March 19, 2014

Release Day: Unexpected Consequences by Sloan Johnson

Unexpected Consequences
Isthmus Alliance Book Three
By: Sloan Johnson
Releasing March 19th, 2014

Zeke Reed lives his life by his rules, the biggest one being that he refuses to settle down. Through the years, it has become a running joke amongst his circle of friends that his condo would be well served by the installation of a revolving door.

That’s what makes his friendship with Mary and Jeff work. All three of them are looking for some no-strings-attached fun. Until fate steps in, making them all take a look at what’s been developing while they’ve been busy fooling around.

Unfortunately, every decision in life has consequences. When you choose to openly share your life with more than one person, things get complicated. Will Zeke, Jeff and Mary be able to stand together as the world tries to pull them apart?

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Unexpected Consequences (Isthmus Alliance, #3)Unexpected Consequences by Sloan Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank god that this book picked up immediately where Book #2 (Unexpected Protector) left off! Talk about a cliffhanger. Luckily, it did pick up right away and seamlessly continued the story with all of our favorite characters.

This book centers around the threesome that is formed by Zeke, Mary and Jeff. I've only read one or two other books that portray this type of relationship in a way that makes it seem believable, and that make it seem like a beautiful, natural bond between three people. Sloan Johnson also does an amazing job of bringing this threesome to life in a great way. I could immediately see the depth of emotion that Zeke, Mary and Jeff had for each other. And what was great was that the way their relationship grew and evolved never left anyone behind. They all loved each other in their own way, and while I'm not sure you can say they loved the others equally, they all loved each other fiercely. Gah, I feel like I'm having such a hard time conveying how much I loved this book and these characters.

I'll just make it short and sweet and say that I loved this book. Sloan is amazing at creating this world for us to read about, and at giving us characters to love. This book was no exception. There was even a little bit more hard core sex and BDSM, which I loved, and the sexual and emotion chemistry between the three lovers was perfect.

I also love how fearless Sloan was when writing about Zeke facing the knee jerk "Christian" reaction to bi-sexual or gay relationships. I think that it was handled in a delicate but firm way - exactly like it should be in everyday life. The issue is between that person and God, not between that person and whoever feels like they get the right to judge them that day.

And while the majority of the book centered around this threesome, all of our favorite characters were on the sidelines and in the background carrying on with their lives. Dylan and Tasha are awaiting the arrival of their first baby, Tommy and Holly are dealing with speed bumps in their relationship that are brought up as a result of the accident, and there are even some potential new cast members introduced when a new band moves to town.

Overall, I loved it! I think this was the perfect follow-up to books 1 and 2, and I can't wait to read whatever it is that Sloan has in store for us next.

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“It’s not that I was trying to hide it from you. I just… it’s a part of me that I’ve worked hard to bury for a long time.” Right about now, I’m really wishing I had listened to Dylan and pulled down the Johnnie Walker. I’m irritated that I’ve driven this wedge between us. Dylan has been there for me since college. He pushed aside his aspirations to help me start the promotions company when he could have easily been hired on with any fancy corporation and raced his way up the ladder.
Dylan’s feet drop to the floor as he leans over the desk. “But why? If you’ve been burying it, that means this wasn’t a surprise to you. Why wouldn’t you tell me what was going on in that thick skull of yours? Some of the shit we’ve been through together, I can’t think of a single fucking thing I would keep a secret from you.”
“It’s not that I don’t trust you, D,” I groan, tilting my head back against my chair.  “I just… if I told you, I’d have to tell Tommy. And if he knew, everyone would know and I’m not ready for that. Maybe someday I’ll have someone in my life and I’ll have to tell them, but until then, I don’t see a reason for my family to know.”
“Seriously? Do you really think Tommy would run to your mom? And even if he did, I think you’re imagining a worse reaction than they’ll have. You have the type of family most people would kill to have.” He reaches across the desk, slapping me across the back of my head. The cockeyed grin on his face lets me know that while he might be upset with me for keeping this secret, he’s not angry and this won’t be the death of our friendship.
“You’ve met my family. What do you think they’re going to say when they learn that I like dick?” For as accepting as the Reed family can be about a lot of things, that acceptance doesn’t extend to one of their own having bisexual tendencies. They’d run with the fact that I am attracted to women and ask why I can’t be happy finding a good woman to settle down with. Until Mary, there wasn’t a woman I would have considered such a move for. With Mary, I feel as if we’d be incomplete without Jeff.
“Fair enough. But I’m not them and I highly doubt Tommy would say anything. After all, he knows them just as well as you do and I don’t see him throwing you under a bus.” I get what he’s saying, but it’s too late to change it.
“You could have told me.” If I’m not mistaken, Dylan sounds more hurt than angry. That shouldn’t surprise me, but it does. It wasn’t until recently that the man showed any sort of emotion. “You should have told me, man. You and me, we’re closer than I am with my own brother. I just…”

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Sloan is a Midwestern mom who began writing nearly seven years ago as a way to make money while staying home with her daughter. Now, with two kids in tow and having written more articles on how to assemble various pieces of furniture than she can count, she is reaching to make her dreams come true.

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