I like Greer Galloway. She’s an okay character. She’ll do well as the First Lady (once she ever gets to fulfill the role). Her history(ies) with Ash and Embry were intriguing and their future will, I’m sure, be equally so.

But she’s got absolutely nothing on Embry Moore.

The history between Embry and Ash is the story I’ve been waiting for since Ash dropped the bombshell on Greer that Embry turned down his marriage proposal TWICE. The typical Arthurian legend retelling has Arthur and Lancelot competing for Guinevere’s affections. But I had a feeling this modern take would be anything but conventional, and I’m so pleased that I was right.

As fellow Army officers, as lovers, as best friends, Embry and Ash have always had each other’s backs. Their relationship, no matter the form, has so much more depth than either man’s with Greer, simply due to time spent together. But they’re not competing for Greer, or against each other. The conflict is simply being together in a world that won’t always accept them when both men have much, much more significant roles to play. That makes for exciting storytelling, even without all the delightful sexy bits.

Like the first book in this series, the narrative bounces back and forth in time, moving forward the present-day action while also filling in important backstory. My only minor quibble about the plot is a major “too stupid to live” moment on Embry’s part because a character with his background should have known better. But the drama it creates is compelling, even if I did roll my eyes a bit because I saw the outcome from a mile away.

I try to break up books in a series when I read them so I don’t get burned out on the world. But there are exceptions, and this trilogy is one of them. Be prepared to want the next book right away when you finish. It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but it does end on a pivotal moment in these character’s lives. And I was only satisfied once I read Ash’s story immediately after.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

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