Their Emerald, by Maggie Chase
Series: The Jeweled Ladies, Book #2
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The mayor of Brimstone, Raymond Dupree, has a secret—he’s in love with his assistant, Hank O’Shea. The only person who knows the truth is Miss Emerald Green, the second-most famous Jewel in Texas. Raymond spends one night a week not with Miss Green but with Emmy, his closest confidant. She treasures her friendship with Raymond and although she wishes he could love her fully, she’s content. But when Hank kisses Raymond, everything changes.
The risk of their forbidden love is too great and Hank decides Raymond has to marry Emmy. But Emmy can’t give up her sexuality and she won’t cuckold Raymond. But will Hank’s proposal—Raymond and Emmy share him—be the solution to their problem?
(Also F/M and M/M Pairings)
I found it very difficult to figure out how to rate this one. In some ways, I think I liked the world that was created, the town of Brimstone, more than the romance itself. I’m not actually even sure that the romance in this novel was a romance, considering that it was one between a gay man and a woman that was put in the fore.
It was very clear to me that the main character, Raymond Dupree, loved Emmy. However, the first chapter started with him having kissed long time crush Hank O’Shea. This seemed a bit of an odd choice to me, given that it was off screen but also that we didn’t get to read the build up between characters.
Soon enough, however, all three of them were given equal amounts of screen time and the affection, if not love, between characters was clear. I liked the fact that each of them got chapters in a rotating cycles. Maybe it’s just me, but I enjoyed seeing this open relationship more for knowing how all three of them were feeling.
Obviously, it being a historical romance, the way in which these characters entered into an open relationship was more than a bit constricted. Raymond needs to have children, as the Mayor of the town, but he’s gay. Hank, however, is bisexual as well as being Raymond’s second in command. They made a plan where, if Raymond married Emmy–the only woman who was not actively distasteful to him–then Hank could keep her satisfied and also get her pregnant.
By the end of the novel, I had a lot of affection for all three of them, despite the holes I found in the plot… and, as I said, I really loved the fictional town of Brimstone set shortly after slavery had become illegal.
Who is Maggie Chase? Writer, reader, crafter—Maggie has told a lot of different stories a lot of different ways, but the Jeweled Ladies series marks her first foray into historical western erotica. Maggie passionately believe that every single person deserves their own happily-ever-after and her stories reflect that hope on the page. Sign up for her new-release newsletter at http://bit.ly/maggiechasenews to get the latest on her sexy cowboys, Jeweled Ladies and tough lawmen!
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