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Monday, January 31, 2011

Lilly's Surrender by Jenika Snow

Lilly's Surrender by Jenika Snow
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (89 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Poppy

Lilly, Riley, Christian, and Tallinn have been friends since grade school. Moving to the city was one of the hardest things Lilly had to do, but when an unexpected phone call leads her back to the small city of Burkett, Colorado, home just doesn’t bring back the same warm feelings it used to.

With an unexpected tragedy filling her life, Lilly must turn to the men she loves the most, and hope that the comfort they offer is enough. What she doesn’t expect is for them to give her a soul shattering pleasure, one that leaves her breathless and makes her pain almost bearable. She must now decided to stay in Burkett and be reminded of what she lost everyday, or go back to the city and loose what she found in the arms of the men she cares about the most.

Looking for a book with as much heart as it has heat? Then you should try Lilly’s Surrender.

Lilly has been best friends with Riley, Christian, and Tallinn since high school. Inseparable, she even took all three as dates to the prom. But, when Christian dies unexpectedly, it throws them all into a tailspin.

Lilly doesn’t live in her childhood town anymore and has to return for Christian’s funeral. She makes it through, struggling with memories and regrets, with the help of her buddies, Riley and Tallinn. But, when they’re stranded together during a snowstorm, things begin to change. A hot look here, a shiver of desire there ... she’s puzzled and discomfited by this sudden attraction. They’ve never been more than friends, ever, and the change is nearly as difficult to accept as Christian’s death.

Author Jenika Snow skillfully penned a believable story about three friends who slowly become more. Too often, we see stories where they just leap into bed without a second thought and that always feels a bit false. You won’t get sex in the first few chapters... instead you’ll read about a relationship, the relationship between Lilly and Tallinn, Lilly and Riley, Tallinn and Riley and the three together. There are multiple dynamics here, and they’re all addressed in a realistic way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story that touched my heart long before it touched my libido. But don’t assume that means there wasn’t plenty of steam! Once things started, whoo!, even a fan on high wouldn’t cool me off. The author not only addressed the emotional dynamics between each set and then the three together, but the sexual ones as well. Each of the men is very different in how they handle Lilly, and though they aren’t entirely thrilled with having to share, they understand that the love between them is between them – all three of them. After dousing my head in cold water, I gave a sigh at the end, especially when reading the epilogue, which was touching and added a wonderful sense of togetherness.

If you want a story that’s romantic, real and oh-so hot, then Lilly’s Surrender is the perfect choice. I highly recommend it.

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