Arriving back in Seattle after five years, Jessilyn Franklin is done pretending she didn't want two men. She's done letting anything stop her from being with Adam and Mick, now back from the war and working at Twisted Steel, a custom hot rod and motorcycle shop. One night changes everything, but their relationship must strengthen to weather the storms they'll face as they make their way back to one another.
Themes: Contemporary, Ménage
Rating: 3.75 stars
So the final bad boy of the Ink and Chrome trio has found his HEA. It has been a long time coming for Mick and Jessi… AND Adam. I was a little bit surprised by this series in that in the beginning I thought it was just going to be an edgier than normal contemporary romance series, but as the stories progressed the series became darker and more erotic, more reminiscent of what I expect from Lauren Dane and I was thrilled by this progression. The previous two novels in the series were sexy, edgy, and beyond amazing, and I was so thrilled to learn that this book was veering even more off the mainstream and into a triad romance. You don’t see too many of these with the sexy alpha heroes being bisexual and the triad all being in love with one another. I have enjoyed learning about Mick gradually through his friends stories, but have been waiting impatiently for Mick’s story to finally arrive. That being said I was just the tiniest bit disappointed, to be honest. I enjoyed the story immensely, don’t get me wrong, but I suppose having them jump right back into each other’s arms, without truly talking about all their problems and the reasons they were apart for five years was a bit abrupt for my tastes. Mick was a great character, one that has accepted his mistakes, and to the best of his ability has grown past those issues, but in many other ways he is in serious need of grounding and support. Jessi was obviously one of those women that are too optimistic to ever let anything stand in her way. I could see she was the perfect mate for both Adam and Mick, but it would have been nice to see a bit more depth in her. Adam on the other hand was a bit of an ass sometimes, making decisions for both his lovers, good decisions yes, but leaving them out of those decisions is never a way to build a life together. Thankfully all three of them find just what they are looking for to complete themselves in their two lovers, making them truly a loving triad. Obviously none of them could ever have a relationship without the third of their group—there is no Mick and Jessi, Jessi and Adam, or Mick and Adam; Simply Jessi, Mick, and Adam. I am glad that these three find a way to be together despite everything between them, their families trying to pull them apart, and the traumas they have all faced in the past. The Ink and Chrome guys truly are a family and I wish the series were continuing and we could see some of the other of their friends finding love, but my understanding is this is the end. Another fabulous series from one of my favorite edgy and sensual authors.
*eARC provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review. No compensation was provided.