The way menage should be written – Nothing Between Us by Roni Loren #review

The way menage should be written – Nothing Between Us by Roni Loren #reviewNothing Between Us by Roni Loren

Series: #7 Loving on the Edge
Genres: BDSM Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Berkley on January 6, 2015
Pages: 464
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-half-stars  

The Delight

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.

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

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!

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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  • LOL I said much the same. This is so how menages should be written 🙂

    I usually hate covers like this but since they seem to tie in to the books they’ve worked for me for the most part and were pretty. This one missed on the pretty factor but at least it was significant to the story and not just a shoe. lol Interesting to hear she had trouble with one. Hadn’t heard that. Just figured it was the trend of if it’s erotic it’s got to have a “non-cover”

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Yep, menage isn’t easy to write, but Roni does a good job compared to someone else I just got done reading one from.

      The cover does relate to the story, but I am just not a fan of inanimate objects being used to interest us. Yep, she used an image for her man candy post and the owner of the image sued her. She took it down as soon as she knew but I guess that wasn’t good enough. She has some articles about it on her site…or did the last time I checked it. This is why I haven’t done any image like stuff much. I have to purchase everything and I get a little picky on how much and what I have to buy.

  • I loved this story too. The realism about the menage is what caught my attention too. LOL! Great quote pick.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Ha ha…we did pick the same quote. I had it bookmarked and everything 🙂 I love how much her writing has grown from book to book. And it seems more real to life than some of the other over the top menages. I can’t wait for Pike’s book!

      • Oh, yes, must have Pike! And did you see that she’s doing another in between novella before Pike’s book and a bonus novella with Pike’s book?

        • Shari Delighted Read

          Nope, I hadn’t heard that! Just got an email from Amazon letting me know she has a book coming out in July…July! I don’t to wait that long!

          • It was in her newsletter I think. I’ll have to hunt around.

  • karina

    A thousand times yes, Sophia Rose! Loren writes menage in the most gorgeous way. I didn’t expect her to do it in this book, especially after a short novella about her other menage in this series published just before this one so it was a lovely surprise 🙂 My other favorite menage s Soren, Kingsley and Nora from Tiffany Reisz because these three are so larger than life, complex and have their separate identities and lives that their pairing seem more like divine intervention than something based merely on sexual attraction 🙂 *sighs*

    • Shari Delighted Read

      LOL, I wrote this review Karina! Sophia also wrote a review for it too. We both love Roni Loren so much for her real world writing.

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