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Healing the Wounds (Neighborly Affection Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

M.Q. Barber
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Book Description

Neighborly Affection, #3

There are no safe words. There is only surrender.

When Alice leapt into sexual games with her neighbors Henry and Jay, she didn’t plan to fall in love. She sure didn’t expect she’d be the switch between Henry’s commanding mastery and Jay’s submissive playfulness. But now she’s moving in with them, and she’d better figure it all out – fast. Trouble is, she’s never been a live-in girlfriend. The day after a traumatic first night at a BDSM club might not be the best time to start. Struggling to find her place within the lifestyle, Alice seeks equality in a relationship built on surrender. Learning to lean on Henry challenges the foundation of her self-worth. He’ll have to lean on her in return for their triad to find stability. But can her stoic dominant lover accept her as a confidante as well as a submissive? And will their love be enough to silence Jay’s emotional ghosts?

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Editorial Reviews


"M.Q. Barber's series, NEIGHBORLY AFFECTION, really should be read in order since each new release builds on the previous story. Now that being said, I was thoroughly captivated by the characters, their interactions, and curious as to how they'd get past their issues. I really enjoyed the insight into how Henry dominates Alice and Jay but doesn't do the thinking for them."  -- Romance Junkies

"The three lovers define the ups and downs of a polyamorous triad and leave the ending open for future adventures. While this book is best read as part of the series, Barber frames a sexy, loving relationship that happens to be among three people."  -- Library Journal

"MQ Barber doesn't write your typical erotic romance. I love ménage stories, but Barber is beginning to ruin me for other authors. Her characters show such depth and her relationships are so complex and rewarding that I'm beginning to hold others to her standard."  -- You Gotta Read Reviews

From the Inside Flap

Extending Alice's arms above her head, Henry grasped her wrists in a single hand. He squeezed.

Her fingers flexed, hands splayed, and she shuddered at the controlled power in his hold.

"Knees up, Jay. Keep Alice's legs together, please."

Crowding her with his muscled thighs and calves, Jay added strong palms and gripping fingers below her hips. She stood with her toes tucked beneath him, thighs together, pressure and need making her squirm.

"Oh, no, my sweet girl, that won't do at all." Henry dropped a dangerous whisper in her ear. "You must stand very still for me, Alice. You've been cut from the herd, marked by a predator. You've nowhere to run." He tightened his grip on her wrists. Water dripped from his face to her shoulder.

She opened her mouth, needing more air, deeper breaths, and wet heat coated her throat.

Product Details

  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1616506687
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press (June 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JF7ZF9A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,595 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series gets better and better. June 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is, by far, my favorite series dealing with a non-traditional relationship (MMF). Henry is strong, yet vulnerable. Jay is hot and while he appears initially to be weak, he is anything but and he is the glue that holds them together. Yes, he is my fave. Alice is Alice. Spunky and unsure of herself and her role/place with them, but willing to go all in showing her bravery. After the scary, for that was what it was, first time at Henry's BDSM club in book two, old wounds are opened and new wounds surface. Watching each of the relationships develop deeper bonds is what makes this series stand above all of the others. This is not all about the heat, although there is a ton of that to be sure. It is about their connections to one another and Alice as she learns more about who she is and what she wants.

If you like MMF with intelligence, heat, honest connections, and love this series is for you. If you are a fan of the previous books, one click this bad boy now. If you have not read this series yet, I strongly suggest starting with book one. You might as well one click all three because you will want to read them all in a row.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars = I freaking LOVED this book June 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
In Healing the Wounds we return to the polyamorous relationship between Henry, Jay and Alice. Picking up where Crossing the Lines ended, we find the trio making plans for Alice to move in and become a permanent member of the household, and formally solidifying her place in the relationship. Two pages into the book and I immediately remembered why I love this trio so much – Henry is the ever-patient voice of reason offering love, comfort and guidance to the eager-to-please Jay and over-analyzing Alice – in short, they are perfect for one another, flaws and baggage included.

As Henry seeks to correct the damage done from the ill-fated trip to the club, the relationship between the three strengthens and their love for one another deepens. As expected, it is not a simple fix – there is no quick fix for the mental wounds Alice received that night, nor the wounds that were reopened for Jay – and Henry worked to heal the wounds throughout the entire book. I found their reactions and subsequent behaviors so realistic and honest, that I was again immersed in their world. Henry is still the beautiful dominant, subtle in his domination and taking pleasure in meeting Jay and Alice’s needs; he is at complete odds with my preferred alpha Dom, but I love him all the same – perhaps even more so. The way in which the author enables Henry to meet the emotional needs of Jay and Alice – both personally and using one to meet the other’s needs – is absolutely brilliant. Add to that, the unbelievably hot sex and non-sex sex (when you read it, you’ll get the reference), it is not surprising to me that I devoured the book and am sad that it is over already.

