Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Three Shots by Brigham Vaughn - Release Day Review

Title: Three Shots

Author Name: Brigham Vaughn


Reeve Jenkins is an amateur musician playing in a dive bar. Grant McGuire is a man drowning his sorrows in beer after a painful breakup. When Reeve charms a reluctant Grant into coming home with him, they begin a three-year friendship with some very nice benefits.
But when the two gorgeous men walk into Hawk Point Tavern—the bar Rachael Bradford owns—one evening and greet each other with a kiss, it sets off a chain of events that leads to a steamy night and maybe something more for the trio.


Rachael sighed and took a seat at her desk, forcing Reeve and Grant from her mind. They made for a fun fantasy, but had no place in real life. She had hours of work to do, and not enough time to get it done in. Hawk Point Tavern didn’t run itself.
She tackled the paychecks first. Her employees would want checks to cash soon, and it couldn’t wait. Thankfully, she had few employees and it didn’t take overly long to tally hours and make out the checks. She had moved on to sorting order invoices for the month when she heard a soft knock on her partially open door. Thinking it was Jenna or Tyler—the other bartender on tonight—she absent-mindedly called out, “Come in.”
“Excuse me,” a low, sexy voice replied.
Rachael’s head shot up and she was startled to see Reeve peering in the door.
“I, uh, hey. Um, hi Reeve,” She stuttered. She cleared her throat. “Come in.”
He stepped into the room and pushed the door nearly closed. “Can I talk to you for a sec?”
“Uh, sure.” She frowned, puzzled by what he wanted, but not entirely displeased to have him in her office either. She stood and walked around the desk—leaning back against it and looking up to meet his gaze. “Is there a problem with your bill? Or something else I can help you with?”
He gave her a slow, sexy smirk. “I certainly hope so.”
Rachael stared at him, waiting for him to continue, but he was silent. His gaze raked over her body and she felt heat building between her legs at the slow, frank perusal of her body. By the glittering, heated gaze of his eyes, Rachael could see that he liked what he saw. Her jeans and t-shirt were hardly high fashion, but Reeve didn’t appear to have any complaints. Besides, Rachael knew she had a tight body and the jeans showed off her ass nicely.
“What can I help you with?” she asked, her voice breathless.
“Well you see, I came here looking to have a drink with a good friend, nothing more, but I found something else I am interested in.”
‘I’m … I’m sorry?”
Reeve stepped closer until he was just a foot from her, and she felt her heart speed up in her chest.
“What’s that?” Rachael repeated when he didn’t reply immediately.
“You.” The word was simple, but it did nothing to clear up her confusion.
“But … but what about Grant?” she asked. “I mean, it looked like you two were together, and I—I don’t want to cause any problems or get in the way of anything.”
Reeve moved so he was standing in front of her, booted feet on either side of her crossed ones. He leaned in, breathing softly against her cheek and she wet her lips reflexively.
“It’s pretty simple actually,” Reeve purred in her ear. “Grant and I hook up occasionally and we are both very attracted to you.” His lips brushed the sensitive outer shell and she shivered.
Bi then. Her experiences with Tom made her a little leery of bi guys, but it’s not like she was going to get involved with them beyond a quick—or maybe not so quick—roll in the sheets, she thought. This was a one-off. It wasn’t like she was going to see them after tonight so she might as well enjoy it while she had the opportunity.
“You aren’t in a relationship with him?” she said aloud. The last thing she wanted was to get involved with another cheater. Jonah had been more than enough, thankyouverymuch.
Reeve shrugged. “We’ve been friends for a long time, but it’s nothing exclusive. We keep things fluid.”
“So how would this work?” Rachael asked, her voice going a little breathless as she imagined what could play out if she said yes. “We’d have a threesome?”
“That is entirely up to you. If you’re only attracted to one of us, the other will step aside, although we’d both be very disappointed. And I somehow don’t think that’s the case, is it?”
“No, I’m definitely attracted to you both,” Rachael admitted. Reeve wrapped an arm around her lower back and pulled her flush against his body.
“Then how we fuck—” he skimmed a hand down her back to cup the lower curve of her ass “—is up for negotiation. Whatever you’re comfortable with.”

Book Info:

Genre: M/M/F erotic romance (contemporary)
Length: Novella - 35,949 words/94 pages
Release Day: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Two Peninsulas Press (self-published)

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My Review:

“Love doesn't have to be limiting.  It should only expand who you are, and make you feel free”

I’m not sure how a story as hot as Three Shots can be both deliciously enticing and incredibly adorable at the same time, but this story has both those qualities in spades.

This is an erotic tale. While there is definitely more to the story than ‘just’ sex, there is plenty of it and both the relationships and the story develop mainly through these incredibly hot encounters between characters.

And when I say ‘hot’, I mean HOT.

Some might say that this story is unrealistic, that these three lovers open up to each other with far too much ease for people who’ve only just met, and while that may well be the case, I have to admit that to me it was a pure delight. In too many books (for my liking) at the core of any issue is the fact that the MCs refuse to talk to each other. Situations that could easily have been avoided if one or the other had just given voice to what was on their mind, grow huge and create drama. While that is sometimes realistic and occasionally even works, it is something I’m not fond of. It was therefore delightful to read a book in which the characters do open up to each other, explain what they think and feel, and subsequently deal with whatever the issue is.

There were a few things in this book I hugely appreciated. It is a wonderful surprise to read a book featuring bisexual characters without their orientation being ‘the’ or ‘a’ major plotline. Just as it is a rare but fabulous experience to read an MMF story in which the female is at least as strong as the male character(s). In fact, you could well say that if anybody has the upper hand in this story it’s Rachael.

The easy, uncomplicated, and near perfect coming together of first Reeve and Grant and then the two men and Rachael gave Three Shots a fairytale like quality. It’s a dream; how we would script our own perfect love story in an ideal world. This is a drama-free tale. While the characters have their, not always happy, back-stories, there is virtually no angst in this book. And sometimes that’s exactly what I need from my reading. It’s a perfect escape. If the story is also well written, happens to feature charming and fascinating characters, and gives me some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve read recently, it is safe to say I’ve found my personal Nirvana.

If you hadn’t guessed as much from what I’ve written above, let me make myself perfectly clear here: Three Shots comes highly recommended if you enjoy a well written, captivating, and extremely sexy story.

Author Bio:
Brigham Vaughn is starting the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time writer. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga.  She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer, she dreams of traveling the world and she can’t wait to discover everything else life has to offer her.
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Email: brighamvaughn@gmail.com