She has a killer on her tail and three men in her bed....
An author who knows how to please turns up the Heat in a sizzling new novel of erotic suspense....
Hutch, Cam, and Sawyer were juvenile delinquents when they formed a friendship with the wealthy but lonely Regina. She felt loved for the first time in her life by all three. Today she's a police officer and wary of resuming her relationship with the hot trio until an attempt is made on her life. When they jump in to protect her, an all-new bond is formed, one riskier than ever before because now a killer looms in the shadows.
©2013 Maya Banks (P)2013 Penguin Audio
Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss.
Be With Me is another of Maya Banks' awesome stories about a woman in a relationship with three men. This one is a little different from Maya's usual offerings - Regina has known Hutch, Cam, and Sawyer for most of her life and a year ago their relationship changed from friendship to something more. Regina, shocked and scared by the change, cuts them out of her life and the men allow her to run. However, when she is attacked when on duty as a police officer, her men decide enough is enough!
Regina is a wonderfully strong character and while I enjoyed the plot of her being targeted by a killer, I probably enjoyed more the exploration of her relationships with Hutch, Cam and Sawyer. They all have doubts and how they work out the dynamics of their partnership was a joy. And, of course, as this is Maya Banks writing, there are plenty of steamy hot scenes while they explore their physical relationships.
Adam Paul tackles the narration well; he isn't my favourite narrator but he is more than up to the task here! Worth a credit? Yes, absolutely.
Anyone who listens to Maya Banks know that she is a very talented author when it comes to this genre and her books, rather than becoming stale, thankfully seem to be getting better and better as she skilfully handles the character's temperaments rather than just the temperature that can be reached.
This one focuses more on the emotional side of the ménage as the once childhood best friends each come to terms with the impact on their lives a ménage will make but the alternative is just too unbearable to contemplate and we then see the doubts slowly turn into deeds. Not quite so much sex - in fact it isn't until chapter 19 that there's M/F action and that continues until there's a M/F/M incident and only twice is there any full F/M/M/M action which is dealt with in such a touching, emotional, loving way that it's a tender act of love and never thought of as a sleazy act.
There's also the tension as the threats and incidents mount up by the stalker which puts added pressure on the blossoming feelings of the four lovers which eventually caused unnecessary misgivings, misunderstandings and added stress. Even when the identity of the stalker is eventually uncovered it was the emotion of sadness and regret that overwhelmed everyone and was the catalyst to a perfect ending.
Would have liked a 'happily ever after' epilogue 10/20 years later with a ceremony, kids and parenthood - but hey that's just me being needy and greedy I guess and we can all dream!
Worth a credit? Well Maya if you keep writing to this standard then I'll keep buying - so my answer is a HELL YEAH.
I'm a MA in Theatre and love a good story. I also sometimes forget to proofread my reviews so sorry for any typos ;)
Okay so never have read a m/m/m/f book before and I rated it honestly - as a book it's got a very basic plot, the characters are basic and the climax is just something that could happen to be called a climax BUT let's be honest... you're not buying this for the plot.
Strong female character in love with three different guys, all childhood friends, brothers in a foster home, and she refuses to choose between them so she chooses none. This all came to a head one night when all the guys decided to make a pass at her and take her on all at once - after a hot gangbang she left and hasn't spoken to them for a year. In the meantime the guys, all running an architect firm, have built a house for all four of them to live in with the hopes that they'll win her back. She's a cop and gets hurt and they go to the hospital then take her home... to their new home.
What follows is the guys trying to talk her into accepting all of them as her... what, husbands, mates, lovers, partners... whatever. Basically they will sacrifice ever finding someone to be their alone to share her with the other guys. It's almost convincing but I just don't buy it. But it's fun anyway.
Like I said the characters are basic - the strong female cop, the sensitive best friend, the intriguing intellectual, and the brute who likes it kinky... there are only so many holes to fill in a body so you get the idea of what's to come.
I was not sure I would purchase this book based on the 4 person love triangle but I took a chance after reading the reviews and I am so glad I did. In my opinion this is a hard story to write and make it sustainable but Maya Banks did an awesome job. I love that it wasn't easy and they all had to work through growing pains as well as dedicate themselves to making the relationships work. Maya Banks did a great job at showing the complexities that would come with this type of relationship. I also enjoyed that the story wasn't just about the sex, although there are some great scenes. I think Adam Paul was a great choice for the narrator, I don't think I would love the book if it had been narrated by a female. I definitely would recommend this book to others.
Yes. I have always enjoyed listening to Maya Banks' books. I discovered her about two years ago and have listened to everything Audible has offered since then. However, it was obvious this was one of her earlier books. Her writing, characterizations, and emotions have come so far since 2008 when this book was written. Don't get me wrong - I liked this one; loved the differences in the three men, but the book was predictable and lacked, at least for me, the substance her later books have.
Absolutely, and have.
