Kaitlin Maitland
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Loose Id LLC
Release Date
July 2013
Book 5 of Boston Avant-Garde
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance

Selena Aasen is ready to cut loose and forget about being the princess of one of Boston's most prominent families. She's spent her whole life denying her sexuality and its time to find out what she's been missing. When a chance encounter with two men leaves her trembling with desire, she will give anything to be a part of their lives. Even if it means embracing submission and learning to love the erotic bite of the whip.

Malachi doesn't trust women. His former dominatrix left his heart and life in a mess it has taken him years to get over. With help from his new Dom, Malachi is putting the pieces back together. But Demon has a dark past all his own. As the events in their life spin out of control, the only bright spot is Selena. The two men will overcome any odds necessary if the reward is a life spent building a family and a life with her.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Feb 04, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
168 people found the following review helpful
BELLICOSO features some incredibly sexy BDSM-lite sex between one hot Dom and two delicious subs that will have you aching to add some new moves to your own sexual repertoire!

When a society princess is unceremoniously and publicly dethroned, she takes matters into her own bed. Sick and tired of following the rules, Selena Aasen is ready to experience everything she's missed, and club Triptych's Malachi Kingston and Yaojing Yen, aka Demon, are just the men to help. Malachi immediately recognizes Selena's self-destructive behavior as someone acting out against her submissive tendencies. He knows what she needs...because he needs it, too. Malachi takes the opportunity to show her just how much pleasure can be had by giving up control.

Once the submissive of the incredibly cruel Triptych owner Seraphia, Malachi was given back his life by The Demon of Triptych ten years ago. Demon gave him the courage to break free of Seraph, even though she made sure he would be eternally bound to her through their daughter Alisa. Demon is also bound to Seraph, as she holds a bargaining chip that also keeps him under her thumb. The two men share a loving and committed secret relationship within the confines of Triptych, but when they meet Selena, they both know things are about to change.

As Demon gets to know Selena, he's intrigued and turned on by Malachi's reaction to her and he can't stop thinking about how hot it would be to command and dominate both of them.

Selena isn't convinced that she's not just a plaything for Demon and Malachi, a piece of fluff that they'll soon tire of. She'd never felt more alive or more REAL than when she's sandwiched between the two of them experiencing earth-shattering sex. But Seraph is up to something that could destroy all three of them, and the men will have to decide whether their relationship can withstand the fallout, with or without the sexy blonde ballerina who stole their hearts.

BELLICOSO is the fifth book in the Boston Avant-Garde series, and like the rest of the books in the series, it can be read as a standalone book. Bellicoso refers to an aggressive passage of music or dance, and it's easy to see why Ms. Maitland chose that title. The aggressive nature of Malachi and Demon and their relationship with one another and eventually Selena was perfectly named. The D/s dynamic between Demon and Malachi was completely erotic, and I thoroughly enjoyed their play with Selena. Unfortunately, I had a tough time liking the three of them together on a permanent basis.

We got to know Selena in several other books in this series, and I was uncertain as to whether I would enjoy a book in which she was the main character. In short, I felt that her personality changed so dramatically throughout the series that I had a tough time getting on board with this new and improved Selena. She was previously portrayed as such a hateful, mean and bratty bitch, and while I get that her personality is ripe for being labeled a submissive acting out, her drastic change to wanting to be the men's "sunshine" just didn't click for me. She totally isn't that light, bubbly, happy character meant to bring flowers and rainbows into someone else's life. Her (and her mother's) drastic personality transplant had me not enjoying this book as much as I have the others in the series.

I did love the lighter elements of the BDSM that the three of them engaged in, focusing more on the needs of various personalities rather than trying to bend a submissive to a Dom's will. It was very sensual yet terrifically decadent. And while the sex was completely yummy, Selena did end up seeming like a third wheel a lot of the time. I felt that the men's relationship was so complex and difficult and their demons so large that their own connection was tenuous without the addition of a needy Selena. The men went on about how Selena completed THEM, how she was the link THEY needed to make a real relationship, etc. She essentially was a conductor to their relationship rather than an equal member. I believe that BELLICOSO would have been just as poignant without Selena as a permanent menage member and that the incredible connection between Demon and Malachi could have carried this book alone.
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