All fire and gunpowder need is a stray spark…
The day one of her old clients gunned down a cop, former defense attorney Vicki Connagher lost everything—her passion for justice, and her lover, Detective Elias Reyes. The dead cop’s partner.
Even though she’s following her dream to start her own fashion line, it’s tough with heartache as her only companion. Until she brings Jesse, a wandering street artist, in from a freak Texas snowstorm. His submissive flirting brings out dominant tendencies she never knew she possessed, yet she hesitates to let him take her as far and as hard as she wants to go.
Some homeless junkie in Vicki’s house? Not on Elias’s watch. Pride kept him away, but as long as Jesse is staying in Vicki’s downstairs shop, he’s staying with Vicki. On the couch, but it’s a start.
As the days go by, the three work out an uneasy alliance. But Vicki’s joy at having Elias back in her life is tempered with a growing desire to have it all. Elias in her bed, and Jesse under her command. The only question remaining is if her tough alpha cop is willing to embrace all that she is…
Explicit sex, BDSM, a tough alpha cop, a reluctant Domme, and a smoldering submissive street artist willing to do anything to belong to her.
I have read hundreds of erotic romance books, of those a lot have been ménage stories, many more have had some elements of BDSM, but I have never read a book quite like this one. I’ll be honest; I was surprised to read something so completely different than anything I’ve read before. It was quite refreshing to read a book so very new with so many different feelings and emotions.
Vicky Connagher is an attorney turned up and coming fashion designer. She quit her job as an attorney after one of the people she put back on the streets gunned down her cop boyfriend’s partner and killed him. She feels guilty about the man’s death but she also feels guilty that she was thankful it wasn’t her boyfriend who was killed. Because of this, they haven’t talked or seen each other in three months. She feels sad, neglected, and angry. It also bothers her that the day of the shooting instead of being able to seek comfort from her boyfriend she seeks comfort from a homeless artist that she’s befriended in the park near her job.
Elias Reyes is a tough cop on a drug enforcement team in the city of Dallas, Texas. He is an alpha male and is always in charge. Elias has strong feelings for Vicky but feels his partner would still be alive if Vicky didn’t represent the people he puts behind bars. Elias realizes he’s neglected Vicky since the shooting but when she calls him to check out the homeless man she’s brought home, he about blows a gasket.
Jesse Inglemarre is a talented artist who also happens to be homeless. He had a rough childhood, made some bad choices and he’s done what he needed to do to survive. Vicky befriends him while enjoying her lunch in the park near where she use to work. He starts to look forward to her visits because she sees him as a person, not another throw away. Jesse develops feelings for Vicky which only grow deeper when she seeks solace in his arms following the shooting. But, then she disappears.
During a freak Dallas snowstorm, Vicky reunites with Jesse and invites him to stay with her for the night. Jesse is honest with Vicky that he has a record but he’s been clean for 5 years but he insists she call one of her contacts to run him so she’s more comfortable having him in her home. She relents and calls Elias who immediately over reacts and storms in and punches Jesse. Vicky protects Jesse which just infuriates Elias even more especially since he realizes Jesse has feelings for Vicky.
Throughout this story each of the three main players learns so much about themselves and each other. Vicky and Elias have a volatile relationship that expands into the bedroom. They each fight for control during sex although Elias is truly the dominate one, Vicky doesn’t make it easy for him. Vicky finds she enjoys taking care of Jesse and providing for his needs in all ways. Jesse want to please Vicky in whatever way she wants, he’ll give her anything she asks for.
Vicky learns that while she loves Elias, she needs more. She needs someone who will let her take care of them, someone who will snuggle with her, hold hands, watch Zombie movies, and let her be in charge all of the time. Elias learns that he loves Vicky and that as much as he wants to be, he isn’t enough for her. He realizes she needs more than he can give and he learns that although it’s hard for him, he’ll do what it takes to make her happy. Elias learns that Jesse makes Vicky happier and makes their relationship better. Jesse learns that he is worthwhile. That he can be a friend, a lover, a protector when necessary, and a giver. Jointly the three realize they work and although they know it’s unconventional, they’ll do everything to stay together.
This is an emotional book with all of the characters evolving throughout. Each character learns things about themselves that surprise and sometime shock them. Joely’s character development made these characters seem so real. The unusual nature of their relationship, the outside forces, the interesting supporting cast, and a truly unique storyline makes this a truly exceptional ménage story. I simply can’t recommend this book highly enough, it’s that good. In fact, I read it then I went and re-read the two previous books, and read this one again before I wrote the review. It was even better the second time around and I’ve very pleased to give Yours to Take a 5 star rating.
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