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I like the playful tone – thanks to Asa and Javier – mixed with the nervousness and excitement in Drew as this story gets started.
It doesn’t take long before the kink kicks in. What I really like about this, though, is none of the three of them are over confident or free of worry. Drew knows he wants something but not exactly how to make that happen, make his fantasies become a reality. For Asa, fantasy IS becoming a reality and neither one feels right, not yet. Javier isn’t exactly sure how all of this may affect his and Asa’s relationship. So many questions.
Sometimes you don’t know what’s been missing until you see it. Or meet it. Or meet him, and want him.
Communication is vital. This is a large component of this story. Not that it always occurs when it should, or is carried out perfectly, with precision. This imperfection works to heighten the importance and impact of what is starting to happen between these three men. In other words, those dreaded (not really) things called feelings seem to be getting in the way. That’s Javier’s initial conclusion, anyway. Is it?
Oh, and did I mention the kink? Kinky activities take place in this story. Asa and Javier know what they’re doing, they’ve been in a long term relationship and most of that time has included these specific additives to their sex life, and relationship as a whole. Drew is beginning to understand how to translate his wants and needs into some of those same specific activities. They’re all struggling with their own personal uncertainties. Some of those uncertainties arise from the scenes they share with each other. We get to witness the process, including the emotion. So good.
As usual, the writing that results from this collaboration is fabulous. Yup. Rock and Henry get down to the human level, exploring through their characters. I felt included in a rather intimate way in getting to experience those discoveries.
A number of various toys and implements are used in their scenes. For me, there was one I’d never encountered in a story before. I’m sure it’s not new for some, but for me it was. I like being exposed to new things, if for no other reason that just to be aware, to have the knowledge.
All of the scenes felt real and not overly choreographed, making them warm with the discovery and enjoyment between the characters. Even when things don’t exactly go right, it’s not clinical or cold. As they learn together, the need and ability to share grows.
Rock and Henry are good with the one-two punch of heat and emotion. Intense and hot. And gentle, with patience, and all of these characters working to fulfill each other’s fantasies.
~ * ~ 4.5 stars ~ * ~
"Shepherd, Wisemen and The Little Drummer Boy – E.F. Mulder"
There are a lot of characters to keep track of right off the bat, some of whom don’t even appear on page, merely spoken of in conversation. My head was spinning, but I was, of course, determined to keep going.
The main characters that do share page time are in their early 30’s or older. However, all of them sound like adults still using and living with the brains of teenagers. Toss in an overall glaze of dialogue worthy of cheesy porn, and that’s the setting we have here.
There are some really good ideas in this story. Adults who all became a part of a great foster family as kids and teens, foster brothers missing and caring about each other, one of them finally home for good after ten years on active duty in the military, and a father wanting to remain a part of that family even after him being the cause for divorce. Unfortunately, the execution of these ideas is not as good. The hopes for this story take the shape of whining characters and dialogue filled with non sequiturs and overly dramatic, abrupt sentiments. Granted, this definitely happens in real life, but when you’re trying to tell a story, it doesn’t really work.
There are some good one-liners and exchanges in here. Unfortunately, as well, the reason these stand out is because they are surrounded by what feels to be someone’s interpretation of a supposedly dysfunctional family (I don’t think they are, actually) instead of real conflict due to mistrust and disagreement. It’s hokey drama
If you enjoy soap operas, you might enjoy this. Otherwise, it may just be frustrating and cause a head tilt here and there.
~ * ~ 2 stars ~ * ~
This review originally appeared on Prism Book Alliance
By: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock
Kinky, kinky and did I say kinky? Hide your candy canes! But that's about it. I didn't get any emotional connection between the established couple Asa and Javier and the addition of Drew as a third only seemed to cause them to question their relationship. I have nothing against 'play dates' and love reading a good BDSM a scene as well as ménage. I didn't get that here.
Asa and Javier have been in a committed relationship for eight years but can't or won't give each other what they need so occasionally they bring in a play date (third) for some fun. There were several reasons given about why they each needed a third that made it hard for me to accept a committed relationship and bringing in Drew, who Asa already had feelings for, only brought those problems to the surface. Drew, while being fully aware of his kinks was still a 'virgin' had a serious crush on Asa but was obviously willing to allow anything as long as he was included and wanted. I found him somewhat pathetic.
The BDSM scenes seemed more like to torture porn to me than a real scene as Drew was willing to allow anything and refused to safe word because he wants to be loved. Not good IMHO.
Shepherd, Wise Man, and the Little Drummer Boy
By: E.F. Mulder
A sweet yet clumsy attempt to create a ménage relationship. I enjoyed the made/blended family dynamic and there were some very sweet and humorous moments.
This is a new author and I can see some talent but this story needs some serious Editor guidance. With a professional doing some polishing, a few timeline corrections and hacking of unnecessary or confusing information this could be a very nice story.
All together I give the book 2 stars and am sorry I paid full price. Not worth the money.
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