Intense Pleasure by Lora Leigh
Series: Bound Hearts #14
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
FINAL DECISION: A menage story, but more than that. This is a great suspense story with some hot sexy moments with two brothers and their fellow agent thrown in.
THE STORY: After years of working as an agent, Summer has had enough. But when her identity is revealed and an enemy intends to eliminate her, two men who worked closely with her for years come to help her. Falcon and Raeg are half-brothers who share their work and their women. Now they want to protect Summer and there is a strong attraction between them all. But Falcon and Raeg have secrets of their own and it might mean that having summer will break the brothers apart.
OPINION: This book is grounded in the suspense story of the man hunting Summer and also the secrets that Falcon and Raeg have. There are two dangerous stories at play here and plenty of action to satisfy readers.
Summer is a complex woman. A longtime agent, she can take care of herself. Yet Falcon and Raeg are surprised by the woman they see when she is with her family. She is sexually attracted to both men and willing to engage in a relationship that many would see as extreme and yet Summer is also entirely emotionally attached to these two men from the beginning. She is hurt by the standoff nature of Raeg. She is also haunted by the necessity of her killing the woman she thought of as her best friend — even though the woman betrayed Summer and resulted in the enemy who is hunting Summer now.
Falcon is the most approachable of the brothers. Charming and easy going is what people see in him and yet he also possesses a dominant side which comes out with Summer. I loved that Falcon likes brushing Summer’s hair. That attribute is so sweet and yet so sexy. He is the more open of the brothers to Summer’s allure. Although he wants his brother as part of their relationship, he insists that Raeg be an equal partner and not absent himself emotionally from the relationship.
Raeg is especially haunted by the brothers past. While Falcon can accept that they might not be able to hold Summer forever and yet wants what he can have today, Raeg is afraid of emotionally opening himself up. He is the dark, brooding, jerky brother. His dominance is dark and especially strong. It is his emotional journey which makes up most of the romantic conflict in this story.
The relationship in this book is complex. The two brothers are different and each fulfills something different for Summer. Having a triangle romance emotionally is a difficult enterprise especially where there are secrets and difficulties that the brothers are not revealing. Half of this book is about the developing relationship between the three main characters and the remainder is the suspense story which keeps the plot moving quickly.
The one weakness of this story is that what happened with these characters before the beginning of this book appears central to the connection between these characters (working together and being “friends” for eight years) and yet that building of the relationship is completely absent. Everything happens offstage and thus truly feeling the connection between these characters is more difficult to feel for the first half of the book.
Despite this, I enjoyed this book and it fits right in the Bound Hearts series.
WORTH MENTIONING: This is a MMF romance with an emotional as well as a sexual relationship between each of the men and the woman.
CONNECTED BOOKS: INTENSE PLEASURE is the fourteenth book in the Bound Hearts series, but this book can be read as a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.