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A standalone novel from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Jayne Rylon.
I don’t kneel for any man. Not anymore.
I had the perfect dominant boyfriend. Then Cortez left me to save the world.
After two and a half years lost drowning my misery in bad decisions, one man changed everything.
Rogan is the perfect submissive, who puts me back in control of both him and my life.
Until Cortez comes home.
Who am I? Cortez’s bottom or Rogan’s top?
Maybe I’m both.
Maybe I was made to be their middleman.
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Hot and complex - a great story!
Wow! I'm not sure I have the right words to describe this book. I've read several books by Jayne Rylon – her Power Tools menage series is a favorite – but I think this is her first M/M/M story. The book is written in first person POV, and each of the three main characters gets to tell their part of the story, but the main character is really Kaden.
From the book's synopsis/blurb we know that Kaden was Cortez's submissive until Cortez left him, and that Kaden then becomes dominant over Rogan. Sounds kind of simple, right? Wrong! This story turns out to be pretty wonderfully complex and kept me thoroughly engrossed until the end.
Kaden is completely broken after Cortez leaves. When Rogan hires him to paint an intimate portrait for his boyfriend there's a spark of attraction that neither one will act on. Rogan won't because he's in a relationship and won't cheat, Kaden won't because he will never do another relationship; he only does one-offs.
I love stories with emotionally complex characters, especially when the writing is so good that my emotions are fully engaged. Jayne Rylon's writing made me like I was a part of the story – like an eye witness of sorts. There were parts of this book that made me so sad but I trusted Ms. Rylon to get these three guys their HEA and she certainly did that.
There's no cliffhanger to this story; in fact, the last chapter takes place one year later – which might be called an epilogue by some authors (something I dearly love). But I felt so invested in these characters that I'd really like to read more about them. A short sequel would be wonderful, Ms. Rylon. 😊
An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.
This review will be posted to Xtreme-Delusions dot com on or soon after release date.
Lots of heat & heart!!
**4 ‘Always Were’ Stars**
I think saying that Middleman will incinerate your panties is not only an understatement, but an unnecessary one given THAT cover. But as with most things, one should never judge anything by its surface appearance, because while this book is smexy as all get. It is also filled with a lot of heart as these three men work through their own demons while fighting for what could be their ultimate happily ever after.
I really liked Kaden, Cortez and Rogan, but I have to admit that Rogan was my favorite of the three. He reminded me of a Chimera ~ what you saw on the outside hid the truth of who he was on the inside and yet the two sides blended so well together. His complex nature was a huge draw and I was simply charmed by him and his strength. Cortez was all kinds of alpha male goodness and had me wanting to bend to his will, but it was his heart and his acknowledgement of what it wanted, even if he couldn’t have it, that won me over. Kaden, of the three, was the one that had me flip flopping the most. I loved the man he evolved into throughout the book, but his hang up over Cortez and how he used it to isolate himself rubbed me the wrong way, even though I understood where he was coming from.
The journey that Kaden, Rogan and Cortez travel to get to their HEA’s was an interesting, yet enjoyable one. What I found most interesting, and intriguing, was how often all three of them were together throughout the story regardless of what was going on. Each of them are dealing with their own issues and I loved how they ended up helping each other work through them and heal so they could move forward.
While I haven’t read all of Jayne Rylon’s books, I have read a decent cross section, but Middleman is only my second menage read by her and I thoroughly enjoyed it. While there were some parts that dragged for me, which I will say is more of a ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ situation, I was totally invested in getting to know Rogan, Kaden and Cortez and seeing how their HEA came to be. The various twists and turns were done well and I liked how they all ended up working out in the end.
~ Copy provided by the author & voluntarily reviewed ~
Wow. These guys are drool-worthy! The characters are well developed and each can hold their own. I love this book! Thanks again, Jayne, for another awesome menage story. I definitely will be reading this book again, and again, and again... and well, you get the gist.