Bound for Keeps by SE Jakes
Title: Bound for Keeps (Men of Honor Book 5)
Author: SE Jakes
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, February 19, 2013
Blurb: Since losing their beloved third to cancer, Keith Masters and Johnny Lou Reed haven’t thought about filling the void in their lives with anyone else. Until a stormy Christmas Eve, when a half-frozen, newly discharged Army Ranger shows up on their doorstep—with no memory of who he is or how he got there.
The former Marine in Keith is suspicious that he can’t turn up any information about Shane anywhere, not even an address. Direct questioning will have to wait until they’ve gotten the boy well.
Shane knows it’s only a matter of time before Keith and Reed figure out his past. And when they learn the depth and the darkness of the secrets he holds, he could get them all killed.
In the heat of the dark winter nights, the three men discover a passion that heals the gaping wounds in their hearts. And Shane wonders, despite the danger hot on his heels, how he will ever bear to leave…
Review: I’m always intrigued by stories of polyamorous relationships and the work that has to go into them. Who hasn’t wished we didn’t have to choose between lovers and give up the love and sex with the one we have to let go? I’ve read some excellent and compelling stories of multiple partner relationships. Most skim the surface of the darker waters while staying pretty much in the sunshine and sex aspect of this type of love, as this one did.
There were a few bumps on the road to happiness and some jealousy but Keith and Reed had been in a committed threesome that ended with the death of their original third, Bobby, so they knew they could make it work with the right man. I like that they didn’t treat Shane like a body or a stand-in. The author gave enough buildup to make it plausible that these men would grow to care for each other. The fun is in seeing if this is just some hot sex or if the men will make it past all of the lies and survive the danger coming for Shane, to find a happy ending. And of course, in enjoying the intense sexual attraction that rages between them all as they explore the many different ways three men can come together to fulfill all of their needs and desires.
Sensitive readers should be warned there are scenes in flashback form that involve torture; it isn’t graphic and is more discussed than shown. Two of the men struggle with PTSD and there are a couple of mild episodes and flashbacks. Two of these guys had abusive childhoods and they briefly talk about them. I don’t think these passages are very graphic and do feel they are a part of the character’s development, but I don’t know your comfort level. Your mileage may vary.
I liked the story, it was fun, had a good pace, and was hot. All three men were compelling in their own ways and made a good threesome. It was also the first book of the series Men of Honor I’ve read, and I had no trouble keeping up. This is the type of book I think of as book candy; it’s not going to change the world or even make you think, but for a couple of hours you get to spend time watching hot guys fall into lust and just maybe, into love. I don’t think anyone who reads this series is expecting anything more than a fun and sweet romance between macho military men, which is what SE Jakes delivers.
Reviewed by: Nina