Friday, March 24, 2017

Talking in Code by Ariel Tachna


Some things crumble under pressure. Others are tempered by it instead. For three former soldiers, a tragedy might be the catalyst that binds them together—stronger than ever.

Richard Horn and Timothy Davenport met in the SEALs twenty years ago and have been lovers ever since. Now running their own paramilitary organization, Strike Force Omega, they work in the shadows to protect their country and its people. When Tim falls for Eric Newton, a deadly sniper and strategist on their team, Richard accepts that Tim’s heart is big enough for two men. He respects, admires, and even desires Eric enough to accept him into their relationship—and their bed—but he’s never been fully a part of what Eric and Tim share.

Then Eric is captured by terrorists and Tim is gravely injured in an op gone wrong, bringing Richard’s world crashing down around his ears. Even if he gets his men out alive, Eric must face the aftermath of months of physical and psychological torture—and without Tim to lean on, Eric’s PTSD is tearing him apart. Richard has to figure out the third leg of their triangle fast, or Tim won’t have a life to come back to.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Angie☆☆☆☆
I didn’t know what to expect when going into this book other than it was about a triad relationship. Sometimes books with triads work, sometimes they don’t, this one did and I was really pleased. Richard, Tim “Dav,” and Eric have been together for four years and then tragedy strikes… twice. This story was well written and the characters were easy to connect with. The secondary characters were a nice addition as well and I think added to the story as well. There was a lot of miscommunication going on and a lot of mixed feelings that were unnecessary, but once Richard and Eric stopped talking in code, everything went smoothly. The love these three men had for each other and all that they endured was a test of true love and it was a great story.

Characters: Well written and the reader could connect with the characters
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Not sure
Genre: M/M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes


Sarah☆☆☆
This story really wasn’t what I was expecting from the blurb. I was expecting a black ops adventure and instead this was the story of three men renegotiating their relationship after two failed missions result in serious injuries, leaving them all emotionally fragile.

Ariel Tachna has been an auto-buy ever since I fell in love with her Lang Downs series. Unfortunately and unusually, this story didn’t quite work for me. I felt like I had fallen into the fifth or sixth book in a series and I felt adrift without the worldbuilding or character development I needed to fully engage in the story.

This story takes place when Richard and Tim have been together for twenty years and Eric has been with them for four. We get bits of their stories at various points in the book, but I didn’t quite understand the nature of their Strike Force Omega organisation and none of the three men ever really quite came alive for me.

Most of this story takes place as Eric and Tim recover in a military hospital in Germany. Eric and Richard alternately stand vigil at Tim’s bedside and work to help Eric with his own recovery. The conflict in the story is Richard and Eric learning to love each other without Tim’s assistance. There are moments of intrigue and intelligence gathering, but this definitely isn’t the action story I was expecting. I also found the ending abrupt and a little bit confusing.

The sex in this book is hot. It takes a while before Eric and Richard get to bed but by the end of the story, this book is probably best classed as ménage erotica. Where the characterisation, plot, and world building isn’t what I expect from this author, the sex between the three men is much steamier than in many of her books.


Rachael☆☆☆☆☆
This is another book that I didn't even read the blurb before jumping in. I saw it was an Ariel Tachna book and I had to read it. I absolutely love Ariel Tachna's way of creating characters that are so true and real, so much so that I can see them and feel like, by the end of the story, I know them as I would someone I sat down and had a long conversation with instead of a character that is one dimensional.

I absolutely loved the way this story played out. Sure, we jump into a threesome. One pair that has been together for a very long time while the third is relatively new to the relationship. However, that being said, we get to watch as the relationship changes, grows, adapts, and becomes this wonderful, supportive union in ways that it wasn't when the book first started. We get to watch these two very strong men struggle when what they both considered to be the 'glue' in their relationship is out of commission.

Then there are the medical and PTSD things that are having to be dealt with on top of the blunders going on in their personal lives.

This is probably one of the best books I've read about a threesome. It shows that things aren't always smooth, things aren't always easy. Communication is essential in every relationship, but more so when there are three. This is a story truly about the interior workings of the relationship, more so than the jobs that the men have, but it is a really well written story that I enjoyed very much.



When ARIEL TACHNA was twelve years old, she discovered two things: the French language and romance novels. Those two loves have defined her ever since. By the time she finished high school, she’d written four novels, none of which anyone would want to read now, featuring a young woman who was—you guessed it—bilingual. That girl was everything Ariel wanted to be at age twelve and wasn’t.

She now lives on the outskirts of Houston with her husband (who also speaks French), her kids (who understand French even when they’re too lazy to speak it back), and their two dogs (who steadfastly refuse to answer any French commands).

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Talking in Code by Ariel Tachna to read and review.

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