Monday, March 6, 2017

Release Day Review: Talking in Code by Ariel Tachna #Review #Giveaway

Author: Ariel Tachna
Book: Talking in Code
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: March 6, 2017
Cover artist: Paul Richmond
Length: 256 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Some things crumble under pressure. Others are tempered by it instead. For three former soldiers, a tragedy might be the catalyst that binds them together—stronger than ever.

Richard Horn and Timothy Davenport met in the SEALs twenty years ago and have been lovers ever since. Now running their own paramilitary organization, Strike Force Omega, they work in the shadows to protect their country and its people. When Tim falls for Eric Newton, a deadly sniper and strategist on their team, Richard accepts that Tim’s heart is big enough for two men. He respects, admires, and even desires Eric enough to accept him into their relationship—and their bed—but he’s never been fully a part of what Eric and Tim share.

Then Eric is captured by terrorists and Tim is gravely injured in an op gone wrong, bringing Richard’s world crashing down around his ears. Even if he gets his men out alive, Eric must face the aftermath of months of physical and psychological torture—and without Tim to lean on, Eric’s PTSD is tearing him apart. Richard has to figure out the third leg of their triangle fast, or Tim won’t have a life to come back to.

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We all have our favorite trope. The trope that is just a little bit more loved than all others. For me, that trope is menage. I love so much about it. The psychology of it is most vital, followed by communication, and then the heat. These three things together make a great menage. Talking in Code by Ariel Tachna had great parts and parts that I had some issues with. I recognize that it was a me thing. Something I was having a hard time dealing with.

I had a really hard time getting into this book I started and stopped quite a few times, even started over. It wasn't until I made it to the 65% mark that it grabbed me. Don't get me wrong, it was a fabulous 35%. Let me tell you everything I loved first.

The writing was brilliant. It had great flow and zero repetition. The concept is super creative and I loved the emotion behind each individual character. The secondary characters were vital and added great color to this tale.

Why didn't it grab me then? Individually, I loved the MC's. Eric, who was my most favorite, Richard, and Tim. Separate they were great. It was when they were together that I was having so many issues. When the book starts out these three are already in a relationship that has been going on for four years. Richard and Tim were together for twenty years before Eric joined the duo making it a trio. But for four years it was Tim holding them together. They had more a poly relationship than a menage. It isn't until something happens to Tim that Eric and Richard are forced to connect. For four years they only connected when it came to sex but not communication. They never seemed to fit.

It was here I was having a real hard time adjusting. I had so many thoughts and questions. When it ended, though sweet and happy, the disconnect was still there for me. I recognize this is a personal thing and may not be seen or felt by all those who read it.

It is a great story and like I said the concept is great. It was the connection I just never felt.


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1 comment:

  1. I want to read Damon Suede's LICKITY SPLIT!