Today we get to share with you Three of Diamonds by W. Ferraro. It is book three in the Hamden series and gives us gorgeous Lola and super sexy Wes.
Lola Nash’s life edges on safe and controlled, containing few people; her brother, Boyd, a handful of friends and the facility for special needs children where she volunteers, called Aaron’s Place. However, a chance meeting shatters her control when she learns someone else’s closely held secret. The kind of secret causing her explicit and sexy dreams, all centering around Wes Thompson; known as Adonis in the ultra-exclusive world of the sex club, Olympus.
Wes is intrigued by the voluptuous beauty who won’t give him the time of day. Like the God he emulates, he has never been the type to give in when he wants something or someone; Lola is exactly what he wants. Is Lola the one that can bring a God to his knees or will Wes conquer her, and then walk away as planned? Is the chance at love worth the cost of giving up everything you hold important? When the cards are down, will Wes and Lola call or fold?
Three of Diamonds is the third instalment in the Men of Hamden series and tells the story of Wes Thompson and Lola Nash. I was very much looking forward to reading Three of Diamonds having been introduced to the characters in the previous books in the series.
Consistent with the other books in the series Three of Diamonds is focussed on a relationship between two characters - this time it is the connection between Wes and Lola, but this book steps up the stakes in the bedroom arena with some very ‘fifty shades’ style action. If you’re shy and not up for reading some very erotic, dare I say kinky, sex scenes you may want to think twice about picking this one up. I should clarify and say there is no violence and all parties involved are willing, adult participants ;)
I enjoyed Three of Diamonds but I felt it was missing something. I wanted to understand more about Wes, his background and what led him to the lifestyle choices he made. I would have liked a little bit more development of the relationship with Lola outside of the bedroom. To me the sexual relationship dominated and as a consequence I missed what I would describe as the real connection between Wes and Lola. I couldn’t help but compare/contrast to Three of Spades where I felt like I got to know Dylan and Natalie as well as they got to know each other and as a consequence felt more invested in their story.
Ferraro does create some absolutely fabulous characters. Wes will appeal to many – that balance of dominant yet considerate male willing to give everything to those he loves. Lola is a very strong and independent woman and I liked that she maintained those characteristics throughout the story. She made active choices and while there was a level of ‘submission’ I didn’t think she acted out of character. Her love for her brother Boyd and her intense desire to protect him and give him everything she could was beautiful.
You get to see the characters from their earlier books again, even if it is only a glimpse, but it was nice to reconnect with them and see how their relationships had progressed.
Overall this was a good read. There were some minor editing quirks that I found a little distracting but I enjoyed the story and was happy with the ending.
3 out of 5 stars
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