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Friday, July 8, 2011

Tangled Past by Leah Braemel

Tangled Past by Leah Braemel
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (134 pgs)
Other: M/M, M/F, F/M/M, Ménage, Voyeurism, Anal sex, bdsm
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Myrtle

Forced to marry a man she just met, Sarah McLeod clings to the hope that she'll finally find the love and acceptance she's always craved. Her tenuous dreams of a happy life on the frontier are in danger of being dashed by the one thing she can't change—her husband's love for another man.

Jackson Kellar's determined to do right by his bride, yet he's torn between his newfound love for Sarah and his still-burning desire for Nate.

Ranch owner Nate Campbell loves them both. He hates to see Jackson's loyalties so divided, and doesn't want Sarah hurt either. How can they fix the tangled mess they find themselves in? Nate suggests a possible solution—a permanent threesome.

With the open frontier closing in around them, is Nate's solution their path to happiness—or will others destroy what they've found together?

A shotgun wedding can leave a bad taste in a woman’s mouth but not for Sarah McLeod. After wielding a shovel and jamming her knee into a part of Nate Campbell’s “anatomy that no knee had a right being anywhere near”; and then being caught in the barn that night with Nate and a naked Jackson Kellar, Sarah soon finds herself standing in front of a preacher saying wedding vows.

Nate and Jackson are lovers during a time when their love for each other was considered taboo. Caught fooling around in the barn by Sarah then forced to marry her when her father shows up, life becomes complicated and Jackson finds himself saddled with a wife. Watching the three working out their feeling for each other was the highlight of the story, and it was very exciting to see their emotions surface and the bond between the three grow.

The tension and heat that the three threw off kept the excitement going to the end. From Jackson's slow, sweet and caring lovemaking to Sarah, to Nate dealing with listening to the two of them knocking boots at night and waking up to the same sounds in the morning. Even though the out come was predictable (this IS romance after all), the plot had enough twists and turns to keep me entertained. I like the personalities of the three main characters, and thought that Ms. Braemel did a beautiful job in making them come to life within the story line.

Even though the plot was not full of tension and mystery it had some pretty hot sex scenes full of love and tenderness which made up for the lack of nail biting anxiety. I would recommend Tangled Past to all my friends who enjoy the sweeter side of erotic romance. Definitely a story that will remain in my library to be read again.

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