by Stephanie Julian
Publisher: Elloras Cave
Available: March 3, 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Book received from: Author
For eight years, Etruscan witch Tira Belludi has longed to give herself, body and soul, to the two shifter men who hold her heart. But visions of death and fears for her sanity have forced her to keep her distance.
Nic Rocca and Duke Ducati are brothers in everything but blood and partners who have each other’s backs. They share a home, a job and had planned to share their life with Tira between them…until the night she saw their future and built a fortress around her heart.
Now danger and death stalk Nic and Duke. And Tira must make a choice—grab love while she has the chance or watch Nic die from afar and lose Duke forever.
Nic and Duke were raised together as brothers and have shared a lifelong emotional bond making them inseparable. They’ve also been in love with the same woman for the past eight years.
Tira is a witch that has a special ability to foresee certain peoples futures when she touches them. While her ability is considered a gift, it has also served as a curse for her. Although she cannot see Duke’s future when she touches him, she can see Nic’s. When she touched Nic eight years ago, she foresaw his horrific death. Knowing she could never have a relationship with Nic and Duke without reliving Nic’s death over and over she turned her back on the two men she loved hoping they would move on and find love in other relationships.
When Nic and Duke are hurt in an explosion and Nic is nearly killed, the three of them are forced to face their feelings for each other. After eight years, they are still in love, yet a relationship seems impossible. Nic realizes that although his time is short, he wants to spend the rest of his life in a relationship with Tira and Duke and devises a plan to make it happen. Unfortunately, he doesn’t share his plan, which creates confusion and tension between the three of them.
This three-way relationship is presented with what seems to be impossible physical obstacles, but there are also emotional issues to overcome. Nic encourages Duke to seek out a physical relationship Tira, but Duke is conflicted. He’s masked his feelings for Tira all these years with anger, feeling that Nic is the man she truly loves. Not wanting to betray his bond with Nic, he has kept Tira at a distance although he truly loves her.
Nic, Duke and Tira as a threesome were likeable however Tira was not the strong take charge heroine I’d hoped for. She was forced into making life changing decisions and felt like a victim most of the time. To her credit she did step up and face her fear of her own destiny however she wasn’t a character I felt connected with. I much preferred the stronger more charismatic personalities of Nic and Duke, as both characters managed to stand out on their own.
While I enjoyed the relationship aspect of this story, I had a problem with how it all wrapped up. There was a nice action packed confrontation in the end, but I felt let down in how the ultimate problem was solved. Since Nic’s character was strong, and his personality more on the aggressive side, I wished he would have taken a more proactive role in creating his own destiny.
Stephanie Julian creates a very loving and convincing three-way relationship in Moonlight Menage. Because of the very close bond that Nic and Duke share, they are able to love the same woman without jealousy and each member of this trio seems truly dedicated to loving and supporting each other. Since Nic, Tira and Duke have been denied their physical relationship for so long, when they do come together as a threesome it’s very sexy, and exciting.
This second installment in the Lucani Lovers series is an enjoyable and sexy read, with some exciting action packed scenes. Although the ending felt a bit anti-climactic, I liked the three way relationship and I look forward to more from Ms. Julian’s world of sexy shifters.
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