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- Print Length: 234 pages
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- Publication Date: March 21, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N37N5Z4
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At the end of the first book in the trilogy, Austin had released December of all obligations and instructed Cord to be the man for her that Austin couldn’t be. December was already confused about her attraction to and need for Cord. Cord had fought his attraction to December for some time as well. When they came together, it was more than sex. It was obvious to them both that something deeper was going on. Unable to deal with the guilt of betraying her husband and destroying Cord’s and Austin’s friendship, December flees to her parents’ house but doesn’t let anyone know where she’s going.
Cord, assuming December has returned to Austin, goes to Austin’s home. He doesn’t find December there but he does find Austin, who has finally hit rock bottom. Cord is torn between finding December or helping Austin. Austin was obviously more in need. He needed someone who wouldn’t fear him or back down. Cord stayed with him, tossed out all the booze, cleaned up the mess, and encouraged Austin to take control of his life. Austin appreciated and resented Cord at the same time. He wanted to throw Cord out but he needed him. He couldn’t trust himself. Austin worked to kick his need for alcohol. He joined AA and found a good friend in his mentor He started working with Cord at the store. Gradually he was finding himself again and healing. He longed for December but knew he had to take control of his life first. He was determined to recover all he’d lost- his control, his pride, his purpose, his wife.
Cord was pleased with how well and how quickly Austin was reverting to positive habits, but it was also disarming. He worried that when December did return, there’d be no place for him. When she came back, he’d be on the outside again, looking in. Long before he’d loved December, he’d loved Austin but knew it would never be reciprocated. When December returned, she and Austin would have each other and Cord would be alone. Again.
December was battling emotions of her own. She missed Austin and Cord but was afraid to return. She’d torn their relationship apart. She wanted to go home but everything had changed. She couldn’t belong when her heart was split in two. December did finally return though. But she was still torn between her feelings for the two. Cord separated himself from their lives. He couldn’t stand to see Austin and December together, reminding him of all he’d lost.
Slowly, Austin and December worked to rekindle their marriage. But there was an emptiness there without Cord. December and Cord had opened a Pandora’s Box the night they’d spent together and it couldn’t be closed. Each time Austin and December made progress as husband and wife, the mention of Cord brought them back to a place neither of them could leave behind. Austin was done hiding from obstacles in his life. He was ready to put everything out in the open. He knew what it would take to make December happy. Now he just needed to convince December and Cord.
Sometimes menage romances fall flat for me because the author fails to write a believable relationship where each partner loves one another equally. Lydia Michaels didn’t fail me though. She passed with flying colors. Cord, Austin, and December had an emotionally balanced relationship. The sexuality was just as important as the emotional satisfaction. Each character had an underlying need for each other. Austin and Cord had been friends since childhood. When Austin married December, Cord had become her friend as well. They’d been there for each other and cared deeply for each other. That relationship developing into more was believable. The sexual tension builds in the relationship and is sustained and elevated in a realistic way. Romance is more than just sex. Physical desire is important but so is friendship, trust, and sacrifice. Cord, Austin, and December definitely had that. I think that’s what I like most about Lydia Michaels’ books. I don’t feel like I’m reading some fantasy. She doesn’t write feel good, sappy romance. She writes about real life issues. She doesn’t rely on titillation to keep the reader turning pages. She gets into the gritty parts of a relationship. In other words, she paints realistic portrayals of people’s lives. Her characters’ relationships make sense because she writes such realistic characters. They’re flawed, and those flaws make the story that much more real and interesting. Romance is only as compelling as the people involved in it. And Lydia Michaels writes some of the most compelling characters I’ve ever read. I am anxiously awaiting book 3 in this trilogy. I can’t wait to see how this relationship evolves. A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection
Neither Cord nor Austin has forgotten Ember, and each is calling and leaving her voicemails every day, sometimes multiple times a day. But, she's been hiding out at her parent's place, trying to figure out what to do with herself. Although she's happy to know Austin is finally working on fixing himself, she can't seem to get past her guilt for having cheated on Austin, regardless of whether he pushed her toward Cord, insisted on her going to him. I was a little disappointed in her in Lost Together. She seems to take a huge step backward in her emotional and mental well being. She's feeling guilty unnecessarily and is acting weak and submissive. She's hurting both Cord and Austin with her silence and hiding, and making the whole situation that much harder on everyone. Not that Austin didn't deserve for her to leave him, but Cord didn't deserve it, and I found myself more than a little upset with her and with Austin both.
When the three finally come together toward the end of the book, it only brought up more questions and uncertainty and I was left feeling vaguely unsettled and feeling deeply for Cord. I felt as if both Ember and Austin had pushed him into something he wasn't ready for, let alone something he even wanted. I'm not sure how I feel about a threesome between the three, as it doesn't seem balanced, with Cord sort of on the outskirts of a marriage and being in love with both of his best friends. I would have felt better if Cord had initiated it, because frankly, Austin and Ember initiating this strange new relationship feels like Cord is being set up for major heartbreak in the future if either Austin or Ember can't handle what's happening between the three.
Ugh! I'm so on the fence now, I want to give this 5 stars because I'm so addicted to this whole journey between the three, but yet, I can't honestly give it 5 stars because the first half was a little slow and I felt that Ember didn't act like the strong woman she was in Forfeit. And Austin, don't get me started on him. He bugs the crap out of me and if he hurts Cord in Atonement more than he already has in Forfeit and here in Lost Together, I'll probably reach through my Kindle and junk punch him! I don't like him at all, and that's probably the main reason I can't give Lost Together 5 stars. Hopefully he'll redeem himself in Atonement and I'll go back to loving this threesome.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book that I received through NetGalley.
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