Trick Of The Moon by Melinda Barron

Trick Of The Moon by Melinda Barron
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Genre: Contemporary, BBW, Multicultural, Mystery
Length: Full (158 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by: Ambrosia

BBW Maura Atwell has put away her attorney shoes to run her father’s guest ranch while he recovers from a stroke. When what looks to be a Native American kiva is discovered on her father’s land, she does what any good attorney would do: she has it investigated.

Archeologist Declan Littlecreek has wanted Maura since they were in college. Knowing sex and friendship don’t always mix, he kept things from getting too heavy. Now that Maura is asking for his help in exploring her new find, he’s all game. And he’s ready to explore the attraction between them if she is.

Declan and his best friend, policeman Dario Fuentes, travel to the Full Moon Ranch to see what they can learn. While the threesome explores the kiva, they also discover a passion that burns hot between the three of them, binding them together. Will it survive the end of the exploration or will it turn out to be just a trick of the moon?

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, ménage (m/f/m).

What a gorgeous, sensual book cover. It enhances expectations of a ménage romance while the heated love scenes were well up on the rating scale of this light hearted, fun tale.

The wonderful humor and good rapport with the trio kept the fun alive and well as they worked together to resolve a mystery. The suspense could have been more intense, though. The author filled in story background smoothly using the characters to explain to each other things like what a kiva is and a Kuchina, as well as tell the story of the history of the native modern Puebloans, descendants of the ancient ones.

Great showing. The scenery came from the POV of the characters whose natures were well defined and intense. Though Dario was the more fun loving charismatic man, Declan was the serious minded archeologist with an analytical outlook who walked on eggshells around his desire for our heroine until his friend pushed his hand and he fulfills his desire to be with her.

The scenery from Maura’s eyes during the drive to the kiva and on the tour of other ancient sites as well as the park and desert night sky was skillfully done, allowing you to visualize it beautifully.

Each man was able to keep her in a submissive place while letting her explore also, Dario spanking her for cutting herself down about being a big beautiful woman (BBW). She oozes sex appeal to them both while exploring her sensual side without inhibitions regardless of her self-doubts. The integration during the hotel scene with the two men connecting on a mild physical level was intriguing. Good use of the senses; smell, sight, touch, taste, and so forth. Having them take in a deep breath of her fragrant hair was titillating

Only a mild repeating statement or two such as: Dario could practically see the wheels turning in Declan’s mind as he thought of something to say… repeating that he’d brought a friend along… The fact that they were gorgeous men also didn’t need to be repeated but it was only mentioned a few times in the story so you can get away with it without issue.

One thing that might require a second thought is when Dario has Declan tied to the chair in the hotel room and tells her not to talk, only allowed to moan and groan, and Dario threatens to gag her if she speaks, yet he and Declan ask her questions that she answers without paying a penalty. We never find out what was on the film in the camera set up in the truck which leaves questions in the mind.

The great sense of humor and report never stalls between the trio while the plot runs smoothly with a medium level of suspense and a who-dunnit theme which left only a few unanswered questions that are easily explained in the final chapter. However, this is a 4 Cherry story due to the smooth and fun read and I’d recommend it if you’re looking to unravel a moderately suspenseful book. Well done, Melinda Barron.


  1. I love Melinda Barron’s books! This is another on my TBR stack!

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