Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Review - Retreat From Love – Samantha Kane

 

 

Back of The Book

Brothers In Arms Book Five

A man with everything except his heart’s desire.

Frederick Thorne, Duke of Ashland, has been in love with Brett Haversham for years. If the only way to have him is to give him what he wants Freddy will share him, in bed and out, with the woman Brett loves. The woman who was Freddy’s first love.

A man sacrificing everything for the past.

Brett Haversham is in love with two people he’s sworn never to touch. But his desires prove to be stronger than his resolve when they both set out to seduce him—together. The incredible sex they share overwhelms him.

A woman with nothing left to lose.

Anne Goode lost her fiancé Bertie in the war. Now his younger brother Freddy is back, all grown up into the handsome and powerful duke. And he’s brought Bertie’s best friend Brett with him. Lonely and already ruined, Anne can’t resist taking both of them as her lovers. Is the uncontrollable desire between the three enough to heal the wounds of the past and overcome the problems of the present? They must accept love rather than retreat from it.

 

Review

Characters

Freddy – Duke of Ashland – The man with the drive to get things done, the man with alot of sorrow for the little boy who never knew. He is also the man who only need two person – desperately. 

Brett Haversham – A man who can say more with one look than most men can say with a letter. Not prone to giving away his inner thoughts, he has bottled up a lot of secrets and these are just the secrets that his entire future hangs on.

Anne Goode – The girl who had no qualms about her sexuality or who she is. She makes the best of what life has given to her and she sees no reason to do without one of the more pleasurable thing in life.

 

The Plot

After  spending the last few years taking care of  Brett, Freddy has made himself and Brett not necessarily indispensable to their friends, but definately an integral part of the struggle against the forces that would not see a union of three survive.

Freddy is now Duke of Ashland and he has embraced it with a fervour that he has never imagined he had. There are however two things uppermost in his mind that had to be resolved before he his totally contended.

Brett is one of the wild card in Freddy's  life, he’s moody, he has a independent streak a mile wide, but he is also one of the most important person in Freddy’s life.

Anne – the one person who had fallen through the cracks and Freddy aims to make it up to her with every thing he have and that means sharing everything he has with Anne – the woman he had loved since he was a boy.

 

 

“Miss?”

The stranger’s concerned voice penetrated Anne’s musings. She laughed to cover her distraction. “Clearly I cannot think of a single thing. I am at your mercy, sir. Have you the key to my warm, wet prison?”

She heard the sharp intake of his breath. He was obviously taken aback that he wasn’t going to have to seduce her. She couldn’t have made it any clearer that she was his for the taking. And it felt good, really good, to indulge in the suggestive banter of delicate sexual negotiations again.

He sat up straight in the saddle, and Anne was struck again by the breadth of his shoulders. He looked incredibly strong and virile. Please don’t let it be padding, she thought ruefully. Then he twisted to look around him and Anne saw the play of muscle and bone under his fashionable, tight jacket and she nearly sighed with anticipation. When he turned back his face had taken on the hard edges of desire, and his gaze was definitely predatory. “If I were a gentleman, I’d offer you my coat.”

Anne felt a little shiver race down her spine at the rough timber of his voice, at the insinuation that he would not be a gentleman with her. She nodded seriously. “Yes, if you were a gentleman you’d bring me your coat.”

His smile this time was laced with the same anticipation that fired Anne’s blood. “Then by all means I will play the gentleman.”

He casually walked his horse across the bridge and over to a flat patch of ground. She got a better look at him then. Strong cheekbones, a long, wide, no-nonsense nose, a generous mouth with sharply defined lips—he truly was handsome. The deep dimple in his chin was the one frivolous feature he possessed but it made him appear more masculine, not less. Anne was watching him so closely that she immediately noticed the awkwardness with which he dismounted. He dropped the reins and turned to Anne, and she noticed he was favoring his left leg. Had he recently been injured? She was about to ask when he began to unbutton his jacket and Anne’s mouth dried up. Was she really going to do this? She’d been with men before, but never a stranger whose name was unknown to her, never outside in the middle of the day. Before pulling the jacket off hepaused as if sensing her indecision. He was giving her the chance to end their interlude before it began, and that pushed her onward.

“I’m getting rather cold,” she told him, her voice pitched low and inviting.

“We can’t have that.” His tone was light, but his movements rough as he pulled the jacket off his arms. He moved toward the water and his limp was quite pronounced.

Retreat From Love © Samantha Kane

 

Surprise Element

I was surprise by the level of informality to this book.  While i am not a history buff by any means, there is a distinct difference to this book compared to the other books in the BROTHERS IN ARMS series.

