Series: Out of Uniform #9
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, MMF
Reviewed by Shayna
When you land in hot water, swim for safety—or let the fire burn. An Out of Uniform StoryClaire McKinley has just experienced every bride’s nightmare. The groom is a no-show, and now she must face five hundred guests alone. Furious and humiliated, Claire seeks help from the most unlikely candidate—her almost-brother-in-law, who promptly whisks her away to his apartment in San Diego, where she can recover her pride in peace and quiet. Dylan Wade is no fan of Claire’s, but no way can he leave the jilted bride in her time of need. Bringing her home seems like a good idea—until he remembers his new roommate. Dylan’s relationship with Aidan is...complicated. And with Claire thrown into the mix, life becomes even more...complicated. Claire is blindsided by her attraction not only to Dylan, but also to Aidan, a man she’s just met. Soon they’re caught up in an all-consuming sexual storm they can’t fight even if they wanted to. Yet Claire wonders if it can last, or if she’s just setting herself up for more heartache. Warning: This book is very dirty. Ménage a trois and man-on-man dirty. Graphic-language and explicit-sex dirty. Basically? Dirty. You’ve been warned.
Dylan Wade has never been Claire McKinley’s biggest fan, and he’s definitely not looking forward to having her as a sister-in-law. But when his brother dumps Claire five minutes before their wedding, Dylan can’t leave her to face the headache and embarrassment alone. The best solution he can come up with is to take Claire home with him. There’s just one thing Dylan forgot: his roommate and lover, Aidan Rhodes.
Dylan and Aidan’s relationship is complicated and undefined, and adding Claire into the mix doesn’t help any. Both men want each other, but they also know they need a woman to make their relationship complete. Their attraction to Claire and hers to them suggests that she might be that woman. But can they convince her to risk the condemnation of others for a chance at a relationship that could be everything the three of them need?
Hotter Than Ever lives up to its title! In Claire, Dylan, and Aidan’s story, Elle Kennedy has delivered another Out of Uniform book that’s so irresistible, I devoured it in one sitting.
While Hotter Than Ever is deliciously dirty, it’s the heart rather than the heat that stayed with me long after I finished the book. The sexual tension between Dylan and Aidan steamed up the pages of the previous Out of Uniform book, Getting Hotter. By the beginning of Hotter Than Ever the two are lovers, but their relationship is incomplete, and not just because they’re missing a woman. Dylan is a modern day knight in shining armor, a man who gives of himself completely and I absolutely loved him for it. Aidan, in turn, has a lot of love to give but it’s nearly impossible for him to open up to Dylan. This broke my heart over and over again in the story and I was rooting for Aidan to share himself with Dylan emotionally like he did with Claire. Speaking of Claire, as cheesy as it may sound, she — a smart, caring, likeable protagonist in her own right — completes Dylan and Aidan. Though Claire and Dylan have a rough start due to misunderstandings, with Aidan playing referee it’s no surprise that they’re able to work things out and start heating things up.
Prejudice and trouble with family add tension of the non-sexual kind to Hotter Than Ever, making it a complete story. I really liked that Ms. Kennedy addressed the problems Claire, Dylan, and Aidan faced as a permanent threesome. And I absolutely loved that all three protagonists and every aspect of their relationship got equal time.