Saturday, 28 January 2017

Review ~ Taking Turns (Turning #1) by JA Huss

Book Description:

I’ve never been afraid of the dark...but that doesn’t mean I wanted to live in it. And maybe everyone wants what they can’t have, but I should’ve thought it over before I accepted the key and unlocked the door to their forbidden world. 

Number One is mostly silent. He watches me with them very carefully. His gaze never wanders. His interest never wanes. 

Number Two is mostly gentle. But it’s the other side of him I like best. The wild side. 

Number Three is mostly reserved. He refuses to cross the line. Even when I beg. 

It was carnal, it was sensual, and it was erotic. That’s it. That’s all it was supposed to be. A trip into the dark. A peek into the forbidden. 

I just didn’t expect to like them. 


I heard the door open and close and said nothing. And the footsteps coming down the hallway towards the bedroom. I even heard him say, “Hey.” So softly. “You awake?” Like he didn’t want to wake me. 

I listened as he stepped into the closet. There was that slick sound a man makes when he pulls his tie through his shirt collar. I heard the unclasping of his watch. The jingle of his belt buckle and the shuffle of his pants as they dropped to the floor. 

I even heard his moan as he stood over me. I could feel his shadow from the streetlamp outside like it was heat. 

Then the bed creaked, the mattress sank. And his warm, hard body straddled me. 
Still, I said nothing. 

I just buried my face in the sweet scent of the pillow and closed my eyes, feigning sleep. 

“Rochelle,” he whispered, leaning over me. His fingertips gently brushed the hair away from my shoulder. His mouth pressed against my skin. “Did you miss me? God, I’ve missed you. Two weeks is too long. We need to renegotiate.” 

He nipped my neck. Kissed it. Licked my ear as he positioned himself to begin. 

And I said… nothing. 

Even though my name is not Rochelle. 
That’s why I’m here. Tied up and gagged inside the closet. Sitting in the dark as three men on the other side of the door argue about where Rochelle went, why I was in her bed, and what they should do next. 

I should be scared but I’m not. 

I should be screaming, but I won’t. 

Because this just feels very, very right. 

And the only thing on my mind is… what will happen next?

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars

“Because when you go dark, you don’t take a light.”

Taking Turns is JA Huss at her best and from the first to last page this book had me totally gripped. This is not your normal ménage or in this case quad, this is a story steeped in angst and suspense as well as the unlikely scenario of a serial quad falling in love.

Three best friends, extremely handsome, extremely rich and all set in their ways when it comes to women. These three have shared their women for well over a decade, but for them it works. Their arrangement is designed to protect them and protect the women that they “own.” The idea is that during a week they have their days and as the relationship progresses, as they get to know one and other and trust one and other that they can build up to become a tight quad. Not only does the woman get enough erotic sex to quench even the most insatiable of appetites, but whatever the woman wants, the woman gets. Not a bad deal if it floats your boat.

“These three men have no idea how well I can play this game. But they’re about to find out real quick.”

This book starts with the men finding out that the woman they have spent the last three years with, Rochelle, missing and a woman called Chella has been left in her place and it is this that sets the tone for this book because I for one was forever wondering, why did Rochelle leave? Where is she now? Why did Chella agree to take her place? Chella was extremely wealthy in her own right, she doesn’t want for anything, so what could Chella possibly want that she couldn’t already get? What was her motive behind the arrangement?

“I’m a dirty fucking whore.”
“Just like us…we’re all dirty here…be dirty with us, Chella.”

Bric, Smith and Quin were all adorable in their own way. Three totally different men, yet all have something in common, not only their friendship.

“Number One is there to deny you. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Number two is there to satisfy you after the abstinence.
Number three is there to give you what you really want – Number One, with conditions.”

Quin was the happy go lucky one, extremely charismatic, thoughtful, a hopeless romantic and perfect boyfriend material. You couldn’t help but fall more in love with him with every page, but Quin’s heart belongs to Rochelle and he is fighting all kinds of desertion demons.

Smith was ADORABLE! First opinions will forever be changed as with each page we learn more about him, as layers of the onion are carefully peeled away. Smith has more money than he knows what to do with, he comes across as a perv in the first instance, only wanting to be a voyeur rather than a participator, but it seems that Smith has met his match in Chella and from the get go, the sparks between these two were fierce. The chemistry was palpable, Smith’s fall from infatuation to more was heart stoppingly good and first hand we see what happens when love bites you on the arse.

Bric is the darker of the three, seemingly unpredictable with a penchant for BDSM. Bric is the whipping boy in more ways than one. Bric seems to the key stone for these three men, he is the one that holds them all together and is the fixer. Despite not really knowing that much about him, you can tell that he is dependable, reliable and loves Smith and Quin like brothers. These three are inseparable. They all have each other’s back, they are a unit, a family.

This book was a compelling read, one that I read in one sitting and didn’t want to put down or want to end. This is the first book of a series and while this wrapped up nicely for one there are still questions that need to be answered and two men that need to meet their match. JA Huss nailed these characters, she bought all four to life with her perfect penmanship and has left me anxiously salivating for more. The intimate scenes between these as couples, threes and the quad were extremely hot, tasteful and erotic, none were over the top, just adding substance and emotion to an already thoroughly engaging story. I loved the plot line, the rules and the way that JA Huss keeps you on your toes throughout, keeping your brain matter whirring a mile a minute as you patiently wait to get your questions answered. I cannot wait for book 2, bring it on.

“Perfect on the outside is only half the story, right?”

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