The coiled physical and emotional tension that is present in the other books, i didn’t get any of that with this book.

 

Smut/Ick Factor

A little hesitant at first, which was a total surprise given how hot the other books smut scenes were. However, the hesitation was the calm before the storm – these three makes some magic between them.

They are hot together and once all three eventually gets onto the the same page – my god – just one look and all bets were off – they shoot off to the stars.

 

Positive

There is never a doubt when reading a Samantha Kane book – that you will get to know the characters very well. This is always one of the major plus’s of this authors style.

This story kept to the situation that was happening with the trio, plus clears up alot of the innuendos that we have been getting regarding Freddy and his mother from previous books. I very much like the fact that ‘The friends” were not seen or heard of in this book.

The addition of a series of letters was so well presented and brought so much more to this book. Firstly it lends a level of old world charm to the book as the letters are all written in the language of the day. The letters also breaks up the pace and enhances it at some points to give a more emotional read.

Ms. Kane’s presentation of life, situations and issues in the town and it’s environs of Ashford is well structured and well presented. You know the nosey parkers, the well wishers and the mean spirited witches of the village.

The pace of the book goes at an easy gait, and even anticipated clashes and showdowns were well timed  and given due time to grow or die as befitting the situation.

I like the few moment of sarcastic black humour that both Freddy and Brett lets us see. They were dry at best and colourful at worst.

The trio in this book does has the magic of chemistry between them, at first i couldn’t see it, but as the book progresses – I could see Freddy’s fire and zest for life plus his quick resolve to snap back out of a mood. Anne’s nurturing ways and a quite grace. She also has a most forward manner for ladies of her time but she is well adjusted enough to understand the game of the day and how the better half live. Brett is  a tortured soul, never daring to hope for more and not willing to take what was freely offered, he is the one the other two really needs and he doesn’t even realise it.   

I love the details that makes up a romance being a factor  in this books angsty moment – the misunderstandings, the words never spoken, the missed chances etc. These three each brought a little of those issues to the relationship, so there was always something going on.

As always Ms.Kane delve further into the demands and horrors of war and doesn’t shy away from dealing with what is left of men who die, grow or break after the war.

The bottom line, while not my favourite of the series, i would not miss reading this book – i do like Ms. Kane's writing style and  there is just something so endearing about these men who are only trying to find happiness, with the one woman who can complete them.

Note: – Of all the five books that so far makes up the series, RETREAT FROM LOVE stands firmly on its own, without support from the other book. The author gives enough info on each issue to ensure readers are not missing anything by not having read the other four books in this series.

 

Negative

There was just something i couldn’t put my finger on that i didn’t like about the book – i am sure it’s probably the level of informality that is displayed by these three put together with the formality of the language of the letters and the expected demand that is thrust upon them.

To be fair this level of modern-ness is present in all the books, but for reason it annoyed the hell out of me in  this book.

  

Cover

This cover on book five of the BROTHERS IN ARMS series is totally different from the other four covers. While it was surprising to me when i originally saw it, i think it has grown on me. Every time i see it i see something new there.

 

 

 

 

The Courage to love

Kate Collier is still recovering from a vicious rape and trying to make a success of her dress shop when Jason Randal and Anthony Richards return to London from the Continent, intent on winning her. She's known them for years, ever since they served with her late husband in the Peninsula against Napoleon. She'd been in love with them for almost that long. To discover they feel the same is a shock, but Kate isn't ready to turn her life back over to a man, or men.
Jason and Tony prove hard to resist, however, especially when their close friendship blossoms into desire for each other as they make Kate's body burn with passion. The combination of their insatiable desire for her and their journey into a sexual relationship with one another is irresistible to Kate.
A nightmare from her past tries to keep them apart, but the three long for a life together in spite of society's censure, and they will not be denied.

 

 But I liked these characters very much. Jason was the more dominate male, who liked to push things further and tell the others what they were going to do and when and how. Tony liked taking instruction and everything got him hot had bothered- he was a great male submissive most of the time, but also a terrible tease who likes getting everyone so turned on they lose control in a frenzy of sexual pleasure where anything goes so long as everyone gets off- and they do, oh boy, oh boy do they ever.

Ms. Moonlight © Moonlight to Twilight Blog

 “Brothers in Arms: The Courage to Love” by Samantha Kane is the first book in her historical erotica menage series. She uses the Napoleonic wars as the spur for her heroes preference for a menage relationship. The sex scenes are blistering and the love each hero feels for the heroine, and eventually, each other, shines through. I’m not usually a fan of M/M erotica, but in this book it just seems a part of the story and didn’t turn me off at all.

