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Marly's Choice (Men of August, Book One) [Kindle Edition]

Lora Leigh
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Book 1 in the series Men of AugustMarly's love for Cade has spanned her teenage years, and survived strong and intact into womanhood. Her fantasies and daydreams have sustained her, but she's no longer content with merely imagining the touch of his hands, the taste of his kiss. It's time to seduce the tough, sexy cowboy.She's heard the rumors for years, the tales of his sexual preferences. She's prepared herself to accept his desires. Prepared her body for his touch. But she wasn't prepared for the choice to come... Cade's dark desires, his sexual excesses are based in the past. In a time when pain, shame, and blood stains his very soul. He carries a secret shared only with his brothers. A secret that has scarred the bond, the ability to be a brother or to accept the love of the men he was raised with. He knows the only way to prove his loyalty, his love for those brothers and Marly will be the key. She has a choice. She can surrender to Cade's needs, his soul deep desires, or she can walk away. A choice only Marly can make. A choice that will change her life forever.

Product Details

  • File Size: 395 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Ellora's Cave (November 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003370JJO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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157 of 165 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I tried to be Fair.....(spoiler alert!) March 8, 2010
By Anita
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
But I just don't LIKE this series and I won't be reading any further. I didn't even FINISH this book. The sex was NUCLEAR in hotness, but the storyline made it nasty, dirty, and downright tawdry. I couldn't get into it.

I've got nothing against menage or erotica (hello? I BOUGHT the book right?) but the "If you love me you'll do my brothers and me too" and the "NEVER TELL ME NO! I'll BRUTALLY RAPE YOU if you do!!!" Stuff is just WRONG WRONG WRONG.

And she finally comes to the point where sharing herself with all three is HOT and not that disturbing and what does the author do? "If you LOVE ME you'll have sex with this WOMAN"

At that point I was so DONE. And these boys had some seriously serious psychological problems. They were brutally raped as children by their dad and FORCED TO LIKE IT. Instead of dealing with the trauma of abuse? They allow that trauma to be the reasoning behind their boorish, mean, evil, and downright ILLEGAL behavior towards women.

Not hot. SO not hot.

Please. If you, like me, look for a little "reality" with your fantasy? DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!!!

But if you can take it? If you can separate reality from fantasy? Then you'll LOVE this series.

My problem is: I went to all the trouble to READ the damn reviews and then IGNORED them. HOW SMART WAS THAT?
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just not feelin' it March 7, 2010
By K. Long
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was my very first erotica/Lora Leigh experience. (Yeah. I'm bold. I went for the 3-on-1, kinda incest-y one.) And, I'm more than a little grossed out. The sex doesn't bother me. Even the quasi-kinky stuff. The you're-kinda-my-sister-but-not-really stuff doesn't bother me either. I can get my head around that. It's the circumstances surrounding the sex, the weak plots, and the thinner-than-a-cheese-cloth characterization that make me shift into skim mode. Oh, and let's not forget all the TELLING. My nana could probably write a better novel.

Marley went to live with Cade and his two brothers when she was just a kid to escape her sexually abusive step-father. They basically raised her. On almost the very day she turned 18, Cade developed a voracious appetite for her "sex." (Yeah, eww.) What grosses me out is this: this man who supposedly "loves" her is hell-bent on abusing and humiliating her. I want to know if there are women who really find this romantic? At one point, he calls her a very ugly name just after a less than sanitary moment in the barn. I definitely would have channeled Nicole Kidman a la Far and Away and grabbed the nearest pitch fork.

