Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Angel Without
Author: Rhiannon Ayers
Series: For Love of Authority #2
Heroes/Heroine: Maddox Henley/Riley Jones/Amber Whitman
Genre: MMF Contemporary
Length: 106,377 Words
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand, Inc.
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Available at: Siren Bookstrand, Inc.
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Blurb: When Amber Whitman’s fiance suddenly turns violent, she flees back home—only to be told she has no choice but to marry the bastard. Refusing to live her life as an abused woman, Amber takes off in the dead of night. But now she’s out of money, out of options, and out of ideas. She has no place to turn…or does she?
All these years, Amber thought her beloved adopted brother, Allen, was dead. When she discovers he’s not only alive, but living in the same city, she runs to him for help. Fortunately, Allen and his lovers have a plan to keep Amber safe. Allen brings his little sister to stay with Maddox Henley, a Dom with a dark past, and Riley Jones, an ex-soldier with a dark secret. Together, these two strapping construction workers have the balls and ability to keep a young woman safe from all outside threats.
But can they keep her safe from the threat they pose to her heart?
Review: So, Allen and Tatum are getting married (and Sid, of course). Yay! So happy to see them doing as well as when we last saw them, if not better. They seemed to have really settled into their relationship dynamics. All is going well until Allen’s younger sister, Amber, crashes the wedding asking to see him.
Amber is running away from her abusive fiance and family. Her eyes were finally opened when she realized her father knew Allen was alive and well all these years. That, and the horrible actions of her fiance, and her father and brother not only turning a blind eye but almost encouraging it, finally gave her the push she needed to leave.
Allen agrees to help, and puts her under the protection of Maddox and Riley until they can secure things up with her family and situation. Maddox has a thing for Riley, but believes Riley is straight and has not acted on his feelings. Riley is straight but realizes he has growing feelings for Maddox. They both want Amber.
Here’s where things got a bit boggy for me. Amber is this damaged creature who learned about doms from her past two hideous relationships and now believes that’s the way all doms are. She is basically terrified of Maddox because she beleives he is the same way. So, Maddox treads carefully, explaining over and over how things really are. This was great at first, but it got a bit tiresome after a while. Anyhoo, Amber knows (from Sid) about Maddox and Riley and pushes Maddox to go for it. Meanwhile, it was Sid’s plan all along for Maddox to sort of use Riley as a buffer as a means to gain Amber’s trust. Sounds a bit convoluted, but it actually does work, since Riley is also a sub and therefore no threat to Amber.
As with the first installment, this is not the typical BDSM story. There are no whips and chains, no master/sir, etc. These guys practice more of a psychological D/S that makes for some really steamy scenes, and I found it a refreshing change of pace.
Each of these characters has some type of damaged past. They eventually open up more and more to each other as their relationship grows. Another aspect that hits one of my pet peeves here is the insta-love. While Maddox and Riley have known each other and worked together for a few years, they practically fell in love with Amber in two days. But, I did enjoy them together as they all realized their relationship was actually a possibility as they moved toward more stable ground.
While I did not think this had the same umph as the first book, and it had a few other issues, as mentioned above, I still enjoyed it and look forward to the next installment.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*