Dangerous Boys and Their Toy Paperback – Feb 1 2009
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About the Author
Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly 35 sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances for multiple print, electronic, and audio publishers. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music. Shayla’s work has been translated in about a dozen languages. She has also received or been nominated for The Passionate Plume, The Holt Medallion, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader’s Choice Awards. RT Bookclub has twice nominated her for Best Erotic Romance of the year, as well as awarded her several Top Picks, and a KISS Hero Award. A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every book. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
It's easy to read and not complicated.
A great few hours
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It seems as if more and more ménage books are being published all of a sudden. A good thing, right? Not so much, as it turns out, because many (most?) of the writers in this subgenre cheat the reader out of the wild mess of twisty emotions and sexuality that are always a part of a committed threesome.
Let me be clear: `Dangerous Boys and Their Toy' is definitely _NOT_ in the pale-imitation, cheating-in-terms-of-a-full-relationship category.
With a great story and wonderful characters, this is definitely a way-above-average ménage subgenre book. All the main characters struggle uneasily and for differing lengths of time with the conception and consequences of becoming a functional and committed threesome. From a sexual, emotional and in a real-world-sense, they're struggling to determine who they'll be to each other for the rest of their lives. Each has his or her own private fears to deal with as well as the more obvious head shifts necessary to become a fully-integrated MFM triad.
Rare, in my reading experience, is an author brave enough to allow a fully expressed ménage to form between all of the protagonists in the story. A truly satisfying ménage is, in my mind, a relationship between three people which satisfies the sexual and emotional needs of each without allowing homophobic prejudices to hamper the evolution of the sexuality or their ability to offer and accept real love to and from each other. Stories that *do not* quash the full expression of all nuances of love are surpassingly rare and I highly value those few I've come across. This is one of them.
Let me put it plainly: I am already growing impatient and dissatisfied with ménage books wherein the ending looms with the guys having learned to share the woman as if they weren't all naked in the same bed together. In other words, homophobia is out and rampant and keeps the guys from touching in any but the most basic ways. Such storytelling cheapens the whole ménage concept and such books are almost always sickeningly formulaic. They're NOT hot and they ARE disappointing.
'Dangerous Boys and Their Toy' is a stimulating and intriguing book, one of the very best in this sub-genre, in my opinion. It is thrilling in large part because Shayla allowed these characters--ALL of them--to pursue all the sexual and emotional limits of what could be between each member of their union. It is truly a love union between three people, all of them brave enough to become fully invested in each other in every way by the books' end.
Great job, Shayla Black. You've made a forever fan of me.
An exchange they never anticipated becomes an experience none can forget -- or walk away from. Sexual hunger sizzles the threesome, but the stakes and danger rise as a mafia bad-ass stalks Brenna. Soon, their "deal" is no longer about information -- or sex. Emotions bind Brenna, Cam and Thorn together more tightly than they ever imagined as the men protect -- and serve -- the beloved woman neither can live without.
Reader advisory: Book contains some scenes of same-gender sex.
I would loved to have been a fly on the wall when Shayla Black was pitching the idea for this story to her publisher. Wow. Ms. Black took her idea and ran with it in this unbelievably spicy story. I can't fault her for sticking to her guns but damn. This was funny. I'm sorry. I don't believe in an orgasm deficiency because the cure has been out since the seventies. Its called the Hitachi Magic Stick. Plug that baby into the power grid and Let'Er Rip. Ten minutes alone with that baby and you can kiss your deficiency good bye. Twice.
Man, I don't know what to think after reading this book. I guess I really liked it. I read this hoping my headache would go away, trying not to laugh at the absurdity of it all, and for the priceless reactions to the m/m moments. And I couldn't get my mouse to work. No, that's not a metaphor for something else. I literally couldn't get my mouse to work. I was reading this on my computer and I spent most of the time banging my mouse around trying to get it to scroll.
The three of them were pretty good together. The dynamic of two strong alpha male men getting together was hot. I was a little surprised by who was on the receiving end, but what do I know. *laughs hysterically* Man, this was so funny. "Stop banging her like a drum. This is sex, not a heavy metal concert." I was LOLing all over the place. This was like an awesomely bad porn movie that was so bad it was great. I spent a big portion of this story with my hand over my mouth in awe over the sexual shenanigans and trying to figure out the Twister formations. You know, who was in what, where and how. LOL. I definitely have to try some more m/m stuff. For some reason its starting to get me hot. I don't know why. F/F doesn't seem to do it for me, which is weird, because normally I would say I would rather look at a naked woman than at a naked man. Huh. I guess I got a few more kinks left inside me waiting to be explored.
So in that regard I tip my hat to Shayla Black for a job well done. :D
Now that this story is over I have got to go see my husband about fixing my mouse. Because it's still broken. I swear. That's what all the banging and yelling was coming from inside my room. Me trying to fix my mouse.
Unable to find Lawton at his usual haunts, Cam and Thorn stake out his out-of-the-way bungalow in hopes of catching the criminal. What they witness, however, is a beautiful woman pleasuring herself poolside. When it's apparent that Lawton's mistress is unable to "complete" her task, the men devise a plan to sexually assist the sexy damsel in distress in exchange for information to Lawton's whereabouts.
Brenna Sheridan doesn't know what to think. Should she be mortified that these two sexy strangers witnessed her frustrating debacle by the pool or should she be flattered that they've offered to aid her in her quest for orgasmic bliss?
Finally agreeing to their deal, the three begin a journey that leads down a path none of them expected. What started as purely sexual becomes something much, much more. When Brenna's life is endangered by a mafia showdown, it becomes glaringly apparent just how much she means--to both men.
Shayla Black has done it again with her latest release, Dangerous Boys and Their Toy. Reaching deep into the well of these characters' emotions, Ms. Black writes an amazingly moving story of three people and their past experiences that make them who they are today and how they're able to make this threesome work on a level more profound than the purely sexual.
Brenna is fascinating with her blend of femininity, independence and guarded vulnerability. Cam's sensual sensitivity is a wonderfully scintillating contrast to Alpha male Thorn's gruff, badass exterior. It was difficult to choose a favorite male character. While normally preferring dark-eyed, olive skinned brunettes, I was taken by the intense, sexual blonde who allowed himself to learn and experience with another man.
Not only does the author provide the reader with in-depth characters, but she also melts the pages with her delicious, believable sex scenes. The sensual and sexual with this trio is more sizzling than a summer Arizona heat wave. Break out the sunscreen before breaking open Dangerous Boys and their Toy. An immensely satisfying read, I can't wait to see what the ever-creative Shayla Black entertains us with next.
Courtesy of Fallen Angel Reviews (fallenangelreviews.com)