No Holds Barred

No Holds Barred

by Callie Croix

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ISBN-13: 9781426892646
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 11/21/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 117,230
File size: 404 KB

About the Author

Callie Croix began writing erotic romance on a dare from her other pen name's editor, and now she likes it a little too much. Because she's an avid Special Ops buff, Callie's heroes are alpha-male military men that she hopes will curl your toes in the most delicious way possible. Along with gardening, the Boston Red Sox and the Civil War, Callie loves the richest dark chocolate she can get her hands on. She lives in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband.

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Eyes wide, Caitlin set her wineglass on the granite counter and stared at her fianc in disbelief. "You would share me? Actually share me with another man?"

Nathan chuckled as he finished washing the last pan in the sink. The sculpted muscles in his arms and back flexed beneath his T-shirt with his movements. "You make it sound like I'd give you away or something. I just meant I'd do that for you if you wanted to someday."

Wow. She didn't know if she was more outraged or hurt. This whole conversation had started in fun, but now she was sorry she'd brought it up in the first place. Talking after dinner was part of their routine, her time to relax. She cooked, then he cleaned up while she sat with him and enjoyed a glass of wine. But this latest turn in the conversation was like a cold dash of water in her face. Did he not understand what he'd just said? "I can't believe you'd do that."

Nathan arched a dark brow at her while he rinsed the pot and set it in the drying rack beside the sink. "I wouldn't unless you wanted me to."

"I don't."

"Okay. That's fine."

He sounded so damn calm about it. Like it didn't matter to him one way or the other. But she knew better. She'd known all about his sexual past when she'd started dating him. Apparently he hadn't lost that adventurous streak since hooking up with her after all. Part of her had secretly feared this would happen.

Her stomach pulled tight. "Are you...bored with us? In bed, I mean?"

Wiping his hands on a dish towel, he gave her a bland look. "Right. That's why we still have sex at least five times a week even though we've been living together for six months. Because I'm bored."

She didn't appreciate his sarcasm. This was serious. If he wasn't happy with their sex life, she'd prefer to know about it now so they could fix things before it was too late. And before the wedding. But what if he wanted a married life that included threesomes to keep things exciting? She didn't think she could handle it. She loved him, but she could never do that. Not even for him. "You'd tell me if you weren't happy, right?"

He frowned and closed the distance between them, grasping her hips to pull her to the edge of the island and settling between her jean-clad thighs. "You know I would."His long, strong fingers slid into her hair, tipping her head back. "Baby, I love you, and I'm more than happy with our sex life."

Okay. So why didn't it feel like he was being completely honest with her? She sensed he was holding part of himself back, had been for a long time. "Tell me the truth."

"That is the truth," he whispered as he bent to kiss her. His warm lips settled over hers in a tender caress, those long fingers rubbing against her scalp. "God, Cait, I still get hard whenever you walk into the room. Here, feel." He reached down to grasp her hand and pulled it between his thighs, where his erection bulged against his jeans.

Cait cupped him through the denim, feeling rather possessive when she stroked her palm over him. He gave a rumble of pleasure as his tongue feathered over her lower lip. Her nipples hardened in helpless response, and she sighed into his mouth. If he was trying to distract her, he was doing a damn good job. Too good.

She broke the kiss and leaned back, frowning. "Does this conversation have anything to do with Liam arriving tomorrow?" He and Nathan had been buddies forever, since college, and had served in the Marines together. But they'd shared a hell of a lot more than time in the military.

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No Holds Barred 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
coleyfl More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read from from Croix and what a treat it was. No hold Barred was an erotic delight with plenty of emotion and just enough story to make you love the characters. It was not your typical menage read with a bunch of characters willing to jump in bed and act like emotions and jealously would not affect the dynamic between the three (not that I don't love those as well). But it is a fresh take and more realistic to what might actually transpire between a couple deeply committed to each other and their best friend. I also loved Croix's military alpha male characters, not domineering but sexually dominate, it all adds up to a sexy encounter. Recommended for: Adults Erotic Elements: m/f/m Menage & light Dominance/Submission
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: Whoa, what an incredible erotic read. This very short novella is about an engaged couple, Nathan & Cait. Cait reads erotica featuring menage and Nathan really wants to fulfill this fantasy for her. The perfect opportunity arises when their mutual friend, Liam, comes to visit for the weekend before his assignment heading out to Afghanistan. Cait may be aroused by the idea, but she does NOT want them to have a menage. She worries about what it will do to their relationship. She feels shame at her arousal by Liam. She is worried that if they do this then Nate will view her differently and it will change their wonderful relationship. This book is so honest in what Cait is feeling. It just rang really true. The book is incredibly hot, but through it all you feel Cait's doubts and her incredible love for Nate. Nate & Liam are best friends and have shared women before, so he knows that if he can trust anyone with this woman that he loves, he can trust Liam. He also knows that Liam is attracted to her and honestly respects her. He is very conscious of the fact that Cait is uncomfortable with the idea, but he also knows her well enough to be able to tell that she is really turned on by the idea. Like I said the entire book has a really honest feel about it. Menage is one of those fantasy things and most books treat it like that without the reality of the doubts that can come from it. This book touches on all those doubts, but still manages to keep the entire feel incredibly sexy and arousing. Callie Croix knows how to write some seriously sexy scenes...whoa!! I really liked the way that she handled it at the end for Nate. Like I said, it has a true feeling to the story that you can't help but love! Gorgeous writing. I plan to check out more by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but not as good as some of her other books
Anonymous 8 months ago
It was alright, it was quite short not worth the money if I am being honest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful love story. It showed a lot of trust between the three people. As a reader it was really sexy. And I enjoyed it tremendously.
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Good story!!
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Cimmaron More than 1 year ago
No Holds Barred is actually my second Callie Croix book, the first being Let Me In, which is actually the sequel to No Holds Barred. I loved Let Me In and I was sure I'd enjoy this book as well. Once again she’s delighted me with her erotic tales but what sets it apart from other novellas I’ve read is that it's not just about the sex but the emotions involved with it. Don’t get me wrong sometimes getting right down to business is fun but when there are deep rooted emotions involved it makes the sex so much better. Croix has crafted a very well written erotica romance with scorching hot scenes and characters that you are bound to love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not like this book! He made her do something HE wanted her to do but she did not really want to do. She felt BAD about her self after. Shame on her for doing it and double shame on him for wanting her to put on a show for him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love Liam!!
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Good story but definitely for over 18 reader
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I g@y.....walks to the fourth result.