I liked Be With Me so much more than the first book of hers I read. Hutch Bishop, Cam Douglas, and Sawyer Pritchard were young boys when they met and became like brothers in the foster care system under the watchful eye of their foster mother Birdie. Regina loves all three men, and yet she ran away as fast as she could after one night when everything changed. Worried that she may have ruined everything with the men she loves the most. I know that a m/m/m/f ménage sounds unbelievable, and it probably is, but Maya Banks did a great job making this story seem realistic.
There was lots and lots of angst and talking about if they (the heroes) thought a permanent menage relationship could work for them and the heroine. She's definitely the alpha in her lifelong friendship with the three heroes of this story, Cam, Sawyer, and Hutch. As they grew into adults, they remained friends, and Cam became an architect and owned a construction company with Sawyer and Hutch, while Reggie went on to become a police officer. Birdie calls Cam, Sawyer and Hutch, and they come running to her side. But mainly this was about Reggie deciding if she wanted to live the rest of her life with her three best friends, and how they would make it work. This may not be my favorite Maya Banks story, but it definitely developed into a very hot and interesting read, with a unique take on the menage relationship.
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Though in general this book is considered an erotic romance, I'd probably call it a contemporary alternative romance with erotic scenes because the super hot, explicit sex isn't really the dominant part of the story. It's more about the polyamorous relationship the develops between four long-time friends and the problems that arise than about hot and kinky sex. So they decided the solution was for all of them to love her in a menage relationship. A year later, when she's injured in the line of duty by some psycho who seems to want her dead, Cam, Sawyer and Hutch come riding to the rescue and decide it's time to make Reggie face what's between them. With most (all) of the menage books I've read, they've generally been very sex-based and not dealing with much else. Reggie fights herself for a year over the potential relationship, thinking about how it would appear to others and affect her life, and how it would ever be possible to have equality when she would be involved with three men - i.e. how to avoid the appearance of favorites, and who and how she chose to be with at any given time. Those things all made this book so much more realistic because they are genuine issues related to a menage relationship. I also liked how Banks utilized issues from the guys' pasts and how they affected the budding relationship with Maggie - Sawyer's worries about his darker nature, Hutch's protectiveness because of what he went through as a kid, and the incident that resulted in a fight because of those issues. This is a great book to read for those of you who like to read romance in general, are open-minded, and don't mind very explicit sex.
"Be With Me" is another excellent offering from the queen of menage HEAs. Regina, or Reggie, has been running from her three best friends for the past year. But her running time has just come to an end. You'll fall in love with all three and then start tapping your toes waiting for Banks next book.
For the first 103 pages the plot revolves around two stories: Cam, Hutch, and Sawyer trying to convince Reggie, their adopted foster sister and childhood friend to give their unique relationship another chance. The other part of the story is the mystery of Reggie's stalker, who ambushed her at a murder scene, mysteriously knew her name and gave her the message that it was "time to make him pay" while nearly choking her to death.
So often, I find that erotic romances are basically a sex-fest with little actual story or character development to speak of, which might account for why I don't read the genre more frequently. Each love scene is perfectly placed for maximum story development, therefore making all of them integral to the plot. Even with all of its super-steamy love scenes, Be with Me was a book with more depth and substance than many mainstream romances I've read, which was a very pleasant surprise. Many romance heroines I've read who are in similar positions seem to feel like they have a lot to prove and therefore can be really tough nuts to crack. Reggie has known and loved Cam, Hutch, and Sawyer for most of her life. And now on to her three scrumptious men.:-) Cam, Hutch, and Sawyer all had rough childhoods. The three men have all built a life together as the owners of a construction company and now they've built a house, Reggie's dream house, in hopes of one day convincing her to be their one and only love. I love that he's not vastly experienced in the bedroom and that he's been celibate since the night they had their foursome, knowing that there's no other woman for him besides Reggie. He's also been celibate, which I think shows how much he loves Reggie. Like with Cam, I thought Hutch was beta-leaning, but he has a couple of alpha moments when he goes to bat to protect Reggie. Hutch is a really wonderful guy, and in the end, I fell nearly as much in love with him as I did with Cam. I'm sure a majority of readers probably preferred Sawyer, but I'm usually less inclined to fall hard for alphas. She finally has to goad him into having sex with her, but she discovers a liking for his intense brand of love-making too. When things get heated with Hutch, Sawyer shows another kind of vulnerability that touched my heart. He can also dial down the intensity sometimes, and even though he doesn't think he's good with words, he could occasionally surprise both me and Reggie by saying nice things. I loved the communication amongst all of them, and how they know that it's going to take hard work to maintain what they have just like any relationship would. And the guys well all I can say is the only thing better than one hot, sexy romance hero is three.;-) I love how they take care of Reggie and look out for her safety, while not expecting her to change. I loved every minute I spent reading Be with Me. It was my first book by Maya Banks, but most definitely won't be my last.
Reggie was tough one minute and annoyingly weak the next. The playful, witty banter between Reggie and the guys throughout the book was clearly filler and cutesy overkill. When the police chief contacts Reggie to say that they've made an arrest, neither she, the trained law enforcement officer, nor the guys ask who it is - erhh??.
Although the story is about a m/m/m/f ménage relationship, the romance is surprisingly sweet and tame albeit erotic, with a few mildly explicit and hot sex scenes that dont inhibit the storys pace or development.