Her Husband's Lover

Madelynne Ellis
Her Husband's Lover
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Publisher
HarperCollins
Release Date
March 2013
Series
Book 5 of Georgian Rakehell
Genre
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

SUMMARY
Darleston was beautiful. Not in a dandified fashionable sort of way, but in a beastly way... Any woman with a modicum of sense would be a fool to fall for him.

Emma Langley abhors physical contact, consequential she's shocked when she realises she attracted to one of her father's guests. Robert, Lord Darleston is like no other man she's ever met. He's flamboyant, charming and terrifies her as much as he arouses her. Nor is Emma the only person caught under his spell...

Forced into an arranged marriage to avoid exposure as a sodomite, Robert Darleston has a reputation as a rakehell and a voluptuary. His wife is a bitter, scheming harpy, whose rumor-mongering has already driven him from London into the heart of the English countryside. Here, fate unexpectedly reunites Darleston with his former lover, Lyle Langley. Torn apart by the intervention of their families, the primary barrier to their reunion is now Emma, Lyle's wife, a woman Darleston is fascinated by and has no wish to disrespect. All seems hopeless, that is, until Lyle admits that Emma is frigid and their marriage unconsummated.

Darleston proposes a plan... If he can just win Emma over, then maybe they can find happiness as a threesome. Old ghosts, a jealous wife, and an outraged father stand in his way.

Book Review by Lynn (reviewer)
Jun 06, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
101 people found the following review helpful
In HER HUSBAND'S LOVER, we see that sometimes the "perfect" relationship needs a third person to make it a "real" relationship.

Emma and Lyle were perfect for each other and entered into their marriage happily. Emma has a strong aversion to physical contact and Lyle prefers members of the same sex in his bed. They could meet society's marriage expectations without the fear of harming one another or of having their "oddities" discovered. But then Emma meets the first man who she has ever been attracted to enough to want to touch--Robert, Lord Darleston. Fortunately, Robert is one of Lyle's past lovers and they are both quite happy to be reunited. But while Robert is happy to have resumed his relationship with Lyle, he is also drawn to Emma. Between the multiple attractions, the aversion to touch, the risk of discovery, and the jealousy, the three of them explore a new and exciting relationship.

This is the 5th book in the Georgian Rakehells Series and while reading the first 4 was not necessary, the story probably would've been enhanced by reading book #4. Almost immediately, I felt like I was missing some important information about one of the main characters, but by the end I was able to piece it all together.

The two elements of this story that really made it stand out from other ménage stories are Emma's aversion to touch and Lyle's aversion to women. There were lots of wonderful emotions swirling throughout this story. There was no hope of a balanced relationship happening without the exploration and overcoming of many obstacles. The best part for me was not the forming of the ménage relationship but the changes and growth of the relationship between Emma and Lyle. With the introduction of Robert into their relationship, these two had to reevaluate their marriage, their friendship, and their feelings for one another.

HER HUSBAND'S LOVER is an emotional and steamy story. I do plan on reading others in this series.
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