November 7, 2010

Review: One Four All by Julia Rachel Barrett

Lira Pakan, heir to the Throne of Zhinshu, has vanished. Her zealots gather along the border with the neighboring state of Khubuk, awaiting the outcome of her father's pleas to the World Court.

Captain Tanner Kepp serves in the elite Special Forces of Khubuk. When the captain is ordered to choose two men to accompany him to Land's End, an isolated compound on the maritime border between Khubuk and Zinshu, the last thing he expects to find is the missing princess.

Captain Kepp, Arms Master Cer Watso and Sergeant Redda Till realize they must rescue her and avert all out war.

The princess, however, has other plans. These men can be more than her rescuers. According to the law of Zhinshu, she must choose three men as consorts. Her people say: "one to guard the right hand, one to guard the left hand, and one to guard the back, always."

When Julia told me she wrote her first menage I was immediately sure I had to read it. Julia's novels are always hot so I imagined a menage with THREE men would be scorching hot. And I was right.

One Four All feels like a contemporary fantasy novel. It's set in a kind of parallel universe. They seem to have the same technology we have but their religious and moral views are different from ours. Why fantasy? Because we have a princess and a king and those always stand for fantasy in my eyes. Yes I'm full of prejudices. I loved how this world was build up. Not through one big info dump but more through the story-telling We learn everything on the way- with a little tidbit here and there.

The story starts with 3 soldiers on the edge of diving into a war with the neighboring country, Zhinshu. But out of nowhere they get send away on a different mission. They should guard the wife of an "important" politician and they aren't really happy about this development at all. When they arrive at the mansion this changes nearly immediately. They can feel that something is not the way it should be. And when they lay their eyes on Lira for the first time they know that she's not there out of her free will. I loved that Kepp, Red and Wat were all so different in character. They all have their own appeal but I have to admit I had an extra soft spot for Red. He was funny and he won my heart ASAP.

Lira is the heir of the crown of Zhinshu.  She got kidnapped by this crazy politician and he wants her to bear his children. He's not really happy about her being so complicated and denying him but luckily that's the way it works. She can't get pregnant if she's forced to have sex so he has to bring her to do it willingly. Not easy because Lira is a strong woman and even under threats and ransom she won't back down and give herself to him. She suffers through every torture he throws her way but her iron will never diminish. But she is relived when she first meets our three heroes because she can feel deep inside that they will be her rescue. She is a wonderful character, strong and made for being a queen. She knows her way around people and she knows how to defend herself. She's comfortable with herself and it shows in her actions. I really liked that girl.

The sex in this book is hot. Oh my this novel is made for a cold night at home. As you can imagine three guys and a woman is much and I have to admit at some points a bit too much for me. It was always sexy as hell but at some moments I thought it would be better with one guy less. See I'm not that greedy. But I still enjoyed it though.

The story itself is full of twists and turns and definitely has some actions. Onces or twice I sat straight on my couch and just couldn't read fast enough to see what would happen next. I always love how Julia makes her characters interact. It feels like real people would talk to each other and it always reminds me of talking to her. Her books are as she is, you just have to like them.

One Four All is a highly erotic and heartfelt story.The story will draw you in and the characters will make you smile more than once. Recommended for all erotica and menage lovers.

To learn more about Julia and her books please visit her website here. She has a great blog there too. You don't want to miss that.

Other reviews @goodreads, but the book @BookStrand


Julia Barrett November 8, 2010 at 1:51 AM  

Oh my Susi! I can't believe I was too hot for you. LOL! Too hot for me too! It's very hard to write a menage when you've never done such a thing or written one...ever!
You know...Red is my favorite - I have a real soft spot for him. If I decide to do a sequel involving Lira's sister, he'll play a small role as her confidant and adviser.
Thanks for the review!

SusiSunshine November 8, 2010 at 6:34 AM  

@Julia I can imagine that could be tough. LOL and I so can't to read more about him. *g*

Stella (Ex Libris) November 8, 2010 at 4:41 PM  

Thanks for the wonderful review Susi, you definitely piqued my interest! I haven't read anything by Julia yet, but One Four All seems like something I would definitely enjoy' ;-p Thanks for drawing my attention to it! :-)

SusiSunshine November 8, 2010 at 5:01 PM  

@Stella You really should read one of her books. I'm already addicted. I loved Anytime Darlin' and Beauty and the Feast too.

Blodeuedd November 8, 2010 at 5:42 PM  

Lol that one guy is totally checking out the other ones butt

SusiSunshine November 9, 2010 at 9:11 AM  

@Blodeuedd OMG you're totally right. LOL

Steph November 27, 2010 at 8:50 PM  

AM I too late. I got confused. Eat COast West COast. Sorry.

SusiSunshine {The Geeky Bookworm} December 1, 2010 at 10:22 AM  

@Steph O_o I'm not sure I know what you mean. LOL

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