Ruled (Outlaws, #3) by Elle Kennedy
Series: Outlaws #3
Published by Berkley on November 1st 2016
“Life was so much easier when there was nobody around you to give a damn about.”
FINAL DECISION: I think this might be the best menage book I’ve read. There is a relationship between all three characters and I truly felt that these three had a real relationship by the end of the book.
THE STORY: Rylan has done everything he can think of to attract Reese, the leader of a group of outlaws. Despite an outlaw society that has no problem with meaningless sex, Reese won’t have anything to do with Rylan. Rylan realizes that the key to Reese might be her second in command, Sloan. Reese won’t give into her attraction to Rylan because she wants him too much and doesn’t trust her instincts with him. Reese knows from experience the dangers of an attractive magnetic man. She prefers to concentrate on her people and get her sex from meaningless encounters. Sloan has stood by Reese’s side for years. Although he has always wanted her, he knows that any hint of sex between them would destroy their relationship. As Rylan, Reese and Sloan work to defeat the Enforcers that threaten the lives of the Outlaws, they are also drawn into a relationship that might destroy all that already exists between them.
OPINION: Boy, this book is hot! And even better, this book has a great emotional connection with all three of the menage partners. Unlike the previous menages in the Outlaws series, this is not merely an extra sexual partner. No, indeed, these three characters have an emotional connection to one another that leads to a true relationship between all three of them.
Reese was my favorite character. She is a strong and dominant leader but her strength comes from her caring nature. Reese is the matriarch of her people. Reese puts her people above her own needs, which is one reason she has refused Rylan for so long. Part of Reese’s journey is this book is finding out that she can be a whole person with relationships without it threatening her leadership. In reality, her being whole can enhance her leadership.
Rylan initially seems like a happy-go-lucky fellow. But he, as is true with all the Outlaws, has a darkness in his past. Rylan is important in the story as the catalyst who changes the relationship between Reese and Sloan. He is funny and sexy and the most outwardly emotional of the trio. While he starts out wanting some good times, Sloan and Reese bring some needed stability and purpose to Rylan’s life. He’s a man who has hidden his caring under his devil may care attitude.
Sloan is the quiet rock of the trio. He has stood by Reese being her right hand man while desperately wanting her. He knows that any hint of sex between then would destroy their relationship. Sloan is not willing to risk what he has. He is self-sacrificing, willing to do anything to help Reese even if that means denying what he wants most.
This book does a great job of balancing all the relationships. Most menage books I have read focus on one couple or the woman’s relationship with each of the men. This book is a perfectly balanced triangle. Rylan’s introduction into the group allows the relationship between Reese and Sloan to develop even as Rylan creates his own relationship with Reese and Sloan. The emotional and sexual relationship develops between all three of these characters — there is no emphasis on one part of the trio. I got the real sense that these three need all of them in order to work.
The hotness of this book just keeps on: Reese with Rylan (Hot!), Reese with Sloan (Hot!), Rylan with Sloan (even hotter!), Reese and Rylan and Sloan (blistering hot!). What I liked best was that all the hot sex was really grounded in the emotions that developed between these characters. All three of these characters have experienced pain and loss but in their relationship, they find happiness and completeness.
I loved this book and can’t wait for more Outlaws books.
WORTH MENTIONING: This is a true menage relationship with both an emotional and sexual relationship between all three of the participants. This book has MFM, MM and MF.
CONNECTED BOOKS: RULED is the third book in the Outlaws series. The book can be read as a standalone but there is an overarching story that is richer if you have read the other books in the series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.