Taking Turns by J.A. Huss
Series: Turning #1
Also in this series: Turning Back
Published by Science Future Press on January 18th 2017
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I’ve never been afraid of the dark...but that doesn’t mean I wanted to live in it. And maybe everyone wants what they can’t have, but I should’ve thought it over before I accepted the key and unlocked the door to their forbidden world.
Number One is mostly silent. He watches me with them very carefully. His gaze never wanders. His interest never wanes.
Number Two is mostly gentle. But it’s the other side of him I like best. The wild side.
Number Three is mostly reserved. He refuses to cross the line. Even when I beg.
It was carnal, it was sensual, and it was erotic. That’s it. That’s all it was supposed to be. A trip into the dark. A peek into the forbidden.
I just didn’t expect to like them.
*****I heard the door open and close and said nothing. And the footsteps coming down the hallway towards the bedroom. I even heard him say, “Hey.” So softly. “You awake?” Like he didn’t want to wake me.
I listened as he stepped into the closet. There was that slick sound a man makes when he pulls his tie through his shirt collar. I heard the unclasping of his watch. The jingle of his belt buckle and the shuffle of his pants as they dropped to the floor.
I even heard his moan as he stood over me. I could feel his shadow from the streetlamp outside like it was heat.
Then the bed creaked, the mattress sank. And his warm, hard body straddled me.Still, I said nothing.
I just buried my face in the sweet scent of the pillow and closed my eyes, feigning sleep.
“Rochelle,” he whispered, leaning over me. His fingertips gently brushed the hair away from my shoulder. His mouth pressed against my skin. “Did you miss me? God, I’ve missed you. Two weeks is too long. We need to renegotiate.”
He nipped my neck. Kissed it. Licked my ear as he positioned himself to begin.
And I said… nothing.
Even though my name is not Rochelle. That’s why I’m here. Tied up and gagged inside the closet. Sitting in the dark as three men on the other side of the door argue about where Rochelle went, why I was in her bed, and what they should do next.
I should be scared but I’m not.
I should be screaming, but I won’t.
Because this just feels very, very right.
And the only thing on my mind is… what will happen next?
“No girl with her shit together says yes to this kind of offer.”
Well at least one girl does, or otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this review! I rarely consider beginning a review with a quote, but it echoed my thoughts after reading the synopsis and what went through my head prior to key revelations. This is the style of erotica I enjoy reading, steeped in suspense and full of unexpected plot twists. The beauty in this story was in the unknown and discovering the mystery of the story simultaneously with the characters. The plot is layered and the characters discover as much about themselves as they do each other. For the majority of this story, you are left in the dark when it comes to the character’s names, let alone what they are up to or have planned…apart from the obvious of course!
She will come to understand what this offer is.
And even if it’s not her brand of forbidden, she will stay.
At least for a while. I know addiction to the dark when I see it.
And she’s a junkie.
Three men have a well-practiced play. The rationale behind their plan rapidly began to look like a well thought out scheme. My acceptance of their agreement was my first surprise. Then if they weren’t so serious, I would have imagined them doing an Abbott & Costello spin on Who’s on first, What’s on Second and I Don’t Know is on third. Oh, no – this is far from comedic, they take their places within their game plan seriously, and based on previous experiences of their tried and trusted practices. They decide who’s on first, second and third before the arrangement begins. The girl is the variable, but any one in the quartet has the power to end the agreement at any point in time.
Yes, well now this is where I discuss the fact that there are four in this relationship/arrangement. If you like to read pages of meaningless copulating, you are going to be disappointed. As a reader who needs a good story to justify the inclusion of a steamy session, I was far from deterred by the steam nor the number of characters participating. I was pleasantly surprised as I am not a fan of the majority of the stories based on ménages. Not that I am opposed to reading about them, I just don’t deliberately seek them out. The rare scenarios in Taking Turns were well executed, depicting the individual as much overall the scene taking place. From early on in the story, I knew I was hooked, dedicating my day to reading Taking Turns.
“It’s carnal, and sensual, and erotic, Chella,” he continues in that same voice.
“That’s all it is. A small trip into the dark.”
“A peek,” I say, remembering our toast.
What I loved about the plot was the slow reveal of what was going on and the gradual introductions to each character. The pace and writing created a depth to the story where challenging situations arose doubt as to whether what they were doing was in the best interest of all concerned. There was one disturbing revelation that troubled me, I couldn’t comprehend how or why no one intervened, but it was pivotal to the plot. Fortunately, it is only mentioned briefly.
Each of the leading men in this story was fascinating. I was quick to dismiss their behaviour early on, only to be taken aback by their personalities as they emerged. Far from shallow, each of them slowly began to impress me with my new found understanding of them. The heroine was surrounded in mystique. Her reasons for being there remain a mystery for the majority of the book. She was as strong as she was vulnerable but never weak. She remained in control throughout, knowing her being there was always her choice.
There were times the actions of one of the main or secondary characters stopped me long enough to wonder “What the hell?” The suspense was such though, that I quickly granted what gave me pause a pass and continued reading. Taking Turns was raunchy, fast moving and took me slightly out of my comfort zone. It stimulated my thoughts as to what was happening and I sometimes wondered about the ethics of decisions. Most of all, though, I enjoyed a fun, breathtaking and fast paced story. I will be looking out for the next book in the Turning Series! And for the record, the author’s signature End of Book Shit (EOBS) note to readers was a fabulous way to end Taking Turns 🙂
Rating: 5 Taken Stars!
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