Melt Into You by Roni Loren (Loving on the Edge #2)
M/M/F BDSM Erotic Contemporary
July 3, 2012
Reviewed by Mandi
Favorite Quote: “It just means you’re hella kinky,” he said with a broad smile. “And of course, that I’m a kickass lover.”
When Evan Kennedy was 16, she became good friends with her foster brother Jace and one night, their friendship turned into something much more. After that night, Evan runs away, and Jace never hears from her again.
Evan was living out on the streets, but becomes friends with Daniel who saves her life more than once on the rough streets. Now as an adult, with her messy past behind her, Evan is a photographer with a house and a life she is proud of. She still feels like she owes Daniel for saving her from the streets, so when Daniel’s relationship radio program has a chance to move to LA, Evan wants to help anyway she can. And that is how she becomes ‘engaged’ to Dr. Dan, who is gay and in a committed relationship with his business partner. He doesn’t think a gay Dr. Dan would be well received by heterosexual couples who want relationship and sex advice. Evan finds this a small sacrifice in her life.
At a hotel for one of Dr. Dan’s couple weekends, Evan feels a bit lonely and takes an unauthorized dip in the ocean late at night. Getting stung by a jellyfish, a man is on the beach and drags her out. By chance, Jace is at this hotel too, and just happens to be sitting out on the beach. Stunned to reunite after all these years, Evan learns that Jace is in town to try to get Dr. Dan to endorse his adult toy store he owns.
They go their separate ways until Dr Dan buys Evan a membership to an exclusive BDSM club so she can have some fun having sex (which she never has) until their big move to LA. Guess who is a Dom in that club?
I didn’t read the first book by Roni Loren, but I picked up this one because I have a weakness for a good ménage. And we quickly learn, Jace has a best friend Andre that always participates in their bdsm scenes. We also learn Andre is more of a bisexual, and is very close with Jace. Although I have a weakness for ménages, I also go into them always very skeptical. It takes a lot to convince me that three people are going to end up happy together. I think Melt Into You is one of the more believable ménages I’ve read. Part of that stems from Jace and Evan’s previous emotional relationship when they were younger. Jace still has deep feelings for Evan, so when he starts a bdsm scene with her, while he loves to be a Dom, he also starts to feel very protective over her.
I think this is done well. Jace can’t separate the fact that he is here to be her Dom, with Andre just for a few weeks until she moves to LA. He falls hard and fast, and even becomes very jealous when Andre spends time alone with her. I also enjoy Andre’s reaction to Jace, and he felt like a very good friend to him. We don’t come to know Andre as well in this book. It feels more like, Jace and Evan are truly in love, and Andre and Jace are best friends. Andre and Evan are still exploring each other. I didn’t necessarily feel love between them but Andre still fits in the picture.
It is hinted throughout that Andre and Jace have more than just a friendship and I’m very happy that the author gives us some page time of just them together. I think as the reader, we needed to see their actual physical love between them, and I always enjoy a little m/m action in my ménages.
I was disappointed how fast Evan takes to the BDSM role. This scene is new to her, and yet she goes into submissive role, being called “pet” (I just don’t like that term) and using the whole sir thing very easily. She doesn’t seem to struggle at all.
Also in this story, Jace has an ex-wife who he is not on good terms with. She rears her ugly head and I really don’t like how he ends up settling things with her. I really could have just not had her in this story. I do like meeting Jace’s family and I’m glad we he spends a little bit of time with them.
Overall I think this is a pretty solid ménage story and very sexy too.