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Texas Tangle by Leah Braemel

Blurb:

Thanks to her cheating ex-husband and her thieving brother, all horse breeder Nikki Kimball has left is a bruised heart, an overdrawn bank account and an empty home. When sex-on-legs Dillon Barnett and his brooding foster-brother Brett Anderson start showing more than just neighbourly attention, Nikki is intrigued…and a little gun-shy.

Dillon and Brett have a history; back in high school, the two friends fought a bitter battle over Nikki. Now, ten years later, Brett still longs to be the man in Nikki’s life, but he’s determined to stand back and let Dillon win Nikki’s heart.

Society says Nikki must choose between the two men she loves. Is Nikki strong enough to break all the rules in order to find happiness?

My thoughts: 

Right. I don’t have a brother, so I’m not the most competent person to judge but I really had to wrap my head around the premise of the story. After the divorce of her husband Nikki takes her (selfish, lazy, spoilt and previously convicted) brother in to have company and to have someone to help around the house and stables. I’m all for loving your siblings, but such a blue-eyed opinion of her do-no-good brother is pretty hard to believe. Needless to say the brother does not live up to the unrealistic expectations, but empties her house and her bank accounts in a cloak and dagger operation while Nikki is absent for a few days.

This – in my eyes- absurd story is the beginning of “Texas Tangle” and it is all there is to the plot. The rest of the story is all about Nikki, her getting involved first with Dillon, then with Brett and then with both, the subsequent misgivings about a menage a trois and her final agreement to the arrangement. There can’t be said much more about the story, since the rest of it is mostly sex scenes. I had to accept the fact that Nikki and the two men had already been in love in High School, because there was no development of the relationship. Nikki had no home suitable to live in, Dillon took her in and they slept together more or less right away. With Brett is was slightly different, but even here the feelings were mutual and there from the start.

Everybody continuously  confirmed that they were not only crazy about the heavenly sex, but were lovers and friends as well, but there were not many scenes that actually supported this. They simply had great sex – and often –, with a couple of family dinners thrown in.

All in all I can recommend the story if you like hot guys, threesomes and books where the story does not distract you from the sex scenes. If you like it a little more complex, this might be not for you.

Title Texas Tangle
Author Leah Braemel
Publisher Carina Press
eISBN 9781426890376
Buy link Buy Texas Tangle
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The Bohemians by Sean Michael

Synopsis: Topaz  lives with his lovers Stephan and Leo. Stephan and Leo are soulmates, while Topaz is still looking for his other half. He’s found it in Quincy, however, Quincy doesn’t share well.

Review: This is another story in “Bus stories”. The Bohemians is the perfect title for this. Topaz is a weaver, Stephan a florist, Leo a glassblower, all are living happily together in a flower filled, almost dreamlike building. Topaz dresses very extravagantly, talks about flowers resonating with Quincy’s date of birth etc. It’s all very bohemian, indeed. After a bit of wooing with flowers he and Quincy get together and click beautifully.

When Quincy finds out about the true relationship between Topaz and his housemates, however, he draws a line. He’s a one man at a time guy and doesn’t share well. So he leaves. Topaz is devastated.

Sure, this is a dilemma for him. He loves his housemates, he loves Quincy, too. Quincy is his soulmate, but he isn’t willing to give up Stephan and Leo for him. Given his nature, he probably even couldn’t. He wants to please everybody, regardless of the consequences.

I’m not a fan of menage stories. It’s not that I have anything against menage per se, each to his own, but I rather read about a committed exclusive relationship. In this context the whole set up made sense to me, though. What I didn’t like was the somewhat condescending attitude of Topaz’ lovers, especially Stephan’s. To me he was the perfect example of someone who expects tolerance of his own lifestyle but wasn’t willing to show it towards others. He never even considered talking to Topaz to discuss his leaving them to be with his soulmate. Instead he expressed his lack of understanding of Quincy’s point of view. This intolerant attitude towards Quincy didn’t help anybody and on top of it lead to another unpleasant situation between him and Topaz. 

In the end one of them had to give in to find a solution for this and I’m not 100% sure I’m happy with it. It seems that an understanding had been reached, but the way it came about didn’t convince me fully. 

Available at Torquere Books