Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Book Length (Est.): 245 Pages
Astrophysicist Meredith Burke’s professional life is perfect. Her personal life is another story. Years ago, a menage with the man she loved and his roommate left her with a broken heart and a secret. She hasn’t trusted anyone since, but when she meets rugged hunting guide Charlie Connor she figures she doesn’t need to. He’s got “one-night stand” written all over him.
After one night with Meredith, Charlie needs more. She’s intoxicating, and shockingly willing to give him total control of her body. When she agrees to spend an entire week with him at the lodge where he works, it’s more than he’d hoped for. But Blaine Bridges, Charlie’s best friend and boss, has his own secrets.
Blaine hasn’t seen Meredith since that disastrous encounter eight years ago, but he still has feelings for her. Now she’s dating his best friend, the man he wants for himself. When Meredith invites him to join in their naughty play, his pleasure is all-consuming. But will the secrets they all hold close destroy a beautiful beginning or bring these three lovers closer than they ever imagined?
*I received this book free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*
This is the third book in Samantha Ann King’s Lovers and Friends series. There is reference to characters in the previous stories, but can be read as a standalone. I hadn’t read either of the first two books and did not feel lost, but it does make me want to go back and read the first two.
Meredith, no matter how old she is, covers her intelligence with a bubbling blonde routine in order not to scare men away. It’s the price of having any type of social life, because for some reason men don’t react well when they discover how smart she truly is. That all changes when she meets Charlie. He likes her just the way she is. And he proves that the night of their first date, during a game of pool.
Charlie agrees to Meredith’s ‘relationship’ terms, but he wants more, and he may be a lot of things, but quitter is one of them. When she agrees to stay a week with him, he’s ecstatic. That is until she arrives and meets his boss, Blaine, and the tension-filled bubbly blonde routine returns. It leaves his interest piqued, and not exactly in a good way.
Blaine and Meredith share history, one that is painful for her, and it puts space between her and Charlie. A space Charlie – and Blaine – want to fill. He would never make a move and risk his friendship with Charlie, but the desires Blaine has isn’t only for Meredith and his resistance is only so strong.
After fears are faced, confessions are made, and the strength to follow through on things they never planned has been achieved then unbreakable bonds are formed.
I really enjoyed this book. The only downside is the fact that it tends to jump forward between chapters, especially toward the end. It does wrap up all of the loose ends and when I finished I felt like the story was complete, even though I wanted to read more.
My Favorite Moment: I loved the ATV. It was the moment Meredith began coming to terms with who she was. Whether he realized it or not, it was an opening door for Charlie. And for Blaine, it was a tortured pleasure.
“She took her time with the button. She unzipped her fly even slower – tooth by tooth. He couldn’t think clearly enough to count, but there must have been a thousand.”
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