Smoldering Hearts

Em Petrova
Smoldering Hearts
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Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.
Release Date
January 2014
Book 3 of Firehouse 5
Action/Adventure Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

When Claudia receives a phone call in the dead of night informing her that her pub has burned to the ground, shock steals her senses. But when the hunky arson investigator and his sidekick show up to question her, her body awakens in brand-new ways. She can't stop picturing herself crushed between the beefy Swede and the tattooed god.

Jonatan and Mac suspect a common case of insurance fraud—until they meet the beautiful and innocent-eyed pub owner. After one meeting, Jonatan can't keep his hands off her, but neither can Mac. Trouble is, they need all their wits for the investigation.
Two alpha males thumping their chests and declaring Claudia belongs to each of them individually will get them nowhere, but Claudia may have a solution that makes all of them happy.

Inside Scoop: Jonatan and Mac are sure to become more than partners on the job with temptress Claudia demanding both of them at the same time!

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Feb 06, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
146 people found the following review helpful
Fires aren't the only things burning hotter than Hades in SMOLDERING HEARTS! Claudia, Jonatan and Mac absolutely scotch the sheets in this hot and well written ménage story, book 3 in the Firehouse 5 series by Em Petrova.

After a hellacious year, Claudia Harper is just getting back on her feet when she receives a phone call in the middle of the night telling her that her pub, Bar None, has burned down. But when she meets arson investigators Jonatan Amdahl and Mac King, it's her body that's suddenly on fire! While Jonatan and Mac initially assume a classic case of insurance fraud, they're blown away by the gorgeous pub owner and her air of innocence. They can't afford to be distracted from their investigation, but both men find it impossible to think clearly when it comes to the blonde beauty.

Fury ignites when the men start fighting over the lovely Claudia, both wanting to be the one to protect her and make her happy. Claudia refuses to choose between them, stating in no uncertain terms that it's all or nothing for her. The men are totally unprepared to share Claudia, but they both want her so much they're willing to do whatever it takes to be with her, even jeopardizing their jobs. They're also unprepared for the unbelievable erotic sparks that flair hot and bright between the two of them! But can this new trio relationship survive when all the signs point to Claudia being behind the arson?

Run, don't walk, and pick up SMOLDERING HEARTS immediately! WOW, is this a great book! Between two big strong Alpha men jockeying for position as Claudia's man to sexual tension so thick you can cut it with a butter knife, SMOLDERING HEARTS is incredibly well-written and HOT HOT HOT! Jonatan and Mac are polar opposites in the looks and personality department, and with the two of them performing knuckle-dragging caveman moves in attempts to win over Claudia, you've just got to chuckle and wish you were her!

The first sex scene between the three of them was absolutely explosive. The sparks flying between the men were filled with anger, jealously their mutual shock...lust. Ms. Petrova blew me away with the "will they or won't they" tension between Jonatan and Mac, all without making Claudia seem like an extra in an all-male revue. The building of the relationship between all of them, but especially the guys, felt natural and realistic, and even their scenes of fury toward each other filled me with a lot of joy.

Honestly, I've got to say that SMOLDERING HEARTS was one of the best written erotic romance books I've read in a long time, for a few reasons. First, the story was excellent. I appreciated that the major plot of Claudia being a suspect wasn't just wrapped up quickly to focus on erotic pleasures. The men truly had to work through the conflict of sleeping with a suspect as well as their deep jealousy and burgeoning feelings for one another. I really liked that Jonatan and Mac had never even contemplated sharing a woman, with anyone, ever. So many menage stories focus on the seduction of the woman by two extremely experienced men, so the anxiety and anger that these guys showed after Claudia put the idea out there was so refreshing.

SMOLDERING HEARTS kept my interest from the first page to the last, and I absolutely cannot wait for more menage stories by the talented Ms. Petrova!
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