Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Acceptable Sacrifices
Author: Tricia Owens
Series: Sin City #3
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 160 Pages
Publisher: Tricia Owens
Release Date: August 20, 2012
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Maxmillian Poole, owner of Las Vegas’ premiere bodyguard agency, is satisfied with his loveless relationship with his lover Ethan. Unfortunately Ethan wants to be more than Max’s paid plaything. When a treasure hunting client makes a major discovery and needs their protection, Max and Ethan take the job, unaware of the danger they will face both to their lives and to their relationship.
Review: Max and Ethan are settling into their roles of keeping things professional on the job. This time around, The Elite Poole is hired by a treasure hunter for protection after they have made what could be a really big discovery.
The story with this client twists and turns a bit, and Ethan and Max try to keep up, keep safe and keep their relationship hidden. Ethan has hinted at wanting more from Max, but Max is holding steadfast to the terms of the “contract” they agreed to when Ethan came to Vegas. Ethan takes what he can get from Max for now, but it is pretty clear this will come up again in the future. Having to remain closeted, which isn’t really an issue for either of them on the outside, looks like it may eventually cause some strife on the inside. Keeping closeted from basically everyone in their lives, family, friends, co-workers, etc. has stirred feelings that can’t possibly not affect them long-term. As happy as they are with each other, Ethan has bouts of loneliness that I believe will grow out of his control. Time will tell on this front though, but I can’t wait to see how things pan out in this regard.
In the bedroom, these two are still off-the-charts hot. It is easy to see how easily and how much Max turns Ethan’s crank. Likewise, Max isn’t unaffected by Ethan either. It is just as enjoyable to see Ethan submit as it is to see Ethan get under Max’s skin. I love getting to see Max’s walls being chipped away at bit by bit. I just hope enough come down to keep Ethan content.
I’m hooked on this series and love the D/S dynamic going on here. It is refreshing to have that yet not spend time in a dungeon with all of the rules that go along with that. This installment wasn’t quite as the previous one, but it is a solid story that kept my interest to the end. My only real niggle at this point is the use of descriptions for the characters (i.e., the blond). At this point, we know he’s blond, and to be reminded has a way of pulling you out of the story each time it appears. I definitely recommend it though and look forward to jumping right into the next one.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*