Dark Court: Monte's Marines by Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (145 pgs)
Other: M/M, M/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint
Doc Lewis had been in love with Rocky Rodriguez for more years than he could remember but he always knew that his wish to be with the man would never come true. But when circumstances throw them together in the Seelie Court, something changes and the two men give into the desire between them. Their encounter ends with Rocky making a comment that drives Doc from him with a broken heart.
Doc decides he needs to put plenty of space between him and Rocky and going on a mission back to the human world seems like just the thing. Only, the mission doesn’t turn out quite like Doc expected when he meets, Monte, the Seelie Elf he’s been sent to rescue.
Monte is unlike any man he’s ever met and Doc falls quickly for the little elf, bonding with him. But they're being held by government scientists in a secret research facility. Escape is their only possible way to be together, especially after the lead scientist grows concerned over how close they’ve grown to each other and threatens to separate them.
Between fighting for their lives, the misgivings that fill them all when Rocky arrives to rescue them, and the lack of prenatal vitamins, can these three men find each other? Or will they lose everything because of their doubts?
Due to a misunderstanding, Doc fled Rocky’s arms and ran into another man’s - Monte. Except Rocky wasn’t going to give up on his only chance of true love that easily, even if it meant making a little more room for Doc’s new beau.
The characters' compassion for not only one another, but others around them, really spoke volumes in this story. While all of them loved one another, they were willing to give up their happiness for each other. This was clearly displayed when Rocky and Monte both told Doc to be with the other. Also in the way Doc willingly bonded himself to Monte just to save the man he knew little about. Since I believe that compassion is a necessity in a healthy ménage, their personalities really made the relationship work for me.
Finding friends in the least likely of places was a big part of this tale. This had humans, seelie, unseelie and fairies working together in a common goal -- freedom. The author was capable of capturing the theme of forgiveness and understanding while staying true to the heat necessary in an erotica novel.
The internal conflicts of the characters, along with the kidnappings, really worked to make the story exciting, even though the plot was incomplete. Because this is part of a series the plotline has been left unfinished so that it may be carried over to the next story. I did not read the previous one - Dark Side of the Veil - but I was able to keep up with this plot easily. So I believe those who have read the previous story as well as those new to the series can equally enjoy this romance.
From the moment the book started you knew the relationships would work. The attraction and bond was clear, even during Monte and Doc’s first encounter. Plus the sex was spectacular. I would like to have seen a little more action between all three men together but that is just me being greedy. While it can sometimes be difficult to write about a ménage - particularly when it includes three men - the author did not seem to have any problem.
I would recommend this story to anyone looking for an exciting ménage featuring some spectacular characters.