This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: BDSM Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on January 6, 2015
Roni wrote a book with heart. A voyeur who turns into lover to a Dominant who is bi-sexual. This isn’t all about double-penetration which menage seems to have become. This is more real to life as I would expect a menage to be. Throw in some suspense, deep thoughtful problems and sexy love scenes. This book will rock your world.
I have read a lot of menage books. Sometimes its because I want sexy moments with two men loving a woman. Sometimes I just want to read something that I have no knowledge of or care for. Sometimes its just a review request and it feels like an obligation. Roni Loren portrays her menages in a what I would say is a more realistic manner. Nothing Between Us is more what I would expect from a menage relationship. It’s not all sweet nothings and fall into life like it is a fairytale. This is more real life and I appreciated that aspect.
Georgia deals with severe anxiety disorder brought on by an obsessive boyfriend and can’t leave her house without so much stress. When she discovers her guest bedroom has a view right into her neighbors bedroom, she feels bad, but she can’t stop watching. Hidden behind a window, she watches Colby behind binoculars as he lives out some wild sexual situations that dreams are made of. Dominating men and women lovers, Colby knows he is being watched. The voyeur and the exhibitionist.
While Georgia is trying to overcome her fears, her ex-boyfriend is being tried for murder. Georgia left town, changed her name and is trying to overcome her fears so she can move back to Chicago and testify. While she feels guilty for spying on Colby, she can’t risk getting attached to anyone or she won’t go back to testify, her ex will get off and she will never be able to live her life without fear.
Colby is a dominant male who has come to terms with his sexuality and loving both women and men. He has gotten to the point in his life where he’s ready to settle down. As a high school counselor, her keeps his private life private. When a boy is being bullied, he comes to talk to his normal counselor who is out of the office. A brief conversation between the boy and Colby leave Colby open to being a scapegoat when the kid tries to commit suicide and the parents want someone to blame. Put on suspension pending and investigation, he knows his past will rear its ugly head. Colby was once a country music singer. When the band found out about his sexuality, he decided it was time to leave. He goes back to school to become a music teacher where he connects with a troubled teen who had a lot of talent. Keats, the teen, had a very bad home life. Lost and confused Keats makes a pass at Colby only to have Colby turn him out. No where to turn, Keats runs away leaving more questions than answers in his wake. This drives Colby to resign and go back to school to get a counseling degree.
Drowning his sorrow in alcohol, Colby takes a walk and a blast from the past hits him in the form of Keats, now all grown up living on the streets. Taking in a reluctant Keats, Colby also starts a relationship with Georgia. They all think there is an expire date on the fun times, except Colby wants more.
Through it all, real life keeps their feet on the ground. Georgia overcoming her fears and ready to move home, Colby dealing with the investigation and fear for his future, and Keats coming of age with no idea of how to move forward with his future. Each one has a relationship with the other and amongst themselves. While they do have group sex, they each connect individually with each other. Colby with Georgia. Georgia with Keats. Keats with Colby. Each facing fears, rejection, confusion over sexuality.
Georgia grew stronger and came to grips with her submissive side that made her stronger, not weaker. Colby grew more in his confiction he wanted a family, not more one night stands. He wants strong partners, but also deals with guilt on falling in love with a former student who is well into adulthood. Keats grows stronger in his confidence in his own sexuality that he has questioned for years. He realizes he loves women, but he also loves one man, Colby. These two worked so well together once they got past all their shit.
[quote]She lifted her head and brought her face close to Keats. “I think we’re done with the movie night.”
“Yeah?” Keats asked, his voice strained.
“Yeah.” She stroked him gently through his pants and put her mouth to his, letting the pent-up desire she’d been feeling for him from the very start pour into a slow, rolling kiss.
Colby’s mouth touched the back of her neck, his hands sliding over her waist, and it was done. The three of them.
No more lines in the sand. No more pretending.
They were all tumbling into the churning ocean together. Not a life raft in sight. p. 261 Georgia, Keats, and Colby from Nothing Between Us [/quote]
There is a quick additional story at the end of this one for Hawk and Chris, Hawk’s girlfriend. We were introduced to Hawk in Wyatt and Kelsey’s story were a confused college football player, Hawk, was coming to terms with his masochistic submissive side. Hawk comes clean to Chris about his feelings and Chris loving him is learning to be the Domme he needs. Through their short story, Hawk is spiraling downward in his humiliation of being a submissive but a bad ass on the football team. He starts to treat his love for Chris carelessly and she must go to drastic measures to prove her love and her dominance of him.
I am going to bring up one thing about this entire series I don’t like at all. Covers. The cover art just doesn’t grab me or make me want to read them. I know from reading Roni’s blog that she had some legal over an image she used. So maybe this has bled into her book covers because they are just blah. It’s a good thing I like her writing or they would never make it onto my list to read based on the cover alone.
Most of Loving on the Edge books can be read as standalone books. They do reference previous characters and The Ranch, but overall, you don’t have to have read any of the previous books to understand this story. Each of the three main characters gets to narrate there own thoughts, so you aren’t left guessing what each one thinks. So jump right in and get started on this one!