I received this book for free from Netgalley in order to prepare an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Jacked Up (Birmingham Rebels, #3) by Samantha Kane
Series: Birmingham Rebels #3
Published by Loveswept on January 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
FINAL DECISION: My favorite book of the series. This one has a developing relationship between three people who have never had a menage relationship before but find themselves falling in love with one another.
THE STORY: Sam Taylor and King Ulupoka are teammates on the Birmingham Rebels football team. Sam is a war veteran with PTSD and guilt from the death of his comrades and hasn’t had sex with a woman since his return because he worries about his nightmares. King convinces Sam to break his celibacy and King agrees to stay in the room to make sure that Sam doesn’t have an episode. The problem is finding a woman who would agree to such an arrangement. The two end up meeting Jane Foster, an ER nurse who has been the “good girl” all her life. When she meets Sam and King, she is attracted to both of them and decides to agree to their scheme to break her “good girl” mold. The night opens them all up to new possibilities.
OPINION: I really enjoyed this book. I really felt these three characters as they worked towards building a three way relationship. None of the characters had previously been in an menage relationship before and weren’t looking for that when the book begins.
Each character has their own journey in the book as the trio winds their way towards a satisfying relationship. King is the most open to the idea of the menage. He is a big hearted friendly man. He is the most open sexually to the idea based on his past experiences. But even King has to work out the idea of what are the proper boundaries of a relationship with three participants.
Sam is quiet and closed in. He is trying to work through his issues and he finds that King and Jane balance him in different ways. While Sam has never had a relationship with a man, he begins to realize that his relationship with King is more than friendship. While Sam struggles with three problems (1) his PTSD and the fear that gives him for any relationship; (2) his attraction to King and (3) the menage.
Jane has her own struggles. She has classified herself as “good girl” and fears the idea of taking action that challenge that view of herself. Thus, even when she wants the menage relationship, she can’t contemplate being involve with such a public relationship with these two famous men. She ends up being the catalyst in the relationship and brings all three players together.
I thought the baby steps that these characters have to take in defining what they want in their relationship was interesting and more realistic. There are many issues they have to navigate between them and I liked seeing them have to think about and address how the relationship is going to work. I thought this book addressed the complications well. The book could also be considered “beginners menage” and I liked seeing people work through the difficulties and complications.
WORTH MENTIONING: This is a true menage with MM, MMF and MF involved.
CONNECTED BOOKS: JACKED UP is the third book in the Birmingham Rebels series. This book can be read as a standalone but there are recurring characters.
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.