Give and Take

Kira Stone
Give and Take
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Changling Press
Release Date
June 2014
Erotic Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

"Give and take, baby. That's the only way to win."
That's Dennis Rafferty's flippant advice to Hannah Baird as they leave a failed negotiating session in Earth Prime's Legal Complex. She'd really like to give him a piece of her mind, but instead is suddenly summoned to a new meeting.
Chamber M isn't outfitted like any Complex negotiation room she's ever seen, and the delectable man who greets her isn't like any legal counselor she's ever met. Could there be something more behind Rafferty's parting shot than cocky arrogance?

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Aug 14, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
150 people found the following review helpful
Sleeping with the enemy is hotter when it's a threesome.

Hannah Baird is an uptight prosecutor who will do everything she can to make those who break the law pay. She sees everything as either black or white. The person who bugs her beyond her ability to stomach is Dennis Rafferty. He defends the slimy jerks who believe a simple slap on the wrist is fine for harassing and sexually violating others. When they are on opposing sides, Hannah is determined to win the case.

This story is a bit odd. Hannah is not a particularly likeable character. She's the stereotypical ball-busting woman who carries a huge chip on her shoulder. In addition, she's sexually deprived. The only thing close to her having sex is the stick up her ass making her snippy and rude. The answer to changing her to something human comes from Dennis, the criminal defender. He makes her take a step back and see more than just right versus wrong.

The underlying message to this story doesn't work for me. Yes, this is fantasy. Yes, this is fiction. It's not supposed to be taken so seriously. Here's why I found the story to be just okay. The interplay between the characters felt forced. While Hannah became a more relaxed person, the method was strange. Not only this, but a ménage with an established loving m/m couple didn't make sense. The set-up for the ménage is there, yet the connection and desire Dennis possesses for Hannah is not believable. This is really what broke the story for me.

From a sexual tension, it worked fine. The masseuse's extended foreplay plus the nifty futuristic massage table were a nice touch. Where do I make an appointment at this spa? Does my medical benefits cover this therapeutic stress relief? I think it qualifies.

Overall, this story's erotic content is stronger than the plot. For ménage lovers who have a kink for erotic massages.
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