Nose in a Book Reviews: Marked

Marked (Beyond, #3.5; Thompson & Sons, #1)Marked by Lauren Dane

My rating: 4 1/2 of 5 stars

4-and-one-half-star-rating

Genre: LGBT/Menage/Poly Erotica

Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of Marked.

First let me say that I wanted this arc based solely on Beyond Temptation being in this anthology. I have really loved reading Kit Rocha’s Beyond series and this one did not disappoint. I was honestly happily surprised by finding a hidden treasure in Rocky Ride.

Beyond Temptation 5 stars
This is the story about Noah and Emma. We’ve met Noah previously in the series. He was best friends with Emma’s brother before his tragic death. Noah blames himself and spent a fortune to ensure Emma was safely tucked away from the horrible and dangerous world in the sectors. Except, she wasn’t. All that money didn’t help Emma escape, instead she found her way into the O’Kane gang. She serves as a bartender and Ace’s tattoo apprentice. When Noah finds out Emma’s been right under his nose in Sector 4 this whole time, he’s enraged.

Emma is equally upset, not understanding why Noah dropped out of her life when she needed him most. When they finally get together, to talk and *cough* have extremely smutty and hot-as-hell sex.

SUPER HOT & extremely well written novella. This story alone is worth the price of this anthology.

Rocky Ride 4.5 stars
This is the first story in Vivian Arend’s new Thompson & Sons series. I’ve never read Arend’s work before and I have to say I was extremely impressed with her writing.

The story is about bad boy biker and mechanic, Mitch Thompson and his frequent booty call, the upstanding, officer Anna. The pair have been having a secret love affair. One night, Mitch asks Anna for more. He wasn’t more out of their relationship than just sex. She reluctantly accepts his offer and for a while it works. They’re both happy and in love, until Mitch changes his mind and breaks it off suddenly. Of course Anna’s brothers aren’t too happy with him and being the resident bad guy he takes the bad rap gracefully.

I really enjoyed this story and man, oh man was it HOT! I can’t wait to read the rest of Arend’s work.

All that Remains – 3.5 stars

This last story in the anthology, was pretty hot, but after a while got kind of repetitive and a little too sunshine and roses by the end.

The story is set in a dystopian future where much of the population was wiped out by a disease and very few females remain. The solution to this lopsided problem is threesomes, of course.

Summer’s been living in a community for a while now and has been comfortably living among the group and dating when she felt like it. Then in come the seasonal workers and she runs in to a handsome and charming man, Charlie. The connection is instantaneous, but Charlie is already in a committed relationship with another man. He invites Summer to have dinner with him and his partner to see if they might be able to all get along together. When Summer’s long lost first love, Hatch walks in. Summer can’t believe it and at first the reunion is a happy one, but eventually she remembers Hatch’s betrayal when he left her years ago.

The trio eventually gets through their differences and there is some very hot & sexy times ahead. My problem is that it felt a little bit forced & repetitive at times and at the very end, the sunshine and roses was just a bit too much for me.

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