(Alex and Chase 5 Stars!
Chase and Dani 4 Stars!
Alex and Dani 2 Stars!
Alex, Dani and Chase 2 Stars!)
What I Loved: Chase and Alex are great together. The sexual chemistry is off the charts from the very beginning and throughout the entire Rock Gods series you can feel that these two are connected. I loved both of them and while Chase sometimes aggravated me, I couldn't help but love his character.
The sex between the men was hot and I liked how passionate they were with one another. I totally would've been okay if the story was just about these two men and how Chase was adjusting to being in his first and only same sex relationship. I think there was plenty for these two to explore without adding a third into the mix even if Alex was looking for the perfect Triad.
What I Liked: Ann Lister is a great writer and even with content I didn't care for the story was technically well written. I liked the fact that this story was packed with steamy romance as well as plenty of angst.
What I Didn't Like: Unfortunately, I could spend a good hour speaking about what I Didn't Like but it all comes down to one thing really and that's Dani. Dani was one of the most hypocritical characters I have ever read. This woman wanted to explore sexual fantasies but only on her terms. As long as it is about her, she's fine. She discovers that Chase is bi-curious and wants him to think about what that means and pushes him to basically explore it while she's away for school. She wants to talk to him about things but quickly gets upset. She freaks out when she finds out he did what she pushed him to do and lashes out at him as if he intentionally set out to hurt her.
“That's what you say now,” she said. “But, I honestly don't see how this is going to work. You know I have an open mind about sexual things – obviously, otherwise us sleeping with Allison never would have happened, but this? This is … I don't know. It's a lot to deal with – even for me.” -Dani
(Excerpt) She had been a willing participant when Allison was invited to their bed and had loved watching Chase enjoy the pleasure offered by both she and Allison. Hell, she had even helped Chase roll on a condom and slide inside her friend. How much more accepting could she possibly be? Would Chase now want her there to help him penetrate Alex? Would she be as turned on watching him with Alex as she was while watching him with Allison?
How crazy and hypocritical can she be? First, she was fine when it was her sexual fantasy coming true, but now that it's his, she has a problem. Not to mention, she says she's fantasized about being with two men. Why not look at it as an opportunity for her as well?
She is an irritant and I really became sick of her character, I say kick her to the curb. Alex and Chase have incredible chemistry and I think it's obvious they work. They could spend some time building their relationship and then look together for a woman to complete their triad if that was what they wanted or needed.
Then to add insult to injury Dani and Alex suddenly find their connection.
(Excerpt) Danni nodded and looked at the floor. “You make me feel things,” she said. “Things I shouldn't feel with anyone but Chase, and that's not right. Going there with you would make me feel like I was cheating and I won't do that.”
How exactly does Alex make her feel anything? She barely spends any time with him and she certainly has trouble even tolerating him. Where did this supposed connection come from and when and how did it start? I didn't see it and I didn't believe it.
Overall, I can only recommend this story to either diehard Ann Lister fans, fans of this series or those who have no problem with MMF. However, I am really glad I read it, I kind of try to forget Dani exists and I just focus on Chase and Alex which makes me very happy. I don't fault Ann for writing about a menage, I don't fault her for filling it with angst but I truly, truly wish she could have come up with a way to make the characters fit better. I wanted Dani to be more likable and for all three to be a perfect match.