Warning: this book is tough to handle. It includes graphic descriptions of rape and death. But there's also redemption and love and lust and friendship and healing too...you'll run the gamut of emotions in A THOROUGHLY MODERN MÉNAGE.
Grief. The word doesn't come close to describing the excruciating horror that comes with having to bury your child. Katja Varsain's heart and soul was her son Josef, and when he's killed by a reckless hit and run driver, they were both severed. To add insult to injury, Josef's father wants to pick up where they left off all those years ago...before he raped her. Before she got pregnant as a result. Before she knew what a truly frightening person he was.
Kate enlists the help of attorney Louis Rozen to take out a restraining order, but she doesn't expect to find PEACE in his arms. Louis knows immediately that she's the woman he's meant to spend his life with...though she might not appreciate the fact that he already has a man he'd like to spend his life with as well. Louis and Adrian Lancaster have been fuck buddies for longer than either of them have held down a "normal" relationship, but once Louis announces that he's fallen for Kate and can no longer sleep with Ade, shit gets real. Ade wonders if they might both be able to love Kate, if she might someday be able to be with them both.
A THOROUGHLY MODERN MÉNAGE is the second offering in the La Belle sans la Bête Ménages Series
and can be read independently. So yea, as a mom, this book had me balling my eyes out at Kate's tragic loss. This encouragement from her friend Devvy stood out to me for many reasons:
"This is what you have to remember. Not that bloody awful eulogy. Or that dour-faced priest. This, Kate. Life. Vibrancy. Color. This fits your little boy."
Ugh, rip my heart out, Ms. Akeroyd!!
But then, the horror gradually started letting some passion squeak by, letting some peace seep in. I'm not sure I've ever read a book that totally gutted me and then SEAMLESSLY, realistically turned it into an entirely different kind of book. It could've turned out so much differently, and that Ms. Akeroyd was able to go from one extreme to the other was truly bewitching. My heart broke for Kate, but also for Louis and Adrian, as the pair of them certainly weren't slackers in the loss department either. The three of them found common ground in their grief and sorrow, the men showing her how to pick the pieces of her life up and cope with the hand she's been dealt.
And while it may seem grossly inappropriate to include graphic sex scenes in with a storyline like this, I have to say that they were totally tasteful and well written. Don't get me wrong, they were hot as hell, but they were written in such a way that felt natural to the characters' development. I don't want to give anything away at the twists and turns life takes for Kate, Louis and Ade because this ride is worth the journey for anyone who dares to take it.
Bottom Line: Though this is a stand alone, pick up the first book in this series too and enjoy the brilliance that is Serena Akeroyd. Kudos to you for this excellent yet heartbreaking and gutwrenching story.