09 November 2014

Their Temporary Sub by Mardi Maxwell

 Twins, Luc and Logan Ramsey, are Doms. They run Club Mystique, the BDSM club they co-own with their three brothers. They agreed to remain single until age thirty-two. When they meet secretive Cassandra "Cassie" Edwards, Logan decides she's the woman for them, but Luc decides she has too many secrets and refuses to get involved with her. Cassie blames herself for her father's death and has protected the people she loves by distancing herself from them, until she meets Luc and Logan. Tempted by Logan, who pursues her at every turn, and intrigued by Luc who wants her but keeps his distance, Cassie has to decide if she can be their temporary sub without endangering them. All bets are off when Luc and Logan discover the secrets she's been keeping and decide to protect her from the men who abused her and killed her father.

I have enjoyed the other books in this series immensely, and was excited to read this one…but I have to admit I wasn’t so sure how I’d feel about a ménage romance between two brothers and another woman.  I mean, don’t they worry about their balls accidentally touching or crossing swords?  I decided to persevere and read on, however.  I’m glad I did.
Luc and Logan are twins and run an exclusive BDSM club on their family’s ranch.  They are Doms, but have yet to find a woman they want to make theirs.  Enter Cassie, a woman with a mysterious past who is keeping a secret.  They are drawn to her, but Luc is not so sure because she seems to be a bit flaky.  He doesn’t like uncertainly, but Logan cannot deny his attraction.  He wants Cassie, and has decided he will have her.  When secrets are revealed, will they survive in order to be able to have a happily ever after?
First off, this book is super hot.  REALLY hot.  Scorching.  There are a lot of ménages on the market right now, but this one is one of the better ones I have read.  I got over the brother/brother/woman dynamic pretty quick, which made me able to enjoy the story even more.  Luc and Logan are so deliciously alpha and dominating, you just can’t help but fall under their spell right along with Cassie.  I’m not sure that I really feel like Cassie was a particularly special character.  I mean, I liked her but found that I didn’t feel a particular connection with her.  Nonetheless, I enjoyed her story and couldn’t wait to see where it led or to find out what her secret was.
I thought this book was exceptionally well done.  Interesting and sexy, it had a nice balance of sexy time and plot.  I have yet to be disappointed by a book in this series.  My only wish is that it was a longer story, simply because I felt there could have a little bit more build up between the characters and the past explored in a bit more detail.  As is, I highly recommend it.  4.5 stars.
While I enjoyed Their Temporary Sub, I really wish I had reread books one and two prior to starting it because I felt lost for far too long while reading it. I love ménage books, so I’ve been looking forward to reading Luc and Logan’s story. However, the speed with which the relationship between them and Cassie developed felt accelerated. As it has been six months and at least 200 books since I read Jackson’s Sub, I attributed the “rushed” feeling to being out of the flow of the series.

That said, after finishing Their Temporary Sub, I went back and reread Jackson’s Sub from where Cassie first enters the book and there just weren’t enough interactions between the three to balance it out. There seems to be a chunk of time missing despite the fact that book three picks up at the scene on which book two ended. Both Cassie and Luc’s emotions and wavering kept me dizzy for a large part of the book and not always in a good way. Fortunately, Logan was the stable and driving force that bonded them together – except for a singular incident, he remained steadfast in moving forward with the ménage relationship with his twin and Cassie.

As for that singular incident, it was Thor’s reaction that baffled me most when he chose to believe the word of someone he didn’t know over his goddaughter, whom he helped raise. Thank goodness the Ramsey men aren’t drawn to weak-willed women and Cassie was able to “prove” her innocence, getting everything back on track. And because love – and hormones – conquer all, the three forged ahead with their relationship … and lots of hot sex. While Their Temporary Sub was not everything I hoped it would be, it was still an enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Zane’s Choice.
I was born in Utah but I’ve traveled throughout America and lived in sunny California, hot and dry west Texas, and the mountains of Colorado. I wrote my first erotic romance in the summer of 2013. It was accepted and published that same year. Since then I’ve written three more books in the Doms of Club Mystique series. At this time I’m busy writing the fifth and final book in the series. My heroes are tough cowboys with military backgrounds and my heroines are strong, sassy and submissive. I like my readers to laugh, and cry, so I put a lot of emotion in my books as well as suspense and happy endings.  

Other than writing, I love to read, travel, garden, swim with my family, and go to the local drive-in movie with a carload of friends and a huge container of home-made cheese popcorn.

1 comment:

  1. Sara and Angela, thank you for reading and reviewing Their Temporary Sub. I really appreciate that you both took the time to do that. :-)