Muscling In

Lily Harlem
Muscling In
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Evernight Publishing
Release Date
October 2015
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

My husband has a secret. Desires he's kept locked away in a deep, dark place.

Determined to pry details of this forbidden longing, I had no idea how much this new side of him would turn me on. So when I met the object of his lust I couldn't let it rest.

Edward Mooreland was a force to be reckoned with, a man who fought for his country and what he wanted. But did he want me and my husband? Would I ever experience his passion let loose or would I remain on the sidelines, watching, waiting, hoping?

One thing I knew, I wasn't the type of girl to give in without a fight. I wanted to be part of the action too. More than part of it, I wanted to be in the goddamn middle of it with bells, whistles and fireworks when it all exploded. Yes…I wanted it all.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Dec 21, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
243 people found the following review helpful
Reading just one little chapter became a late night as I devoured this story. Ms. Harlem is an author of renown. I see her name and I know she writes good books. I have friends who like her. She is prolific in the erotic genre. I read a couple of her books a few years ago and they were enjoyable if forgettable. MUSCLING IN caught my attention and I figured I would try her again. I am so glad I did.

Ms. Harlem's writing has definitely matured since I last read her books. I really enjoyed this book and will remember it. I will most likely go back and read this book again. What pulls me in are the characters. Edward, Sian and Coben are a tasty triad. The relationship between Edward and Coben is a blazing flame put out too soon. When Coben marries Sian, it appears Coben finds another love and is happy with life. Coben and Sian are a cute couple. They are people who feel real. They could easily be a friend in real life. The way they are created makes them relatable. Their love for each other even after the "honeymoon" phase is fun, kinky and hawt. Ms. Harlem does a nice job of showing just enough of their careers to tie this story all together. And this is what catches me and keeps me riveted.

Sian is a tattoo artist who happens to have Edward as a client. When she meets Edward again at a party with her husband Corben, their worlds collide. When reading this story, I keep hearing the worlds of Never Tear Us Apart by INXS. These three are meant to be. When they come together, it works out so well, even when there are a few ups and downs. It is nice to see the conflicts are not contrived misunderstandings or emotional temper tantrums. Instead, the conflicts are plausible relationship strains due to more than two in this tango.

In addition, Edward's job is high stress for those who love him. This is all portrayed in a beautiful manner, including the spicy sex scenes which I savoured. As a strong supporter of military personnel, this story hits all the right notes and makes my heart sing in happiness.

I enjoyed this story and recommended it to ménage lovers who want a glimpse into how good a threesome can be. And if you enjoy mmf erotic loving, this book is for you.
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Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Jan 11, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
206 people found the following review helpful
If there's one thing I've learned to expect from author Lily Harlem, it's got to be the explosive connections between her characters.

MUSCLING IN is certainly no exception. However, this particular story takes a fresh twist on the typical menage relationship and makes one of the males the anchor.

At a time when the military frowned on same-sex relationships, Coben and Edward didn't have any hopes for a future together. Five years later, Edward comes back into Coben's life. This time, however, Coben has a wife named Sian. It doesn't take long for old feelings to be rekindled, depicted in exquisite detail. Adding the drama of a third person creates a perfect area of development for the story that is realistically portrayed. There are plenty of questions that have to be answered before a happily ever after is possible.

From realistic characters to panty-melting anticipation, author Lily Harlem proves again that love knows no boundaries.
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