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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Gift Worth Sharing by Marty Rayne



A Gift Worth Sharing by Marty Rayne
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, M/M/M, Ménage, Voyeurism, Toys, Fetish, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

The holidays have arrived and Kyle can't wait to get away with his lover. What he doesn't know is that Nate has a special surprise waiting at their destination. As old memories of a failed attempt of a threesome surface, Kyle's determined to face them. But will it strengthen their relationship or break what they've been building for the last two years?

The best gifts are worth sharing over and over again.

This author was a new-to-me author, but this won’t be the last of Marty Rayne’s books I read. At first, I wasn’t sure I’d like the book. The characters, primarily Kyle, have a lot of emotional baggage. But instead of being ultra-emotionally heavy, this book is a good balance of kink and feelings. The writing is tight and I found once I started the book, I couldn’t put it down.

As I said, there is lots of emotion in this book. It’s no surprise. Kyle lived through a soul-beating time and the memories still haunt him. He’s scarred and scared, but in Nate’s willing hands, he can heal. I liked that Kyle had issues. It made him more realistic and I rooted for him to find closure and to move past his yesterdays. Then there is Nate, his partner. Nate is a Dom, but he’s so much more. The true trust between a Dom and a Sub is role-reversal. He wants to help his lover heal in any way possible. I loved reading the surrender between them as they break down Kyle’s issues.

But I’ve forgotten someone. To round out the ménage, there is Dakota. I honestly think Dakota was my favorite character because where Kyle had issues, Dakota had serious scars. There are few books and characters that stick with me past the last page. Dakota is one of those rare gems. I want to know what happened to him once Kyle and Nate’s story closed. Dakota has had a rough life, but his experiences shaped who he became. Those same experiences are essential to Nate and Kyle.

Oh, and did I mention the love scenes? I’m still fanning myself. Whew. The devotion between Kyle and Nate is palpable and when Dakota enters the mix....watch out.

If you want a holiday story that’s certain to leave you squirming and ready to hunt out that special someone, then you need to read A Gift Worth Sharing. I give it 4.5 cherries.

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