Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Table for Three

Title: A Table for Three
Author: Lainey Reese
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-60504-987-8
Genre: [M/F/M] Contemporary BDSM
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Riley Ramirez has wanted to move to New York for years and when her employer had an opening in the city she loves, Riley jumped at it. She always knew moving to the city of her dreams would change her life; she just never expected it to happen on her first night on the town. She manages to get inside a nightclub owned by Kincade Marshall and when they meet, it’s instantaneous and explosive. Riley has no idea her new lover is a Dom and that he’ll require complete submission from her, even to the point of accepting his best friend Trevor into their bed.

What Riley doesn’t know is that Cade and Trevor always share their women and it won’t be any different with her. They’ve been looking for their one special woman for years and it only takes one night together for the men to know that woman is Riley. While they work to convince the skeptical Riley that they want her forever, someone else is plotting behind the scenes to eliminate her and Cade and Trevor don’t figure out the danger until it’s almost too late.

A Table for Three is the first release in a new series New York by Lainey Reese. The story is well constructed and fast paced from the first page to the last. Riley, Cade and Trevor have fantastic chemistry together from the very start: they’re intense, passionate and the sex is blistering hot and frequent.

Doms Cade and Trevor know from the first night that Riley is the one woman meant to be theirs and they set about convincing her during a two week trial period. Ms. Reese did a great job expressing Riley’s often wide-eyed innocence and her willingness to jump in and trust the two new men in her life. She did an equally nice job showing the men’s determination to show Riley they want her to stay. The sex may be frequent but they are also periods of fun together outside the bedroom: eating out, the theater, shopping and even just cuddling on the couch…they have fun together.

The danger revolving around Riley is well-written and creative, as is Cade and Trevor’s response to almost losing the woman they love. The character of the villain is equally well done, but I can’t say the same for the identity, since it was obvious before the first. A little too obvious, but her actions and volatile emotions were well written, and allowed the reader a good look into what made her tick.

My main concern is Riley and her without-a-thought willingness to engage in sex with a stranger in public and to get involved in a Dom/submissive relationship almost immediately. This young woman was supposed to have only two boyfriends in the past, and while she might not have been sexually satisfied with these men, her sudden acceptance of a different type of man (men) in her life seemed too fast. For a woman of her background, I would have expected more reluctance and uncertainty.

That being said, A Table for Three is a good introduction in this new series and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next release with Damaged Goods. This one involves Cade’s cousin Brice, a New York City detective. Take a look on Ms. Reese’s coming soon page for a short excerpt.

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