Dont know why they love her so much, but thats inconsequential. If the story is about sex then dont disguise it as a love story or some piddly attempy at romantic suspense, its disappointing and aggravating for the reader. A big problem I couldnt manage to get an answer for was why do they love Marly? Now if that isnt the stupidest thing Ive ever read I dont know what is. Heres Cade trying to revive her too and then shortly after he wants to do it to her again (no concern at all that shes passed out) but shes scared and he says Dont deny me Marly HAHAHAHA! There were other gems like Dont deny me but for those of you still wanting to read this piece Ill let you discover them for yourself because Cade, well he is a charmer that one (!) What is there to love about this guy? Now this begs the question of why Marly loves Cade. Dont know, meaningless info for the author to take the time to show that. He screws her in front of everyone after a horribly shocking thing happens and then proposes with an I love you Marly baby. It didnt bother me that she grew up with these guys because they werent her blood relatives but it does have a creepy feel to it if you think about it for too long not that this book provokes any deep thought or anything (!) There are some sex toys used that were pretty much forced on her but she ended up liking it. There are so many emotional holes in this story its the Swiss cheese of romance :-o How can an author not show that apart from the sex, there is a reason why the h/h love one another??
4 stars Romantic Suspense/Erotica/BDSM/Ménage This is a bit tough to review because I had sort of a love/hate thing going on with this book...hated the characters but loved the smokin hot sex. I think I tend to judge Lora Leighs books differently than those by other romance authors though because I know going in that her male leads are usually angst-laden, dominating, uber alpha a**holes (whether theyre military, cowboys, or cops) with troubled pasts and tortured souls, but she writes such engrossing stories and scorch-the-pages-hot sex scenes that I still enjoy and love her books regardless of whether or not I even like the characters. Cade lusts and burns for Marly like no other woman ever before, but hes got some deep, dark secret in his past that makes it impossible for him to be caring, gentle, or to love anyone. I think every one of the main characters in this book (Cade, Marly, Brock, and Sam) were in need of some major therapy instead of hiding from their traumatic pasts and masking their emotional pain with intense sex.
This is not the kind of book where you think to yourself, What a finely drawn depiction of life and love. Nothis is the kind of book where the characters are crazy, the situations are crazy, and yet you suspend your disbelief and continue reading because the sexy times are so awesome. About 55% in I was like, this is five stars all the way. Sadly, the second half of the book let me down. She says he goes crazy if she resists something he wants. I cannot imagine a sexier, more f'ed up premise than this hero going batdong crazy on her in bed, tearing her anus up night after night after night, making her do stuff she doesnt want to do until she likes it, making her take all his brothers--and then tenderly holding her and soothing her to sleep each night because, of course, he loves her so much. The problem is, after were made hot by these idea, after the author seems to promise us crazy pounding anal f*ckfests and forced night-long sextravaganzas, and an August brother crammed in every Marly-hole, all we really get is a lot of cunnilingus and one very short, tame ménage scene at the end with the brothers where, sadly, all three holes are not utilized at once in a brutal f*ckfest but in more of a we-dont-wanna-hurt-you, oh-hey-lay-back-and-lemme-just-lick-yer-pussy-some-more kind of interlude. Cade also lets Marly walk all over him which completely negates all the stuff he keeps spouting about his command and his insatiability. It was kind of the same let down with the villain plot. Not that you read this kind of book for the plot, but it felt like a missed opportunity for a powerful and dramatic scene. But honestly, I wish she had followed through on Cades announcements that he was crazy and anal obsessed and that hed ride her forever, rather than just having him going down on her half the time. I wish the author had those three brothers piling on Marly through scene after scene the way I wanted, rather than the very tentative ménage scene at the end. I will always remember the Cade-Marly-brothers ménage of MY fantasies, even if I didnt get to experience them in this book.
Cade ran hot and cold: knowing he was going to share her, but chastising her when she was comforting one of the brothers in the hospital bed.
I'm glad I read this expecting it to be horrendously written with skeevy sex because I had a blast (for the most part). The sex wasn't hot (I seem to be in the minority on that), the "plot" was inept and only there to make this technically "erotica" instead of flat-out porn, and the characters were so OTT and one-note that I honestly couldn't believe what I was reading.
Marly's Choice could have been penned a la Diana Palmer - the classic theme of guardian and virginal ward - but Cade August is not like Palmer's brooding but honorable heroes. It reveals the character of the August brothers and Marly, which I think is important when you see how she responds to the addition of Sarah in Sarah's Seduction. The title for this book should probably be "Marly's Choice (Men of August, Part 1).
What I disliked most is when a woman says no even though she still feels like having sex no is no, so I felt like this book really borderlines she keep saying no and he keep telling her she wants it and she end up doing it..
Marly obsessed with Cade. When Marly gets older she throws herself to Cade and Cade keep refusing her.
Loras family, and her writing life co-exist, if not in harmony, in relative peace with each other.