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Series: Neighborly Affections #5
Also in this series: Becoming His Master
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, BDSM, Erotica
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Also by this author: Becoming His Master, Her Shirtless Gentleman
Three’s the naughtiest kind of crowd.
Getting to the one-year mark is hard enough in a relationship between two lovers. For three, just getting through the day can be half the battle. Between Alice’s headstrong insistence on pushing her sexual limits and Jay’s need to confront an abusive former lover, Henry has his hands full keeping both his partners safe and happy. But despite all the challenges—and unexpected dangers that lurk in their hedonistic world—the three have formed a union that brings each of them to the edge of something new—something they may not be able to hold onto.
ARC provided by Author/Publisher for honest review.
Henry, Jay, and Alice are back in Finding Their Balance book number five in M.Q. Barber’s Neighborly Affections series. In order to fully enjoy this book, I suggest you read the series in order.
Barber has a lyrical quality to her writing. Each detail perfectly executed to create a world in which the reader can get lost. Every step of the way you feel the forward motion of the characters. Not only do you see growth of the individual, but also within the relationships. Each book in the series sees new challenges for Henry, Jay, and Alice and each book sees growth from the experiences of those challenges and those experiences seamlessly move the reader through the next book and the next set of challenges.
“Finding your balance is a delicate dance at first.”
This book picks up where book three finishes. (Book four can actually be read as a prequel as it is Henry and Jay before Alice comes into the picture.) Alice is moved in with her boys and they are finding their new normal. It felt like this step was a long time in the making, but really it’s been quite quick — but because we know how very long Henry and Jay desired Alice and knew that things could be perfect together, it seemed like it took her forever to come to terms with her feelings. Definitely no insta-love for them. It’s a very satisfying slow build to an epic romance.
“It’s no an either-or— either we’re in love or things aren’t perfect and love is an illusion. Imperfect love. I can’t quantify it, but I feel it.”
Henry is a Master and a complete alpha gentleman. I honestly never thought I would enjoy reading a BDSM book with a Dominant that uses a softer touch, but Henry completely changed my mind. Barber proves it is 100% possible to write an alpha hero without him having to be a jerk in the beginning. Henry masters with steady love and respect, it’s beautiful. Jay is often lovingly referred to as an excited puppy. So full of life and energy. His need to serve and be mastered such an integral part of who he is makes him the perfect submissive. Alice is new to the lifestyle and is still coming to terms with what it means to belong to Henry. She’s trying to find the balance between submitting to Henry and showing dominance to Jay.
“Your confidence and strength are closer to the surface. Your belief and trust in yourself and your lovers has never been more apparent.”
So many wonderful things happen in this book. I want to spill all the beans, but I won’t. The storyline is phenomenal, five stars for sure and the erotic scenes are so much more than I could have asked for. There may or may not be a Henry-Jay-Alice moment and a Henry-Alice-Jay moment and those may or may not deserve five plus drenched panties.