Kai Thilenique has a safe, comfortable part-time play and lover arrangement with Dom Jagger Durante. Until he asks her to let Ian Raleigh top her in play as well one night. Both men want more from her than a part-time lover, but Kai is afraid to let her true feelings show.
Jagger and Ian were both burned once by the same woman, but Kai is not that woman. They’d rather share her than lose her. But there’s a complication. Their families hate each other.
As the evidence for a recent string of fires and murder against Kai’s family mounts, she pulls away from the men even more. How could they want her when her own family is responsible for this tragedy that affected everyone on the island?
Can Jagger and Ian convince her that their love for her has nothing to do with her family members? Or will a decades-long feud between cousins tear the triad apart forever?
I really am so pleased with Tara Rose’s “Doms of Sybaris Cove) series. It’s exciting, mysterious, very sexy, and the fifth story, “Part Time Lover” is the perfect addition. It has all those qualities with an extra little something. This is the first of the buch that involves an already paired “couple” bringing a third into their relationship.
I’m going to give just a little bit of a rundown here because I don’t want to give away the whole plot. Jagger and Kai have been been playing (BDSM) together, and have been lovers for about three months. Both have agreed that they want to keep everything casual and just enjoy each other. Not only is that a little easier on them personally, but there’s the issue of their families. They despise each other. That’s actually rather complicated, and this is why I absolutely recommend that you start at the very beginning of the series for a more complete understanding.
Jagger and Ian are friends. They didn’t use to be, but time has healed some issues. They’re both Doms, and Jagger asks Kai if she wouldn’t mind being topped by the two of them at the next play party. She eagerly agrees and is told to be ready for them and even how to dress for the occasion (Hell-O!! Plaid schoolgirl outfit! BIGTIME fantasy for a lot of people. Ok…me.). When they finally scene together, it’s very intense. I have to say that it
was one of the most heated and thrilling sex scenes I’ve ever read. It’s not necessariy for the faint of heart. It’s BDSM, so there are paddles and floggers, and some other toys, but there is another…implement and some dialogue, which some readers may consider a little too much. For me? It was perfect, and I really wished that the scene could have gone on longer. However, the party is crowded that night, so the three decided to continue privately at Jagger’s place. WOW! It turned out to be an awesome experience for all of them.
Other than the fantastic chemestry the three main characters share, there is a lot going on in Sybaris Cove. I mentioned mystery. There are two very prominent ones here. First is the mystery of the curse on the families of the four men who settled the island and basically stole it from the naitives. The other is a whodunnit type. In book four, a deadly fire was purposely set, and here, a search of who the culprit may be is going on. Adding to all that, there are the ongoing feuds within the families and the island’s naitives.
This is a really great story in a great series. As I said, it’s the fifth. If you read it as a stand alone, you’ll find yourself confused because there are a lot of characters who cross back and forth through all of the other books. Also, you won’t be able to immerse yourself into the atmosphere and tradition of the island. Start at the very beginning, and you won’t regret it. This is some of Tara Rose’s best work. She’s one of my favorite authors,
and she just keeps getting better and better.