JJ Machshev © JJ Book Review 

 

 

 

Love Under Siege

Second in the Brothers In Arms series.
Phillip Neville and Jonathan Overton have been best friends since childhood. When they return to England as veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, they enter the marriage market. It doesn't take long for them both to fall deeply in love with shy, awkward, beautiful Maggie Trueheart. Phillip and Maggie marry, but Phillip and Jonathan do not tell her about the menage a trios marriage the two men hope to have. When Maggie finds out, it takes the persuasive power of both men to convince her that this threesome was meant to be.
In the process of helping Maggie discover the sexually aggressive woman inside herself, Phillip and Jonathan realize their love for one another is more than friendship. Before the two men can consummate their relationship, however, a brutal attack on Maggie and Jonathan's self-recriminations drive the lovers apart. It will take all the love and determination the three possess to achieve their happily ever after.

 Phillip has had enough of denying his love and desire for Jonathan, he wants him badly and goes after him. Jonathan wants Phillip too, but he fears it will drive Maggie away if the men have sex with each other so he needs convincing. Maggie is all for her men getting it on, it turns her on and she feels its natural and how it should be- everyone loving everyone at any time, any where! The sex is steamy hot - especially the men together.

Ms. Moonlight © Moonlight to Twilight Blog

I wolfed down the first the book from Brothers in Arm series ( The Courage to Love ) only to pick up another volume. Phillip Neville and Jonathan Overton close friends to Jason and Anthony from the previous volume are going to follow their example and sought out beautiful and shy Maggie, who transformed during the book in to sexual goddess. The plot was described and the sexual scenes are simply priceless.

Matimate © Goodread

 

 

 

Love’s Strategy

Valentine Westridge and Kurt Schilling are lovers, and have been since the Peninsular War when lonely young officer Valentine let himself be seduced by the equally lonely Kurt. Now they're back from the war and intent on beginning the future they dreamed of together, one that includes a quiet country estate, horses, dogs, children, and each other. Their plan, however, also requires a wife. At the suggestion of a mutual friend, Valentine and Kurt believe the financial security they can offer to impoverished widow Leah Marleston will help her accept the unusual sexual relationship they are suggesting.
Leah is at her wit's end, creditors having taken everything she owns to pay off her late husband's gambling debts. She must find a way to support herself and her two children, or be forced to marry her abusive and obsessive brother-in-law. In Valentine's and Kurt's arms, Leah discovers a passion she never knew existed. Brought together by necessity, bonded by desire, these three lonely people find themselves fighting against all odds for a love that was never part of their plans.

 

 Short, sweet, and super hot...this novella has quite a punch considering its length. Not all authors can write a good short story, but Kane does well with this one. It was a nice edition to the series. Good characters, an interesting (if abbreviated) storyline, and some smoking hot sex make it an easy book to read.

Isis FG © Goodread

Interesting premise set against a logical background, and addressing many of the stilted morals of Regency England. The overwhelming love and courage displayed by the three main characters is touching and the heat generated in the love scenes will leave readers mopping their brows. The short length of the tale means it moves at a rapid pace, but I still enjoyed it very much and look forward to the next full-length novel in this series.

JJ Machshev © Goodread

 

 

At love’s Command

A child when they were betrothed, Sophia Middleton has been waiting twelve years for Ian Witherspoon to return and marry her. Preyed upon by her vicious father and older brother, Sophie longs for Ian to rescue her.
Ian Witherspoon and Derek Knightly became best friends during the Peninsular War, and returned as lovers. Two more years pass before the desire for a wife and children prompts Ian to recall his little fiancée. Ian is determined to make a marriage work between the three of them. Derek opposes the marriage despite Ian's determination, but how long will he be able to resist love's command?
Sophie's vulnerability hides a core of strength and the combination enthralls and seduces both men. An apt pupil, Sophie learns trust and passion from Ian, and Derek tutors her in the ecstasy of surrender. Love will conquer their fears as they fight those who would tear them apart.

 

While the book starts off with Ian and Derek already being lovers, it goes back in reflection and shows you how these two sexy men became lovers and fell so deeply in love with each other. This was wonderful because you saw them fall in love and saw them struggle with crossing that line to being male lovers when they've only had sex and desired women prior to that time during the war. They have a wonderful loving bond and are completely devoted to each other, while Ian still wanted more it wasn't because Derek was lacking as a partner, it was because Ian had such a strong desire for a full complete family and children fathered by both himself and Derek with one woman.

