May 22, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Honey Red by Liz Crowe

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Honey Red by Liz Crowe



Publication Date: Dec. 30, 2012
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Standalone
Source: Bought for Nook

DeeJay's Rating: 4/5 STARS
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Two men suffering from visible and invisible wounds meet by chance circumstance.

Nick Traynor and Ian Donovan spend a lot of time and effort keeping it very hot, only physical, and purely superficial. But when their resolve starts to slip, a woman is tossed into their midst.

Hannah Williams wants nothing more than to do her job until something better comes along, but is forced to own up to her visceral reaction to Ian, her new boss, and later to Nick, his sometimes lover.

Lust has a funny way of turning into companionship, and eventually evolving into a deeper connection. Faced with the internal and external complications of their potential three-way relationship, they begin to heal and trust, to consider that it might work. Then life tosses them a hardball, forcing them back into their respective corners, where each must choose what is most important.

Three people determined not to commit, thrown together by fate and undeniable attraction--their nights heat up and emotions run high in spite of a claimed mutual desire to "keep it simple." In the process of honest self-discovery, can they learn that while love is never simple, it is definitely worth fighting for? (Goodreads)

Call me a freak, but I knew I would like this book. Yeah, the menage was fun to witness but there was an actual plot filled with real emotions and drama. That's so important in a book like this, and the author  got it right.

Ian is the first character we meet and I liked him from the jump. At first he seems very aware of his weaknesses and his strengths, but of course, as the book wears on, we find out he doesn't know himself all that well at all. The only thing he is sure about is that he is bi-sexual. I will be honest, I don't believe in bi-sexuality. Either you're gay or you're not. Not that I care either way. But if I was ever convinced that someone could truly be bi-sexual, Ian would have convinced me. I really believed he loved both Nick and Hannah with all of his soul.

We meet Nick next, an ex-marine who was gravely injured on the battlefield. I won't tell you his injury. That's half the drama. But you find out pretty early on what it is so your curiosity will be quelled within a short time. Nick is very complicated, but understandably so. I loved him even though he frustrated me to the point of banging my Nook against my head a few times.

Hannah had her own set of issues, but none as grave as Ian and Nick's to me. I liked her, but I felt she wasn't as special as Ian and Nick thought she was. I guess the appeal of Hannah was that she fit into their lives so perfectly and adapted to them and their complications with ease.

I think the author threw the perfect curveball into the story. I kind of expected it, but that didn't make it any less dramatic when it happened. And it had to happen because it was the only way to truly test the parameters of their relationship with each other.

The ending was all a bit too tidy for me. I like endings that tie up all loose ends but leave you with the promise of drama and chaos to come. Not necessarily with another book, but just so in my mind I know that these characters don't really think things are about to be this happily ever after forever and ever. But overall, good read that I blew through in a couple of days. I would recommend it to adults only, of course. But you have to be down with reading about threesomes and gay-lovin'. If you are, then this book is worth the time!

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