REVIEW: LEXI BLAKE ✭ THE MEN WITH THE GOLDEN HANDCUFFS

REVIEW: LEXI BLAKE ✭ THE MEN WITH THE GOLDEN HANDCUFFSThe Men with the Golden Cuffs by Lexi Blake
Also by this author: The Dom Who Loved Me, A Dom is Forever
on May 29th 2012
Genres: Erotic Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Inkslinger
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three-half-stars

A woman in danger…

Serena Brooks is a bestselling author of erotic fiction. She knows how to write a happy ending but hasn’t managed to find one of her own. Divorced and alone, she has no one to turn to when a stalker begins to threaten her life. The cops don’t believe her. Her ex-husband thinks she’s making the whole story up. She has no one left to turn to except a pair of hired bodyguards. They promise to guard her body, but no one can protect her heart.

Two men in search of love…

Adam Miles and Jacob Dean are halves of a whole. They’ve spent their entire adult lives searching for the one woman who can handle them both. Adam is the playful, indulgent lover, while Jacob is the possessive, loving Dom. When Serena comes into their lives, Adam is certain that she’s the one. But Jacob’s past comes back to haunt them all. He is suspicious of Serena’s story, and his concerns are driving a wedge between him and Adam. But when the stalker strikes, they will have to come together or lose each other forever…

THE MEN WITH THE GOLDEN CUFFS

by Lexi Blake

Lexi Blake’s second in her Masters and Mercenaries series features a menage of two men and a woman. I’m not much of a menage reader…you know…third wheel and three’s a crowd or something but once in a while I actually enjoy it.

Shy Serena Brooks is an erotic romance writer and she writes about, you guessed it, BDSM and menage relationships. When she walks into McKay-Taggart Grace, the little matchmaker from The Dom Who Loved Me, pushes her on to Adam Miles and Jacob Dean, two men known for their professional skills as bodyguards, security men, and all around badasses and their preference to share a woman. When Serena presents her case that a stalker threatens her life she encounters nothing but doubts and distrust – first the police, insinuating that it’s a ploy to promote the upcoming release of her new book and now Adam and Jake, too. Ian owes he agent a favor and despite their skepticism they are assigned as her bodyguards.

While they spend time with Serena they realize that she’s an introverted woman living in her head a lot and with fantasies that Adam and Jake specialize in. They have been friends since their early army days and it’s always been about sharing women between them. Lately Adam has felt a need for family but finding a woman who wants both two men AND BDSM is the literal needle in the haystack. When Serena comes into their lives their distrust gets in their way a lot. Too many aspects of her story don’t add up. Serena’s pull is strong though and despite their doubts they give into their dreams about a future with the sweet writer.

I loved Jake and Adam separately, they both were wonderful in their own way. Jake is this reserved alpha male who has been hurt and doesn’t trust anyone. You need to earn his affection and trust. Adam on the other hand is uninhibited, charming and outgoing. I expected them to have this amazing bromance but for some reason I didn’t feel it. It felt like they were just two friends who liked to share a woman but that’s it.

I don’t know what it is about these characters in this series but they just don’t behave the way I expect them to behave – when their feelings for Serena are put to the test they fail. Completely and utterly. Like Sean in the first book they think the worst of Serena, not even giving her a chance to have her say. No, they were downright cruel and hurt her so deeply that she retreats into herself.

She’d handed them her heart and gotten back a mottled mess. She couldn’t get past that moment when they’d rejected her. It would happen again. Potentially over and over again.

On the other hand we have Serena, who is a little mousy but blossoms under Adam’s and Jake’s attention. When they disappoint her she is mad and I LOVED that she didn’t let the men walk all over her. But there’s a point when it’s being dragged out for too long and while I understood that Serena wasn’t very self-confident and had abandonment issues I felt that she was turning in circles in her mind always coming back to why a relationship with these two men wouldn’t work. She had a huuuuge chip on her shoulder. All three of them acted like petulant, sulking children who didn’t get what they wanted and I have to admit that it was a little tiresome. It all led to a BDSM scene I wasn’t a big fan of. Instead of helping Serena overcome her fears and forgive them they made her go to an even darker place and I have no idea how she forgave them. I wouldn’t have at that point.

He’d been up front and honest about everything he wanted, and the first mistake he made she’d tossed him out without even being willing to listen to an explanation. He’d been down that road before, and he couldn’t do it again.

The irony of this wasn’t lost on me – Adam complained about the exact same thing he did to Serena (and SHE hadn’t even done anything).

Now I know that this is a lot of criticism but as I said. I actually liked these characters. They weren’t bad people but every single one had issues of their own and those weren’t the easy kind and they let those issues control them.

Despite this being erotic romance there isn’t a lot of sex in this book, definitely less than in book 1. The really strong aspects in this story are the plot and suspense. I said it before – Lexi Blake excels at writing suspense. I had a suspicion who the perpetrator was but then she topped it by adding an element I didn’t see coming despite it being obvious. But maybe that’s why it was so unexpected! The suspense is the best part of these books and I hope that the romance works a little better for me in Liam’s book. I really like his character. I also have this hate-love for Ian – I think he’ll challenge my patience like no other in this series.

three-half-stars

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