It's entirely possible that I have a very different picture of romance than most readers. But I can enjoy a good bad boy story. Hell, I married a bad boy. But in my mind, the romantic part is when the bad boy discovers a new part of himself when he meets a certain woman. And maybe she does to (enter kinky sex stuff if that's your cup of tea.) None of these characters are transformed. Marley merely does what she has to do to keep Cade's attention. It would be more interesting if he wanted to be with her no matter what, and then she "chose" to fulfill his bizarre sexual leanings. But that's not the case. So...I'm wondering where the choice part comes in?
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing! November 15, 2009
Ms. Leigh, I love you your books. I own most of them but I have to say "Men of August" is very, very disappointing. I love myself some Alpha Male, this book however, did not contain an Alpha Male. This review is going to contain spoilers so do not read it if you don't want to know. I had so many issues with this book that I do not even know where to begin. I think the storyline and the plot against the brothers are great. As a matter of fact that is the only reason why I intend to finish the series. The sex scenes are hot and if that is what you looking for then this book is for you. But in no way be fooled that this series is a love story. These "August Men", if you will are a bunch of wimps and cowards.

1. They call in a woman to protect them. Come on!
2. Get help, go see a phyciatrist, somebody who can help you with your issues. Hug your brothers once a day to get that connection going. Why do you have to share your wives?
3. True love is making sure your spouse is happy. From what I can see both Marley and Sarah not only has to watch their husband screw their brothers wives, but they stand in line to be killed by a maniac plus they have to accept these men with all their "so called demons.
4. These woman get nothing in return but be humiliated. I cannot understand why Sarah and Marley has no back-bone and why they could not just leave.

These "August men" have done nothing for their woman and gang raping Sarah, yes thats the way I see it is just sick!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars extremely disturbing January 30, 2009
Like only a couple of other reviewers, I found this book to go beyond the alpha male/submissive female role. In my opinion, the men bordered on bullying, abusive behaviors. Why would any man force the woman he loved to engage in sex with his brothers? Especially to "prove" that he loved those brothers? I simply do not understand that plot/conflict since I am not the dark of a person. While I have read several of Ms. Leigh's other books, and have enjoyed several, this series left me feeling...less than happy and thankful that I am not that dysfunctional nor spinless.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot
she did it again. seduction and mystery and and a very determined female. when she gets what she wants is it more than she can handle. you will root for Marly
Published 3 months ago by Jenni Copeland Belanger
5.0 out of 5 stars Marly's Choice, the first of the Men of August books encouraged me to...
What can I say? Again Lora Leigh has outdone herself. The Men of August books have been wonderful, full of excitement and very erotic. Very suspenseful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Loretta Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars hot
This is a great read, I am never disappointed with any of her writings :) Get the book because it is HOT and very greatly written ;D
Published 6 months ago by Melba
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh!
Have these people never heard of therapy? The men in this book (no way could I call any of them a hero) use their abuse as a club to beat Marly with.. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Marly's Choice
You will either love the book or hate it.

I loved it ... really I didn't try to pick it apart as I was reading it. I enjoyed it for what it was. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Marly's Choice
Marly's choice has a great premise. Marly has grown up with three brothers (older than she is), and as she grew up she developed a huge crush on the oldest, Cade, which later... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jasmyn A. Dieck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great erotic love story.
The story was sensual, hot at every turn. There was not much information given about the characters, maybe in the next books. The sex scenes were great soft.
Published 9 months ago by Telma
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
This book was recommended to me, so I thought I'd give it a go. It was overpriced, first off, but I thought, Ok, I'll try it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Romance/Fantasy/Horror
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
The story flowed and kept you guessing.
It was nice to see how the characters interacted.
I was hooked from the begining; must read.
Published 10 months ago by Robin Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars DAMAGED AND YET STRONG!
Marly is amazing. I love this entire series, but this is by far my favorite. This story shows so much strength and growth!
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Lora Leigh lives in the rolling hills of Kentucky, often found absorbing the ambience of this peaceful setting. She dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared.

Lora's family, and her writing life co-exist, if not in harmony, in relative peace with each other. Surrounded by a menagerie of pets, friends, and a teenage son who keeps her quick wit engaged, Lora's life is filled with joys, aided by her fans whose hearts remind her daily why she writes.

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