Crave Series, Book 1
Gay Menage Romance
Release Date: 05.24.19
Protection has its price, but so do fantasies…
Fantasy Week happens twice a year at Crave, and it’s always a big hit—a way to live out your wildest fantasy in a safe, sane, and consensual manner.
But when Cade comes in with his Fantasy Week invitation, he’s not happy about it. He’s stoic as hell and his preferences don’t seem to match his fantasy at all…and yet, despite that, he enjoys himself with Tegan and Vic. At least at first.
When it becomes glaringly apparent that the fantasy isn’t something Cade’s comfortable with, it’s confusing for the men he’s been paired with, and Tegan and Vic put a stop to the scene immediately.
What Cade doesn’t know is that Tegan and Vic are not only co-owners of Crave, but they’re also owners of a mercenary group, Gray Ops, that’s run out of Crave. They’ve also been circling each other for years… but nothing sparks until their session with Cade.
What happened in Room 4 is something none of the men can forget…but it’s got nothing to do with a fantasy and everything to do with blackmail. Can Tegan and Vic help Cade keep his secrets, while keeping all of them safe at the same time? Because the threatening to spill out aren’t only Cade’s…
*This series is set in the MEN OF HONOR world, in the bar called Crave from Bound By Honor
“Am I being chauffeured or can I take my own truck?” Cade asked as they walked out the back door of Crave, leaving behind Oz’s yells of “I can’t promise what I’ll do if you leave me alone with him.”
“We’ll drive you,” Tegan told him.
“Why don’t you just carry me across the threshold of the fight club when we get there?” Cade muttered.
“Didn’t know you needed that level of romance,” Vic said seriously. “I’ll keep it in mind.”
Cade sighed heavily and got into the back seat with Vic, while Tegan drove. He guessed it was for protection, and arguing wouldn’t change a damned thing. He needed to preserve his strength anyway.
Vic handed him a Gatorade and a PowerBar. “Eat up.”
Cade muttered, “Fucking starving and this shit tastes like cardboard.”
“Fight first, then I’ll get you a goddamned buffet,” Vic promised.
“There’s a McDonald’s on the corner,” Cade pointed out hopefully.
“You had an entire pizza recently,” Vic reminded him.
“Recently to me is the last hour.” Cade bit into the PowerBar and stared at Vic. “I think this went bad.”
Vic frowned. “They can’t go bad.”
4 of 5 Stars
This is only the second book I’ve read by SE Jakes, but I really liked both of them. Her writing does take some getting used to and these stories aren’t going to be for everyone.
I have not read the Men of Honor series from which this series is a spin-off. After looking at that series, three men from that series are in in this series and a couple others are mentioned but it is absolutely not necessary to read that series to start this one. It is clear these characters all have history, but the author does a great job of explaining said histories and I never felt confused about the main or side characters or their relationships to each other.
This is a very intense and heavy story. All three MC’s have tragic pasts and are attempting to heal from them as well as recent tragedies. They do enjoy what I’d call light BDSM although it is mentioned Tegan needs more than light at times (we only experience one scene with that though). Tegan and Vic have history and have had feelings for each other for a while when they meet Cade but their feelings for Cade and Cade’s feelings for them escalate quickly. I hesitate to state whether their relationship progresses so fast due to their intense situation or this is a true case of insta-love. I like them together; their relationship works for me and I can feel how much they care for and eventually love each other. They have great sexual chemistry and they’re hot together. I’d classify the ending as an HEA but I’m assuming we’ll see them in future stories since they are partial owners of the club and have personal ties to future characters.
The suspense story is good and kept me guessing. A couple of times it was confusing, and I had to slow down to keep up but overall, I enjoyed it.
Sway and Theo are clearly getting the next two books, but Strider must get a book…he stole every scene he was in and there is no way we can go without his story. There is some major foreshadowing about him at the end of this book which wouldn’t disappoint me. I’m assuming Deran will be in Theo’s book, but I’m interested to see where Oz ends up. There are a couple other mercenaries mentioned briefly I’m interested in as well so I’m in this series for the long haul.
SE Jakes writes m/m romance. She believes in happy endings and fighting for what you want in both fiction and real life. She lives in New York with her family and most days, she can be found happily writing (in bed). No really…
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