Series: Bound Hearts #8
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on December 28th 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
FINAL DECISION: The Bound Hearts turns in a different direction with married characters bringing another man into their marriage for the first time. This book also has a suspense element that works to move the story along.
THE STORY: John “Mac” McCoy was a member of The Club, a place for men to find like minded souls to engage in menage relationships. He gave that up when he married Keiley Hardin three years ago. Mac knew that Keiley was too innocent to be involved in Mac’s sexual excesses. Three years have changed their relationship, however. Mac sees that Keiley is more sexually secure and more reluctantly intrigued by Mac’s sexual past. He decides to invites his best friend and usual menage partner Jethro Riggs to be the third person in his relationship with Keiley.
OPINION: This book has a different premise than the previous ones in this series. Keiley is not looking for a menage. She married her husband and expected a traditional relationship. Even more, Mac and Keiley have been married for three years. Now things are changing.
In this book, Keiley has to be persuaded into the lifestyle that Mac enjoys. Then both Keiley and Jethro have to be convinced that it is okay to have a relationship of emotional connection and not just sex.
This story has a more complicated menage relationship because there is more than sex involved. In truth, this book is partly about the romance between Keiley and Jethro. There are feelings of love and betrayal and fear that are explored here rather than mere sexual experiences. I found the book more emotionally challenging than others in the series.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book is about a menage relationship that is emotional as well as sexual. These three end up as a family unit.
CONNECTED BOOKS: FORBIDDEN PLEASURE is book eight of the Bound Hearts series. This book can be read as a standalone because the characters are only tangentially connected to the ones at The Club which dominates the rest of the series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.