Primal Passion (Book 2)
I abandoned the first book in this series at about 70%. The three-way arranged marriage via secret society concept intrigued me. Unfortunately, the book used it more as an excuse for three characters to launch immediately into sexual escapades without any personal connection. By the time the external plot showed up, I didn’t care about any of the characters and called it a wash. However, the series premise still intrigued me, so I decided to give the next book a chance.
For multiple reasons, including a prior friendship between two of the characters, the relationship worked much better for me in this story. Even the characters themselves were much more developed and appealing as individuals I could root for. I should note, however, that the evolving friendship between the two men, Gunner and Price, was more engrossing as a relationship arc than the clichéd insta-love both men have for Deni.
And I suppose the Trinity Masters must be on to something because these three’s combined lives set off a chain reaction of events for the external plot that was both believable and interesting, playing to and relying on the strengths of each character. Overall, a decent blending of story and ridiculous threesome premise, and I’m willing to give the next book a shot based on the short epilogue in this one.
Rating: 3.5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.
Scorching Desire (Book 3)
Finally, a book in this series that lived up to the premise of a romantic thriller combined with unique ménage relationships, rather than the authors using one of those to drag the other along and hoping for the best.
Unlike the first two books, which jumped into the ménage marriage and sexy bits without a chance to get to know any of the characters (and then remembered that there should be a bit more of a plot later in the book), this one immediately starts with a plot that threatens the Trinity Masters secret society. As a bonus, we meet the characters on a more individual level. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that, as a result, I liked Tasha, Marco, and Damon a lot more than their predecessors.
The boys still verged on a bit of “insta-love” with Tasha, but it developed while all three were thrown into dangerous and intimate (for multiple definitions of the word) scenarios than tend to bind people together regardless. Overall, this was definitely Tasha’s story, and she more than deserved her happy ending.
I’m now much more optimistic about this series and looking forward to finally connecting with the head of the secret society in the next book.
Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.
Note: I abandoned book 4 at 30% read. I will not be continuing this series.
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