A Table for Three (New York #1) by Lainey Reese


Title:  A Table for Three
Author: Lainey Reese
Publisher/Year: Samhain Publishing, Limited, 2/1/11
Length:  208 pages
Series: New York #1


She’s taking two bites out of the Big Apple. New York, Book 1 Riley Ramirez knew that moving to New York would change her life. She just didn’t expect it to start on her very first night in town. Her attraction to nightclub owner Kincade Marshall is instant, mind-blowing—and mutual. When she finds he is a Dom who requires her complete surrender, even when it comes to submitting to his best friend, Trevor Wellington, she finds herself willing and eager to embrace the sexual adventure. From their earliest days, Cade and Trevor have shared everything, including women. Yet it only takes one night with Riley to know she is their forever lady. Convincing her that this is more than a temporary fling, though, will take every tool in their sensual arsenal. As Cade and Trevor set their sights on Riley, however, they’re unaware—until it’s almost too late—that someone is targeting their fragile relationship. Someone who’s taking deadly aim at Riley. Suddenly their struggle to keep their forever woman is a fight to keep her alive… Warning: This book contains m/f/m ménage, bdsm play, lots of steamy p.d.a, and a fine dining experience that will leave you salivating for more.

My Thoughts

i’ve come to expect and actually enjoy love triangles, but this story took it in a completely different direction – a good one at that.  I came across this book at the recommendation of another erotica/romance fan and although it’s a short and quick read, and not all that believable, it was enjoyable.

The Plot:  small town girl (Riley) moves to NYC for a job and is completely innocent and naive of all that can happen in the ‘big city’.  On her first night out, she finds herself in a club that’s no regular night club but on that’s relatively private and caters to a clientel that has ‘specific needs and wants’.  The owner (Cade), furious that she managed to get in at all (since she’s so innocent) find that it’s that same innocence that’s like a drug to him.  He of course can’t help himself and dives head first into finding out more about this lovely girl.

The love triange comes as a result of the type of relationship that said club owner has with his friend Trevor.  These 2 guys have been best friends since they were children – both raised in a wealthy lifestyle, given all of the opportunities that they could have, and yet they still turned out ok.  Kind, gentle, and a sexual drive that cannot be contained.  both are into the BDSM lifestyle and cannot only read their shared subs mood quickly but each other’s as well.

yes – i said ‘shared sub’ ….ergo the love triange – however there’s definitely no love lost – they really do share- EVERYTHING – and i do mean that.

In line with what we have come to enjoy with this style of a book, we get introduced to a lot of kinky sexual activity that brings us to the brink right along with Riley, while we learn more about dom/sub relationships as well as actually learning about your own personal sexuality.  Of course though, that can’t be it – it would be too easy right?  Of course, there’s an undercurrent of something bigger and sinister happening, but we aren’t certain who, who’s the intended target and what’s going to happen in the end.

so – all that being said – i’d recommend this one out.  It’s an easy read and rather enjoyable.  Not quite deep enough to me, you don’t really get into a lot of the character relationship development that i’ve come to appreciate – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad thing.  I wish sometimes that since we know the story is based in NYC that we got to see more of the city – being a New Yorker myself, i get the impression that the author is not one, and has actually probably never been in NYC.  no fault of her own, but a big discouraging to someone that has come to appreciate those little details in a story as well.

anyway – check it out.  i know that Lainey Reese has another book in the ‘New York’ series so i’m going to pick that one up as well.