Runaways: Reverse Harem Romance (The Challenge Book 3) Kindle Edition
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I mentioned this earlier but one thing I love about this series is how it's set in a situation that could really happen. Not to me, but it's believable. Put five guys and a girl on an island stranded and yea, there's gonna be some hookups. There will be some squabbles between the men. Not everyone will be happy and content all the time and that's real. Lily gives us all of that. Even in book two when we were back in the real world, we got real drama. That continues on into book three.
At the end of book two I was left a little worried. Things were getting a little dicey with certain characters. I'm glad to say that got settled first off so we didn't have to dwell on it. We pick up some extra drama with big brother Paul in this one though. He's taken a special interest in Olivia's relationship with her men. He's not scared to speak his mind on it either. While he is very outspoken and can be a little rude at times, I have to say I have a soft spot for him.
We get a couple surprises in this book. Some things I didn't see coming and a couple I sorta thought might happen. And Holy Hell that ending. I seriously messaged Lily when I finished and was all Why Woman?!?! February can't get here soon enough.
As with the other two books in this series, we get lots of sexy times. Super, intense, hot sexy times.
My reaction to this book changes by the moment depending on what page I am talking about. It may be my favorite book in the series. I may be unbelievably upset with it. I will do my best to cover both sides equally and fairly. This won't give details but could be a spoiler. Please stop reading now if you don't want to take the chance.
Positive: The sense of fun that was missing a little in book 2 is back. The Challenge captured my attention in book one as a fun adventure. Fun, fun, fun. Even with the lost boat mishap and danger it was exciting, adventurous, and enjoyable. Book 2 lost its momentum. This book recaptures the magic and it's even better this time around because the characters are committed to one another. There's a true bond between the men as brothers and between the men and Olivia. There are love and friendship, respect and understanding. The heat between Mason and Olivia finally exploded, Henry's kink, Raul's playfulness, Evan's intensity, and Lucas's sensitivity are all highlighted. This part of the harem story is ideal. Africa serves as a great setting. It's hot, deadly, raw, and beautiful.
Negative: Paul. Yes, it was obvious how it was going to play out but I hate how we got there. Olivia made a bad choice. As far as I am concerned she cheated. I feel that she cheapened herself in the process. I liked the connections she had with the others because they felt emotional. Yes, that led to great, steamy sex, but it started out with a bond first. Paul was insulting and suspicious. He has never claimed to really care for her. She respects his doctoring. LUST. It looks like she can't be satisfied by 5 incredible men whom all love her, she has to have another because she acts on lust now?! Eventually, they will take turns in the real world; when she gets a good haircut, has a great waiter, goes to a pain-free dentist does she take all of those men too? I know I am being ridiculous and I'm exaggerating but could she not manage to control herself to talk to her men? How would she have felt if they decided, "Hey Anya is a great girl, she's one of us now!" No respect or consideration for her guys. I'm also having an issue with Henry and Evan. The little dance they are doing with one another and not talking about it with Olivia is also not harem-friendly. I'm all for a little M/M (I realize that we aren't there yet, but something is happening) but if they keep it hidden and the relationship separate from Olivia that is not cool with me. The harem revolves around love and consideration, not secrecy and selfishness and both of these relationships within the harem are upsetting to me with the way they are being handled.
The positives outweigh the negative and I did enjoy this book. Plenty to celebrate! I look forward to continuing this adventure. I'm hoping for more guy time the next book. Evan, Henry with Olivia, the domination and kink, the M/M factor is hot! Lucas with his blend of innocence, pure adoration for Olivia, and that something uniquely Lucas makes his every scene special. Mason and Raul both bring the passion. (I'm ignoring Paul. He'll get his whether I want him to or not.) Stowaways is next up and I plan to dive in right away!!
The writing was well done and extremely visual in all aspects, and I look forward to book 4, though I now have reservations to what is happening. Hopefully with the next book my thoughts can change, especially with the cliffhanger that the reader is left with on the final pages. check out my complete review at underthebookmark.com
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