“Riptide” by Susan Hayes

Rory Frazier is destined to be the next leader of Kismet Cove, a secret colony of seal shape-shifters known as selkies. The catch? Rory can only claim his birthright if he and his blood brother Evan Sinclair find a suitable mate.

Jessica Jones has come to Tofino to reclaim her life and move on from the grief of her mother’s death. Jess just wants time alone and space to heal, but kismet has something else in store. After a rogue wave sweeps her out into the frigid Pacific Ocean, Jess is rescued by two handsome men who heat her blood and help to heal her wounded heart.

Time’s running out for Rory and Evan. They need to present the colony with their chosen mate and tell Jess the truth about who they really are. When their secrets are finally revealed, will their newfound love survive, or will the emotional riptide tear the three of them apart forever?

I received this book from the author, Susan Hayes, as part of a promotional tour.  I was asked for an honest review and so I shall deliver.

The Review

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Susan Hayes and I LOVED it!

When author Jessica Jones comes back to the ocean side cabin she spent her childhood vacations at, she was hoping to mend her broken heart from the death of her mother and find inspiration for the next book in her best selling series.  What she didn’t expect was to nearly drown and be saved by 2 handsome men on a boat and a seal?  What she never dreamed of was she’d be attracted to her two sexy rescuers at the same time….and they her.  She also never dreamed they’d be willing to share her…

“Is it common for seals to grab people and pull them around, too?” she asked.

“What? No. Seals don’t do that. They’re playful sometimes with divers, but they’re not aggressive.” Rory shook his head. “And I didn’t see a seal pulling you around.”

“Well, it did.” Jess folded her arms over her chest. “And that’s not the first time it’s happened, either.”

The two men looked at each other and then down at her with such intense expressions that Jess wondered if she’d said something wrong.

“What do you mean, it’s happened before?” Evan asked, his usually gentle voice rife with tension. “When? Where?”

“Here, when I was a little girl.”

“You’re from here?” Rory interjected.

“Well, no, but my cabin has been in the family a couple of generations. We used to come here for summer vacations when I was a girl. We stopped coming when I was six or seven. The last year we came was the year I saw the seals. I remember thinking they wanted to play with me. They were pulling on my life jacket like the seal today was doing. It’s strange that I didn’t remember that until recently. I never remembered why we stopped coming out here. I guess my parents got a little freaked out. And here I am twenty-odd years later, and my first time in the water there’s another seal. Weird, huh?”

“I’d say so.” Evan grinned. “Maybe it’s your perfume?”

“Ha-ha.” She stuck out her tongue at him, only realizing her error when she saw the flare of lust in his blue eyes.

“If you stick that out at me again I’m going to put it to good use, sweetheart. As I see it, you still owe me a kiss. Right now Rory’s one up on me.”

Arousal collided with panic somewhere in the vicinity of Jess’s chest and suddenly it was very hard to breathe. She managed to choke a single word past the iron bands squeezing her lungs up through a throat gone completely dry in a matter of seconds. “What?”

Evan’s lower lip stuck out in an overly dramatic pout. “You’ve kissed him twice.”

“Please tell me you’re kidding.” Rory clapped a playful slap up the side of Evan’s head. “Don’t you even think of keeping score, Ev, or I swear I’ll dropkick you off the back of this boat the next time we’re out in deep water.”

Jess hugged her arms tighter across her chest, her gaze bouncing from one to the other and back again.

“So you two…” She trailed off and tried again. “I mean the three of us—hell, I have no idea what I’m even trying to say here!”

“I think that in this case, the word you’re looking for is yes.” Evan waggled his brows at her. “I’m sure hoping that’s what you’re going to say, anyway.”

“Oh, very smooth.” Rory leaned down and pressed a soft kiss to the corner of her mouth and she felt his tongue briefly dance over her skin. He kept his lips just brushing hers as he continued talking.

“Evan and I have been best friends since I was ten years old. He’s a part of my life, and I’m part of his. We share everything.”

“Everything…as in…everything?” Jess stressed the last word, her heart beating faster at the erotic images that invaded her mind as she considered just what Rory meant.

“Absolutely everything, baby.”

Damn, it must be awful to have two hotties wanting to share you. 

As her way of saying thank you for saving her life and to hear their sharing proposition, she invites them both to dinner. Rory and Evan had some yummy ideas for dessert.

“Jess, come here.” Rory pointed to a spot directly in front of him and she froze, torn between some strange desire to obey him and her fear of what might happen if she did.

