Chloe’s Double Draw by Fiona Archer

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Chloe’s Double Draw by Fiona Archer
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (283 pages)
Other: M/F/M, Menage, Spanking, Anal play/Intercourse, BDSM
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review by: Honeysuckle

Chloe Morgan fled to King’s Bluff, Wyoming, to start a new life. With a past that haunts her, the shy schoolteacher must make a choice. She can hide away and protect her secrets or embrace the acceptance of the small community.

Noah King and Flynn Taylor have traveled the world as members of Australia’s elite SAS. They’ve earned scars, both inside and out. Now powerful influencers in King’s Bluff, a town founded by Noah’s ancestors, the men have made a haven from the ranch Noah inherited.

One look at Chloe convinces Noah and Flynn she’s worth pursuing. Introducing her to BDSM and the ménage lifestyle accepted by the town will be a hard sell. She’s scared, skittish, and refusing their advances.

As the two Doms fight to gain her trust, Chloe’s past crashes in on them, threatening their futures. When a man obsessed with her tracks down his prey, nobody could have imagined how high the stakes would go.

Chloe thinks she’s staying under the radar of anyone’s notice in the small community of King’s Bluff. She’ll soon realize that she’s not only caught the eye of two of the towns hottest bachelors but she’s been found by the one man she hoped never to hear from. It’ll take two determined Doms along with their Special Forces brethren to ensure that evil can’t touch the one person who’s become the center of their universe.

One of the things that I loved about Chloe’s story is that she has real life reactions to whatever is thrown at her no matter if it’s the guys or some outside influence. When her step-brother makes his presence known in an unmistakable and personal way she’s scared, then mad and then determined. When Flynn and Noah go all uber alpha on her and start making decisions “for her best interest” she doesn’t simply meekly go along. I liked that she didn’t play the doormat.

Something else in Chloe’s character that made her easy root for was that she doesn’t protest too much. She doesn’t get all indignant and angry every time one of the men open their mouths. That is so exhausting as a reader. As I mentioned she doesn’t roll over and beg but she listens to her heart and bless her heart her mouth tends to work before her brain. It made for some funny scenes as well as honest dialogue.

What’s not to love about two Aussie heroes? Oh my.. ::: swoon:::! I’m not sure what it is about the accent but even just reading it makes me a little breathless. Ms. Archer draws on her homeland to make these guys as sexy and charming in both speech and action. A sample of their smooth talking: ““I’ll enjoy every minute convincing you to trust us. You, on my lap, over my knee, under my body, tied up, tied down, or free to scratch, kiss, and bite—whatever it takes.” That’s some fantastic writing and it’s no wonder Chloe doesn’t stand a chance. The underlying theme in this novel is “trust” and it’s in no way one sided. Such a beautiful, emotional read.

Be forwarned: this is not BDSM for beginners. These guys take the position of Dom very seriously. Chloe’s boundaries are pushed but it’s completely consensual even when she fights them. The level of domination Flynn and Noah required of Chloe is pretty intense and made me nervous for her sake but in my opinion that’s simply the mark of good story telling. When I’m in the characters head and feeling what they feel.

Flynn and Noah have lived a lot of life in their short number of years as former SAS. Their experiences obviously color their perception of dealing with bad guys and what they hold as most important in their world. When Chloe becomes that “most important” these guys pull out all stops. I could totally buy into her feelings of being overwhelmed and needing space. These guys are intense and Ms. Archer builds on that intensity as Trent steps up his game. I stayed glued to the pages to see how they handle him! Prepare to have your heart twisted up by Flynn’s back story as well. I just kept thinking “Bless his heart”… such a heavy load for one man to carry on his shoulders for so long.

Speaking of the slice of crazy that’s stalking Chloe, wow, Trent is truly certifiable! Ms. Archer gives the reader some inner monologue for Trent and there is no doubt this guy is twisted! Having a stalker would be bad enough, having that same person be a part of your family? Yikes! Just when I knew I had it all figured out Ms. Archer tossed me a curve ball. I didn’t see it coming but it plays out so well. Chloe impressed me again with her tenacity and spunk. She’s small but she’s a whole case load of dynamite! With great friends and an amazing town full of people/neighbors who stick up for one another, how can the good guys lose? These are the kinds of stories that have me looking forward to returning to visit time and again.

I’m not sure who Mrs. Archer has in mind for the next book but I’m pretty sure I met some future heroes and at least a couple of heroines. I’ve added her to my auto-buy list and will be watching anxiously for the next installment. If sexy accents, dominant men and capture fantasies work for you, plan to spend your next book-vacation in King’s Bluff. You won’t be disappointed!

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