Explosive Hearts by Tonya Ramagos

Explosive Hearts by Tonya Ramagos
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (141 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Menage, Anal Sex
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Trauma surgeon Paris Rainer knows how to repair wounds, but mending a broken heart, let alone two, is something she didn’t learn in medical school. When tragedy strikes Cherish F.D. Station 2’s B-shift, her talents as a doctor are put to the test, but fixing sexy firefighters Tate Shaw and Ethan Crawford is going to take womanly skills she’s not sure she has. Since Ethan’s world was turned upside down by a breakup, he’s been lost, accused of malicious vandalism, and waiting for the next anvil to fall. When it comes in the form of a beautiful surgeon, the last thing he wants or expects is to fall in love again. Tate isn’t a stranger to loss. When he’s faced with losing another person close to his heart, he turns to the one person that seems to understand. But Paris does more than that. She gives him hope of a life spent with her between him and Ethan forever.

Ethan and Tate had their hearts broken when the woman in their ménage left them. Paris is a surgeon, one of the best, and is well used to patching up people when the worst things happen. What she isn’t used to though, is the urge to heal someone’s heart emotionally. Medicine is her business and passion, her emotions rarely take over in that department. But Ethan and Tate are special, different, and Paris wants to go that extra step with them, to hell with the risks involved. Can the three of them manage to work things out?

This is an intensely emotional story, burning hot and yet still light enough I laughed in a few places. Both Ethan and Tate have had their hearts ripped out by a previous lover, they both still carry the wounds and mistrust from their past. I enjoyed how Paris was sensible enough to embrace that, and the two men, but not let it overshadow the slow progress of their new relationship. While she wanted to heal both the men, their attraction was deep and instant. Their connections were real, and I was glad the author allowed us to read about their progress of coming together at a slow enough pace that I could enjoy it.

I found the whole build up to the ménage quite realistic. I loved falling deeply into the story. Paris, Ethan and Tate’s characters all were wonderfully complex, full of layers and issues, positive and negative traits that had me feeling like they could be real people, vibrant and interesting. I was a little jarred from the story when I read how the town they lived in had three times as many men than women – and how from that, ménage living arrangements were quite commonplace and openly discussed. At that point a lot of the realistic nature of the story dropped away for me, but it was the only big jolt I found throughout the story. And when Ethan, Tate and Paris finally all came together – phew it burned right off the pages and made up for any plot holes I might have found.

A steamy hot, wonderfully fun, sexy read this is a great ménage story and an interesting world I would happily read more books about.

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