Alex Moorcock gives a thrilling performance of Samantha Kane's At Love's Command, the fourth book in the Brothers in Arms series. His euphonious voice and warm delivery are well suited to the pleasures contained on this sultry audiobook. For 12 years, the abused Sophia Middleton has been waiting for her betrothed, Ian Witherspoon, to sweep in and lead her to the altar. But what has been keeping him from reuniting with her? His best friend and lover, Derek Knightly. Ian is convinced that the trio can make a go of marriage. Despite reservations, the arrangement triples their ecstasy and passion.
Brothers in Arms, book four
A child when they were betrothed, Sophia Middleton has been waiting 12 years for Ian Witherspoon to return and marry her. Preyed upon by her vicious father and older brother, Sophie longs for Ian to rescue her.
Ian Witherspoon and Derek Knightly became best friends during the Peninsular War, and returned as lovers. Two more years pass before the desire for a wife and children prompts Ian to recall his little fiancée. Ian is determined to make a marriage work between the three of them. Derek opposes the marriage despite Ian's determination, but how long will he be able to resist love's command?
Sophie's vulnerability hides a core of strength and the combination enthralls and seduces both men. An apt pupil, Sophie learns trust and passion from Ian, and Derek tutors her in the ecstasy of surrender. Love will conquer their fears as they fight those who would tear them apart.
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So many books, so little time...
Menage a trois isn't my normal preference for reading/listening, but I needed to listen to something for a challenge and this was recommended. As expected, there were a lot of sex scenes, but there was also a fairly decent story and it wasn't just about the sex - there was strong emotional content, too.
I haven't heard him before (and I couldn't help a snigger at the last name, given the book's content!) but he was very good. I don't listen to a lot of books at the more erotic end of the spectrum, but those I have heard have tended to be quite poorly narrated. But this was very good, with all the characters clearly portrayed - I'd definitely be interested in listening to this narrator again.
"Wow, totally unexpected and REALLY good!"
This is book 4 but I didn't know that and it didn't seem to matter much. This group of books follows the lives of soldiers circa 1800's after the war, which war not sure, but during this war there were several pairs of men who found solace and comfort in each other and continued their "relationship" after the war. None of them are actually homosexual, and it was made clear in this book that their feelings were only for this one other man.
Having said that, this is the story or Ian and Derrick. They have been together for 5 years and Ian decides it's time for him to get married to a woman, he thinks this will help the relationship between him and Derrick because he plans to convince the woman to accept Derrick in their bed too. Derrick doesn't see the need and feels like Ian is trying to replace him...so he is grumpy and ticked!
Sophie was promised to Ian 7 years ago, an arrangement between their fathers. When she gets word that Ian is ready to marry she is ecstatic! Life has been hard for Sophie, her father believes women should not be seen or heard or speak unless a man tells her she can. To drill this into Sophie she is beaten and mocked on a regular basis and her brother (oh I hope he was a step brother) likes to teach her lessons on how to behave properly with a man. Sophie's only hope is this marriage and she prays she can live and endure until that day.
This story wasn't my normal type of story but I have to say it was really great. There were detailed scenes between M/M, M/F, and M/M/F...and all helped the story progress and the drama unfold. Great action, hot scenes, wonderful story. Great job!
*a word of warning, both the "C" word and "P" word are used to describe a female body part and the f-bomb was dropped no fewer than 100 times. If you have serious problems with any of those words don't get this book, they are all used often. The "C" word was used in an anotomical context not in a derogatory context.
"Five Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies"
Ian Witherspoon has kept his fiancé waiting almost a week trying to convince himself and his lover and best friend Derek that a marriage is what they both need to complete their family. Ian has been contracted to marry Sophie Middleton since she was ten years old and now, twelve years later, Ian thinks he has procrastinated long enough. He wants a wife, home, and children. At the same time, giving up Derek is not an option. When Ian comes face to face with Sophie, he is mesmerized by her innocence. Realizing that Sophie's harsh father might be forcing her to marry him, Ian whisks her out of her abusive parent's hearing. Asking her if she really wants to marry him, Sophie's answer surprises him - especially since she answers him on her knees with tears running down her face.
Derek Knightly has loved Ian since first coming into contact with him during the war. Vowing to take care of Ian then, and continuing to do so now, is what Derek lives for. Experiencing nightmares from his time in battle, Derek has a hard time without Ian and knows that when Ian marries, he will be kicked to the side. Heartbroken but still stubborn, Derek vows that Ian's wife will not insinuate herself into his life and heart. He does the only thing he knows to keep her at arms length - he makes himself as harsh and mean as he can.
Her home life abusive and unbearable, Sophie Middleton has been praying and waiting for Ian to claim her since she was 18 years old. Almost giving up hope, Sophie is beside herself when the letter from Ian finally arrives asking that she and her father to join him in London. Vowing to be on her best behavior so that her father won't refuse her marriage, Sophie secretly prays that Ian will still want to marry her. After all, unbeknownst to Ian, Sophie is damaged goods. The fact that she knows about Ian's secret lover, Derek, is a joy to her because if Ian is busy with Derek, then he won't bother with her. Sophie's innocent thoughts could not be more wrong.
AT LOVE'S COMMAND is the perfect story for this trio. Both Sophie and Derek are emotionally fragile at times and need Ian's commanding presence in their lives. While Derek takes care of Ian's needs, Ian takes care of Derek as well. Their love is endless and while Derek isn't thrilled to have Sophie marry Ian, I liked how he comes to his senses and realizes what an actual treasure she is. Sophie just wants to escape her abusive family and so Ian is an out for her - at the beginning. Slowly but surely, Ian weaves his magic around Sophie and vice versa, creating a love that is unconditional and very sensuous. When Derek is added into their equation of love, life is good.
Of course, there are plenty of hot sex scenes to make people happy. Some decent plot and character development to shore it all up and was happy to have some flashbacks to the war when Ian and Derek first meet and how they find a local girl they both share, then finally find each other (along with more sex scenes, naturally). This helps flesh out their characters and give them some back-story.
I am already going to the begining of Ms. Kane's Brothers in Arms series. This book was just a perfect read for me and while M/M involvement may not be for everyone, it was so well-written that I actually forgot gender and just sat back and watched a love story unfold. It was an exemplary tale!
"MORE ALEX MOORCOCK!!!"
romantic, emotional, sexy
when all three realized that they love eachother
All of his performances are awesome! I wish all of Samatha's books were narrated by him!
the story is sooo good and deep. it is also sexy as hell!
this story had some reality moments to it that added more depth to the story. it had enough fantasy and great sex scenes that kept my attention. plus there was tension between two of the main characters at the beginning and then it was resolved in the end. it was a really great read.
he has a nice deep voice and it helps the male characters sound really great.
when sophie's friends found out about her abuse at home.
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