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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Triad by Cat Grant

Triad: The Courtland Chronicles, Book 5 by Cat Grant
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (128 pgs)
Other: Multiple Partners, M/M, M/M/F, M/F, Voyeurism, Anal Play, Light Bondage, Spanking
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Jasmine

It's three times the pleasure - ten years on!

Eric Courtland, his wife Ally and husband Nick have been living the sweet life for the past decade, tucked away in their luxurious Tuscan villa. But when a family crisis brings them back to the States, blackmail and an unexpected revelation threaten the delicate balance of their marriage.

Weathering this storm may take everything they have - and still tear them apart.
They say home is where the heart is… But, does this ole’ saying still hold true for Eric, Nick and Ally Courtland?

Driven from their home and life in the States by bigotry over a decade ago, Eric, Nick and Ally left the good ole U.S.A. and returned to their Italian villa. While European laws have allowed them to truly commit to one another through marriage with multiple partners, and years of tranquility, communication, understanding and love have brought them closer together, an unavoidable book tour and a hostile takeover of Courtland Industries forces the Triad to return to the States to a welcome home committee that’s anything but hospitable. Suddenly, Eric, Nick and Ally long for Italy where they are recognized as husband, husband and wife. Moreover, where they can walk down the street holding hands and not be ridiculed or judged for whom they love or how many individuals they love.

Over the years Nick and Ally’s writing careers have prospered to the point that Nick is presented with two choices by his publishing company. Either he agrees to a book tour in the States, or his publishing company sues him for breach of contract. Since the Triad considers themselves a unit that’s inseparable and indivisible, Nick agrees to the book tour and they leave for the States. However, an unexpected family emergency throws a wrench in their plans once they arrive and as time progresses, things continue to escalate and get worse. Will Eric, Nick and Ally’s love and commitment to one another survive as they consistently put out fires? When lies from the past come to light, will they be able to forgive one another and remain a force to be reckoned with as their enemies continue to attack from all sides? Only time will tell.

In order to experience the full affect of The Courtland Chronicles, I went back and read every book in the series before reading Triad, which I highly recommend. Of the five books, Triad is my absolute favorite, as this sensual, erotic tale had me panting and intrigued the minute I opened the book. Although Ms. Grant will keep you guessing about the outcome until the very end, what I can tell you is that you won’t be disappointed because Triad is simply brilliant. It will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride that consists of laughter, tears, anger at the injustice of it all, and joy every time Eric, Nick and Ally manage to overcome a trial or tribulation that’s constantly presenting itself as an obstacle to their happily ever after. Triad will warm your heart and make you fall in love with Eric, Nick and Ally all over again. Their story of commitment, forgiveness, understanding, love and loss is inspiring and reaffirms the importance of hope and trust.

There were times that I was overwhelmed and in awe by this wonderful masterpiece Ms. Grant has written. The storyline is believable and the words flow across the page like smooth silk. The characters leap off the page and draw you into their world where there is no doubt you will experience the adventure of a lifetime. Just when I thought this series couldn’t get any better, Ms. Grant surprised me and had me begging for more. Eric, Nick and Ally have become a part of my family and I’m so sad to know that this is the last book in the series because I would love to witness and experience more of their lives together as they continue to grow and prosper. Although this book and series is not for the faint at heart, if you’re looking for a book that allows you to enter a world where the sex is explosive, the characters will hold a special place in your heart and allows the reader to experience intense and unimaginable pleasure, but more importantly, love that’s everlasting, Triad is the book to read. Not only would I recommend Triad to my friends, but I would buy them The Courtland Chronicles as a gift.

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