Claire McKinley has just experienced every bride’s nightmare. The groom is a no-show, and now she must face five hundred guests alone. Furious and humiliated, Claire seeks help from the most unlikely candidate — her almost-brother-in-law, who promptly whisks her away to his apartment in San Diego, where she can recover her pride in peace and quiet.
Dylan Wade is no fan of Claire’s, but no way can he leave the jilted bride in her time of need. Bringing her home seems like a good idea — until he remembers his new roommate. Dylan’s relationship with Aidan is…complicated. And with Claire thrown into the mix, life becomes even more… complicated.
Claire is blindsided by her attraction not only to Dylan, but also to Aidan, a man she’s just met. Soon they’re caught up in an all-consuming sexual storm they can’t fight even if they wanted to. Yet Claire wonders if it can last, or if she’s just setting herself up for more heartache.
Warning: This book is very dirty. Ménage a trois and man-on-man dirty. Graphic-language and explicit-sex dirty. Basically? Dirty. You’ve been warned.
When the three of them were together, she felt like everything… made sense. Which made no sense, damn it!
It says something when a book is so good that you feel going out to have ice cream is a waste of time.
Well, I actually started the Out of Uniform series from the last installment. Fortunately, it absolutely can be read as a stand-alone book, and as I loved it, I’m definitely up for the whole series.
What I loved in Hotter Than Ever:
- The story: it is simple and credible, told from alternating viewpoints.
Dylan had known from day one that Claire McKinley wasn’t right for his brother. He’d been hoping Chris would eventually see it too, but he hadn’t expected it to happen ten minutes before the couple’s frickin’ wedding.
Dylan, unfortunately, had suffered from a serious case of hero his entire life. He’d never been able to walk away from a damsel in distress, and protecting Claire from the embarrassment and questions that awaited her in that ballroom had been instinctual.
- The writing style: easy, funny, and intense.
Except… in a complete twist of insanity, his brother had suddenly soared to the top of Dylan’s shit list. After the despicable—not to mention dishonorable—way Chris had behaved, Dylan was firmly on Team Claire in this fucked-up situation.
- The humor
“I’m keeping these on for your sake, not mine.” He smirked. “Because the second you see my cock, you’ll get all weak-kneed and distracted. Probably applaud for a couple of minutes, too — that’s a common response I get from the ladies.”
She burst out laughing. “Someone thinks highly of himself.”
“Oh, I think very highly of my dick, honey,” he said solemnly. “And with good reason. Fuck Helen of Troy—bigger wars have been fought over my cock.”
- The drama and the conflicts:both inner and external problems are smartly measured: doubts about emotions, difficulties of living in polyamory, family matters.
The thought of desiring two men had shaken her up and made her feel like some sort of deviant, but falling for them? For both of them? Was it even possible to be in love with two people at the same time? And was this even love? Could she be mistaking a case of extreme lust for love?
- The epilogue:it is over-utopian, but who wouldn’t want this kind of retort, to show someone who was bitchy with you how happy and lucky and enviable you are and prove her wrong?
What I adored and totally floored me:
- Honesty: I loved Claire’s blunt honesty, loved Dylan’s incapability of telling any lie, and that Aidan was very much aware of the feelings of the others, and of himself.
- Intimacy and tenderness
- The characters:amazing, distinguishable, and likable
- The development of the romance, not only between the three of them, but between Aidan and Dylan as well.Their relationship has been lasting for a couple of months, but they couldn’t get close to each other, until Claire, as a catalyst, made Aidan open up.
- The erotic scenes, especially Dylan and Aidan’s: they were fierce, passionate, and very manly together. I would love to read more three-way scenes though.
The sudden, all-consuming arousal that seized Aidan’s body no longer startled him. He’d been attracted to both sexes for as long as he could remember, but his attraction to Dylan surpassed anything he’d ever experienced. He was addicted to the man, craved him on a whole other level, and no matter how many times he fed the addiction, no matter how many mind-blowing releases they gave each other, he constantly wanted more.
There is no such thing in this novel!
Claire McKinley was smart, gorgeous, sarcastic, compassionate. And open, so fucking open. She spoke her mind, never tried to hide what she was feeling from him and Aidan, and he loved and appreciated that about her. A lot of women expected a man to be a mind reader, but hell, a little guidance was nice, and Claire was a master of honest communication.
He couldn’t believe a woman like her actually existed. A woman who was willing to welcome two men into her bed, into her heart. A woman who was willing to accept that those two men also desired each other.
This was the first time he’d heard Dylan speak about someone else with such distaste.
It made absolutely no sense. Dylan loved everyone. And everyone loved him right back. Men, women, children, pets — every living creature that came into contact with Dylan Wade adored him within minutes.
Aidan Rhodes was intense. And haunted. Something was definitely haunting him, but Dylan had yet to decipher the shadows he often glimpsed in those chocolate-brown eyes.
He knew Aidan was hiding a lot of pain behind his seductive, laid-back exterior, but getting the man to talk about his emotions was like trying to train a goldfish—futile and exasperating.
All in all
Loved this book, it is a perfect romance! I loved every line of it.
Highly recommended for MMF fans!
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Daily Quotes by Exina, from quote 679 to 689.