Rookery Cove: Ocean’s Call

Rookery Cove: Ocean’s Call by Dawn Montgomery
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short
Other: M/F, M/M, M/F/M, Menage, Multiple Partners
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Review by Lotus

What’s a sexual therapist to do when she finds herself bored with sex?

An invitation to Rookery Cove Aphrodisiacs may be just what the doctor ordered. No worries, no regrets, just relaxation in one of the most beautiful northern coves in the world. But when two delicious men come calling, can Nikita keep things from blazing out of control?

For Connor, watching his mate spiral into darkness is tearing him apart. Nikita brings a breath of fresh air into their lives, reminding Connor of life and love. Now he just has to convince Draven to fall for the doctor…past or no past.

As captain of Rookery Cove’s sole water travel vessel, Draven has it all. No worries, no regrets, no reason to face a history long dead, but it’s a half life. Every day puts him closer to the edge and his lover is at his wit’s end. Nikita’s arrival awakens a dark yearning deep within, one filled with shadows and memories he’d rather never face, but with her soft touch and sexy smile, he’s lost before he knows it.

For the bisexual selkies, Nikita may be exactly what they need.

When the three get together, the heat flaring among them sizzles the night, but when morning comes can it be enough to keep them together? Or will their personal demons tear them apart?

Nikita has been offered the chance of a lifetime: come to Rookery Cove and bask in the rest and refreshing sensuality the hidden resort has to offer. But Nikita is a sex therapist who’s tired of sex. She decides to make the trip, but without much hope that it will do any good. That is, until she lays eyes on the two lovely men who’ll be taking her there. Draven and Connor are selkies, shape-shifting children of the sea. It isn’t long before they both take an interest in their passenger, but Draven’s past and Connor’s pain may stand in the way of the three finding happiness. Red-blooded lust may be enough to bring them together, but there are more than enough forces moving to drive them apart.

It becomes very difficult to be critical and objective when you’re getting swept away by a story, and Rookery Cove: Ocean’s Call has every intention of sweeping you away. Dawn Montgomery spins a lively tall tale that is infused with past troubles, lusty tumbles, and the call of the sea. The trouble with triad love stories is that often one character gets neglected, and when there are two beautiful men involved, it’s usually the woman. Lucky for Nikita, that isn’t the case here. She’s in a rough spot when you meet her, but Nikita’s problems are introduced and dealt with without wallowing in her atrocious situation. Montgomery expertly avoids the traps a less skilled author would have fallen into, giving us just enough angst to build tension without drowning us in it. And even better, this means that we are very quickly introduced to her delicious leading men. Connor and Draven act like men who happen to be in love—not women in drag or the caricature of homosexual men seen in some fiction. It’s a very warrior concept, and really refreshing to see. To top it all off they are sinfully gorgeous, and very funny when left to their own devices. Happily, Nikita is more than a match for them. Ocean’s Call contains what is probably my favorite case of sexy foreshadowing:

“Your company sells adult toys and novelties. You’re very successful and you create high quality products.” She should know, the Double Dragon was her go-to favorite. Double penetration did far more for her than any of the other toys.

And this is just as well, because Connor and Draven test that preference in every way they can think of. It’s been a long time since I stopped reading a sex scene and thought, “Really? That works?” There are few things more pleasant than being surprised by sex. Montgomery allows her trio to be creative with their lovemaking, but the language she uses in these scenes is one of the problem areas in her writing. Her action scenes are intense and well wrought, but she seems to have difficulty with her descriptions of anatomy and sex, a cardinal sin in an erotic story. Using “the selkie” more than once or twice in a sex scene is tedious and mood-killing. Repetition is a constant problem, and one that could have been fixed with a little more care and craft. Perhaps this is just the result of awkwardness or poor editing, but it is a distraction nonetheless.

Despite all that, however, you can forgive a lot from a story that winds up as tight as this one does, pulling you in as it tightens. The ending came faster than I’d like, and I can’t help but think that this would have been an entrancing novel. As a novella, it’s a bit of a tease. Really though, when my biggest complaint is that I wish I could have spent more time with this story and its characters, Dawn Montgomery must be doing something right.

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