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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Review: A Table for Three by Lainey Reese + Giveaway

Format: epub (Provided by Samhain Publishing)
Release Date: April 20, 2010

She’s taking two bites out of the Big Apple.

Riley Ramirez knew that moving to New York would change her life. She just didn’t expect it to start on her very first night in town. Her attraction to nightclub owner Kincade Marshall is instant, mind-blowing—and mutual. When she finds he is a Dom who requires her complete surrender, even when it comes to submitting to his best friend, Trevor Wellington, she finds herself willing and eager to embrace the sexual adventure.

From their earliest days, Cade and Trevor have shared everything, including women. Yet it only takes one night with Riley to know she is their forever lady. Convincing her that this is more than a temporary fling, though, will take every tool in their sensual arsenal.

As Cade and Trevor set their sights on Riley, however, they’re unaware—until it’s almost too late—that someone is targeting their fragile relationship. Someone who’s taking deadly aim at Riley. Suddenly their struggle to keep their forever woman is a fight to keep her alive…

Warning: This book contains m/f/m ménage, bdsm play, lots of steamy p.d.a, and a fine dining experience that will leave you salivating for more

I'll be honest, I almost gave up on this book 25 pages into it. At first, Cade failed to impress me with his over the top dominant male attitude and Riley came off a little too wide eyed and had a borderline TSTL personality. Thankfully I did stick it out for a little while longer and the characters began to develop quickly. While I probably won't stock up my e-reader with books containing overbearing men, BDSM or ménage à trois, I can see the appeal of a book like A Table for Three.

A Table for Three isn't just a book about two men and a woman getting hot and heavy all the time (though there is plenty of that), there is actually a romance being developed. It just happens to be between three people. Along the way there's an element of danger that only heightens the characters' responses to each other

As the book progresses, Cade, Riley and Trevor begin to bond, forming a unique relationship based on trust, affection and sexual attraction. Cade and Trevor do genuinely care for Riley and would do anything to protect her from the danger she's in, even if it's hard to see through all the displays of dominance. What I found amazing about this relationship was that there was no preference, Riley cared for both men equally, she really did have it all with them. Cade and Trevor, aside from being best friends and sharing everything, functioned at times as a single unit. They knew each other so well that they could communicate with just a look. Their friendship was definitely impressive.

A Table for Three doesn't skimp on the sex, it is an Erotica novel (again if you need clarification please defer to Keta's Keep for the definitions) and each scene is hot, sweaty and intense. Beware the readers who don't like very dominant men in bed and out because Cade and Trevor are double the dominance (though some may say they're bossy) of any men I've ever encountered in a book. What took me awhile to get used to was the bed play between Cade,  Riley and Trevor. It was difficult for me to like any of the characters  when it seemed that Riley was allowing herself to, in my eyes, be used  by Cade and Trevor however they liked. Even reasoning that, her getting hurt  when Trevor bites her too hard was her fault because she "wouldn't obey". That was a little hard to swallow (no pun intended) but I do recognize that that is part of the BDSM experience. However I prefer female characters who can take control of the sexual encounters once in awhile and male characters who enjoy that in a woman.

What I never got used to was Cade and Trevor ordering Riley around outside of bed. Picking her clothes for her, telling her where to live, whether or not she could work, it was like she was a doll for them to play with but didn't want to hear from.

However,  this is just my personal preference, some readers may like their men more dominant. If that's the case, please do pick up A Table for Three and prepare for a wild, sexy ride.

Lainey Reese is an honest writer in that she doesn't try to market A Table for Three as something it isn't. She clearly states on her website the following:
"I write books that have very dominant men  in them.  The men in my book are fierce and controlling in the bedroom  and overbearing and protective out of it.  And the women never have anything to fear  because the men would throw themselves in front of a bus before they'd  let anything hurt their ladies..including themselves."

So readers, there is no way you could accidentally pick up one of Lainey Reese's books thinking it was something else.

While A Table for Three wasn't exactly my kind of book, it is a well paced, well written and prime example of Erotica. Lainey Reese isn't shy about what she writes and is upfront about that, no false advertising here. If you love dominant men, BDSM or ménage stories then be sure to pick up A Table for Three.

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Still unsure about whether you want to try A Table for Three? How about a free copy? Lainey Reese and Samhain Publishing are graciously offering one copy for a lucky reader. Just fill out the rafflecopter form and you're entered!

About Lainey Reese
Lainey lives in beautiful Washington State.  She's the youngest of five and always wanted to be a writer.  Her first novel -A Table for Three- was nominated for best debut novel of 2010 by The Romance Review and marked a dream come true for Lainey.

With her third published release -Damaged Goods- Lainey saw another of her dreams realized when she took a leap of faith to become a full time author and left the safety net of a day job behind.

Now she spends her days writing with her dog at her feet and a cat curled in her lap and asks herself a dozen times a day; how'd I ever get so lucky?


  1. I love this review. I consider it high praise indeed that you enjoyed it despite the fact that it was not your cup of tea. I put you up on my FB page. Thank you for taking the time to step outside your box and give ATFT a chance.

  2. Thank you Lainey for sharing A Table for Two with romance fans!


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