Relationships are complex.
And when it comes to rules of the heart,
they were made to be broken…
That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.
Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.
No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.
But trouble was nothing new.
Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:
If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.
And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.
Priest nodded. “I think that would be a smart idea, so we can all get to know one another better.”
“Fucking,” Priest said, and, unbelievably, Robbie blushed. “Now that we know we are compatible-“
“Compatible? What am I, an electrical socket?”
“No,” Priest said. “You’re a sexy little spitfire who hasn’t stopped arguing with me since we met. It would be nice if we could find some common ground where you’re comfortable enough that you don’t feel the need to argue all the time.”
“I don’t always-“
“Boys,” Julien said, “play nice or not at all. Those are the rules. And we liked playing, didn’t we?”
“Oui,” Priest told his husband, as Robbie rolled his eyes.
“I mean obviously, yes…I can barely sit and I’m already thinking about the next time.”
That got a grin out of Julien and Priest.
It was a challenge for me to find the perfect quote from this book because there are so many zingers, laugh-out-loud moments, and groan-inducing lines. Then there are the sentences that are so hot, I wasn’t worried about the snow outside.
In other words: I loved this book.
I have to admit, I have not actually read the 6-book bestselling Temptation series featuring Tate and Logan. Robbie’s book picks up very shortly after the end of that series, and although there were a few references I might not have fully understood, it is by no means a prerequisite to read the series. That being said, I own them all on audio and am planning to binge.
Ella’s characters are fantastic. Snarky, quick-witted, smart, sexy, funny, quirky, reserved – Julien, Priest, and Robbie all have a bit of each. The synopsis doesn’t give too much away, but within the first chapter you find Robbie drunk dialing and the results of that phone call will have far-reaching consequences.
See? Not ALL drunk dialing is bad…
Joel and Julien have a solid marriage. They get along well, are very supportive of each other, but there’s something missing. They have tried other avenues to get their needs met, but nothing has ever clicked. Then they set eyes on Robbie and agree he’s the one they want. I liked that there were many negotiations as they began to woo Robbie. Adding a third – whether as a ménage or a triad – is never a simple matter. Jealousy and secrets can destroy any relationship, so being aboveboard and honest is critical.
Julien Thornton is nothing if not blunt. He is world-famous for his cooking show, where he is referred to as the prick. He knows what he wants and what he’s willing to do to get it. Joel Priestly – Priest – is a lawyer with a sharp mind and a rapier tongue. Much harder to read than Julien, Priest has a habit of keeping to himself and only Julien has been able to break down that barrier. These men don’t just love each other, they know each other. What makes the other tick, what makes him feel good, and, most importantly, what causes him pain.
And for all the humour, there are some dark moments in this piece. It is the first book in the Confessions series and it is clear all three men have something dark and emotional they need to work through. This first book is Robbie’s, and although the book alternates between the three men’s point-of-view, it is Robbie who moves the story along. He’s a fence-sitter until tragedy strikes, and he finds these two men who have invited him to join them, who have also pledged never to hurt him – and he believes them.
The next book is Julien’s and it has been set up nicely. Not a cliffhanger per se – all three men are in the house together – but secrets from Julien’s and Priest’s pasts are quickly catching up with the triad and it will be interesting to watch how things unfold.
To read this book is to fall in love with these men. Each has a spark of life that resonates. And even if you only read for the chapter titles, you will be well-served. Here’s a quick taste:
CONFESSION: Gays, Girls, and Italians. We could keep the phone companies in business for life.
CONFESSION: Having a big mouth is never overrated. Especially around a pompous ass and a lovely prick.
I won’t share any more so as to not spoil the fun. And the book is fun. I am poised and waiting for the next one. Oh, and for those of us who speak fluent French, it was just that much more fun.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”
A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.
Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.