around the whims and happiness of three men. It was just a trip into the
forbidden. A way out of a bad situation and forward into nothingness.
always there for me… Until he wasn’t.
for me and he never regretted it.
Self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and self-serving. He was never the one I wanted.
so much more. It could’ve been so much better. And that’s why I’m turning back.
what happened?” Bric asks.
sitting at our booth in the White Room. Before I left, I’d sit in the middle of
the bench, Quin would sit across from me in a chair, and Bric would sit to my
still to my left, Quin isn’t here yet—if he’s coming at all—and Adley is in her
baby seat on my right.
is familiar—but off.
went to bed.”
there on the couch for a while trying to figure out what happened.”
you come up with?” Bric is looking very intently at me. Like everything I’m
saying is critically important.
me, that’s what I came up with, Bric!”
Bric says, throwing me one of those Don’t overreact looks.
serious. There’s no other explanation for it. He hate-fucked me. Revenge fuck.
Whatever you want to call it. That’s what happened last night.” I sigh and try
not to feel depressed and sad. “And then this morning I got out of bed to go
check on Adley when she woke up, and when I came back, he was gone.”
Bric asks. “Where’d he go?”
left,” I say. “I texted him. Asked if he’d be here for breakfast. And he never
mad,” Bric says.
huff. “He told me that last night too. He spelled it out very clearly. He was
worried about me. Sad about my leaving. But then when I came back—”
pretty typical reaction,” Bric says.
that. Which is why I’m not going to make a big deal about this. But I don’t
know if this is going to work, Bric. He might not want me. He might just want
to hurt me. Exactly the way I hurt him.”
says, like I’m being ridiculous.
being ridiculous,” I say. “Maybe he’s not out to hurt me. But he’s doing
something, Bric. He’s playing a game, but I’m pretty sure we’re not all playing
the same game.”
Rochelle. You have to expect that. He’s gonna come around.”
that mean? Come around? Do you really think he’s gonna fall back in love with
me the way he was? Because I don’t. I think he’s here for us. Me, you, and him together. And that’s all.”
his hand across his scratchy jaw as he thinks this over, so I check on Adley.
She fell asleep in the car on the way over here and hasn’t woken up yet. Bric
is still thinking.
want an us, Bric.”
in the eye and says. “I do. But I get it. And I’m fine with you and Quin
getting your little happy ending. But I’m telling you, Rochelle, he’s just
trying to protect himself right now and the best way to let him work that out
and ensure you two get back together is to have an us.”
doesn’t trust me.”
good reason,” Bric counters.
that,” I say, starting to get angry. “I understand that. But the whole point of
us doing this… game… or whatever it is, was so that you can help me figure this
out. I want him, Bric. You’re supposed to help me.”
as the words come out of my mouth I realize how stupid that is. I trust no one
and I have very good reasons for that. I’ve learned over the course of my life
that people are selfish. People are out for themselves. People are liars. I
have a lot of experience in being lied to.
Bricman definitely fits all those assumptions I have about people. And then
Turning Back by J. A. Huss is more than an erotic ménage novel. It’s a novel that contains many different things that lead the characters to emotional self-discoveries, self worth, healthy relationships, and romance. Yes, a happily ever after filled with love and romance. First the game has to be played until the very end and each player has to make moves as a team as well as an individual player. The stakes are high and hearts are on the line. Love is the grand prize.
Before opening this novel, it is imperative to read the first novel, Taking Turns. This book is the next level of the game that is already in play.
The Game is back on even though the rules and the players have changed. Rochelle has returned after disappearing without a trace for over a year. Even though she had one brief contact with one of the players after she disappeared, her reasons for leaving are not what the other players assume were her motivations. She’s back in town and the game is on. This time there is more at stake than sexual gratification where everyone wins until the game no longer satisfies their needs. This time she is putting her life on the line, she’s surrendering her heart, and she’s playing for keeps. She wants to rectify her mistakes and make a permanent life. But the rules have changed, she no longer has only herself to worry about. One of the players has left the game but is still very much in control of the outcome. One of the other players has changed his spots so to speak and is showing a more personable and human side he’s hidden away. The final player, the one she wants heart and soul, has also changed the rules. He is no longer the same easy going , fun loving man she fell in love with. He’s an angry man bent on revenge and punishment, all in the name of the game. She is dealing with a game of control and sexual fulfillment, she is in a dangerous game being ruled by emotions, fears, and extreme matters of the heart. A game she’s willing to surrender to in order to win the heart of the man she loves. She will stoop low and change her standards. She will do anything for his love.
J.A. Huss brought the Turning series to another level. In the first book, Taking Turns, the readers were introduced to the game and the players. We were given a clear understanding of how the game works but not the whys as how the game was created in the first place. We were introduced to all the players but really only got to know one of those players intimately. In the second book, Turning Back, not only does the reader get the answers to the whys of it all, the reader also gets to know the other two players of the game. We also get acquainted with the fourth original player, the woman who is the key player, the player who determines the outcome of this new game. J. A. Huss gives the reader an in depth look into the psyche of each of the players while allowing them to change and evolve as the game progresses. The game becomes an emotional rollercoaster with unexpected dips and turns She made readers sympathetic with each of the men, wanting each of them to win the game.
I don’t read very many ménage romances any more. I got tired of reading the same type of story where the sex propelled the plot. When J. A Huss writes a book the reader knows they are going to get a lot more than steamy, red hot sex scenes. We know J. A. Huss digs deep, weaves an unpredictable tail, delivers quite a few surprises and mind blowers, while keeping the readers satisfied with a true romance. This series has been quite consuming and I can’t wait to see what happens next in the game. His Turn is coming soon.
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