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Guest Review: Love Slave for Two: Reunions by Tymber Dalton

Posted October 9, 2012 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 1 Comment

Judith’s review of Love Slave for Two:  Reunions (Love Slave for Two #3) by Tymber Dalton

Nevvie and Thomas think Tyler is nuts for coming home with an RV and an even crazier plan to travel from Florida to Seattle. What could be better than a family vacation with two kids and Tyler’s father?  Perhaps finally putting the ghosts of Nevvie’s past to bed for good as she seeks answers to who she is.

She begins to seriously doubt the wisdom of their journey as mishaps seemingly pile up by the mile. And when a tropical storm and medical emergency add to the mix, she considers pulling the plug. By the time they reach Seattle, she endures almost more than her sanity can take, including a ride in a patrol car, a stowaway, and nonconsensual use of handcuffs.  And that’s before she’s given her mother a piece of her mind.

Through it all she’ll discover that sometimes the longest journeys, no matter how trying, are the ones that bring you closest to family—and home.

Having read the first two books in this series along with the prequel:  Love Slave for Two:  Beginnings which tells the story of Tyler Paulsen and Thomas Kinsey and their love affair that has grown into a committed partnership of nearly two decades.  The Triad of Tyler, Thomas, and Neveah (or Nevvie as she is called) has endured serious challenges from Thomas’ family–one of his sisters tried to take their first son away from them–and some occurrences that were life-threatening for each of them in three separate instances.  They have weathered loss and personal threats, put up with individuals who called their morality and fitness as parents into question, and challenges that drove them apart for short periods of time.  Yet their love for each other, their determination to be true to that love and commitment they had lived for years has enabled them to move forward.  Now it is time for Nevvie to find out some important information about the family that rejected her after adopting her.  She has suffered so much loss in her life and now she needs to put some of those ghosts to rest and reclaim her future unencumbered.

So Tyler, also known as Evil Genius to Nevvie and Thomas, decides that they are going to make Nevvie’s journey of discovery into a family vacation and begins by buying just about the largest RV out there.  The Triad, along with their two young sons and Tyler’s father begin their trek and it will turn out to be a doozy.

This is a book that explores the reality of living in close quarters, of enduring one another’s quirks, of putting up with strangers, difficult circumstances, Tyler’s not-really-very-good-RV-driving from time to time, and so forth.  It is a journey that takes Nevvie back to the people she loved and who abandoned her, of finding her step brothers again and renewing those friendships, of also finding new friends and discovering new depths of patience and love that can live through and possibly someday laugh about things and happenings that seem almost unendurable at the time.  It is also a story that causes an old terror to resurface and a new challenge that is totally unexpected in Nevvie, Thomas, and Tyler’s relationship.  Yet through it all is that sense that a woman who began with nothing, who cam into Tyler and Thomas’ life with nothing and no one who really cared about her has now found a wonderful marriage with her two men, sons who she adores, and a family that is expanding in unexpected ways.

Triad relationships are the subject of many romance novels these days, but I found this series to be wonderfully endearing, filled with people who were unique and whose personalities were never anything but real and gritty and down-to-earth.  As Ms Dalton has long resided at the top of my favorite author list, I am delighted when a new book of hers appears and this new addition to this series was more than welcome.  If you have not read any of Tymber Dalton’s books, you will find that there is always an honest component that explores the “underbelly” of human experience–the losses and griefs that plague all people.  So while there are really wonderful loving and erotic encounters between Nevvie, Tyler, and Thomas, there is sometimes that sense of hurt and deep angst that plagues one or the other and that these three have to find a way to work through.  This series is one of the most unusual threesome stories I have encountered and I continue to find their story fascinating.  If you like menage romance and are comfortable with the m/m/f kind of loving, then you really ought to look into this series.  This is a stand alone novel but it is made even more interesting and compelling if you have read the first two books and the prequel.  I look forward to the next chapter in the lives of these vastly interesting people.