Ms. Moonlight © Moonlight To Twilight Blog

 

At Love's Command' was a wonderful read that definitely satisfied my inner hussy. Whereas I loved the highly intense and sexual qualities to Ian's and Derek's relationship, I didn't yearn for the scenes between Ian and Sophie. I truly found myself craving more page time with Derek. There is only one totally hot and intense love scene between Derek and Sophie alone that leaves you panting for more. In addition, I thought that Derek's charismatic and ultimately primitively sexual nature overpowered Ian to the point where I didn't even want or need him around.

VampFanGirl © Lovin Me Some Romance

 

To see a whole bunch of ladies who enjoyed chatting about the series visit – Barbara  – Happily Forever After

 

 

16 Speak To Me:

Mandi on 26 May 2009 at 23:00 said...

I haven't read this series yet...it is in my tbr though:)

(I want to hear about your current read "Spank Me Once" I like the cover;)

Barbara on 26 May 2009 at 23:08 said...

Hey, EH! Great review. I did enjoy Retreat From Love, but At Loves Command is still holding strong in my number one slot ;)

Can't wait to see what Ms. Kane has in store for the series.

Erotic Horizon on 27 May 2009 at 00:27 said...

Hey Mandi..

This is one sweet series that you have ahead of you...

Spank me one - I am so enjoying it - the cover is so hot. Hoping to have my thoughts up next week..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 27 May 2009 at 00:29 said...

Thanks for coming by Barbara...

I liked At Love Command only because of Derek - however my favourite is Love Under Siege... there is one scene in the library - too hot....

Looking forward to Very's story... so much

E.H>

Lea on 27 May 2009 at 01:52 said...

Hi EH!

I have all the books in this series, but have only read one so far. I hope to get to them all by years end. We will have to compare notes!!

Barbara is Ms. Kane's biggest cheerleader. :)

Great Review and commentary.

Warm Regards
L

Erotic Horizon on 27 May 2009 at 02:25 said...

Definately - lea,

As much as i love them and never miss one, they all have little issues with them, but so does donuts, but i love them anyhow..

I do know of Barbara's passion for Ms. Kanes work - it's legendary..

E.H>

Blodeuedd on 27 May 2009 at 09:09 said...

Sounds good, but those things would annoy me too.
great reviews

MsMoonlight on 27 May 2009 at 11:20 said...

Are you reading them in print or ebook form? I thought only 3 were in print, am I wrong? Did more come out in print?

Lily on 27 May 2009 at 15:54 said...

Great review EH

I've read the first 3 books in the series and loved Ms Kane's writing style. These menage books are what turned me on to M/M books. Never did finish the series as I've been reading M/M since then. Maybe one day I'll pick it back up.

Lily

Erotic Horizon on 27 May 2009 at 19:43 said...

Hey Blodeudd..

As much as i love the book/books, the negatives just stuck in the back of my minds..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 27 May 2009 at 19:45 said...

Hey Ms. M...

I read it in Ebook form... There was a novella that was just toss in, that was a really sweet read and more or less build up the showdown of Freddy and his parent...

Not sure if that is ever going to go print...

Loved your reviews..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 27 May 2009 at 19:51 said...

Hey lily..

I have to admit - there are some more than creative heat in all these books and whether you love M/M books or not - you can't help but admire two men in heat...

I really am glad i got caught up on the series - now just awaiting a few more guys story..

E.H>

Cecile on 27 May 2009 at 22:31 said...

Guess the site was to hot for my computer to handle (blog issue), because it would kick me off...
But I am here now!!!! YAY!!

Well, thanks to Barbara... Yep the cheerleader! I read one of her reviews... Now, thanks you to... I will have to start obtaining theses like now!! I am not a big m/m fan either, but they way you make it sound... it sounds easy to digest (if that is the right word). The stories sound very interesting and forth coming with their information... Heading off to the famous notebook (that is overwhelmed with authors and books) to write this little find down, because I had some of her books listed, but I want to make sure that I have all!!!
Awesome Review my lady!!!

Phantom Inkheart. on 27 May 2009 at 22:55 said...

Something for you at my blog. :)

Erotic Horizon on 27 May 2009 at 23:19 said...

Hey Cecile...

This is a wonderful read - you have the correct idea, get them all before you begin reading...

You won't want to put them down.

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 27 May 2009 at 23:20 said...

Hey Phantom...

Long, Long time - lovely to see you back...

I will come by and collect in a while - thank you so much..

E.H>