Theirs to Take by Laura Kaye
LGBTQ Contemporary Romance
Hartley Farren is in a bind after a killer storm damages her catamaran — her only source of income. When she meets Jonathan Allen and Cruz Ramos she’s unbelievably grateful that they’ve agreed to work on her boat. But the more time Hartley spends with Jonathan and Cruz the more she finds herself attracted to both of them. Jonathan and Cruz have been best friends for a long time, served in the military together, and enjoy their evenings at the BDSM club, Blasphemy, where they share partners. Cruz has been in love with Jonathan for a long time but he believes Jonathan is straight and wouldn’t be interested in a long term relationship. However, Hartley might just be the woman to bring them together for good.
So in all honestly, ménage romances are really not my thing but I’m a die-hard Laura Kaye fan and I’d read anything she writes. I’ve really been enjoying this series and Theirs to Take was a great addition even if it’s a bit outside my wheelhouse. Most of the story takes place outside the Blasphemy club and instead involves the characters exploring their relationship in “the real world” and there’s just one scene at the end where Hartley gets the club experience. One of the things that continues to impress me is how well Kaye weaves together the erotica side of the story with the regular lives of the characters. In terms of my enjoyment, I think that made a big difference because I came to fall in love with the characters for who they were and I could see how they’d formed a true relationship not just had some fun in the bedroom.
I liked Hartley from the very beginning, she just has a really genuine way about her; she’s a hard worker, smart, and she never gives up. She’s never been in the BDSM lifestyle but she’s very open-minded and knows about her friend’s involvement in what turns out to be the same club as Jonathan and Cruz. Hartley was really honest with herself as she considered the possibility of being with two men and once she makes her decision she goes all in. I don’t know if there’s a usual “format” for ménage books but I’m glad that even though Hartley meets and clicks with Jonathan first she comes into the relationship on equal footing with both men. Hartley really becomes the connection that allows Jonathan and Cruz to finally admit their feelings for each other and realize what they truly wanted for the long term.
“More and more she resolved to take a leap — and to hope they caught her. Both of them.”
Both Jonathan and Cruz were great heroes and each one brings something different to the relationship. Jonathan comes from a loving, hippie family, and he’s open, charming, and friendly with everyone. On the other side, Cruz is a bit more reserved and intense and he struggles with keeping his bisexuality a secret from his very religious family. It’s clear how much Jonathan and Cruz care for each other so it’s a little surprising that after all this time they’ve never crossed any sexual lines with each other. If there was one part I found a little unbelievable, it was this because it seemed like Cruz and Jonathan knew everything about each other but they didn’t know this. Hartley’s complete acceptance of both men really helps cement the bond between all three and though they know a relationship will be hard they don’t want to be apart.
Of course given the content, this read was off the charts on fire as these three explore each other. With Hartley’s inexperience with ménage à trois and D/s relationships they start out a little slow at first but things quickly move along. Jonathan and Cruz might be dominants but they’re incredibly caring and sweet with Hartley and she’s open to everything their relationship could be. I did end up liking a book focused on three people in a relationship more than I expected, but I don’t think I’ll be reading any more ménage books unless it’s a part of a series I’m reading. It’s hard to pinpoint an exact reason, but I think I just prefer the focus on two people rather than three because I feel less divided in attention.
Note: The ebook edition I got had some bonus content at the end meaning the actual story ended at about 65% in.
4 out of 5 stars
Tags: BDSM | Friends First | Menage
Best friends Jonathan Allen and Cruz Ramos share almost everything—a history in the Navy, their sailboat building and restoration business, and the desire to dominate a woman together, which they do at Baltimore’s exclusive club, Blasphemy. Now if they could find someone who wants to play for keeps…
All Hartley Farren has in the world is the charter sailing business she inherited from her beloved father. So when a storm damages her boat, she throws herself on the mercy of business acquaintances to do the repairs—stat. She never expected to find herself desiring the sexy, hard-bodied builders, but being around Jonathan and Cruz reminds Hartley of how much she longs for connection. If only she could decide which man she wants to pursue more…
As their attraction flashes hot, Jonathan and Cruz determine to have Hartley for their own. But the men’s erotic world is new and overwhelming, and Hartley’s unsure if she could really submit to being both of theirs to take…forever.
Published by Laura Kaye on September 26, 2017
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