Afternoon Delight: Forever Starts Tonight by Roni Loren

Afternoon Delight: Forever Starts Tonight by Roni LorenForever Starts Tonight by Roni Loren

Series: #5.5 Loving on the Edge
Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Intermix on September 16, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-half-stars  

She heard our cry and responded!!! As soon as I set down Melt Into You, second book of the Loving on the Edge series, I was satisfied as all get out with the happily ever after for the threesome- Jace, Andre and Evan, but at the same time, I greedily wanted to know ‘okay they’re together, but what now? They’re a threesome. How is it going to work?” Many asked the same question including the author herself so voila! We have our follow-up in this novella-length piece that explores those questions and gives some tender, passionate and melt me with happiness answers.

“Best. Kidnappers. Ever.” She looped her arms around his neck. “I might have to develop Stockholm Syndrome and stay with you forever.”

Jace peered down at her, that soft expression moving over his face again, and he kissed her forehead. “Forever’s exactly the idea, Ev.”

Something in her loosened further and she curled against his chest, content. “Forever could work.” Loc 60% Evan to Jace, Forever Starts Tonight

The novella does assume that the reader is familiar with the characters and the Loving on the Edge world gleaned from previous books, but I suppose in a pinch it can be read out of order if you’re just looking for something fast and hot. My recommendation, as it generally is, lends toward read in order of the series or at least read book two before diving in (truthfully, I’m being a hypocrite here b/c I totally have been reading this series out of order with the exception of this one- I read it behind book two that intro’d these characters).

The story opens with our threesome about a year after the end of Melt into You when they came to an understanding and commitment to come together. The love and longing are still there as well as their kinky passions, but other considerations are starting to rise. Evan and Andre bump into Andre’s ex-fiance at a wedding and it pushes Andre to consider with bittersweetness what they have all given up- normal family events like a wedding, white picket fence, parenthood, and societal approval- to be together. Evan gets her wake up call when she suspects that she might be pregnant. It brings out all her old fears that when things get real, she’ll be left behind picking up the pieces.

Jace senses that things are not so solid in his relationship when he listens and observes both his lovers. He needs to do something fast if he wants the cracks he sees not to widen. If things are tough with a couple, it is even more complicated with a threesome. He uses his natural quick thinking and spontaneity to make arrangements to take his man and woman away and prove to them that their love is strong and they all belong together. In the end, the pleasure, the passion and just the time spent alone will work its magic.

“They really could be anything they wanted to be with each other. There was no need for walls when someone wholly accepted you. And if he had any doubts before, he didn’t now…The three of them were each other’s safe place. Three strange, quirky people who somehow found a relationship that fit just right.” Loc 79% Andre, Forever Starts Tonight

This novella is so impactive. I love how so much is squeezed into such a small space. The character development and relationship are key. The narration gave all three perspectives and I was immersed in their characters while they engaged with each other. The introspection is handled with balance so that I had their thoughts without feeling stuck in their heads. They all had their vulnerabilities even big bad Dom, Jace. The story plays to their vulnerabilities, but also their strengths. It’s tender and sweet, but also flips the switch into erotic heat too. The reader is reminded just how fun and raw their kinky passion can get particularly when they have Grant’s private cabin in the mountains as their playground.

Love these three together and that epilogue left me with the hugest grin. The novella totally covered all my needs in a follow-up and I really appreciated learning Jace’s witchy ex’s fate after what she pulled against him and his lovers. I’m so appreciative for this peek-in that settled me about where things are going for these guys.

For those that need to know, it is on the lighter end of BDSM D/s stuff, but it does have some scene-ing that include kidnap and non-consent fantasies, again, minor, but there.

Wrapping it up, this is totally for fans of the series and the series is for those that enjoy scorching hot passion that also includes strong character and relationship development.

My thanks to Penguin Group and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

About Roni Loren

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Woot! Yay! I’m so glad. I really enjoyed these three too and it so worked without reading their story. Since, um, yeah I’m reading out of order myself on this one. lol

    • LOL! I know, I had to be careful about taking the high road when it came to reading order since I haven’t read two in sequential order yet. 😉 You’re right that there was probably enough backstory to keep up with what’s going on in this one. It was a well-written novella in that way.