Ms. Barber does an excellent job of making these three seem so real and expressive that I find myself so invested in their characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great story but be sure to read the series in order August 18, 2014
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Alice never imagined that the sexual games she indulged in with her neighbors Henry and Jay would lead to a romantic entanglement. Now that she’s become a part of a triad she’s discovering just how complicated it can be living with two lovers - one dominant, the other submissive. She struggles to find balance between the two men while trying to find a way to vanquish her own demons.

Henry and Jay’s love for each other is unquestionable but there’s no denying that Alice adds an element to their relationship that they desperately wanted. Henry’s serious persona and need for control transitions perfectly to his role as a dominant. Jay’s playful nature is almost childlike and his desperate need to please shows in his submissive behavior. Together the men make a wonderful couple but there’s something missing that bridges the gap between serious and playful – and that something is Alice.

Alice, Henry and Jay’s relationship has advanced beyond the ‘just kinky sex’ stage but it’s not going to be an easy transition into ‘happily-ever-after’ either. The entire situation is made more complex due to a traumatic event that occurred at a BDSM club which has left Alice and Jay mentally scarred. It’s going to take a lot of love, understanding, and a willingness to work through their fears if their relationship is to grow.

M.Q. Barber’s series, NEIGHBORLY AFFECTION, really should be read in order since each new release builds on the previous story. Now that being said, I was thoroughly captivated by the characters, their interactions, and curious as to how they’d get past their issues. I really enjoyed the insight into how Henry dominates Alice and Jay but doesn’t do the thinking for them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally great June 3, 2014
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This installment continues with our hot lov'in, but is also another, but maybe more, emotional ride. Our characters open up even more. Confront with their fears. Fall into even more love with one another. I really like MQ Barber writes the Dom/sub relationship in this series. Tasteful. Loving. While I'm not a practitioner or a huge fan of these types of books. I like to read many things and occasionally step out of the box when something snags my attention, as this series has, like a deer running across the quiet road you've been travelling. Truely a great series so far. Can't wait for more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I like how the relationship was between the characters and Alice ...
I didn't feel that this book had an acceptable ending or something I would consider an ending at all. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amy R
5.0 out of 5 stars An unconventional love affair! This is a great fantasy book and ...
An unconventional love affair! This is a great fantasy book and makes you very jealous of the leading lady.
Published 9 days ago by R Seiter
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
This series has been an eye opener for me. I am not usually a fan of stories that do not stand alone, but this series has been so well written and interesting that I haven't minded... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars I was still not convinced it was good but I could not help but buy the...
Strangely, I was not entirely taken with the first book but I could not seem to put it down. Once I finished it, I was still not convinced it was good but I could not help but buy... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Malou
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing the Wounds
I read these books in chronological order which is good, otherwise I might not have liked them so well. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Jade Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just sex
This series is great. It is a good story about people that have problems and not just sex. Of course there are some steamy hot scenes, but I love the story must of all. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Jacqueline
4.0 out of 5 stars Confronting the past
In this episode, Henry, Jay and Alice are starting their lives together. In order to move forward, the need to confront the past. Read more
Published 23 days ago by S. Raymond
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Trilogy
This was an excellent ending to the trilogy. It focuses on Jays past pain and Alice's fears.

This book keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen next. Read more
Published 23 days ago by K
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing wounds(absolutely the best)
I love the characters. I love the erotica.I love the care Henry has for his subs please,please, please write another's book soon. Linda in Illinois
Published 25 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't resist this book!
I loved this book! The inter-personal relationships intertwine so beautifully. Henry, Alice and Jay flow beautifully together physically and mentally. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Amanda
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More About the Author

M.Q. Barber likes to get lost in thought. She writes things down so she can find herself again.

Often found staring off into space or frantically scratching words on post-it notes, M.Q. lives with one very tolerant, easily amused husband and one very tolerant, easily amused puppy.

She has a soft spot for romances that explore the inner workings of the heart and mind alongside all that steamy physical exertion. She loves memorable characters, witty banter, and heartfelt emotion in any genre.

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