting and befriending the band Blessed Tragedy (from Blessed Tragedy by H.B. Heinzer). Excellent read and a 5 out of 5 stars!
Posted March 19, 2014
Zeke has never been one for getting to close to people. He doesn't do the love thing and tries his best to keep away from that. He has a special friendship with Jeff and Mary. They have a no strings attached deal and it was working fine for them. They keep it a secret and no one knows and no one can get hurt. That all changes when they all have to take a look at what they have going on and try to decide if they all three want to take another step and try to have a relationship. People try to give them a hard time but the three have something wonderful. They just need to talk things out before the no talking tears them apart.
At first I will say I was a little confused at who was who and what was going on. However as soon as I got into these characters head I was on a roll reading this delightful book. Jeff and Zeke are to way different guys but they clearly belong together. Mary has wiggled her way into their what you would call friends with benefits. She is like the glue that keeps them all together. While they might not have a conventional relationship they have something many people dream of having. Both Jeff and Zeke are very hot and what person wouldn't want them. Mary is so sweet sounding but can be fierce when the need be. They all have to work things out and see how it is going to work and they have a long road ahead of them. I love reading about all of them and getting to know them. They face a lot and something is always trying to get under their skin from family to friends to set backs they can't see coming. I also love the hotness of this book. It doesn't matter if it is all three of them or just two they all know how to steam the pages of. I really enjoyed all the different aspects of this book and would recommend to anyone who likes M/M or M/F/M books. It has a great cast of characters.
Posted March 19, 2014
As the third book in the Isthmus Alliance series many of the relationships and interconnections are already underway. That's definitely the case for the ménage relationship between Mary, Jeff, and Zeke. Until now, they saw their relationship as merely fun. But when Mary is severely injured in an accident things change for all of them and what they have can no longer be thought of as just friends with benefits. They realize how important they are to each other and decide to fully commit to what they have, which leads to a lot of heartache along the way from those outside their relationship and the adjustments they have to make within their relationship so everyone feels equal.
With many of the book series I read the books can be read as a standalone, and for the most part that's the case here. However, the early parts of the book rely heavily on events that took place in previous installments. A lot of time is spent with secondary characters trying to help them reach their HEA that it became a bit frustrating. I wanted to have the ménage relationship the focus and felt a lot of time was spent elsewhere that dragged this book out unnecessarily. Seeing previous characters isn't completely bad though as it now makes me want to go back and read the other books in this series.
Mary is a strong-willed woman who's been in a ménage before that ended badly. She doesn't want the same mistakes to happen again and sets forth a plan to make sure they all find time to strengthen their individual connections as well as the whole. She deals with their relationship in a believable way pointing out things that we readers wonder about in real life. She's a good balance to the boys as she's cheery and forthcoming in her feelings as opposed to their seriousness and fears of coming out to the world. I see her as the glue in their ménage and quite liked her protective nature in defense of them both throughout the story. Jeff is a very serious-minded, buttoned-up man, and the one who likes to talk things out. He hides tats under his dress shirts though and is clearly a Dom having no problem showing his aggressive side in many sensual situations. He doesn't believe in love or commitment though after seeing his parent's marriage implode over alcohol which causes a rift late in the story between him and Zeke. Getting him to admit his love is difficult but richly rewarding when it finally happens. Zeke is the bad boy with his piercings, t-shirts, and biker boots but has a surprisingly sweet side that has him playing the caretaker role beautifully. He tends to speak before he thinks, but in this case he's having difficulty telling his overly religious family about his new relationship. The author does an admirable job using bible verses to contradict the often venomous speeches heard today to again put a believable spin on ménage relationships in a seamless way that's not at all preachy and I give her big kudos for her handling of this issue. Seeing the differences between these three characters shows how perfectly they blend with each one bringing something unique to their relationship. You can clearly see why they're only complete when together and this fact adds to the already steamy scenes.
From start to finish Ms. Johnson has crafted a story that shows a ménage relationship in a believable way. Fans of erotica will be drawn to this author's style and substance as we await her next book release!
Posted March 18, 2014
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
After reading Unexpected Protector, I was jumping at the bit to get my hands on this book. It picked up right where Unexpected Protector left off. I loved seeing where all the characters ended up and knowing that everyone got their HEA. Okay, enough about that. Now, about this wonderful book.
Let’s start with the main characters. Zeke, I just loved him. He was just looking for the place where he belonged. Mary was a very strong character and had confidence in her men throughout their ups and downs. Jeff was a take charge guy with definite ideas about certain issues. He was set in his ways and stubborn.
This book pulled on my heartstrings in so many different places. I felt for all three characters. They had so many obstacles placed in their way that I wasn’t always sure they’d come out on top in the end. I loved how Zeke “came out” to his family. That was one of the funniest and most heartbreaking scenes in the whole book. It definitely showed how some people can be very closed minded about different types of relationships. Mary’s mother was a hoot also. I was constantly surprised by her actions and couldn’t understand how she’d hurt her daughter the way she did. Jeff’s past kept him from really opening up to his lovers. I hated that. I hated his mentality of never having something lasting. The one thing I did miss in the book was that Mary never had to explain to the boys about her past triad relationship. She kept thinking about it, but I don’t remember her ever talking about it with Jeff or Zeke.
Overall, I loved this book. However, if you don’t like M/M, it’s not the book for you. This is the story of 2 men and 1 woman in a committed relationship. It was sexy, it was raunchy, and it is definitely a must read for likers of this genre.
Reviewed by Tracy
Posted March 18, 2014
*Be prepared to fan yourself guys!*
Unexpected Consequences was another sizzling hot romance that involved some very hot ménage sex!!
Book three of the Isthmus Alliance series picks up right after book two and we get thrown into whirlwind of drama, love, insecurities, and coming into terms with their pasts.
I felt that the dynamic of this threesome relationship was so vividly and realistically portrayed that I couldn’t help but be engaged the entire way through!
It was nice seeing them work through challenges and issues while remaining true to themselves and retaining an impenetrable bond amongst each other. It proved that despite obscurities and the twists and turns that life presents you, that you can still reach your HEA no matter what gets thrown your way!
I’m now curious though as to who’s up next for Ms. Johnson’s series? I think all signs are pointing to Liam!! Hehe.
Posted March 16, 2014
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