Read my review of book 1, Three-Way Split.
Just Past Two (Book 2)
Even though I enjoyed the story, relationship, and writing in the previous book in this shared-world series, I didn’t rush right into book two. Based on the premise, I figured the “dark moment” would be fraught with a married couple experiencing jealousy and recriminations from opening up their marriage, and that wasn’t my jam.
I’m happy to say that the “dark moment” in this book had nothing to do with those themes. In fact, I enjoyed this book even more than my first foray into Winters’ writing. There is absolutely nothing sexier than a couple in love communicating their desires to each other, and this story has that in spades. In a book filled with plenty of sexy bits, my favorites were the ones that heightened the connection between the married couple (regardless of whether anyone else was involved).
This book is not a typical menage story by any stretch, and I hope readers find the relationship development in a couple who are already married and very much in love as satisfying as I did!
Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.
Three For All (Book 3)
This book dripped with potential clichés. Luckily, Winters did her best to handle all of them with a uniqueness that made for an entertaining read filled with characters I’d be pleased to call friends.
The first cliché is the most obvious: a married couple wants to spice things up by adding a third partner. Here, Winters uses characters introduced previously in the series by making the potential third a literal expert in polyamory (note that reading the previous books is not necessary to enjoy this one). The author also presents the married couple as an intelligent pair. That this includes a certain amount of emotional intelligence also prevents the resulting relationship arc from being too fraught with unnecessary angst.
I enjoyed this trifecta of love stories. The first two are Geoff and Patrick falling for Lori, but the evolving relationship between Geoff and Patrick is an essential third that makes this story so successful. The unexpected yet sweet ending makes this a solid non-traditional romance worth checking out for anyone who enjoys a good love story.
Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.