Defying the Skies (Sequel to “Searching the Skies”)
by Thea Landen
Erotic Futuristic Romance
Publisher: Carnal Desires/Double Dragon Publishing
Release Date: July 15, 2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count: 27,000
Double Dragon eBooks: http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/single.php?ISBN=1-77115-116-1
In addition to her distinguished career with the Terran military, Commander Geneva Greyson has finally achieved harmony in her personal life. Her renewed relationship with her mother has grown stronger and she’s settled into a comfortable arrangement with the two men she loves. Marcus confesses a dark fantasy to her while she’s on leave from duty—not only does he have feelings for her, he’s developing an attraction to Ash. He begs Geneva not to reveal his secrets before Ash arrives to spend the weekend with them.
The officers return to their posts after a relaxing, decadent visit. They learn of a distressing event upon completing a week-long mission: A terrorist group has organized a strike and taken hostages in their efforts to attract attention to their cause. When Geneva discovers Marcus is listed among the missing, she disobeys her orders and sets out to join the reconnaissance team with Ash by her side. Will they find Marcus before it’s too late for him to affirm his desires?
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations (including m/f/m and m/m/f menage) and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
The smile faded from Geneva’s face. She slid closer to Marcus and rested her cheek on his shoulder. “Everything’s still…okay with all of us, right?”
“What do you mean?”
“I mean with you, and me, and Ash.” She struggled to find suitable words. “The three of us together. You’re still fine with the current arrangement?”
“And you’d tell me if you weren’t?”
Marcus inched his head back to look at her. “Geneva, other than some natural disappointment over not being able to see you whenever I’d like, I have no complaints. I’m satisfied with the way things are working out. In fact….”
She waited for him to finish his sentence. No further words were spoken. “Yes?”
“What is it?”
She propped herself up on her elbow. “You were going to say something else. Come on, you can tell me.”
Marcus stared straight up at the ceiling, avoiding her inquisitive gaze. “I’m not sure how to phrase this.”
“You’re not delivering a proposal to your colleagues at your company. Just say it already.”
He blew out a stream of air, ruffling the floppy hairs that crossed his brow. “You know how grateful I am that we’ve rekindled our friendship, and even moved on to something more. And through you, I’ve grown to know Ash better and consider him one of my closer companions, for obvious reasons.”
“A lot has happened ever since you first came back here. And whenever you’re gone, I have time to really think about the relationship between all of us and what it means.” He glanced up at her. “All good things, I promise.”
“I would hope so!” Geneva ran the back of her fingers along his arm in a reassuring stroke. “So what’s got you so tongue-tied all of a sudden?”
Marcus let out a second sigh. “A year ago, if someone had told me I’d be sharing my bed with another man every now and then, I would have said they were crazy. And I know we were all a little skeptical at first, but I really did just want to make you happy because I was terrified of letting you slip away.”
“I’m still not seeing what the issue is.”
“I’m trying, I’m trying. Bear with me.” He rubbed his eyes and covered his face with his hands. “I care about you, and I love how you make me feel, all the things you do to me. Then there’s Ash, who I’ve also developed some sort of intimate connection with, and he’s there with us in the heat of the moment, and….”
“We’ve always focused all our attention on you, and you on us individually, which is perfectly fine. As I said, I’d do just about anything for you. The look on your face when you’re with both of us is a substantial reward.” His eyes remained shielded from view. “That look is actually part of what’s been haunting me. I’ve watched the two of you together. When you’re clinging to me as he’s moving inside you, sheer bliss illuminating every part of your body…sometimes my mind just can’t help but wonder what….”
Realization set in as he trailed off. “You’re attracted to Ash.”
Let me preface the review with a couple of things: a) I really do like sci/fi, b) this is menage and yes, I stopped reading the sub-genre awhile back and c) I didn’t read the first book but this book can stand alone, in my opinion.
I know, I read another sci/fi book and I really enjoyed it. The world building was good and not overwhelming. There are no aliens or robots in the book; just real flesh and bone people. There is true conflict in the story and the resolution is swift and satisfying. The action is taunt, gratifying and thrilling. I really felt like I was right there when Geneva…oh wait, you need to read the action scenes. Sorry…almost a spoiler. 😉
Geneva is a sexy, tough but soft commander in another world. Falling in love with your superior is not what she had planned but it happened. Falling in love with your friend on your home planet…again, not expected. What I really enjoyed about the menage relationship in the book, there is no jealousy. Everyone is okay with the way things are going. Geneva has a relationship with both men, separately and then together. Ash and Marcus are comfortable in their relationship with Geneva and each other. Until Marcus starts feeling something more with Ash.
I know what you are saying…but the characters bi? Nope, not all. In fact, that’s what is so endearing about Marcus and Ash. Very male but at the same time attracted to each other emotionally and then physically. The scene above is touching and telling at the same time. Read it again and the menage comes together beautifully. One of the reasons, I stopped reading menage was because it wasn’t realistic enough for me. Someone always feels somewhat left out but with Ash, Marcus and Geneva no one gets left out and they talk about their feelings and what they want to happen between them. Its all about communication peeps.
While this is a sci/fi read, it has a contemporary feel to it. You don’t feel like that is too sci/fi to keep up with and you don’t need a map/list of characters to keep up with. Its a love story between three people that happen to live in a futuristic world.
I truly hope that Ms. Landen writes more of Ash, Marcus and Gevena’s story. I loved them all and I want more of them. 🙂
About the Author:
Thea Landen lives in New York with her husband and a variety of houseplants. A former educator, she strives to encourage creativity and passion in all those around her, and uses writing to help inspire. Though she reads and writes in nearly all genres, she has a special fondness for science fiction and fantasy and anything that pushes the imagination beyond its usual limits. When she’s not writing, or thinking about writing, her hands and mind are occupied by either yarn crafts or role-playing games.
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