Aristide, Léandre, and Perrin pledge only three loyalties in life: their king, their captain, and their passion for each other. So when the musketeers discover a plan to accuse M. de Tréville of treason, their reactions vary from the desire to kill the messenger, Benoît, to the need to unmask the man behind the plot to discredit their captain. The first two suspects, the English ambassador and Cardinal Richelieu, prove to be innocent, and the musketeers are forced to delve deeper into the inner machinations of the French court.
Meanwhile Aristide finds himself falling in love with that fated messenger, a blacksmith without a home who rouses all of his protective, possessive instincts. Benoît, however, has no interest in any man. Torn between desire and duty, Aristide must find a way to protect the king, clear his captain's name, and save his friends - all while heeding the demands of his heart.
©2010 Ariel Tachna and Nicki Bennett (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
Yes, there is A LOT of talk about sex in this tale inspired by the Three Musketeers. Don’t tell me it never crossed your mind to wonder if they were “doing it.” Well in this tale, they are definitely doing it. But it is not the original Musketeers, but three other Musketeers in the same time period. This is a different story although it includes the same type of royal court drama and the Cardinal makes an appearance. But the basic story is about a ménage relationship btwn the men; but one of them wants more. Although he loves his brothers and likes the hot monkey sex, he yearns for someone who is just for him. When he saves a man that has been attacked, he thinks he has found him. Unfortunately, the man is straight (having had only one lover, his wife) and is having a hard time overcoming his Catholic upbringing. Therefore, this story has a lot of angst and kind of drags a little, in between the sex scenes. But the romance is sweet and worth the ride. It should be noted that this is an omni-POV story, so you have to pay attention to keep track of who is speaking, as the POV changes frequently.
Peter B. Brooke is a fav narrator and he delivers. Speaking in multiple French and Spanish accents, he really made this enjoyable. This is the second book in the series and I did not listen to the first beforehand. Although the MC in the first book (Checkmate) is an important presence in the this book, this is a stand alone book. However, I liked the MC from Checkmate so well in this book that is bought Checkmate too so I can hear their story.
Overall, I enjoyed this book although I prefer to have more romance and less sex. Que sera sera.
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