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Friday, August 24, 2012

Retreat, Hell! She Just Got Here by Heather Long

Retreat, Hell! She Just Got Here by Heather Long
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (29 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aster

She's one of the few…

Jazz has been one of the guys for over a decade, serving her country with distinction, but she longs to explore her femininity, to be desired as a woman, to flirt, cavort and fulfill every sexual desire. When her mother of all people, signs her up for a 1Night Stand, she's not sure whether to be exhilarated or pissed. Flying to Las Vegas on the promise of a total escape, Jazz plans to be Jasmine for just one night, because tomorrow, she plans to re-up for another five years.

They're two of the proud…

Logan Cavanaugh grew up across the street from his best friend and brother-in-arms, Zach Evans. Inseparable, the two have shared everything, including women, until the year before when an IED attack during combat injured both of them. Zach suffered a concussion, but Logan's injuries were far more extensive. After a year of physical therapy, he can walk, but he'll never run or love a woman again, or so he fears. He’s ready to accept his impotence, but Zach has other ideas. He hopes a 1Night Stand date with the perfect woman will heal Logan's confidence and masculinity.

They're all Marines…

They’ll share each other, but will one night be enough?
Heather Long has done the near-impossible. She's enticed me not only to read a menage story, but fall in love with it as well!

Gunnery Sergeant Jasmine Winters is a rough and tumble Marine who has seen her share of combat. Always ready for a fight, she's proven herself on the battlefield, but what she really wants, even if only for a brief time, is to feel like a woman. With this goal in mind, she signs up for Madame Eve's 1Night Stand service, hoping to find not one, but two men to share a hot passionate night and helping find the woman she knows is buried deep inside.

Zach Evans is a combat veteran who has devoted a good deal of the last few months to his best friend, Logan Cavanaugh, who was badly injured by a roadside bomb. Unwilling to allow Logan to wither away in self-pity, Zach signed them up, along with the rest of their unit, to the 1Night Stand service. There was a difference with this request, however. Because Logan was resistant, Zach signed up for a menage, a practice the two men had engaged in prior to their combat days.

Logan, who has battled back from injury, even having to learn to walk again, is nervous about their pending date, not only because of the various scars he now has up and down his body, but because he's been sadly impotent since that fateful day. With Zach's encouragement, he's agreed, but still isn't confident things will go well once their date arrives. I will say Logan was definitely my favorite of the three; my heart went out to an American hero, trying to find what his life is supposed to be after devastation.

I am a huge lover of romance, but my preference is usually one man - one woman. This story is number two in a series, and since I read them out of order, this one came up last. I'm happy about that because by the time this book came across my desk I had more faith in Ms. Long than I have in most any other author. I knew the power of her writing and gave the story of a three-way a chance. I was NOT disappointed.

I felt a strong connection to all three of these individuals. Their motivations and needs were clearly laid out and I was rooting for all three of them to get what they needed out of their night of passion. Their sex was certainly hot, but they were also very respectful and had a genuine like of the others. Just like the other titles in the Always a Marine stories, it's so easy to get lost in the words on the page. Heather Long is an amazing talent. I'd love for her to connect the stories of all these individuals into a longer novel so I can spend more time with them!

I can't recommend all of her series highly enough, but if you like the idea of a menage, this story will definitely NOT disappoint!

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