Author: Sloan Johnson
Series: Isthmus Alliance #3
Release Date: March 12, 2014
Genre: Erotic Romance
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Zeke Reed lives his life by his rules, the biggest one being that he refuses to settle down. Through the years, it has become a running joke amongst his circle of friends that his condo would be well served by the installation of a revolving door.
That’s what makes his friendship with Mary and Jeff work. All three of them are looking for some no-strings-attached fun. Until fate steps in, making them all take a look at what’s been developing while they’ve been busy fooling around.
Unfortunately, every decision in life has consequences. When you choose to openly share your life with more than one person, things get complicated. Will Zeke, Jeff and Mary be able to stand together as the world tries to pull them apart?
I run my fingers down the length of her arm, silently vowing to do whatever I can to make sure nothing like this happens again. I’m not talking about the accident. As much as I will go out of my way to protect her, I know things happen in life and it’s impossible to plan for every scenario. I’m not foolish enough to think that I’m in love with her, but there’s definitely something deeper than friendship between us. Between all of us. And we need to make sure we’re on the same page in the future.
“I’ll be back as soon as I can,” I whisper into her ear. “Zeke’s going to stay with you. If you wake up and need anything, tell him.” She may not consciously hear me, but I hope my words register with her on some level. I brush the hair away from her forehead, resting my lips there for a moment before turning to leave.
Zeke falls in line behind me as I move toward the door, his fingers laced with mine. “Hurry back,” he says, tilting his head up to kiss me. I lean against the door, effectively barring anyone from entering.
I tug at his t-shirt so I can run my hands along the firm ridges of his abs. Zeke moans when I flick his nipple ring. If we had more time and I had more energy, I’d do the same with my tongue, freeing my hands for further exploration, preferably inside his jeans. There are so many other things I need to be focused on, but Zeke is the one person capable of giving me the physical release that will serve as a reminder to not get carried away with my own thoughts.
Maybe the world is more ready for us than we are for the world.
So before this book, I had yet to read anything by Sloan Johnson. Not from lack of wanting to, mind you, but we all know how everlasting TBR’s can be. I am one of those people that even when an author says it can be read as a standalone, if it is part of a series, I just CANNOT do that. I HAVE to read them in order. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to books. I NEED to know the back story. That being said, I carved out enough time in my schedule to fit in all three books. I needn’t have worried about not having enough time to finish, because these books were SO good, I literally FLEW through them! Sloan touches on BDSM in these books, and the men are most definitely Alphas, but at the heart of them all is just that…heart. And it is a beautiful thing to read.
“That would imply we were doing something wrong. And that was anything but wrong.”
I think what I loved about this book the most is that while there was HOT sex, and plenty of it, it wasn’t JUST about that. It was about the relationship between Mary, Zeke, and Jeff. Yes, you read that right; there are three people involved. This is not my first ménage book by a long shot, but it is one of the few that I’ve read where an actual relationship was being worked on. Many people shake their head and look at triad relationships as immoral, but I figure you cannot help who you love, and if you have more love to spread around, what is the harm in that? These were three people that to their core, loved each other deeply. They were all different in so many ways, but it was their commonalities and differences that cemented their union. It was their honesty with each other that kept me coming back for more. It was the way they could see, without even a word being spoken, when one needed something. Unspoken words screamed volumes, and they grew attuned to it in one another. I absolutely adored this book!
Together in the darkness, our bodies find a languid, steady rhythm, sealing our fate to one another without a single word.
The characters, ALL of them, were extremely relatable and I couldn’t get enough. The dominance of Jeff, the gentleness of Zeke, and the level head of Mary; they were three pieces of a well crafted puzzle that just fit. I also loved that while it was a typically unconventional relationship, it certainly didn’t read like one. They all faced problems and dealt with issues that would arise in ANY relationship, and I think it speaks volumes towards the literary prowess of the author to be able to not only portray that, but to portray it so well. Sloan Jonson has cemented me as a fan for life, and I will always come back for more!
Tasha Skinner finally shed the baggage of a failed marriage. Now, she’s looking forward to a night of margaritas and man-bashing. Tasha’s friends have other plans, including Leather, Lace and liberation.
Dylan Caprese didn’t want to go to Marquee, but he and his friends were on a mission. They took it upon themselves to make sure things didn’t get out of hand when wannabe Doms mixed alcohol with playtime at the monthly Leather and Lace night.
From the moment he set eyes on Tasha, he knew there was something different about her. She wasn’t some bondage babe who thought she knew what it meant to be into BDSM. She was much, much worse; she was innocent and trusting. He can tell she is something precious.
When Tasha’s past threatens to destroy her, Dylan begins to realize that while their paths have never crossed, their lives most definitely have. Will he be able to save her before it’s too late?
Everyone makes mistakes in life. Unfortunately, Holly Richards has become an expert at taking the wrong path in life. This time, she may have gone so far that she has alienated the one person who has always been there for her. Will she be able to make the right decision for once in her life?
Tommy Reed’s world shifted the night he found Holly Richards lying in a pool of blood on the ground. For reasons he can’t explain, he feels the need to protect Holly from her own past. In the process, he’s hoping to also teach her that there is more to D/s than releasing pent up emotions.
Life isn’t easy for the former-junkie and the cop. Some of those closest to Tommy are less than thrilled with his devotion to Holly. Those who pressured Holly into her former life are worried she’ll share what she knows. Is there any way for both of them to come away from the situation unscathed?