Tuesday, September 13, 2016

[Review]: "Loving You Easy"

Loving You Easy by Roni Loren
Publisher: Berkley (September 6, 2016)
Series: Loving on the Edge, 9
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Triad

Three lovers really click in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Call on Me—
Cora has an amazing sex life. She’s beautiful, daring, and the most popular submissive in Hayven. Too bad none of it’s real... 

IT specialist Cora Benning has figured out the key to her formerly disastrous love life—make it virtual. In the online world of Hayven, she’s free of her geek girl image and can indulge her most private fantasies with a sexy, mysterious master without anyone in her life discovering her secrets. Until her information is hacked and she finds herself working to fix the breach under two very powerful men—one who seems all too familiar...

Best friends and business partners Ren Muroya and Hayes Fox were once revered dominants. Then Hayes was wrongfully sent to prison and everything changed. Ren wants to get back to who they were. Hayes can’t risk it. But when they discover the new IT specialist is their online fascination, and that she’s never felt a dominant’s touch, the temptation to turn virtual into reality becomes all too great… 

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Reviews of Loren's Previous Novels:

Wanderlust -- TBQ

Yours All Along (#7.5) -- TBQ

My Review:

I was pulled in from the very start of Loving You Easy. I loved the premise for it: hacker heroine and the two owners of a kinky role-play type video game? Yes, please, sign me up! And I was NOT disappointed. I didn't want to put this one down -- something worth mentioning because I've had a bit of an off-and-on reading slump lately with books that I was all too happy to put down. Not so with these three, I had to know what was going on next.

"Hello, I'm Cora Benning, your mingle-averse best friend."

Grace ignored Cora's outstretched hand. "Mingle-averse."

"Yes. It's a thing, actually -- like an allergy."

Cora is great -- she's smart and extremely tech savvy, but I also loved that she wasn't completely comfortable in her own skin. After all, haven't we all been there? I mean, I hated that she felt that way, but it was something I could relate to quite a bit. I loved that she was more tomboyish, but that she didn't have to change in any way to get her man. Er, men. ;)

"All work and no play. The Hayes who could crack a smile is gone. He will not try to make a friend at work. He will not enjoy the company of a smart, interesting woman just for the hell of it. He will not take up his very hot best friend on his very generous sexual offers. Broody dude will brood in his office all day long and be broody. I get it."


"You annoyed the hell out of me back then. Now I'm returning the favor. I'm not going to sit by and let you lock yourself up in the manor, Lord Hayes. I'm going to push you. I'm going to point out when a pretty woman gives you a look. And I'm going to make inappropriate sexual offers. And you are going to appreciate it, dammit."

Ren and Hayes are both extremely sexy doms. Ren is more on the carefree, fun side, Hayes more serious take-control, though he's never anywhere near asshole territory. They both have some secrets from their pasts, and that definitely factors into the story, with a bit of a suspense thread weaving throughout.

Triads can be so difficult. But I thought the relationships here progressed nicely.

Ren and Hayes had been friends for many years but always fought an attraction, choosing to share women during an occasional scene rather than act on those feelings alone. Until now.

Note: Ren identifies as bi, Hayes has messed around some with a few men in the past but never self-identifies in the book as bi. I took it as Hayes not wanting to label himself, or unsure of how to label himself, because once they decided to be together, he's all in, sexual orientation be damned.

Cora really has her relationship with Hayes start in the game -- but they didn't know it at the time. I still felt like their relationship moved smoothly from the game to real life. I only wish we could have seen one of Dmitry and Lenora's game play scenes in action. Besides being sexy as hell, it would have added a bit more to their relationship development, especially later on.

Cora and Ren's relationship was a bit harder to pick up on. I could see the lust, of course, on their first meeting, but the relationship (long term) was perhaps a bit less clear than Cora/Hayes or Hayes/Ren. Even so, I still really enjoyed all of the pieces of this triad relationship, and ultimately believed that they all fit together perfectly.

And the sex . . . god DAMN, the sex tho! Deliciously dirty and so very satisfying. You may burn up while reading. Especially their first all-out triad scene -- which shows up towards the end, though there's other delicious teasing and action before that. That scene was so dirty, it should have come with a "Do not read in public" warning. To give a hint of the scene's hotness, here ya go:

[Ren is laying on the table, his feet on the floor. Cora is on top, reverse cowgirl style.]

Then when she thought things couldn't get more intense, Hayes shifted. She could tell what was coming the minute Hayes moved, but she didn't let herself believe it. Not until Hayes got to his knees and put his mouth right where they joined.

The feel of the heat of his tongue nearly sent her into orbit, and behind her, Ren let out a colorful monologue of cursing. Hayes acted like he didn't hear a word of it. He licked and sucked at Cora and bathed Ren's cock with his tongue, still not giving her leave to sink down and take Ren fully inside her.

All she could do was keep up the shallow thrusts and feel the blinding, amazing sensation of Hayes going down on her while another man fucked her.

Also, I don't believe I have ever come across that particular . . . position . . . in the (admittedly few) triads I've read. But. I. Can't. Get. It. Out. Of. My. Mind. Even more than a week later. UNF.

Here's a few fun quotes, in case you're still unsure:

"I'm fine. I don't need a guy right now. I'm a busy girl and a wizard with a vibrator. Who needs more than that?"

Grace's lip curled, her silver nose ring catching the light. "A wizard? Does that mean your vibrator is magical?"

"Hey, they don't call it a wand for nothing." Cora held up her toothpick and wave it around. "I'm working on my sex Patronus. I'm thinking mine will be shaped like a naked Chris Pratt riding a T-Rex."

And one from Ren and Cora:

"Yeah, well. Boys suck."

"Not all of us. Some of us get sucked."

Her head snapped up at that and without thinking, she shoved him in the shoulder. "Oh my God, you're . . . I don't even know what you are."

His smile was sly. "I'm completely inappropriate and incorrigible, or so I've been told. But it got that sad look of your face, so mission accomplished."

There's BDSM in this one, but it's very mild, really, and deals more with the D/s part. If you're new to the BDSM genre, or like it on the tamer side, I think you'll find Loving You Easy fits the bill. This is part of a series  -- the last book in the series, if I recall correctly --  but you can read it as a standalone very easily. I've only read two of the previous novellas and one novel, so trust me on this. I do plan on going back to catch up though as I adore Loren's ridiculously sexy stories. :)

4 1/2 STARS! 

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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

*Note: The quotes used belong to Roni Loren; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them. Any mistakes or typos in the quotes are my own fault.

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I cannot recommend this one enough! I know, the price is high (sigh) but it's worth it. Oh, is it worth it.

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Until Next Time,


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