Author: Alisha Rai
Publication Date: June 29, 2014
Page Length: 292 pages
My Rating: 2 / 5 stars
They’re craving something sweet. She likes it spicy.
Devi Malik knows how to heat things up. She does it every night as head chef in her family’s Indian restaurant. Her love life, though, is stuck in the subzero freezer. Now, with a chance to fulfill a secret fantasy with her long-time crush and his brother, it’s time to put her desire on the front two burners.
For Marcus Callahan, a love-’em-and-leave-’em attitude isn’t only a necessary evil of their kink. It’s a protective device. Lately, though, his brother Jace has been making noises about craving something more.
Jace’s dissatisfaction with their lifestyle grows with every glimpse of sweet little Devi. Yet Marcus is too haunted by the pain of their shared past to give love a chance.
Despite their reputation for vanishing with the dawn, they discover one night with Devi isn’t nearly enough. And Devi finds herself falling in love with two very different men.
It’ll take more than explosive sex to light up the shadows surrounding the Callahan brothers’ secrets. But Devi’s never been afraid of the dark…
I’m going to just start off by saying that I loved this author’s Hate to Want You and A Gentleman in the Street. The thing is, this book just doesn’t work for me. It’s not anything on the author’s part, but to begin with, I’m not a fan of MFM in the first place, I guess? MMF, yes, but not MFM. MMF would have been a very different story in the context of this book, so MFM is fine in this case for a ménage since this is about a woman and two brothers.
Devi is a chef in her family’s restaurant. She loves her job, but she doesn’t really date or hook up much. Her sister is determined to get her laid, and introduces her to two brothers who have a relationship of hooking up with women. And only ever doing that together. It’s very good intentions on the sister’s part, but the one-time hookup starts turning into something more, there’s society and expectations that are thrown into the mix.
As far as romance tropes go, this book is really isn’t my thing and I just never really fell in love with the characters or the relationship. The fact that the brothers are only kinky because of past abuse isn’t something I like reading about either. I think this book would have easily worked if it turned out to be a M/F relationship rather than a MFM one once everyone talked about their feelings (and maybe talked to a therapist about said past trauma).
The story fell flat with me. The one thing I liked was that Devi is a chubby Indian heroine and the cultural aspects of this story. The two brothers, Jace and Marcus, are too pushy, even when it’s clear that Devi is uncomfortable with what they’re telling her to do. And Jace feels manipulative, especially since it seems like he’s orchestrating a non-relationship into a a permanent thing before they even sleep together. There’s definitely more sex scenes than story about the characters’ psyche and feels too insta-love. You have characters here professing their love after a week of nothing but sex, and that’s just a turn-off for me, to be honest.
This is a quick read, but not my favorite book from the author. I’ve heard that people enjoy book two a lot more, so I’ll probably give that a try.