Fighting the Undertow by Eden Rivers
Publisher: Loose ID
Length: Full (186 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/F/F, M/M, Ménage
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by: Amaranth
For Ian and Val, falling for each other is all too easy. But his sexy friends, her career goals, his writer's block, and a troubled spirit redefine the meaning of the words "complicated relationship." Fascinated by the ghost, Val presses for information about Ian's deceased brother, but meets a wall of silence. When she discovers that his highly emotional, sexual connection with his friends was what held him together after his brother died, she's intrigued and frightened by the eroticism of it. Truly entering into his world will involve expanding her sexual experiences in ways she's never imagined.
For Ian, Val's willing to take that erotic journey, but when she uncovers secrets about his family, his brother's death, and the group's sexual history, she panics at her own new hungers, and is overwhelmed by the searing passion of two emotionally charged ménages. Although the friends have become the family she always wanted, she's not sure whether she's ready to accept Ian's world of complex relationships and dark passions, or whether she and Ian have even a ghost of a chance at happiness.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, exhibitionism, group sex, ménage (m/f/m, m/f/f).
When Val meets Ian, she knows that she has met a very complicated man. She quickly learns that there is even more complication and she may be taking on not only Ian, but also his four friends and the ghost of his dead brother. To complicate matters even more, Ian invites her to meet his family shortly after they meet. Adding to the complications is her friend, Brenda, who warns her to steer clear of Ian, hinting that it is his present and not his past Val should worry about and that she may get hurt worse this time than she did with Dean, her ex-fiance. Eden Rivers has spun a complex story with even more complex characters and the dynamics of their relationship. Within the first few pages, my head was spinning with the possibilities and I was drawn into this book and held captive.
Val soon realizes that she will never get as close to Ian as she wants without hurting both of them. She has fallen in love with him. She has never felt like she belonged as much as she does now and she doesn’t want to give him or his friends up. She also knows that in order to be complete in the circle of his friends, she must meet them on their terms, meaning naked, but that will hurt Ian, because of his past with his ex-wife. Or does she really need to do that, not realizing that she is already a part of their little circle? Did I mention that these characters and story are complex and I am held captive in this story? Not only are the characters well-developed and the plot complex, but the dialogue is realistic and the descriptions are delicately detailed.
I will mention that this book has a lot of sex (including group sex with six people) to go with a lot of story. The characters and story are so amazing, if you can handle (or better, if you prefer) the abundance of various types of incredibly hot and graphic sex, then Fighting the Undertow is a must read! Author Eden Rivers obviously is skilled in weaving an erotic story and capturing her readers’ attention and holding them hostage until the end.