Behind the Iron Cross

"Behind the Iron Cross" is a difficult book for me to rate. On the one hand, it's brilliantly executed, with absolutely no punches pulled, and everything falling together in a way that's breathtaking, in both wonderful and awful ways. On the other hand, this book was a bit too topical for me, considering the current political climate, and if it weren't for my trust in Nicola's ability to pull it off, I never would have picked this book to read.

"Behind the Iron Cross" dumps you in the deep end.

Friedrich is desperate for money to keep his family alive and so he is going to try to sell the only thing he has left of value: himself.

Kat and Sam are in Berlin to talk business. They're partners, lovers, and also fellow grievers for Kat's brother who was killed in the war. They're immediately drawn to Friedrich, but can their attraction overcome everything that stands between them? Past grief, current politics, patriotic pride, all the ghosts of those taken too early...

And that's just the start.

It took me a while to settle into the story, to trust that this could go somewhere I could see them having a happily ever after despite knowing that there's another huge war looming in the background.

Nicola managed the triple hat trick, the Hail Mary pass, the quadruple Lutz, the fill in your blank amazing feat.

I'm not going to sugar coat things. "Behind the Iron Cross" was not an easy read. I can't say I enjoyed it the same way I adore a cup of hot chocolate. However, it was devastatingly beautiful to watch these three people come together despite everything, all of them stunningly Good despite everything, and manage to cobble together a fairy tale out of what was and could be. Not to say that they didn't falter and that there weren't times when they acted all too human, but somehow they persisted and then they triumphed.

Book Blurb for Behind the Iron Cross

In the hedonistic wonderland of Cabaret-era Berlin…

…where money can buy you anything you desire…

…and love comes with a pink rose and a practiced smile…

The year is 1925, the Great War is over, and Berlin has become the manic playground of Europe’s elite. Against a glittering background of nightclubs and hot jazz, a sensual American heiress, a wounded playboy, and a desperate German army officer forge a decadent pact of pleasure. But their nights of uninhibited passion soon lead to a forbidden emotional connection, one that will threaten their future … and their lives.

MMF Ménage Romance

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2018 4.50