by Liz Crowe
Ryan and Grace Sullivan have all the outward indications of a happy life: money, success, an undeniable physical attraction that quickly evolved from whirlwind relationship to marriage. But lately, Ryan’s become moody and distant. As their relationship starts to crumble, Ryan discovers something about himself he can’t admit just as Grace realizes the young man she encounters at an invitation only party, Henri Christophe, a celebrity chef with the most successful restaurant in Las Vegas, is her husband’s lover. But Henri holds a secret himself. He wants to be more to both of them.
As they attempt to make their unconventional arrangement work, Ryan’s deep-seated fear of relationship failure continues to thwart everyone’s happiness. When he finally walks away instead of confronting the emotional connection the trio shares, he returns to find their lives flipped inside out. A sought after hotel and resort consultant, Ryan has yet to meet a problem he couldn’t solve. But when it comes to his own heart, he may be too late.
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When Henri bent down to kiss her lips and let his tongue caress her a moment before he raised himself up and off her, she felt more wrong than she ever had, but somehow right a the same time. Pulling the blanket back up to cover her sated body she stretched again and flipped over.
When her eyes met Ryan’s across the room she yelped. Her husband sat directly across from the massage table, a drink in one hand, the other arm stretched over the back of the couch. His eyes shone with the sort of light that made her want to weep.
“How long have you been sitting there,” she demanded.
“Long enough, baby.” He drained his glass, set it on the table and made his way over to her. “Long enough.”
She sighed as he knelt down, pulled her up and kissed her hard and deep. His bourbon-tasting lips were delicious.
“Did you like your Vegas surprise,” he asked as he pulled her to sitting and wrapped his arms around her. But he pressed his mouth to hers before she could answer. The familiar strength of his body, the crisp feel of his dress shirt against her naked skin, the clean smell of his cologne all enveloped her at once and she wrapped herself around him, ready to thank him in a way he’d never forget.
Its me again with an author review. Yes, this is Harlie from Harlie’s Books and there is a good reason I didn’t review this for that blog. Most of readers just don’t understand Liz and her books. She’s polarizing at best but I love her stuff. Yes, is some of it hard to read? You bet but that’s what makes a great writer. She doesn’t write formula romance and I will admit that I get a tad pissed off at characters in her books but in the end Ms. Crowe knows what she is doing.
Take Ryan for example. Happily married (at first) and showers his wife, Grace with gifts and just stuff. What she wants is a husband that she married at the first. Unfortunately, Ryan knows that there is something missing from his life and when Henri walks in, he knows that’s what he wants, too. I know, it’s a menage romance but Liz makes it work.
Liz writes intelligent, thought-provoking menage. A married couple that doesn’t need a third to spice it up but a third that will complete Ryan’s feelings for another man. Yes, he loves both Henri and Grace. Grace isn’t too sure about the relationship at first but she soon learns that she can love them both. I did at times want to slap Ryan upside his head. Grrr…but that’s what makes this story work for me. Marriage is messy. Sex is even more messy and love…well, messy doesn’t even begin to describe it. Liz writes from her heart in this one and you can tell with her characters, plot and even the place.
Liz is one of my favorite writers and NO ONE writes menage like her. Its super hot, sexy and it makes sense. She shows all sides of the threesome. From the attraction, to the sex, the emotional fallout and eventually how it can all work out in the end. Of course this being a Liz Crowe book there are huge bumps along the way. Misunderstands not withstanding, there is communication in the end.
If you tend to shy away from the “let’s get real romance” than Liz isn’t for you. She doesn’t sugarcoat it with her characters and her story. Her characters feel, hurt, love, get mad at each other but in the end come together beautifully.
I know that from Harlie’s Books perspective, I don’t read a lot of menage anymore. It bores me because it’s the same thing over and over. Sure there is heat but no real connection to the characters and usually some writers just bring the third in so they can get their own book down the road. Liz doesn’t do that with Grace, Henri and Ryan. There story is complete with a couple of pop ups in other books so don’t worry about that.
Overall, do yourself a favor and read this book. Yes, its unconventional but that’s the point. Liz makes sense of it all and seriously peeps…sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too.
Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction hybrid, “Romance. Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
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