Unbridled and Unbroken

Elle St. James
Unbridled and Unbroken
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Publisher
Siren Publishing
Release Date
February 2011
Series
Book 2 of The Double Rider Men's Club
Genre
Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Western Romance

SUMMARY
[#307 Siren Ménage Everlasting: Erotic Cowboy Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M]

A forgotten lotto ticket and a strong dose of lust send Veronica after Johnny and into his hotel room. She's introduced to his good friend Adam and their ménage lifestyle, which further intrigues her. But Veronica has a dark secret she dares not share with Johnny or Adam. It forces her to live a lie and worse, threatens their newfound love.

Johnny and Adam consider themselves lucky to have found a woman intrigued by their ménage lifestyle. Even though they weren't looking for a partner, they've found the perfect girl for them. But Veronica is hiding something that has her running out the morning after the Double Rider Men's Club annual event. An old friend associated with their men's club is hell-bent on putting Veronica in jail.

Will Johnny and Adam be able to protect her from Zachary, or will they lose her forever?

A Siren Erotic Romance

Book Review by Michelle R
Apr 19, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
114 people found the following review helpful
Elle St. James, one of my favorite authors, launches book two in her new m/f/m ménage men's club series, THE DOUBLE RIDER MEN'S CLUB. I am a bit of a ménage maniac, and when I learned Ms St. James was taking ménage into the club setting, I was giddy with delight. Talk about a female fantasy, a whole club filled with successful alpha males dedicated to the joint pleasure of women. Sign. Me. Up.

Unfortunately, UNBRIDLED AND UNBROKEN left me disappointed. The idea was there. Two successful cowboy businessmen (how can you go wrong, right?) come in town for their annual men's club gathering. Johnny stops in at a late night convenience store for coffee and to get his partner, Adam, a lotto ticket. While there, he rescues store clerk Veronica from her nightly stalker by posing as a new boyfriend. Their light banter leads to an offer for a late-night breakfast, which Veronica turns down.

Regretting rejecting the only good thing to come her way since she left her high-powered job, Veronica decides to return the forgotten lotto ticket to the hot cowboy in person. When she arrives, the chemistry is definitely on fire between she and Johnny, but as he takes an important call, she heats the sheets with his best friend instead.

And thus begins my list of complaints. First of all, I don't know much about Veronica before she climbs into bed with the buddy of the stranger she just met. It's difficult to care or get excited that the two have found each other when you just don't know anything about them. She actually had a teench of a story with Johnny that might have been somewhat compelling, but there was nothing to build on with Adam, so I just didn't care. I should always care when a hot cowboy is getting some. That's just wrong.

Which moves me to complaint number two. If I've learned anything at all about Veronica, it's that she is stupid. Hard to root for the stupid heroine. This chick not only decided she was going to meet a stranger in a hotel room (does she not watch horror flicks?), but she climbs in bed with an even bigger stranger (clearly she doesn't watch horror flicks), and never does she ask him to use a condom or speak of STDs (she IS a horror flick). Note to all the young ladies out there. Should you decide you are going to throw caution to the wind for a one night stand, the least you could do is call someone and tell them what you are up to, so someone will miss you and know your last known whereabouts. And PLEASE take condoms.

So Veronica has a wild moment and sleeps with total stranger's best friend, Adam, and then has a moment of regret. What will Johnny think? Not to worry. Johnny is all about Veronica and Adam getting the party started without him, they are into ménage.

But wait. Ménage? Veronica's confused. Two men can have sex with one woman at the same time? Really? She's never heard of such a thing. It's ok though, I've already had to suspend all sense of reality at this point. Of course, a slutty store clerk who has bareback sex with total strangers would be naive and innocent. Those are the exact types of girls who go to hotels to bump uglies with strangers, right?

There is a solution to Veronica's need for an education. Adam and Johnny offer up, "Well, go to our private menage club with us tonight and you can see how it's done with a live on stage performance". With zero trepidation, Veronica jumps on board with the curriculum. "Ok. Sure. I'll go to a sex club with you tonight. Just let me call in sick."

Well at least we know more about Veronica now. She's not only slutty, stupid and naïve, she's also untrustworthy. No such girl deserves any cowboy in my opinion.

As you can imagine, events unfold and the three end up in bed together, which I totally wouldn't bring up except that I would hate for anyone who reads this book to think for one second that if you offer up your virgin rear to a male without lube that it won't hurt like the dickens. Anal play not only requires some stretching beforehand and a lot of lube, it also requires a slow penetration and it's still gonna sting, girls. So just know that Veronica has a fairytale anus. Adam slides right in without prior stretching, lube or natural juices used to help the process. He goes all the way in to the hilt in the first thrust and Veronica is loving it. When he asks her how it feels, she responds, "naughty."

And then we get to the last thing I am going to fuss about -- editing. When Veronica gets up, she pulls on her black dress over her head. She then reminisces for us about the night before and then slips out of bed, finds her wrinkled black dress and pulls it over her head… AGAIN. In so many ways, this story just wasn't ready for prime time.

However, there is an interesting mystery going on. It only garners a few pages, but it was clever. The fact that her previous employment mishap tied into the men and their club was ingenious. Love when an author uses every tool at her disposal to connect the characters.

Overall, I loved the idea of the club and there are a few side characters who had my eyebrows raised such that I am looking forward to their stories. I haven't given up on this series at all. The idea is there. Elle St. James CAN deliver, she's done it before. This one just missed the mark for me, but I believe in Ms. St. James and know the next one will be a bull's-eye and I will have a new favorite ménage series to worship.

I recommend this one for fans who enjoyed book one and plan to follow the series. The club story is furthered and side characters are developed which I think will lend themselves to the enjoyment of future books.
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