Yes, the book is hot and includes m/m, f/m, & f/m/m sexual encounters. But the story appropriately flows thereby not including any sex before the 1+ h..Show More »our mark, which is saying something in a story so short. But once the sex starts, its presence is somewhat continuous, though I wouldn’t say that it was gratuitous. On the otherhand, I would say that the sex scenes were somewhat explicit than but also pretty short, with the exception of maybe the 1st and 2nd sexual interludes. I think there were 3 sex scenes altogether in the book. Those parts I enjoyed; it wasn’t a sex-with-no-plot book. However, I did find the story a bit implausible in its treatment of the h’s and her mom’s reaction to the m/m relationship during that historical time period and doubtful about the quickness with which the kids bonded with the two Hs. So I’m not sure if I’ll pursue more by this author, but I don’t regret the purchase. Finally, the book ends in about 4 hours with the last 23 or so minutes used to give the listener a preview of the next book; book 4 of the Brothers in Arms Series.
This is book 4 but I didn't know that and it didn't seem to matter much. This group of books follows the lives of soldiers circa 1800's after the war..Show More », which war not sure, but during this war there were several pairs of men who found solace and comfort in each other and continued their "relationship" after the war. None of them are actually homosexual, and it was made clear in this book that their feelings were only for this one other man.
Having said that, this is the story or Ian and Derrick. They have been together for 5 years and Ian decides it's time for him to get married to a woman, he thinks this will help the relationship between him and Derrick because he plans to convince the woman to accept Derrick in their bed too. Derrick doesn't see the need and feels like Ian is trying to replace him...so he is grumpy and ticked!
Sophie was promised to Ian 7 years ago, an arrangement between their fathers. When she gets word that Ian is ready to marry she is ecstatic! Life has been hard for Sophie, her father believes women should not be seen or heard or speak unless a man tells her she can. To drill this into Sophie she is beaten and mocked on a regular basis and her brother (oh I hope he was a step brother) likes to teach her lessons on how to behave properly with a man. Sophie's only hope is this marriage and she prays she can live and endure until that day.
This story wasn't my normal type of story but I have to say it was really great. There were detailed scenes between M/M, M/F, and M/M/F...and all helped the story progress and the drama unfold. Great action, hot scenes, wonderful story. Great job!
*a word of warning, both the "C" word and "P" word are used to describe a female body part and the f-bomb was dropped no fewer than 100 times. If you have serious problems with any of those words don't get this book, they are all used often. The "C" word was used in an anotomical context not in a derogatory context.