Lori Belcher is a complicated woman; she’s a teacher by day and a dominatrix by night. She’s also a woman who has tremendous secrets and has survived a couple of horrific events. These events shaped who Lori has become and have created “Soliel” a dominatrix in a legendary triumvirate of domes run by Oliver Holbrook, one of the most influential and powerful men in California.
Mac Jordan and Blake Shelton are partners in a security company and share Lori’s in a ménage relationship. Both men have let Lori set the rules for their relationship, which has resulted in the two alpha males acting as if they are subs. They share a history with Lori that goes back to the tragic events of her past. They also share a relationship with Oliver Holbrook; he’s been secretly advising them for years and is also a good friend.
The monster that brought Lori, Mac and Blake together is determined to ruin their lives and sets events into motion that threatens all of their secrets. Mac and Blake are determined to keep Lori safe at any cost.
Lori is an interesting heroine in this story, her determination to control all aspects of her life has colored her perspective on both what she needs and on what her men need. Lori has unresolved issues of guilt over the events of the past and regrets over what she feels she should have done differently. Lori has never told her men that she loves them and wants them in her life permanently, she has commitment issues. The author does a good job of using the events in the story to force Lori to face her fears and make uncomfortable decisions that eventually give her more freedom than she had ever envisioned and also give her peace in her relationships.
Mac and Blake have fears too, a fear that Lori will leave them and that they will have sacrificed everything in their lives for her. They fear that the media will expose all of their secrets and that more people will be hurt in the process. The author has done a good job with having Mac and Blake be a good support system for each other and in making their bond of brotherly love strong and secure which is what enables them to share Lori.
This was a good story and was easy to read. Ms. Willows did a good job with character development and in writing a story that dealt with some difficult topics. I was captivated by the elements of suspense that were added to the story and was able to sympathize with Lori’s pain and anger. The main focus of the story is the relationship between the three primary characters and the author did a good job of keeping the focus there. The secondary characters were well-written and made important contributions to both the plot and storyline; I especially liked Oliver Holbrook’s part in the story. I was happy with the story’s resolution and look forward to reading more of Ms. Willows’ work.
Book Blurb for Soleil
Genre: Contemporary Menage
Length: Short Novel
Lori knew their demons and desires, knew true horror firsthand. They’d shared the climatic point of that nightmare years ago.
It was an event that linked Lori, Mac, and Blake forever and eventually bonded them body and soul. The heart involved, the love was rarely mentioned. Saying it out loud threatened Lori’s control, and she was very much about maintaining control over every aspect of her life.
Blake and Mac have no problem placing control in her talented hands, in and out of the bedroom, especially in the bedroom...between them...safe, comfortable, and oh-so-hot. But the demon who brought them together now threatens the control upon which their bond was built and is now set to ruin everything they’ve worked to have and hide...and them along with it.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, menage (m/f/m).
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