Coming in Third, by Amber Kell
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: December 22, 2015
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Buy Link: Publisher
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Love sometimes comes in threes.
With his mother plotting to have him wed, Niall decides to sneak out of the fae palace and fulfill one of his greatest fantasies. At the Unconventional bar, he finds a pair of lion shifters looking to spice up their love life. Unable to resist the strong attraction between them, Niall lets the persuasive pair take him home.
Jovan and Luka have been searching for their third for years. When Niall stumbles into the bar, their shifter instincts tell them the innocent fae could be their long sought mate. After a sensual night together, they’re certain the beautiful man was fated to be theirs.
His guards fetch him from the shifters’ bed and Niall is taken away from the pair. Upset about Niall’s return to the palace and a possible arranged marriage, the lion shifters battle to decide their future—should they go and fetch their mate or let it only be the one-night stand Niall promised them?
A short but very sweet story about choosing love despite all odds! I recently read another book by Amber Kell, so I was intrigued by this story, which features two things I really love in a romance novel: shifters, and a ménage relationship!
While the villains are a bit stereotypical, and the plot utterly predictable, I did really enjoy the subtle moments between Niall and the two Lion Shifters. I do wish Niall’s mother hadn’t been quite so much of a cardboard Bad Guy, though, because there was a lot of potential there to have her set up as something insidious, and to cause more tension through the entire story.
“What if he doesn’t like your choices?” his uncle persisted, ever the sly voice of innuendo and scandal. There were weasel shifters less sneaky than Niall’s Uncle Virnen, and none as mean.
“Then I’ll persuade him.” They laughed together, two partners pleased to crush others in their pursuit of common goals.
But like I said, the relationship with Niall, Luka, and Jovan was really gorgeously written. Amber was able to show how quickly they begin to care and love each other in only a short space.
Niall’s gentle regard for the tough lion shifter beneath him twisted Jovan’s heart. No one besides Jovan had ever cared about Luka.
In the end, I found that I had enjoyed the story. It was pretty fast-paced, and I wish it had another 100 pages to explore the interesting world Amber has hinted at here, but it was overall and very sweet novel!