09 May '13

A Nix Review – Her Warriors’ Three Wishes by Carrie Ann Ryan (4 Stars)

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Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?

 

Ambrose Griffin is older than most, if not all, civilizations. As each year passes, he submerses himself into his training, only relaxing around his protégée and friend, Shade. After losing his wife and children in the last Angelic Wars, he guards his heart and has no desire to share it with another.

 

Bookkeeper and romance novel enthusiast, Jamie Bennett dreams of being swept off her feet by a white knight. However, her life is no romance book. Since meeting Ambrose—a sexy, delicious angel—she’s been twisted inside out and doesn’t know why. Things are happening that she can’t control and now her life is in danger.

Balin Drake is stuck in hell, literally. His life of refusing to take souls, even though it’s part of his demon nature, has caught up with him. He’s dying and now must search for his true half, but even a mating may not save him. When he meets the two people who could fill that part, he’ll need to fight for something he hasn’t felt in over a century—hope.

 

Warning: Contains a rigid angel who needs a certain sexy woman to help him unwind, a book keeper who finds herself the creamy centre of the best cookie ever, and a demon who has a certain taste for pressing them both against walls.

I loved the originality of the plot in this story. The premise of humans chosen to become supernatural entities by a higher power is fabulous in itself, but there was also an added bonus as this was a ménage between a human, a demon and an angel. Oh and the ménage is MMF which is ALWAYS a winner for me; you know in my world everyone loves and has sex with each other 😀 I loved the set-up of the games too; very creepy and disturbing but a fantastic setup for a hero-rescues-heroine-from-mortal-danger plot device. Although the amount of rape threats unsettled me slightly…
To even entertain this one, you have to be OK with the insta-mate plot device. You also have to be OK with the fact that, in this particular plot, once that other half has been recognised, the human lady in question will be sick until the mating has been finalised. I’m used to the whole device (I’ve read PNR for year’s people) but I have to say that the use of it here left me hating Ambrose. He left Jamie suffering for a year whilst he denied the bond and, to be honest, that hacked me off.  It also made me feeling a little…conflicted.  I wanted Jamie well but I didn’t really think Ambrose was hero material. However there was no way for the situation to be resolved without a pairing and this made me feel stuck. Thank heavens for Balin is all I’m going to say J
The first third of the book was a little slow for me, with things in the scenes occurring and resolving a little too conveniently for me to truly invest in any conflict, but after that I really engaged with the story-telling.  From the part where they were altogether I started to get into the book and from then on in I enjoyed the tale.  I particularly enjoyed the character of Balin; the whole born demon but chose to be good was a fantastic angle and I just loved his ability to be completely open with both of his mates. He was swoon-worthy J
My favourite part of this tale was the romance between the triad.  I felt, after the ordeal they all went through, the romance was vindicated and I didn’t have a reason not to want them together. It is always hard not to take a insta-mate romance with a pinch of salt, and not really care about it, but this romance truly did make them better people. I also liked that the MM aspect of the romance encompassed the fact that both of these men were warriors (no mean fete) and didn’t make me feel they were any softer for their love for each other… oh, and the scenes between them were ridiculously hot! The sex scenes throughout the book were full of chemistry and heat but, I must confess, I enjoyed the ones with MM contact more.
There were a multitude of different sub-plots within this book and it did keep the storyline fresh and keep the pages turning for me. The action never quite stopped but through it all the romance kept building and by the end I did want them to be happy. I loved that I already know the next romance too.
Overall, this was a good read with a premise that will keep me reading the next ones in the series. With a steamy MMF ménage set within a paranormal world, it certainly increased my blood pressure and left me wanting more J


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