I believe Adam Paul's narration of Ms. Banks' books has gotten better and better with each book he narrates. At first it was difficult to get used to the difference between he and Harry Berkley, but, like I said, I think he gets better and better.
Maya Banks will always be in the top five authors for me and most of the time #1. I have difficulty waiting for Audible to present us with new audio versions of her books, in fact, because I have listened to everything they have offered, I consistently go to other audio websites to see if anything new or different is offered.
So, Audible, step up your game and get some of the older books while awaiting Ms. Banks' new ones.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
There are times that I just don't enjoy a book Maya writes. This was one. I just couldn't get into this one. I just expect so much from her and I feel let down on this one. Regina just got on my nerves. Even the sexual situations are not that great.
I have almost every book Maya has written. I like most of them, but this one is one of the few that I just don't like. I actually stopped it and went back to it later. That is something I never do.
Yes, listen to another book because I didn't like this one.
I usually love Maya's books but on this one I'd say pass on it. I'd save my credit on something better.
yes and no...
yes. because there is a friend that would love the whole COP and Mystery part. As well as the point of bring loved
No. because at some points there was just too much going on when it came to ALL 4 of them being together.
I've listedn to several books and thus far. i've loved almost all of them. She is a great Author.. and something funny.. My baby girl's name is Maiya Banks.. I hope she grows up to be just as talented as the author.
The COUNTRY ACCENTS.. hilairous. just a little too much TWANG..
i am not sure about that one.
Um...whew. This is a hot one. I'm pretty critical about my erotic romance, but holy hell. This is a book that gripped me from the beginning, the story line is very compelling and I fell in love with each and every one of those men. Cam, Hutch and Sawyer are hot hot hot!! The narrator...I do believe I am in love with him. I usually don't like men narrators, personal preference, I guess, but for this, I will gladly make an exception. Adam Paul is a narrating god. His voice is smooth, transitioning from character to character with enough personality that you know exactly who it is he is speaking for.
Regina is a strong woman who has a choice to make, and she makes it.
This book doesn't even really have sex until midway through or more, but the entire story is worth listening to. The sex is...let me grab my fan...hot. Really hot, very well written and not tacky. I say Maya Banks is a genius for making me believe that a polyamorous relationship could not only be sexy, but work.
It isn't a fairy tale relationship. There is jealousy, hurt feelings and confusion that they have to work through, which makes it all that more believable for me. Regina is terrified about what she wants, what they want from her, but the way the story is woven is exceptionally skillful.
Definitely worth the credit and if you don't have any...spend the money and just buy it full price. I'd pay double (triple) for this book and not just for the erotic plot. The entire story has you under its spell, and by the time sex actually enters into it, it's more of a bonus rather than what you've been waiting for, even though it's...hmmm. Um. Yeah. Good. Really good. I finished this book in one sitting, which is rare for me, but everything about it made me just want to keep going, keep at it until I knew every facet of these characters. There is a sweetness, a total lack of selfishness, under their determination that you just wish you had in your life, a premeditation that makes your heart beat just a little bit faster.
Absolutely five stars in every way, performance, narration, and story. A+++ read, and I wish there was more for these particular characters. Ladies, your husbands will be grateful you spent the money, because after you read this book, you're going to be in one rare mood. Keep your fan handy because even when they aren't having sex, you wish they were and the situations are so...heavy with the undertone that you'll find yourself on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what happens.
Maya Banks just became my new favorite author of all time. And coming from me, that's something. I read hundreds and hundreds of books and I have only a few, very few authors who rate high enough for a re-read or for me to search out their books. She rates for both.
Say something about yourself!
I couldn't extract they story as I just can't endure the narrator's voice
Change the narrator!
The monotone voice
I really did enjoy this book but the narrator made the male characters sound like hillbilly bumpkins that were more like college kids trying to get the girl rather than a 'sexy man'. I wish I had actually READ the book. Even tho I enjoyed it, I think it would've been better 'hearing' it in my own head.
"hot and spicy"
try the colter's series
fmmm romance and sex. if you are easily shocked don't listen
Only sorry to have reached the end! Great cardiovascular workout. Phew! Love the narration by Adam Paul... Just can't keep a straight face when listening to his vocal impressions of the more middle aged females...maybe they're meant to be nasally whiney? Still think he's an excellent choice! Contains DP / mild bondage AND romance...and a moderately interesting storyline (suspense), which is always a bonus. Stronger female lead character also appeals to me, most definitely missing from some of the other popular literature around (not my cup of tea as I find weak female characters really irritating regardless of the 'scenes'. NB weak as opposed to inexperienced. Haven't found the former in books by either Maya Banks or Olivia Cunning)
Maya Banks and Olivia Cunning books would have to feature in any top 5 list of mine. Great escapism, great narration and great characters.
Recommend: Rush; Fever and waiting patiently for Burn due out soon. Only wish there were more of Maya Banks books available on Audible! Don't understand why there aren't.
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