Evan reached past her and turned off the element and moved the saucepan away from the heat, completely ignoring her.

“I said, come here.” Rory’s gaze locked onto hers and Jess felt her pulse quicken as a shiver danced down her spine. She took a single step in his direction and was immediately rewarded with a faint smile that softened his fierce expression.

“I’m not going to hurt you, baby. I just want you to do as I say.”

“He’s bossy that way. You’ll get used to it,” Evan whispered behind her. He was close enough she could feel the warmth of his body, but he was not quite touching her.

Jess took the final three steps to the spot right in front of Rory, the bottle of whipped cream still in her hand. He took it from her and set it aside before cupping her chin in his hand and coaxing her head up so she was looking in his eyes.

“Dinner was amazing, and Evan and I are going to enjoy the pastries and the hot chocolate later, but for right now I know there’s only one thing I really want for dessert.”

The callused tip of Rory’s thumb traced the outline of her lips as he stared into her eyes. He wanted her, she could see it. His expression, the heat in his eyes, everything was sending her a very clear message. He wanted her.

Jess nodded, the barest tip of her head, but it was signal enough for Rory. His mouth was a searing brand as he claimed her, his fingers spearing into her hair as he drew her up onto her toes. A low growl rumbled up from the depths of his chest and Jess felt the vibration traveling from his body to hers. Jess reached up and wrapped her hands around the back of his neck. She was still standing on her tiptoes and their bodies were fused together from thigh to chest. Her heart was hammering against her ribs and her senses were scrambled. His tongue traced the seam of her lips and she parted them, inviting him into the warm depths of her mouth so she could savor his smoky taste again.

Evan came up behind her, his powerful body pressing up against hers, pushing her into Rory so that she was caught in a vise made of muscle and heat. Evan’s hands traced down the inside of her arms, stroking her through the silky fabric of her top and sending waves of goose bumps chasing along her skin. Evan slid his hands between her body and Rory’s, palming her breasts and squeezing them as he rocked the hard shaft of his cock against the small of her back. Each press of Evan’s body against her back arched Jess into Rory, and she could feel the long, thick evidence of Rory’s arousal pressing into her stomach.

Need sizzled through Jess and she moaned, the sensation of being sandwiched between two hot, hard bodies almost more than she could bear. When she moaned Rory took their kiss deeper, teasing and tasting every corner of her mouth as if he were a man savoring his last meal.

Evan nuzzled his face into her hair, his mouth sucking and nibbling at the soft skin of her neck. The sensory onslaught sent a flood of liquid flowing from Jess’s pussy and she shifted her body so that Rory’s thigh slid between hers. Mindless with need, she rubbed her aching clit against his leg, arching her hips in time to the slow, sensual thrusts of Evan’s hips against her back.

This time both men growled in stereo, and the deep vibration of their response was the most erotic thing Jess had ever experienced. When Evan’s fingers pinched her nipples, her knees turned to water and she would have fallen if not for the steady solid support of their bodies holding her up, keeping her trapped between them.

Rory sensed what had happened and lifted his head, breaking their kiss to smile down at her with heat sparkling in his deep-brown eyes.

“Even better than those lemon tarts, right, Evan?”

“Hell yes. No comparison.” Evan nipped her neck lightly and lifted his head as well. “She tastes as sweet as I remember.”

I’m not sure who is sexier.  Rory with his alpha male arrogance or Evan the strong and sweet type. Actually, I don’t care…that’s like asking which of the chocolate halves of an Oreo cookie is the best…I’ll take them both. Come here boys, let me be the cream in your man-wich. Feel free to double stuff me.

WHAT!!??? I was thinking ONLY of the cookie…

really….

ok…maybe…..

FINE I WASN’T!!!  Can’t blame a girl for fantasizing though. 😉

I really enjoyed this book for a few reasons. One, the sex of course. It was smokin’ hot. But it was more than that.  I loved the fact Susan Hayes took a gorgeous, but slightly insecure woman and turned her into the seductress.  The one with all the power.  She was worshiped and doted on by two men, who not only desired her, but who seen her for who she truly is and forced her to see herself through their eyes.  I also liked how she was “punished” for putting herself down.  If I had that as my incentive I’d never put myself down…well..not much….ok I’d do it every chance I got if that was my reward….errr….punishment. 😀

I loved the sex, story and sentiment.  Jessica found herself when she felt the most lost.  She found love when she thought she was unloveable. She found confidence and sexuality in the midst of insecurities. So many ingredients for a tasty erotic book!  That’s why I gave it 5 Stars!

~Robin