Kaitlin Maitland
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Loose Id LLC
Release Date
December 2013
Book 6 of Boston Avant-Garde
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance

Lars Aasen uses his playboy image like armor. If he pretends he doesn't care, nobody will ever guess he does. When his relationship with Mattie begins to blossom, he runs to Owen hoping the sexy bouncer will agree to keep it casual. Lars could have never guessed that he had found the two people he cannot live without.

Mattie is a quirky artist who wants nothing more than a home and a family of her own. She can't help but wonder if her heart will ever recover from Lars's abrupt exit from her life. Then a jaded bouncer named Owen intervenes when a local lunatic takes an unhealthy interest in Mattie. She can't help but wonder if Owen might be her prince charming in a sarcastic disguise.

It doesn't take Owen long to realize that he and Mattie both have unfinished business with Lars Aasen. Owen has dark secrets that force him to keep things casual, but he can't stay away from Lars and Mattie. Fate threads the three lovers together, but an outside enemy threatens to rip them apart. They'll have to learn to see through the shadows to live together in the light.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jan 21, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
135 people found the following review helpful
There's not much hotter than a highly charged menage sprinkled with just the right dose of danger. In CHIAROSCURO, you'll fall in love with Mattie, Owen and Lars as they battle their own inner demons along with those who wish to do them harm.

Mattie English is a Salem, Massachusetts artist and a practicing Wiccan, a descendant of the persecuted witches of 1692. When she meets Daniel Hyde, all of her self-preservation hackles raise, and she's grateful that her best friend sent Owen Bloodmoon to protect her. Owen and Mattie are instantly attracted to one another, and all sexual hell breaks loose upon meeting. As fate would have it, both of them carry a flame for the emotionally unavailable Lars Aasen, Mattie's ex-boyfriend and Owen's current lover.

Lars was the only man who was ever able to sexually satisfy the insatiable Mattie, but adding Owen to the mix takes her needs to new levels of desperation. However, the scars that all three of them carry make it hard to even consider their menage as more than just a sexual thing. Secrets are revealed and bonds are strengthened, just in time for the three of them to face the threats posed against them by both Daniel and Owen's own family. Will their love be strong enough to counteract those bent on destroying them?

CHIAROSCURO is book 6 in the Boston Avant-Garde series, and although I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of the other books in this series, this one can be read as a standalone. "Chiaroscuro" is an artistic term meaning the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting. It's an appropriate title, as this novel is a magnificent blending of the good and evil in modern day Salem, Massachusetts. There is the perfect amount of danger in this book that kept me glued to the page to find out how the three would fare. Between Owen's horrible brother Jason and the loony tunes Daniel Hyde, there is just enough of the unknown and potential for destruction to make me happy.

I really liked the fact that CHIAROSCURO didn't have a huge paranormal aspect; it was instead a very realistic portrayal of Wiccan and Pagan rituals, good and evil, that captivated me and made me anxious to learn more.

Another major part of CHIAROSCURO is the abundance of sex. And WOOO is it HOT! The man-on-man action is absolutely to die for, and when Mattie is included, it blows the roof of some of the more erotically charged books I've read. Ms. Maitland created the perfect blend of lust and love, and despite the volume of sex scenes, none of them felt gratuitous.

I did feel like Mattie was pretty extraneous in the first half of the book, but Ms. Maitland brilliantly kept her character a bit separate from the men because of the demons they're fighting. The second half had all three of them connecting on a base, primal level that I truly enjoyed. All of the characters were exquisitely written and I immediately connected with them and felt their connection. I think it's safe to say that this won't be the only book in the Boston Avant-Garde series that I read!
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