Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Intense Pleasure by Lora Leigh


Her name is Summer, as beautiful and occasionally fierce as her name suggests. Her past has just come back to haunt her, and suddenly she’s not sure who she can trust. Her longtime confidantes Falcone and Raeg seem to have Summer’s best interests at heart... but it’s clear that their desire for her still burns between them. Can they find a way to keep Summer safe—or will a bitter rivalry stand in their way?

Falcone and Raeg need to work together, now more than ever, if they intend to protect Summer from an old enemy who knows her dangerous secret. When Summer’s identity as a sweet, Southern socialite gets out, the two men must find a way to draw out the ruthless assassin on her trail... and keep their illicit romance with her under wraps. But some passions are so intense they can’t remain hidden. What are Falcone and Raeg willing to risk for the woman they both crave like no other, in Intense Pleasure, the next Bound Hearts novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F/M Romance
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This was a long, drawn out story. I haven't read the books in the series in order, but you don't really need to with this book. Despite the complexity of the story, you never really felt that you didn't know what was going on.

Summer's life is threatened by a Russian boss – Falcone and Raeg search her out to ensure that she remains unharmed. Their relationship with Summer is complex, strange, hidden, and from afar, all wrapped in to one.

Falcone is the more laid back of the two brothers. He has understood Summer and his desire/need for her for a while. What he doesn't know is whether or not he can walk away from her when the time comes. He knows, with his family history, that if he shows any weakness, it poses a threat to Summer – she is his weakness.

Then you have Raeg. He was definitely the more complex of the brothers. Hiding his feelings, suppressing them to the point where all he can do is push people away. He has lost someone in the past and knows that Summer would be in danger from their father, if she were to become a permanent part of their lives. However, he is becoming less and less able to hide his desires.

I thought that Summer was very fierce at the beginning and seeing her personality change when she was finally able to go home – that was somewhat strange, but a good change for her. The parties, I thought, were somewhat frivolous and unnecessary. I think that her family was well equipped to scare Falcone and Raeg off with their own ways.

I thought that Summer and Raeg had more chemistry and that the sex between the three of them was definitely hot. That being said, their relationship was not really developed that well. It was surface only. Even with the big reveal at the end, you never really got to see the relationship between the three of them develop in to a real relationship.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I fell in love with this series back before it morphed into Bound Hearts. The men and women we read about all have complex natures and none more than Summer.

Summer is tired of living the life of an agent and of being nothing more than an irritant to Raeg and a toy to Falcon. Neither of the men seem to want her enough to bring her to their bed, either individually or together, nor do they seem to want to let her out of their sight. She wants to go home, to become the Summer of old, and to find a place to ease her soul. Doing so is not as easy as it would seem, as both Raeg and Falcon are determined to keep her in DC with them.

Falcon and Raeg both want Summer, but Raeg has been traumatized by an act that has left him damaged and unable to show his love. Falcon doesn't believe that the same thing would happen again, but there is no convincing Raeg of that fact. But now that Summer's life is danger from another faction, Raeg can't deny his feelings for Summer even though being with her could cost her his life. Falcon's feelings are more obvious and less threatening to Summer, while Raeg's intensity both scares and exhilarates her.

Once again, another great story of love and intrigue from Ms. Leigh.

This is one sizzling hot read. If you like a lot of tension, and a lot of super hot tension relievers, then this is for you!

It is part of a series, and I do think that it makes a lot more sense if you have the background to this trio's work and the tension between them. The situation is explained, but obviously not all the details. I think that knowing how tough Summer has been would make the difference when she is home, much stronger. So my advice would be to read at least a few books earlier than this one if you can – I promise it is no hardship!

There is so much angst between Summer, Falcon, and Raeg, and then unbelievable heat, followed by danger, and all manner of family complications. I loved the scenes between the men and Summer's father. I spent a lot of the book rather nervous that things were a bit precarious, and I did not see the ending coming at all – which made it even better than I had hoped.

I am looking forward to having the time to reread the series and know this will be a real treat at the end (for now).

#1 New York Times bestseller, LORA LEIGH is the author of the Navy SEALS, the Breeds, the Elite Ops, the Callahans, the Bound Hearts, and the Nauti series.
"Lora Leigh writes compelling, red-hot romance." – Sacramento Book Review

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Intense Pleasure (Bound Hearts #14) by Lora Leigh to read and review.

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