Marrying Mari by Elyse Snow

MARI

Marrying Mari by Elyse Snow
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (269 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, M/F, Ménage
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

She is the one woman they both need. If they can catch her.

Ethan Stone and Gabriel Pryor are successful, wealthy, handsome—and single. But not for long. As Colony descendants, they are required to form a mated triad with a woman with Colony bloodlines—or they’ll be forced to do the unthinkable. Move back inside the community’s walls and accept whomever the elders choose.

When their hired P.I. comes through with a candidate, they’re both relieved—and in a rush to close the deal. Except their chosen lady’s bloodline comes with a streak of independence as quicksilver fast as her bike messenger pedals.

Ordinarily, a big tip and amorous note wouldn’t impress Mariella Amorini, but there’s something that draws her to the two men she can’t explain. The shocking truth of her heritage sends her reeling—straight into the safe harbor of Ethan and Gabriel’s bed.

The sense of belonging is warm, and the sex is hot, but as more truths become entangled with lies, it’s clear someone from The Colony isn’t the least bit interested in the threesome’s long-term happiness. And it’ll take revealing their deepest vulnerabilities to forge a bond strong enough to endure the test.

Just when Gabriel and Ethan thought their chances of finding the mate they wanted were impossible, they discovered Mari, the only woman who can truly complete their triad. The only problem is that Mari’s spit fire personality, and the fact that she may be viewed as an outsider, definitely stacked the cards against their relationship and happiness.

All three characters in this story are so headstrong and have their own ideas of what they want, that they can sometimes forget about each other’s needs. This character flaw really makes the storyline intriguing. While at times it may seem selfish, it is easy to see that Ethan, Gabriel, and Mari have the best intentions, they just don’t always know how to show it.

While I absolutely adore Ethan and Gabriel as a package at times I found it difficult to differentiate from the two. While they have different looks, their personalities just seem a little too similar, which sometimes left me confused. After a while I was able to pick up on differences that helped me figure them out and follow the story thread better, especially once they began to discover their feelings and when the other Colony members got involved.

The conflict with the colony really helped to heighten the tension. The fact that some supported the relationship while others did not reminded me of some of my own personal situations. Especially because there was unseen opposition as well as allies around various corners. It added a certain danger or anticipation to the story that helped to increase my emotional connection. There are some extremely prejudiced views toward Mari. Since she is considered an outsider by many so, if a reader is offended by prejudice and hate towards people for no other reason by who they were born as they may find certain aspects of this story offensive.

In the end I think that the story really had some remarkable ups and downs which created a propelling plot line. This is a story I could see having a sequel, especially featuring some of the secondary characters and I would happily read it.

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