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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rules of Desire by Leah Brooke

Rules of Desire (Desire, Oklahoma 4) by Leah Brooke
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (244 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M/M, Multiple Partners, Spanking, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Gillyflower

Erin Robinson moved to Desire, Oklahoma to be with her pregnant sister, unprepared for the dynamics of her new home. Menage and Dom/sub relationships prevail in a town where the men protect their women at all costs.

Men had always been more trouble than they were worth. Erin can't imagine trying to put up with any man. Three would be impossible! But the men in Desire are different than any she has ever known. How can she resist men who earn her respect and aren't the least bit intimidated by her temper?

When someone tries to kill her, Jared, Duncan and Reese Preston scramble to protect her. At the same time, they're determined to show her just how good having three men in her bed can be.

"I love the town of Desire, Oklahoma. The men are strong and chauvinistic, but completely irresistible. Exploring the different personalities of each resident and their take on relationships is a lot of fun. I hope readers enjoy reading about Desire as much as I enjoy writing about it." ~ Leah ~

Is there really a place like Desire, Oklahoma, perhaps somewhere over the rainbow? I don’t know if I would like living there in reality, but I sure do like to fantasize about it.

If you have ever read one of Leah Brooke’s Desire books, you know that Desire, Oklahoma is populated with feisty women and dominant men, and ménages and BDSM relationships are the norm. Many of the residents of Desire were raised with more than one father and want the same for themselves. Two of the first three Desire books were about ménage relationships and one involved a capital “D” Dominant man and his relationship with one somewhat submissive woman. In this fourth installment, Ms. Brooke has added a third man/fourth player to the relationship and, of course, the bedroom. And wow, is it hot!

Feisty, independent Erin Robinson came to Desire to help her little sister Rachel, the heroine of Book 3, deal with her two men and a pregnancy. Erin never left. Together, the sisters own the town’s lingerie shop. Erin raised Rachel from the time their parents died in an automobile accident when Erin was 18 and Rachel was 13. From there, Erin went on to work in the executive suites of an oil company. She hasn’t had much time or interest in a relationship with one man, let alone three. And she is very used to taking care of herself.

The Preston brothers – Jared, Duncan and Reese – have been eyeing Erin for months. Gorgeous and arrogant, these men are a fine match for spunky Erin. However, due to jealousy issues in her past, Erin is even more uncertain than a typical woman might be that she can handle being with three men – in or out of the bedroom. Ms. Brooke thoroughly explores the issues of trust, honesty and jealousy these four must confront. But the four of them have more than a complicated relationship to work through – someone is trying to harm Erin. This violates the town credo: to love and protect women at all costs. And the men of Desire, and Erin’s men in particular, are outraged at the attacks on her.

With plenty of men to take care of them, in every way, the women of Desire are a pretty happy lot. But in keeping with the town’s credo, a woman who fails to take care of herself or jeopardizes her own safety will be punished – and oh, what erotic punishment it is. Every man in Desire seems to be a skilled and attentive lover who knows how to take a woman to the brink and leave her there. Naturally, as a feisty woman unwilling to back down from a serious threat to her safety, Erin earns her fair share of Desire-style justice. But her men learn to appreciate her strengths as well.

Though the theme of the Desire series – the very “Rules” of the title – is carried through each story, each one is fresh and unique. The characters have their own personalities, desires, fears, and flaws. The dialogue is snappy and the pacing is right on. With the threat to Erin and numerous attempts made on her life, there is plenty of action with a tad of mystery thrown in to keep this story moving outside, as well as inside the bedroom.

Ms. Brooke has populated her stories with a lovely cast of recurring characters and in Rules of Desire we get an update on the relationships from the first three books. Numerous secondary characters with foreshadowed relationships also make appearances so I hope this means more Desire stories are coming. I hope Ms. Brooke can continue to keep the series as fresh as it has been so far. I wonder if some of the men will explore attractions to one another.

Rules of Desire can be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend you read the series in order – no hardship as all of the Desire, Oklahoma books are a pleasure to read. In fact, Rules of Desire has taken its rightful place on my keeper shelf where all of the Desire, Oklahoma books have a home and are re-read. Ms. Brooks has another winner here, and I look forward to many installments to come.

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