Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Test Shot by Cari Quinn

Title: Test Shot
Author: Cari Quinn
My RatingA

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Hot Shots #1
Main Characters: Layla, Sawyer, and Aiden
Release Date: September 2012
ISBN: 9781402267185
Publisher: Loose ID
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Layla Palmer is starting over in New York City with a new job at Hot Shots, an agency that specializes in hiring talent for jobs with an erotic bent. Happily engaged, she writes off the changes in her relationship with her fiancé, Aidan, as growing pains. But that all comes into question when her beloved fiancé comes up with a startling suggestion: he wants to watch her have sex with another man.

Aidan's a man on the edge, fighting demons he won't name in fear of losing the woman he loves forever. But the game he's playing can only continue for so long, especially when the man they decide to invite into their bed turns out to be Layla’s newest prospective model, Sawyer Blake.

Passion explodes between them, threatening to spill over and burn them all. Soon Aidan and Layla's already incendiary relationship hits the boiling point. Now she's fighting her own battles, including the conflicted feelings of lust and love she harbors for both men. But how can she figure out who to trust when everything she ever knew is changing, including herself?

My Review:

I'll admit it...this book surprised me. I went into it expecting a somewhat traditional menage story (that just doesn't sound right does it? LOL....) but honestly that is not what this book was. This book is a highly emotionally charged book about three people who's world is changing, although not a single one of them really want that change. 

All three of these characters are from Nebraska. They all moved to NYC within the last few months. Aidan and Layla have been dating and living together for 4 years. He's a doctor and decided they needed the change so he transplanted them to NYC where she went to work at Hot Shots, an erotic talent agency, as one of their talent scouts/agents. Layla and Aidan are engaged to be married, but things have been off for them every since they moved. They've always been highly sexual and adventurous, but suddenly Aidan isn't interested in actual sex anymore. His solution....invite someone else to their room to satisfy her. Layla isn't really on board with this idea, but she loves Aidan and knows that what they're doing isn't doing it for him, so she agrees...for him.

Sawyer just moved to NYC to model. His family needs the big bucks he can draw in by modeling, although he's really not into the whole scene. Before they even meet, he's drawn to Layla. Her accent reminds him of home and he's homesick. He's not so sure, at all, about this arrangement, but is intrigued enough by Layla to at least talk to her and Aidan about the possibilities. (BTW, it should be noted that at no time does this become anything about m/m...Sawyer flat out refuses to ever go there.) I loved the wholesome quality to Sawyer...he's just a great guy that you want to see happy. 

This is a book that's almost like a car know someone's going to get hurt and you just can't turn away. Aidan and Layla are completely and truly committed to each other, but something is wrong there that they need Sawyer. The connection between Sawyer and Layla is immediate and extremely powerful. They are so right together, but the three of them don't work. Sawyer and Aidan both care about Layla a LOT and there are serious undercurrents between them because of that. There's just no way in this situation can they all come out of it unscathed.

It's an interesting premise and I found myself completely caught up with the characters and the story. I love the way that Cari resolved it all and can't wait for the next book. I'm really hoping it's Con's story and that it picks up shortly after where this one finished because I'm intrigued with the possibilities and want to see that relationship blossom, especially after this book. I also really enjoyed the glimpses of Drew....I sense a tortured soul under all that man-whore gloss.

This was another great release from Cari Quinn. I'm excited about more from this series.

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

1 comment:

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Oh this one sounds fantastic. I'm always up for trying a new author especially if it involves menage ;) I'm really curious to see how she got the relationship to work in the end too! Thanks for the review :)