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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Destiny Calls by Samantha Wayland

Destiny Calls by Samantha Wayland
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (209 pages)
Other: M/F, M/M, M/M/F, Ménage, anal play/intercourse
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Patrick didn’t think it would be a big deal to kiss his best friend Brandon. Hell, they’d done crazier things to avoid a bar fight. He was totally unprepared to be wildly turned on, the kiss opening up new avenues of pleasure he’d never dreamt of—Patrick, after all, was straight, even if Brandon wasn’t.

Destiny’s never been afraid to ask for what she wants. When she sees Patrick and Brandon together, she knows exactly what she wants—the three of them in bed together, preferably with her in the middle of a hot, naked-man sandwich with her two best friends.

When Brandon finds himself hunted by an unknown enemy, the three friends find themselves fighting for their lives—and their hearts.

Looking for that story that grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go? Look no further than Destiny Calls!

Some of the hottest M/M scenes come when one or both of the men don’t intend to go “that far” or when it’s so spontaneous the intensity of the moment steals your breath. Destiny Calls is that type of book. Patrick and Brandon are best friends and have been since they were kids watching each other’s backs, so there is a bond between them that has never been blurred by intimacy.

When circumstances create a reason, a need, to cross that line it becomes painfully obvious that they can never go back to just being friends. The journey to that elusive HEA that these men take, along with the third member of this triad, Destiny, isn’t easy or without doubt and heartache. My heart raced, my eyes watered and I breathed a huge sigh of relief when the bad guys were defeated.

There isn’t a whole lot of spoken dialogue in this novel but it works for this story. Ms. Wayland gives us a lot of internal dialogue that shows the conflict Patrick, Brandon and Destiny each deal with. It’s different for each character. Patrick never knew he was “in the closet” much less how to deal with the consequences when his department begins to suspect his involvement with Brandon AND Destiny. Brandon has always known he was gay and had secret feelings for Patrick but would never have acted on those feelings. Destiny has been in love with and dated Patrick off and on for many years. She wants more but does NOT do commitment!!

As I said, emotions and tension runs deep in this book. So does the incredibly HOT sheet action but the author says it best... it’s “Not just sex. Tenderness”. I appreciated how Ms. Wayland painted Patrick as the dominant in the bedroom but she doesn’t let him get away with always being on top. With love and tenderness, Brandon teaches Patrick it’s okay to let someone else be in control…sometimes.

The plot is multilayered and at one point I felt like that Ms. Wayland had thrown in a side story regarding the local mob that was unnecessary to the overall story. I couldn’t have been more wrong. While the mob isn’t the main plot it served a greater purpose of making Patrick more aware of himself and his feelings for Brandon. Ms. Wayland delivers an incredibly heart wrenching story that is so realistic at its core it’s hard to open a paper or turn on the news and not see a story that relates.

There is so much I would like to say about this book but it would give away too much of this story and it really needs to be read to be appreciated. If you love intensity in and out of the bedroom and thick throughout the book, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Destiny Calls. This was the first book by Ms. Wayland that I’ve read but it certainly won’t be the last.

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