Release Date: June 30th
Rowan Callahan is a career-climbing slut. At least according to the vicious-and false-rumor that is destroying her professional life. But a little thing like her career as an attorney ceases to matter when a plane crashes in downtown Chicago and the entire city goes dark. Her unconventional upbringing makes her suspect the worst: she’s just witnessed the kick-off to the apocalypse. Armed with a backpack of supplies, she leaves Chicago, intent on resetting her skewed priorities and seeking shelter at the family farm with her father and sister. She’s injured and running for her life when she stumbles directly in the crosshairs of two men who just might be her salvation . . . and her greatest temptation.
Graham Buchanan and Zachariah Sawyer are best friends and brothers-in-arms who have been indulging in ménages since before their Force Recon team served in Iraq and Afghanistan. They’ve hung up their uniforms to build a new life for themselves and their team at Castle Creek Whitetail Ranch-a rustic deer hunting preserve that covertly doubles as a doomsday prepper’s paradise. They thought they were prepared for anything until Rowan comes crashing into their lives. Graham and Zach are convinced she’s the one woman who can handle them both, but she has no intention of deviating from her carefully laid plans for longer than it takes her to recover from her injuries. So they propose a deal: they’ll provide her an armed escort home, and in exchange, she’s theirs until they part ways.
It was the perfect plan; except once they’ve had her, they can’t let her go . . .
Review: (A very long and thorough review) **Spoilers Alert!!!!Okay, You got to read this. You really got to pick this book up! I’m going to say it right now up front. I recommend this book!
I’ve read many menage novels before and really liked them, and can say that this is another one I really, really, — REALLY loved! If I can I would so make a video review so you can tell how much I enjoyed this book and see all my quirky stupidity over this book.
This is Meghan March’s debut book and I was hooked right from the start — and I mean the start, like when I first read the synopsis when it was up for a Book blast and review tour, I knew I had to read it. And so here I am finished reading it and now reviewing it for y’all.
Oh my gosh I can not tell you how much I love this! I mean I don’t want to reiterate the synopsis but man it’s hard not to do. Teeheehee~ hard.
But anyways, the world is like basically heading into a hectic apocalypse, no zombies, just out of electricity, a blackout of sort, reminds me of the TV show Revolution (which is now cancelled by the way) when a plane crashes down in Chicago. We then have Rowan, or Ro, packing up the instant the madness hit and finding her way back home to join her father and sister. Unfortunately she got herself into a bit of a scramble, literally, and is on the run from some mad rapist hillbillies. Of course she gets herself injured by tripping and then rescued by a hunky and intimidating, Conan the barbarian. She gets brought to the safety of his camp and finds herself surrounded by other hunks. Dream come true right? *wink wink*
So yeah, things got down and banter flies within the moment she’s safe inside the in-caged barrier, she did not want to be there. And even though there’s two hunky men that makes her tingle in excitement, she’s hell bent determined to get the heck out of there and reunite with her family.
Okay, now on to the good stuff. I really liked Ro. She was heck of a heroine and I just couldn’t not like her. She had never placed her family first on her list because she was such a workaholic that once the apocalypse hit, it made her regret not having spent more time with them. But then her father did prepare her for something of this like so she was shocked that his craziness didn’t hit far from the truth. She was determined as heck to reach her family and also hell bent on doing things her way. Even to the point of defying the hottie hunky Conan the barbarian, Graham, again and again. She was strong-minded, stubborn, independent, infuriating, and a not so small of a girl with a size 8 waist. Yup, I liked her. But man can she be full of surprises! Not just can she argue and ignore the over protectiveness of these men but she can really pull something over their heads, and dare them to sack her. She’s a heck of a troublemaker for these ex-Marines. Dang! And I like her so much!
And then the two hunks. Graham, Conan the barbarian –from what Ro likes to call him because he likes to man handle her, in a very good and protective way—, and Zach the gorgeous friendly one. But yes these two are my absolute favorites! I mean they are the heroes but I can’t tell you who I liked best, gosh! I just wish they were one whole person! But of course they have to be two separate characters and in personalities which works just fine by me, but they are down right sexy. But I got to warn you, these two are just tortured. They’re both not perfect and had a rough childhood with parents that were just, not there when they need them so they really had a background and trust issues.
