by K.L. Donn
Heartache and betrayal are two things Keeley Stone is very familiar with. Born into a life she never wanted, betrayed by her own parents, she never saw a way out. Until one day, two men who know nothing of her or her life step up and protect her when she’s in need of a savior.
Loyalty and respect are not just something earned for brothers Nathaniel and Tyler Maxwell, but a code they live by. A chance encounter with a gorgeous young woman has left them enthralled with her.
Can they convince her they’re worth fighting for? Or will she let demons of her past control her future?
Note: This is a stand alone HEA M/F/M contemporary romance novel. There is no touching for titillation between brothers.
I can see the wheels turning in that beautiful head of yours. Let us take you to breakfast or lunch, or maybe dinner? Your choice. Of course, we could always take you to all three. Yep, I think that one works best for us,” Tyler said to her with a wink at the end.
“Dammit Ty, you're gonna overwhelm the poor girl. Back off,” Nathaniel told him with a frown, marring his beautiful brown eyes.
“Thank you for the kind offer but I can’t,” she declined and turned to put their order in for their meals.
“Why not?” asked Nathaniel as she was half way across the room. She stopped dead in her tracks, feeling the blush working its way up her face, which, of course, made her cheeks throb. Damn pale skin was all she could think as she turned around, and knew that not only could they see her embarrassment, but so could everyone else as they all waited for her to answer him.
She stood there for a full minute staring at them, until she heard him... “Because this ain’t no fucking dating service, that’s why,” Fred said as he walked up behind her and put his meaty arm around her shoulders, and cupped her tightly.
She could see the anger in Tyler and Nathaniel’s faces as they stared at where Fred’s hand was. They both stood up and Tyler shot a small smile her way, and that wink she was coming to love, before refocusing his attention on Fred. Nathaniel just looked pissed off and she knew she was about to get hurt again. That was all men did. Good God, was he freaking huge; bigger than she originally thought. “Come here, Butterfly,” Nathaniel told her. She started to move, thinking whatever he was about to do would be better than having Fred’s stinky self glued to her the way he was. As she took her first step, Fred held onto her arm so tightly that she whimpered. Tyler and Nathaniel growled at that. Actually growled. Glaring daggers at Fred, Nathaniel walked closer, grabbed her hand so gently she thought she was dreaming, and gave one small tug so she practically flew into his chest. The strange thing for her was that the entire time, he made sure she was protected. When she hit his chest, he put one hand to the small of her back and one to the back of her neck. It was very proprietary. His large arms engulfed her, completely surrounding her. Strangely, she felt safe, and she found she really liked the way he was caressing the back of her neck with his thumb.
Turning her head with a small smile on her face, she saw Tyler looking at her with this big wolf-like grin on his, it gave her a moment of peace. She closed her eyes, just wanting to enjoy this feeling of safety that she had never felt before. She wanted to embrace it before it was gone.
“Don’t ever put your dirty fucking hands on our woman again. Are we clear? Don’t even look at her for that matter. If I ever find out that you have done anything to make Keeley uncomfortable or feel less than safe, I will come in here and personally kick your ass before having this place shut down. And then just for kicks, I’ll make you lick the dirt off my shoes. We clear?” Nathaniel said all of this to Fred with such menace in his voice that Keeley couldn’t help but start to shake in fear, and grip his shirt tighter. She had a hold of it just above his abs, and feeling him tighten his grip on her calmed her nerves just a little bit.
For the first time ever, she actually heard a note of fear creep into Fred’s voice when he said, “Ya man, ok. I didn’t know she was yours, she never said anything.”
That’s when Tyler got involved and admonished him. “You think that gives you the right to touch her or speak for her anytime you like?” She tried to burrow right into Nathaniel at that, because even though his voice held a note of steel in it, Tyler’s had such a fierce growl that she wanted to weep from the fear this confrontation was causing in her.
“Look guys, I’m sorry, ok. Keeley, I need you here now, but tomorrow night you can have off with pay, ok? Sound fair?” She simply nodded her head, because she just knew her voice would shake if she dared try to speak. Just then she heard the ding from the kitchen bell, signaling her other table’s orders were ready. Reluctantly she left the safety of Nathaniel’s arms, not looking at anyone for fear that they would see just how this encounter left her. Aroused from being so close to Nathaniel, and fearful that this would only make things worse with Fred and Eleanor.
I've had the opportunity to read Keeley's Fight twice now, first as a beta reader and then again as an ARC reviewer after a few changes were made and let me tell you... If I thought I loved it the first time I read it, I freaking LOVED it the second time around.
Menage romances are always hit or miss with me and for that reason alone I don't tend to read them often. I know I'm in the minority here but M/M romances just don't do it for me so when menage's have as much going on between the heroes as well as with the heroine I tend to lose interest, not to mention the fact that it starts to feel more like a love triangle to me with the heroes having feelings for each other as well as the heroine... If that makes sense?! Anyway, when I read the note in the blurb for Keeley's Fight, the fact that there's no touching between the heroes, I knew this is one that I had to read and I'm so glad that I did.
Reading the prologue, my heart broke for little Keeley and I couldn't wait for Nathaniel and Tyler to come in and sweep her off of her feet. And of course, Nate and Ty are hooked on Keeley from the get-go and vow to do everything in their power to make her feel safe and loved.
Having been brought up without love and fearing the two people in the world who are supposed to protect you, Keeley was a little wary of Nate and Ty at first but I loved how she slowly started to come into her own around them. The fact that Nate and Ty were alpha male when they needed to be but each had their own personalities really helped me to understand what it was about those two that brought her out of her shell.
And let me tell you, the sexy times between Keeley, Nate, and Ty... Whew! I definitely thought my Kindle might burst into flames from the hotness on more than one occasion. But I think what really set this one apart is the intimacy between them... Sure, they can burn it up between the sheets, but the fact that Nate and Ty can come together to take care of Keeley how she needs to be taken care of? You can feel the brotherly love between them as well as the love they feel for Keeley and it makes it that much sweeter.
I could probably go on and on about my love for this book and these characters but instead I'll just say this... Whether you're into menage romances or not, this is one that needs to be read! And now that I've finished with it, I'll be anxiously awaiting the release of the next book in this series.
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