Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Saints United
Author: Rhiannon Ayers
Series: For Love of Authority #3
Genre: MMF Contemporary
Length: 106,811 words
Release Date: December 31, 2014
Available at: Siren-Bookstrand
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Blurb: Andre “AJ” Johannes fell in love with his college roommate—he just didn’t realize it until it was too late. After spending one unforgettable night in Ryder St. Claire’s arms, fate forced them apart. But Ryder still haunts his dreams, and AJ’s always wondered what might have been.
Eight years later, AJ is starting over. New job, new city, new life—and all of it without his wife and son. Marian divorced him and took sole custody, leaving AJ to wonder if the rest of his life will end up as useless as his shattered marriage.
Little does AJ know he’s got a couple of Saints looking out for him. Ryder St. Claire married Lyss three years ago, and the two of them have been searching for their third— the man who will offer his submission and give them everything they cannot give each other. But can they overcome years of emotional abuse to convince AJ he deserves to be happy?
Review: This is one of my favorite MMF series. They are each about menage relationships, but all have contained a main male/female couple who love each other but who both realize they are unable to completely fulfill the other’s needs in one way or another. They seek out a third (man) to fill those missing links.
In this story, Ryder and Lyss are happily married but both are dominants. Ryder is also bisexual. While they have been making do, Ryder is missing being with another man, while Lyss is missing dominating. They agree on finding a third partner but have yet to find the right fit. It would seem Ryder is holding out for someone special.
AJ was Ryder’s college roommate. They each secretly crushed on each other for their four years of college, only acting on their feelings on their last night as roommates. AJ ran, unable to face the idea of a relationship with Ryder, and moved on to a “normal” life with Mariana. After she became pregnant, they married, but AJ never forgot or could get Ryder out of his mind or dreams. This caused some major problems eventually leading to his divorce. His bitter ex-wife, thinking he was cheating on her (with a man no less) used it against him as a way to have his custody of their son revoked completely. At a major loss, he turns to his friend and BDSM club owner, who helps him relocate to a new city to start over.
With the help of mutual friends, AJ is reunited with Ryder. He takes some convincing to be ok with the idea of being in a triad. Not wanting to scare AJ into running again, Ryder and Lyss take things very slow with AJ. There is some lack of communication with these guys, as AJ has no idea that Ryder and Lyss are in the lifestyle, let alone dominants, just as Ryder and Lyss have no clue that AJ has any experience with it whatsoever, or that he is actually a submissive. Thanks to their friends again, their eyes are opened and their relationship is on the right track.
Things go really well for some time. The scenes with these three together are really hot and very well done. Thoroughly enjoyable. However, before they can really get settled, things take a major turn for the worse, sending AJ into an even bigger downward spiral. My heart was truly breaking for the three of them. Ryder and Lyss eventually take control of things, and while the road isn’t smooth or easy, they get back on track.
I have enjoyed each of the stories in this series, all for the same basic reasons. They each contain strong couples bringing in a third as their equal partner. The m/f scenes, while fewer than the mmf or mm scenes, are just as well done and quite steamy. The scenes with Ryder and AJ? Super hot, whether just kissing, to going all the way and everything in between. The BDSM aspects are also really well done and easily believable. Overall, I found this another very easy, fast-paced read that I didn’t want to end. I’m a huge fan, and I really hope there will be more coming from this extremely well-written mmf series.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*