I give it a rating of 4.25 out of 5

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This book is available from Siren Publishing. You can buy it here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

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Guest Review: Love and Brimstone by Tymber Dalton

Posted March 3, 2012 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Judith’s review of Love and Brimstone by Tymber Dalton

Ice queen Anastazia “Taz” Proctor is an aloof attorney, a “fixer.” Hunky Matthias Hawthorne wants her for more than just an employee…much more. Will she believe him when he reveals their shared secret—that they’re vampires, but that it’s not the way Hollywood portrays them? Maybe not, but with someone out to kill her, she might not have a choice. She also can’t ignore what her body tells her about her handsome boss.

An escape with Matthias to the safe refuge of Yellowstone National Park leads Taz to discoveries about her lineage and what she can do with her newly awakened powers. Even more disturbing is her unexplainable attraction to Matthias’s handsome cousin, Rafael.

Time grows short as a traitor in their midst makes another attempt on Taz’s life. Will she and Matthias survive when they’re caught in a vicious showdown between Love and Brimstone?

Who would have believed that there was another creative “take” on the old vampire legend? Well Tymber Dalton has come up with one and it’s a complete retelling of the vampire realities. It is also the story of one young vampire female who has been cared for and protected by an ancient vampire, Matthias, for whom this young female is a soul-mate and whose powers are beyond belief. She is probably one of the most powerful to come along in centuries. Because of that her life is in danger and she stands in the way of serious harm unless she is trained quickly to withstand the scrutiny of the vampire council and the attacks of those who would take her for their own purposes.

Since Tymber Dalton is one of my favorite authors, it was not stretch for me to read this new book and to enjoy immensely. I had not read a vampire story for quite some time so that attraction was there for me as well. The story begins slowly and fills in the early days of Taz’s life, one that is protected and shaped by a loving man who has come into her life as her parents’ attorney, house steward, and her “nanny” of sorts. Because of her parents’ careers that take them out of Taz’s life most of the time, this loving old vampire becomes a father to her and eventually the only family she has after the death of her parents, a death that eventually becomes seen as more than just an accident. Taz is now a grown woman, an attorney of note, and one that is valuable for her skills in the law. Yet Matthias wants her, not just for her legal prowess, but because he has loved her long. Circumstances conspire to force Matthias to reveal her true nature and the extent of her powers.

This is anything but a simplistic novel and doesn’t have vampires going around biting each other and seeking blood sources. It’s waaaaaay different from that. But it is set in a time when the various “families” of vampires must work together to still hide the longevity and extraordinary powers of vampires from the human population, even though there are those who want to use those superior powers to take over the world. (One can’t really have vampires without a little world domination in the story.)

I found the story compelling, even though it did indeed start out slowly and for a time I wasn’t really sure where the title came from. Eventually it all began to work together, and as this is a novel that was previously published by another publisher under a different title and has now been extensively revised, I think readers can be delighted that they are experiencing a new story in most aspects of the novel. It is the first in a series, and while I have no prior knowledge of how extensive the series will be, the second story–Brimstone Blues– has already been released.

There’s lots to like here: vampires and many of their usual abilities, a different and creative look at vampires from what has been written in lots of paranormal novels, and a love story that is very emotional and yet there are hitches and twists that are unexpected. As always, Ms Dalton writes excellent erotic romance, but the sex and loving never take over the story. It is a novel that is very entertaining and a treat for the libido as well. Yet all in all, it is a fine piece of writing and is a story that will hold the reader’s interest. I don’t read lots of vampire stories because I find that some of them really get so far out that I lose interest before it is all over. Here there is that smack of realism that makes one wonder if they are really “out there” and we just don’t know about it.

This novel has it all: good story line, strong characters that are believable and who have all the bumps, bruises, and bunions of real people, good story action and some thrills and suspense thrown in, and all is tied up in a novel that is beautifully written. What more can a reader want?

I give it a rating of 4.5 out of 5

You can read more from Judith at Dr. J’s Book Place

This book is available from Siren Publishing. You can buy it here in e-format.

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