Note: I'm applying a 5-point V system to my reviews from now on. Because it's cool!
Texas Tangle by Leah Braemel
Ebook published by Carina Press
Thanks to her cheating ex-husband and her thieving brother, all horse breeder Nikki Kimball has left is a bruised heart, an overdrawn bank account and an empty home. When sex-on-legs Dillon Barnett and his brooding foster-brother Brett Anderson start showing more than just neighborly attention, Nikki is intrigued...and a little gun-shy.
Dillon and Brett have a history; back in high school, the two friends fought a bitter battle over Nikki. Now, ten years later, Brett still longs to be the man in Nikki's life, but he's determined to stand back and let Dillon win Nikki's heart.
Society says Nikki must choose between the two men she loves. Is Nikki strong enough to break all the rules in order to find happiness?
There's something about a threesome that both terrifies and intrigues me. Apart from the physical logistics of such an encounter, whether it's M-F-M, F-M-F or any iteration, straight or gay, as a writer, I am somehow incapable of wrapping my head around the emotional dynamic that must exist for such a relationship to work. In trying to put myself in the heroine's shoes, all I can think is: "Oh, God, what do I... Where do I... How are we...I mean, does that go there...? And who does the laundry?" Sweat, tears, and recriminations may ensue.
That's the beauty of Leah Braemel's Texas Tangle.
This story not only gives the reader a scorchingly erotic ride, but it also beautifully captures the all-encompassing love and respect the two heroes and the heroine have for each other. There's never any doubt in the reader's mind that they all want the best for each other, and that they respect each other too much to step on one another's toes. Which is what makes their ultimate act feel absolutely real and devastatingly conflicted without any of the squick.
Written with lots of humor, heart-wrenching betrayal and plenty of heat, Leah Braemel sweeps the reader from drama to delight page to page. Cowboys, family troubles, small-town settings...this book has it all. A great read for anyone who has never read a menage romance, and for anyone who has!
Whew. What a week. But I'm back now...no more wedding to think about! HOORAY!
Just before the wedding, I received this rejection from Carina Press:
Thank you for submitting HER CINDERELLA SECRET to Carina Press, and for your patience while the acquisitions team reviewed your full manuscript.
Unfortunately, after careful consideration of your manuscript, we have determined that it does not fit our needs.
Though we aren't able to accept this manuscript, it is always possible that future manuscripts may find a home with us, and we hope you'll consider us for future submissions. Additionally, please remember that publishing is quite subjective, and what doesn't work for one publisher may work for another so we wish you the best of luck in placing this manuscript elsewhere.
Thank you for your interest in working with Carina Press.
Executive Editor, Carina Press
Oh, well. Back to the old drawing board. I'll probably try to pitch it to some other publishing houses. Couldn't hurt, right?
Just keep swimming...