Napoleonic War veterans Phillip Neville and Jonathan Overton jointly desire the voluptuous Maggie Trueheart, but the fulfillment of their plans for winning her individually and then together surprises them all with how much and in which ways they all can love each other. Sexual chemistry and emotional intimacy - between men, between man (and then men) and woman - are electrifyingly displayed as Alex Moorcock’s performance shifts seamlessly from seductive banter to sizzling physical sensations in award-winning erotic Regency romance writer Samantha Kane second "Brothers in Arms" title.
Brothers in Arms, Book Two
Phillip Neville and Jonathan Overton have been best friends since childhood. When they return to England as veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, they enter the marriage market. It doesn't take long for them both to fall deeply in love with shy, awkward, beautiful Maggie Trueheart. Phillip and Maggie marry, but Phillip and Jonathan do not tell her about the menage-a-trois marriage the two men hope to have. When Maggie finds out, it takes the persuasive power of both men to convince her that this threesome was meant to be.
In the process of helping Maggie discover the sexually aggressive woman inside herself, Phillip and Jonathan realize their love for one another is more than friendship. Before the two men can consummate their relationship, however, a brutal attack on Maggie and Jonathan's self-recriminations drive the lovers apart. It will take all the love and determination the three possess to achieve their happily ever after.
©2006 Samantha Kane (P)2013 Audible Inc.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Samantha Kane has developed a theme where young men form staunch friendships during the appaling war years and then have a desire to share the same woman under the one roof. It is a persuasive ploy to introduce menage relationships but why set it in another century? If the date were not stated one would assume by the way the characters speak and behave that the story was set in the present day.
"Love Under Siege" introduces two friends, Phillip and Jonathan , both of whom covet the same woman, Maggie. Jonathan backs out from persuing her, allowing his best friend to marry her instead, but their most arduous desire is to share her and live as a threesome. All this is concocted behind Mary's back who is innocent and green in the art of lovemaking. Jonathan grows weary of waiting and urges his friend to make haste with Maggie's progress in the bedroom as his desires are raging beyond control! Peter is more than eager to oblige, wishing to relive the experience of sharing a woman with the friend he now lusts over.
Thus begins a not so delicate seduction with the two men appearing coarse and pushy not allowing Maggie a reprieve. She is shocked by such a proposition but cannot deny the attraction she feels for them. Her reticence and qualms are laid to rest by Jonathan and Phillip whose attack on all fronts leaves no room for resistance. Maggie capitulates enjoying the advances of both men until she is attacked by someone who threatens to reveal their licentious lifestyle to society.
Ms Kane focuses primarily on the sexual relationship of the characters at the expense of character development so we are bombarded with ample sex scenes before we get to know the heroes' deeper feelings, conflicts and desires. Unfortunately, most authors of erotica contend themselves to simply telling us that the heroes love each other, period. There is no actual build up of expectation or the gut wrenching need to earn someone's love. In this case, the heroine loses all her inhibitions in record time and does not hesitate to use four letter words to express her wishes in the bedroom. In fact the overuse of this limited vocabulary that the characters love to use makes them appear atavistic, with a great emphasis on raw carnality which sadly detracts from the sensual. How about some Real Emotions?
Too much homosexual in book
Hope no male sex, doesn't sit well with me
Tried to get money back, but wouldn't work
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a pretty good story. I liked Maggie, Phillip and Jonathan and their story was enjoyable and engaging.
Maggie is a properly raised daughter that never expected to gain the attention of a titled husband. Her family has money but don't come from titles and so her family was quite happy when Maggie started to be courted by Phillip.
Phillip and Jonathan are best friends and went through a lot together during war. During war time they (and some of the other men in the fighting) took to sharing women as s way to connect with others and keep some vestige of their humanity during awful times. When Phillip and Jonathan got home, they decided to find a woman they both want, Phillip would marry her and then they'd work on getting her to accept Jonathan.
They actually are both present during the courting (enough that at first Maggie wasn't sure which man was courting her) but once Maggie and Phillip get married, Jonathan goes away for their first 3 months of marriage. Phillip is supposed to be using this time to get Maggie prepared for Jonathan but when Jonathan comes back he finds that Phillip hasn't fared well with his new wife and they're having issues enough in the bedroom as it is. Philip hasn't been on his game (so to speak) without Jonathan being around but once Jonathan shows up, Phillip and he make plans on how to bring Maggie around. Maggie is happy to see Jonathan as she developed warm feelings for him during the courtship period. The men are able to get things working alright between Phillip and Maggie but she balks at the idea of Jonathan joining them. Maggie was raised to see this type of relationship as being a grave sin and something that would be frowned upon by all. Things are helped along when she meets Kate, Jason and Tony (the trio from book #1, The Courage to Love) as well as some of the other men Phillip and Jonathan served with. Kate is the most helpful and gets Maggie to consider the relationship but even then there are some tense times.
Maggie eventually does accept both men but it takes multiple steps as Maggie goes through some intense struggles to get past how she was raised. To be honest, there was a time or 2 I wished she'd stop being such a twit but I have to admit her response would be expected and could have even been much worse. Still, there was a point where I thought she was just nitpicking in an effort to keep from taking the final (and in her mind damning) step. I was actually surprised at what caused her to make her final decision to accept things fully....I actually thought that would cause her to backslide. Thankfully, Maggie does accept things and after that she puts her whole self in to the relationship between her, Phillip and Jonathan. She shocks both men by not only seeing their longing for each other, but also encouraging them to act on their unrequited desire for each other. Yes, as the blurb says, Maggie gets attacked and it causes issues (although I rather felt the drama of waiting for it to happen was more than the attack actually warranted), making Jonathan blame himself for her being hurt. Jonathan goes through some angst and self-recriminations and wallows in his misery for a while. Thankfully, the trio comes back together and Phillip and Maggie convince Jonathan that he's not going anywhere without them. They all make up and the trio starts settling in to their HEA.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked the main trio overall...both Maggie and Jonathan got a little angsty at times but it wasn't too bad and I can't think of any complaints about Phillip. The story was pretty good but I really wish they would have caught the bad guy...he was also in book #1 so I get the feeling he's going to be an issue throughout the series. Overall, this was a good story and I'll probably read more of the series in the future. I'd recommend this story. :)
* note - The narrator did a good job but the narration speed felt a little slow for my taste. I sped up the speed to 1.25% and it sounded more like regular speed, IMO.
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