Calling the Shots – Christine D’Abo – 3 stars

October 13, 2012 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2012 0

I have to say this was my least favorite of the series which made me a bit sad.

Josh has been in the background of the rest of the series so I was holding out a lot of hope that his story would be the best of the series but i think his own problems caused me to not get as invested in him as I would have hoped.  He’s got a lot of problems with his sexual needs (odd since he himself is the owner of the sex club where people can be open about their wants and needs) due to his mother and upbringing.  I loved the glimpses we got of his father as the man seems to have been there when Josh needed him although slightly delayed thru his love for the mom.

We met Beth in a past book under bad circumstances.  She was fired due to having sex with a co-worker/boyfriend at work but is a great person who made a really stupid mistake.  Thankfully for her she was hired by Josh to run his club and has had a major crush on him since day one.  She’s still smarting from her disastrous relationship but is drawn to both Josh and Oliver.  Seeing the two men in such a sexually charged environment like the club makes her dream of what it would be like to be with both of them.  She’s even entertaining thoughts of dominating Oliver but being submissive to Josh.  While watching the three of them dance around one another there is a threat from outside that causes Josh to run away from what they could have but I was happy that she and Oliver still wanted to be together even without him.

Oliver has his own problems…  You see he never thought of himself as bi but was married to a bitch of a woman.  He’s got issues to work thru with his need for Josh and add to that he likes the idea of submitting to his lover in all ways.  He didn’t know this about himself but he has been drawn to both Beth and Josh from day one.  I was happy to see him come to terms with his ex and to terms with his own needs/wants.  I loved watching him break down his walls plus push the boundaries with Beth and Josh.

While this was definitely hot I think the issues the three of them had to work out plus Josh being an ass during a good portion of the book took something out of it.  I still think it was a good read but not on par with the rest.

Thanks to Carina Press and for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

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