Illicit Intent by Tina Donahue (Appointment With Pleasure #3)

Illicit Intent by Tina DonahueAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Michelle

For Piper, that’s easy. Two alpha males who ravish her and find her curves beyond luscious. She knows her type isn’t for every man—certainly not Guy and Joel, right? Guy’s tall, dark and sinfully virile. Joel’s blond and bronzed. They’re freaking sex gods, escorts her friend hired so Piper’s thirtieth birthday is unforgettable. Their carnal games awaken Piper’s sensuality, while her voluptuous figure and sweet vulnerability fuel both men’s animal hunger.

One evening of decadent pleasure isn’t enough. Piper aches to perform ménage acts with them for clients who like curvy women. A wicked idea, except for her family’s ties with law enforcement, the threat of exposure. Is her threesome worth the risk?

Hell yeah. By day, she’ll be good. At night, she’ll explore her men in every lusty way imaginable.

This was a fairly short, relatively steamy addition to Tina Donahue’s Appointment with Pleasure series. I haven’t read any of the other books, but I don’t feel that I missed out on very much of the back story by starting in the middle of the series. These books are centered around people involved with a high-class escort agency. In Illicit Intent, the heroes Guy and Joel are very popular, very successful escorts with the agency. They are buff, gorgeous, sexually uninhibited and extremely sought-after – the kind of men Piper knows are out of her league.

Fortunately for her, Piper’s friend Elaine “sets her up” with Guy and Joel for her thirtieth birthday. At first she is shocked and nervous, having no clue what was in store for her when she arrived at Elaine’s place. She’s self-conscious and a little unnerved that these two sexy men were hired to seduce her. Deciding she doesn’t have to act on her instant attraction to them, she talks herself into at least spending a little time with them, sharing dinner and some conversation. Guy and Joel have other ideas, though. Piper’s voluptuous curves and innocent demeanor are irresistible to them and it doesn’t take long before she is putty in their hands.

The night the three of them share is sensual fulfillment beyond Piper’s wildest dreams. Having men like Guy and Joel focused solely on her and her pleasure is something she’d only experienced in her imagination. Piper realizes that she is tired of being the “good girl” and she longs to spend more time with Guy and Joel. Not only do they turn her on and satisfy her sexually, but they are fun, caring men who Piper finds herself falling for. She tells herself there is no future with them. They are sex gods who sleep with women for money. She works for the FBI and is the daughter of a police officer. Piper doesn’t fool herself about the guys’ interest in her. Her innocence and her curves entice them, but she knows she is not skinny enough, sexy enough or sophisticated enough to hold their interest for long. She is determined not to let that prevent her from getting to know them in the short-term, though.

Piper knows Guy and Joel will continue to work for the agency until they reach their financial goals, so she approaches their boss and asks to “perform” with them. She hopes that she will be able to not only spend more time with them but also prevent them from sleeping with other clients. The guys are reluctant to agree – they feel Piper is too sexually inhibited and reserved to perform. She also arouses their protective instincts – they don’t want to “share” her with anyone, even paying clients. Their boss is hesitant, too, because of Piper’s connections to law enforcement. She worries that if Piper is found out, unwanted attention from the FBI or police would put the agency in jeopardy. Piper is very persuasive, and she and the guys spend several weeks “rehearsing” and then entertaining clients. Everyone is shocked at how well Piper fits in. She really comes into her own sexually, and loves being with Guy and Joel.

The only down side is that the more time Piper spends with them, the more she wants to be with them. She tries to play the carefree sexual partner, but in reality she finds herself falling in love with both of them. Guy and Joel find themselves in the same predicament. They can’t expect Piper to settle for a man, or men, who sleep with other people, but they aren’t in a financial position to quit the agency. They also worry about Piper being tied to two men, and escorts at that, given her job and her family situation. Even though Guy is more reserved, he eventually comes to the same conclusion that Joel does, though, and is forced to admit he doesn’t want to be without Piper.

I found that Piper was more believable – her actions, her opinions, her insecurities all rang true. Guy and Joel were not as well developed. I never really believed their interest in her, other than their physical attraction for her. I didn’t fall in love with either of them or feel that they were “hero-worthy” in a romance. The sex scenes were steamy, although somewhat rushed. I am a sucker for a happy ever after ending, though, and I liked the way the author resolved the conflict between the three of them. Finding a way for Guy, Joel and Piper to be together wasn’t easy, but the way it happened was very romantic.

I give Illicit Intent 3.5 by Tina Donahue stars

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