Looking For It (Book 1)
I’m a firm believer that romance novels are for everyone, not just (straight) women. That said, sometimes it’s obvious who the intended audience of a book is supposed to be, which is the case for this title. It is blatant wish-fulfillment, utterly indulgent, and honestly: There’s nothing wrong with that either. Just know going in that this book is 99% focused on the female point-of-view character and her, ah, satisfaction.
Sadie is a lovely character, however. For a novel on the shorter end, Lindt packs in a ton of conflict related to Sadie’s love life and professional life, with bonus scenes dedicated to her circle of strong friendships with nicely-developed secondary characters.
The two men in this menage romance are already dating, and it’s clear from the beginning that there will be no angst over Sadie picking one over the other. Instead, the interpersonal conflict relates more to Sadie accepting the possibility of a polyamorous relationship, which is a nice change of pace. I might have preferred a few scenes from either Jax or Grayson’s point of view as well because some private discussion on their end would have made this menage feel more balanced rather than entirely focused on Sadie.
I do look forward to checking in on these characters as I read further in the series.
Waiting For It (Book 2)
This book does a much better job than the previous of fleshing out all three primary characters, and not just because we met Anne and Chase in the first book. Even Luke springs to life through Anne’s point of view, and this character development made me better appreciate the multiple relationship arcs for it.
In this case, what also helps is that the two men story are not already in a committed relationship with each other (though they do have a history). Half the fun of menage books is watching FOUR relationships develop (between each of the three characters and the group as a whole). Unfortunately, because of how Chase and Luke are both so focused on Anne, this book strikes me as more of a polyamory story that happens to include everyone at once rather than a true “menage” story. While I appreciate that this book’s drama doesn’t focus on Anne having to “choose” between either man, I feel like I’m missing out on how Chase and Luke grow closer together, which is only hinted at in the text.
Lindt continues to do an excellent job with the non-relationship conflicts included in the story. Even the tech jargon is accessible without being unnecessarily dumbed down, and I enjoyed solving the mystery along with Anne and Luke. Ultimately, this story includes multiple happy endings to be satisfied by.
Asking For It (Book 3)
Once again, the third book in this series features a lovely and solid romantic arc between the main character, Lyn, and two love interests. Though the first time they come together involves all three characters, most of the book is dedicated to Lyn exploring potential relationships with Kingston and Owen individually. But because of developments within Kingston and Owen’s friendship off-page, I was frustrated that I only felt like I was only reading half (two-thirds?) of the complete story.
In any other book, the story might have only involved Lyn and one of the guys. At worst, it might have involved Lyn and both men, except with the angst about choosing one over the other. This book is supposed to be wish-fulfillment, and I understand the narrative limitations of showing only the events possible from the first-person perspective. But I do want that last piece of the puzzle to solidify the happily ever after.
Ironically, none of this book’s “external” conflict would have occurred without the two men’s presence in Lyn’s life. A few moments stuck out as a bit contrived, but overall, this was still a satisfying story for readers only concerned with Lyn and who aren’t necessarily interested in seeing story elements that don’t involve her.
I currently have no plans to finish reading this series. However, I am not averse to checking out other books by this author in the future.