Graham is the absolute Alpha male every girl who reads romances super love. He’s the one who likes to take control and is the leader of the pack, so of course he likes control and likes to take control of the situation; which therefore made it difficult for him to handle when Ro was always disobeying his orders. He is the one with the most trust issues because of his childhood and so doesn’t like to be attached to people, most likely women so he’s never into the relationship thing. He can be very tenacious when he finds something that he wants, in the situation it’s Ro. And he can be very intimidating and can also be very aloof and detached if something emotional gets in the way. Very doubting you know. He’s the bad boy with all the problems but is very broken inside and sweet and you just want to hug and make everything better for his sake.
Zach on the other hand is the total opposite of Graham. He’s what we would call the Beta hero, but then he’s not actually the beta neither. But compared to Graham, he would be the beta. And you know me, I super love my Beta heroes! Just saying. But Zach can be very forthcoming and open about what he likes and can really take control of thing if he felt he needed too. He’s very friendly and flirtatious, I call him the pretty boy type because he knows he oozes everything sex. He’s the more approachable type and he doesn’t judge you right off the top and is more trusting and compassionate. He’s also more in touch with his feelings, which I loved about him because he doesn’t hide it. He too had a hard childhood but he tend to hide that and see only the good things in life. He’s the more rational one between him and Graham, while Graham is more action.
As I read this though, I felt that Graham had, or seem more of the “true” Hero in this book. I felt that he had more parts and we got to understand and see more side of his character, personality, and past than we did Zack. Zach felt like he was just the motivation to bring Graham up to pace with his feelings, although we also saw Zach’s personality and his role in their relationship he was more, to me, the wing-man.
As for the story I really loved how it was written. It wasn’t written in only one person’s point of view but in all three, and wasn’t in first person either which I really liked because I enjoyed reading this kind of story and setting in third person. The interactions between these three were super strong. I was surprised that I wasn’t turned off by this relationship. I know I had trouble with this kind of genre-ish because I would want each of them to find their own HEA. This is why I like separate books for these two different types of heroes because then I won’t have to choose who I liked best out of the book because I would know that the other one might get to have their own book and find their own HEA. Butas for this case, they all found it and I liked it.
Their interactions were very enjoyable to read and see move along as their relationship grew. Although it grew within a short space of time, like not even within 24 hours —of course an apocalypse would do that to you I believe— I was really invested in it. It had me on the edge of my seat and heart racing with every bit of action it gave me. And it had every good bit of action down from man handling to fearing for the lives of peoples and just, fire arms, guns, and lots of action.
Oh yeah, every banter and argument Ro and Graham had either got me laughing or thinking of what would happen next. They most definitely got me thinking of what Ro would do next to vex Graham because I just loved vexing him. I super loved it. I also super love how Zach is always reassuring Ro and asking her permission before he does things with and to her. I thought that was very sweet and caring of him to think of her personally first before himself. And he to likes to reassure himself by asking her those questions and to tell him verbally so that he hears it from her mouth what he can and what she wants him to do to her. Getting permission from her, you know, very gentlemanly of him. Whoa~ is he turning out to be a submissive? That just got me thinking. But anyways the sex.
Can I just say the sex was amazingly heart stoppingly panty wetting. Oh my gosh, that dang first sexual scene! Ugh~ I’m not sure why I’m feeling so vexed but that scene really got me frustrated because I needed some—thing! I had to skim over the the last sex scene because I couldn’t deal it with. It was too dang amazingly written I….errrr…..I wanted to finish reading before I exploded! Yup, that’s what it did to me. I’m giving y’all Too Much Information but I’m sorry, it just….. I can’t even come up with the words. My mind just poofed~ Those scenes just sucked every rational thought out of my head and left me feeling naughty and needy. Tsk tsk tsk~ I can’t believe it you know. I’m still reeling. Even after my shower. *sighs*
Moving on, Loved the secondary characters of brother in arms at the camp along with the wife and little girl of a brother in arms there. How the story ended was great. I wasn’t sure how the author was going to pull it off because it was so complicated! Especally with Ro’s determination to reunite with her family and the dangers that lurked outside the camp walls. But the ending was good, they got a HEA and I was happy. All was good, I didn’t care what happen next because they were good and that was all that mattered. Apocalypse be damned.
Then I read the epilogue. It stared off good because I really wanted an answer to a surprising situation and then, I didn’t get it but I wish I hadn’t read it. It just left me hanging with lots of questions and I wasn’t sure if the author was going to have a sequel or something, but I was already hoping for a sequel for the rest of the other hunky brothers in arms so that they could each find their own HEAs, but no. It just got messed up and Ugh~ So frustrated! I loved it so much and then, Bam! *sighs*
I loved it though. Despite the epilogue which I loved and hated, I still recommend this. Like really highly recommend this.
This lovely ARC was provided by the author for a honest review.
Rating: 5 out of 5