Talking Trouble

Barbara Elsborg
Talking Trouble
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Totally Bound
Release Date
June 2015
BDSM, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

Two men are separated by more than the dam between their houses. Can Mollie be the path that unites them?

Flint Klavan appears to have it all. The sought-after British actor is affluent, loved and vocal in his professional life but privately he's a mess. A devastating breakup leaves him full of self-loathing. He hopes to find the way to turn things around when disaster strikes. He's left speechless with fear he'll never get the chance to recover what he's lost.

Mollie James has the perfect job teaching children, and used to have the perfect boyfriend. Attentive, kind and thoughtful. Only now he's not. She has to sacrifice everything if she's any chance to survive, and run as fast and as far as she can.

Lysander Weldon is a wealthy, talented artist who's hidden himself away following personal tragedies. He shares his house and his body but never his heart. When opportunity to forgive confronts him, he has to choose between giving up his fortress or bracing to watch happiness leave him behind.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of physical abuse and MM content.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jun 22, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
153 people found the following review helpful
Color me shocked, but this is one of the best erotic romance novels I've ever read. Hell, it's DAMN close to one of the best novels of any fiction genre, period.

British actor Flint Klavan is a hot mess...he's a celebuslut, he takes too many drugs, he drinks too much alcohol, and lately he can't even feel his fingers.

Elementary school teacher Mollie James is a hot mess...she's just discovered that her perfect, charming boyfriend has morphed into an unrecognizable abusive monster, he's crossed the line from verbally into physically abusive, one she flees from as soon as she has the chance.

Artist Lysander Weldon is a hot mess...he uses fast, furious and frequent sex to avoid thinking about the heartbreak of his past, the people he's loved and lost.

Flint, Mollie and Lysander are all running from something. In the small British town of Thurston, the three of them might just be too damaged to see the potential for a unique and everlasting love.

TALKING TROUBLE immediately captivated me with its dark and disturbing introductory chapters, evoking sympathy for all three characters in drastically different ways. I struggled with the synopsis of this review, not wanting to give away too much of the story so that other readers can experience the same emotional impact upon discovering the various facets of Flint, Mollie and Lysander. I felt utterly and completely sucked in by this story, and on one hand I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, while on the other I never ever wanted this gem to end, it was just that spectacular.

Complex and vivid, the issues that hound all three main characters could've sent any of them into a depth of depression, but all of them rose above in their own ways. Mollie used humor and sarcasm to make her burden seem lighter, Flint used his career as an actor to help rehab some debilitating issues, and Lysander uses his art to connect with people on even the basest level.

The sex was stunning and erotic and so so good. When the men finally got together, it somehow felt like coming home, an interesting feeling to invoke in a reader. Their love didn't feel muted by the inclusion of Mollie, and if anything the chemistry between all three of them became more solid and unbreakable.

Bottom Line: Ms. Elsborg's book is truly something special that will take you through the gamut of emotions and bring you out the other side a more positive person.
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