Type: Erotic Romance – Menage
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
My Copy: Sent
After ten years away from home, Cherry Edmonds returns to West Texas when her father is ill and dying. Now she is left to deal with the estate and pick up the pieces of her life. The past is waiting for her in the form of Wesson and Remington Smith, the two brothers she was half in love with when she was eighteen.
Wes and Remy know they’re different from most men. They are both in love with Cherry and have been since they were kids. One night of hot sex leaves all of them wanting more, but she believes their time together is just a one-night stand. It’s up to the Smith brothers to prove their love for Cherry and their commitment to the ménage, and to convince Cherry she’s definitely capable of loving two Texas cowboys.
Cherry Edmonds grew up on a ranch in west Texas, gallivanting around with Wes and Remy Smith. The Smith boys lived on a neighboring ranch and they’ve both had feelings for Cherry for as long as they can remember. What started out as innocent friendship between the threesome turned into flirtation and hints of more as they reached adulthood. At eighteen, Cherry was in no way prepared for the feelings Wes and Remy stirred up. Old enough to recognize the spark of attraction she felt for both men but too young and naïve to know how to handle it, Cherry runs off to Boston where she spends the next ten years making a life for herself.
After a decade away, Cherry is forced to return to care for her ailing father. Being back in her childhood home, knowing Wes and Remy are so close, emotions she had buried long ago are reawakened. Reeling from her father’s death, Cherry has one goal: settle his estate and return to her life in Boston. Unfortunately, the minute they realize she is back, Wes and Remy set their sights on Cherry again. Both of them cared for Cherry before, and seeing her again makes them realize just what has been missing from their lives for ten long years. They are both in love with her and are prepared to convince Cherry to spend her life loving the two of them.
What follows is a pretty straight-forward ménage story between a heartbroken, vulnerable woman and the two brothers who want her. I liked the contrast between the two men. Remy, the oldest, is cut from the cloth of the cowboys of the old west: stoic, determined, passionate and forceful. Wes is more of a peacemaker, using patience and charm to turn any situation around. I could see why Cherry would be attracted to each of them, although despite the disparities in their personalities, her relationship with Wes and Remy wasn’t all that different. They each shared the same level of passion with her, and she seemed to find a safe haven in each man’s arms.
The brothers’ passion for Cherry was tangible. Neither could keep their hands off of her, and the intensity of their feelings leads to her once again running from them. Cherry is unprepared for the Smith brothers and their desire for her. She cares for them both and wants them both, but can’t convince herself to accept that a relationship between the three of them is possible. I thought Cherry’s doubts and insecurities about their situation were realistic. She was afraid of loving both of them and ending up hurting one or the other. She also knew a situation like theirs is bound to create talk around town. Thankfully a little time and a lot of distance give Cherry the clarity to decide what is really important to her. Having grown up without a mother and now losing her father, Wes and Remy offer her a home filled with love. Despite their protests, Cherry takes the time to return to her life in Boston, only to realize she left her heart back in Texas. I liked the reunion scenes between
Cherry and Remy, and Cherry and Wes. The author does a good job of establishing a relationship between each man and Cherry, not just between all three. Double or Nothing is a quick, sexy love story about childhood friends reunited as lovers.
I give Double or Nothing by N.J. Walters 3.5 stars