Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Talking in Code
Author: Ariel Tachna
Heroes: Richard Horn/Timothy Davenport/Eric Newton
Genre: MMM Contemporary
Length: 256 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 6, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Review: Talking in Code is the story of an established relationship between three ex-military men who have been together for 4 years. Up to this point, their relationship has remained a secret.
Richard is the leader of Strike Force Omega. He and Timothy (Dav) have been together since basic training. Eric joined them a few years prior when feelings grew between he and Tim, but only after Richard was okay with the change in dynamics. When this story begins, Eric (the sniper) has been taken prisoner when his op went bad. He’s been held captive for 4 months and a team is just about to retrieve him. Unfortunately, Tim is sent to Syria with another team to complete another op which unfortunately also goes south critically injuring Tim in the process.
Much of this story is about Richard and Eric finding their way without Tim, as he is in a medically-induced coma until later on in the book. Unfortunately, Tim is the one who has always put Eric back together after his missions, has been the one who knows what to do and how to handle Eric and help him through each ordeal, his PTSD, etc. Now, Richard must be the one to do that, and he isn’t finding it very easy. So, Richard and Eric, through the help of Eric’s teammates, learn to help each other, find that they didn’t know as much about each other as they should have and attempt to remedy that, all the while they stick by Tim’s bedside.
I was pulled right into this story, loved seeing the dynamics of an established threesome with somewhat older men. They each have their concerns with trying to include both of the other partners, which I can imagine is pretty realistic in such a situation. Once Richard and Eric get past some lack of communication issues, they are able to rediscover and reestablish their roles in the relationship. And, while I found myself longing for Tim to wake up and join the party, I understood how important it was that those things take place in order for them to thrive as a triad once again.
This was very solidly written story that had some mystery to it as well as the guys tried to get to the bottom of what went wrong on their ops, who they could trust and what they would do when all was said and done. This was a wonderful menage story with realistic dynamics where the men were mature but dealing with insecurities, as well as lingering mental and physical trauma. I definitely recommend it and look forward to reading more from Ms. Tachna.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*