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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Her Heart's Divide by Kathleen Dienne

Her Heart’s Divide by Kathleen Dienne
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Poppy

Lila was a faithful, loyal wife.

Ryan was her sexy, loving husband.

And so was Jack...?

Jack, however, was her boss, not her husband—why was he claiming her as his own? Lila had been passionately happy with Ryan for more than seven years. Yes, there'd been a moment when she'd first been attracted to Jack, but then she'd met his best friend, Ryan. They'd fallen in love and married. Jack claimed that in his world, their attraction had led to the altar.

And now she was caught between two men—two husbands—in the wildest situation Lila could ever have imagined. But what she wasn't imagining were the two men touching her, pleasing her, caressing her...

When I read the blurb for this story, I knew I had to read it. Parallel universes? Two hot husbands who both want you and love you and need you? What’s a girl to do?

Lila was outside her house one afternoon, washing her car during an average day when she heard a car coming up the road. She assumes it’s her husband of seven years, the husband she loves madly, but it’s not. It’s her boss and good friend, Jack, who walks over to her and pulls her into a passionate embrace, then announces that it’s good to see his wife.


More than a little confused, and a bit uneasy, she and Jack go into the house and wait for Ryan to show up. Here’s where things get a little crazy ... but in a fun way. Ryan actually seems pretty accepting of the whole thing. And Jack? Well he’s massively attracted to Lila, not to mention madly in love. And as they start discussing things, it appears that Jack remembers things differently, and that other small things are slightly different in the world he remembers as well.

What on earth is going on?

Kathleen Dienne has done a wonderful job making the idea of parallel universes believable, as well as causing her characters to act in a way that absolutely makes sense. They’re neither completely freaked out (though Lila finds things a little harder to accept than Ryan) nor do they believe in what appears to be happening too easily. They require a little proof... of a sort.

In the meantime, Lila has to deal with the hungry looks from Jack – a man to whom she was attracted at one time – and deal with her own unwanted responses to him as well. She honestly, completely loves her husband. There’s no question in that. But, she can’t help feeling drawn to Jack – this new Jack – in a way she hasn’t been to the Jack she’s always known.

This story built upon a great idea, had a strong plot and some really hot sex with plenty of variety (even a voyeuristic scene that was as hot as I’ve ever read and even just thinking back on it makes me want to fan myself). I wanted to truly love it, but it was too short and I just didn’t get a chance to connect fully with the characters. This story hurried through something that could have been so much more.

That’s not to say that I didn’t like it... I did! Lila’s predicament really tugged at my heart. She’s desperately in love with Ryan (and he with her) so truly struggles with her desire for this new Jack. The way this difficulty is dealt with was truly clever and the author came up with a unique twist that I found intriguing, unusual and a bit mind boggling. I don't think I've read a solution to spice up a monogamous relationship quite like this.

Her Heart’s Divide is a steamy, clever story with a loving couple and a very happy ever after (and a twist at the end that made me chuckle). If you’re a ménage fan and like your characters to really, deeply love each other, this might be the perfect book to add to your shelf.

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

This is one of my favorite reviews of my book so far :) Thanks very much for the kind words.