Saints United

Rhiannon Ayers
Saints United
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Publisher
Siren Publishing, Inc.
Release Date
December 2014
ISBN
9781632587473
Series
Book 3 of For Love of Authority
Genre
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, GLBT, Ménage or more

SUMMARY
Andre "AJ" Johannes fell in love with his college roommate---he just didn't realize it until it was too late. After spending one unforgettable night in Ryder St. Claire's arms, fate forced them apart. But Ryder still haunts his dreams, and AJ's always wondered what might have been.

Eight years later, AJ is starting over. New job, new city, new life—and all of it without his wife and son. Marian divorced him and took sole custody, leaving AJ to wonder if the rest of his life will end up as useless as his shattered marriage.

Little does AJ know he's got a couple of Saints looking out for him. Ryder St. Claire married Lyss three years ago, and the two of them have been searching for their third--- the man who will offer his submission and give them everything they cannot give each other. But can they overcome years of emotional abuse to convince AJ he deserves to be happy?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Feb 16, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
92 people found the following review helpful
Warning: this book contains scenes of a very violent and horrifying nature. Those sensitive to such scenes should avoid this book. This review may contain spoilers.

When his best friend signs him up to participate in a slave auction at a popular BDSM club, Andre "A.J." Johannes is incredulous. Yes, he needs to break out of his shell after a devastating divorce, but they've been over this, and A.J. just isn't interested. Not much anyway. Kinda. Sorta. Shit.

Alyssana (Lyss) St. Claire needs to find a boyfriend for her husband Ryder...ultimately a true and equal third. As a Domme married to a Dom, they're both looking for a submissive, and Ryder's bi side would love a permanent man in their lives. When they find out that the man Ryder loved and lost in college is now in town, the possibilities that suddenly open are endless! But A.J.'s ex did a real number on him, can he ever trust his feelings again?

SAINTS UNITED is the third book in the For Love of Authority series by the talented Ms. Ayers. I've read (and loved) the first two in this series and while this was a good addition to the series, it can also be read as a standalone. While the storyline was well done and the book overall was quite well written, I didn't enjoy the SLAVE aspect of the book. Maybe it's just the term that puts me off, or maybe it's the thought of living like that outside of the bedroom full-time, but ether way something about it didn't connect for me.

That said, the sex was hot as hell and the non-BDSM elements were generally appealing. I loved the St. Claire's; they were a loving and supportive couple who knew what type of person they needed in their life. A.J., while sympathetic, was not my favorite character. Far too wishy washy and needy for my tastes, he just frustrates me in most scenes. I didn't buy into the insta-attraction between Lyss and A.J. either; it felt forced. I did like Lyss overall though and thought her switch persona was fun and diverse.


***Alert: May contain spoilers***

The last 1/4 of SAINTS UNITED was so horrific and unexpected that I literally almost threw up. Ms. Ayers did not need to resort to this type of writing to make us enjoy this book! Personally it went way beyond my comfort zone and COMPLETELY destroyed my enjoyment of the book. The aftermath was poignant and while technically well written, it triggered a most negative reaction from this reader.

Bottom Line: SAINTS UNITED was an erotic yet tortuous read, well written yet beyond gut wrenching. The unexpected turn wasn't what I signed up for, and I wouldn't have chosen this book if I'd have known the road it went down.
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Apr 22, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
78 people found the following review helpful
Ménage lovers who look for kinky BDSM triad, this series is for you. This story can be read as a standalone although my guess is it would be more enjoyable if the first two books are read in order. In this one, AJ is computer geek who is heavily conflicted about his desires and what he wants to do. He's a submissive male who loves kink but it has burned him so badly that he's in denial. He is currently on hold with his life and just barely making it through the day.

First, the BDSM in this story is erotic and delicious. The sex slave auction is a bit exaggerated compared to reality but it could happen. What is alarming about this book is how well Ms. Ayers captures the problems of being in a triad or in the lifestyle. There is a lot of prejudice and outright hatred for those who are not conformist to society's rules. This means there can be a huge negative impact to jobs and even breaking up a family. The worst possible scenarios of a person's personal life being exposed are captured and played out in detail in this book. I'm both horrified and scared. Horrified that people and companies are so terrible. Scared because it can easily happen to anyone I know in the lifestyle who is also poly. Many of these people are in positions of authority, be it an executive or law enforcement. Many of them are in the medical field, too. I no longer have to imagine the damage which could occur if their kink is exposed.

Second, the characters in this book are great. I liked the character development through AJ coming out of his self-inflicted limbo to his servant-slave happiness and then to his shell-shocked destruction. Ms. Ayers does a phenomenal job of hitting a person below the belt and keep kicking when they are down. Honestly, I couldn't figure out how this could be a happily ever after with all the heinous media circus.

Lastly, this book isn't all about gloom and doom. It's a great representation of lovers returned and united against the world. Just like in life, there are parts filled with happiness and fun. The dialog in this story is smooth and amusing. Ms. Ayers does a good job of balancing the negative with the positive. Her ability to turn a situation around so that it isn't fixed to how it was before, but into a new and better fit is admirable. In this world, a shut door is only to open others and more appealing rooms to walk into.

Recommended for kinky ménage lovers who want their cake and eat it, too.
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