General: 4.5 stars
Characters: 4.5
Plot: 4
Sex heat: 4

Totally honest. That is how I would describe this story and the characters. Staking their claim by Katie Blu is really a great read.

This is the story of a woman, Abbie, who divorced after 10 years from a man who never respected her, called her names and never loved her. Then she spent one year to recover and decided to come back to her hometown and built a new life. When she comes back, her childhood friend decides that this time he will not miss his chance to make sure she understands that he does not want to be the friend only but also a lover, a long time lover. It could have been a simple love story and yet his best friend decides that it is also time for him to come out and shows Abbie that him too want a life with her. So things get complicated when she tries to figure out all her feelings.

This story reminded me some news I heard last year. A school teacher was fired because she was doing porn movies. It was a huge deal here. People were scandalized and it was the end of the world that a young woman could teach and make porn and had a double life. Okay. I understand the concern if the lady in question did have a questionable behavior at school but it seemed from what I heard that was not the case. Bottom of it? She was fired under the medias pressure and a couple of parents.

Hypocrites.

So what? are we back to the nuns schools? All the teachers should be virgins to show the good example? Complete BS. So what? Are we going to have a chart now at school and have some witnesses to check if in the bedroom they using the missionary position only? So only men in Ohio can marry legally several women. In the rest of the world they would be considered as sluts. So what? acceptable here and not there? Tolerated for men but not women? What about the oh so holly priest who teach young boys who are pedophiles and nothing is done about it?

I will go even further. I am sure that if some principle and parents knew that some of their teachers wrote some erotic romance, they would be fired too. Just the thought irks me and give me rash.

As I said… hypocrites.

Staking their claim is more than a story about fighting to be able to love whomever we want, it is more than the boardschool narrow minded to do not accept a polyamory relationship or any other traditional church sanctified relationship. It is the story of a woman who is struggling to move on from a divorce, who is tying to make sure she does not repeat the same errors, who is learning that life is not black and white and discover that love can be multiplied by 2.

This story is a menage with two men who could be your neighbors, nice looking of course but nothing exceptional except that they loved the same woman and decided to compromise and evolve into a menage relationship.

This is the story of 3 people who are going thru jealousy, thru friendship, thru concessions and finally decide that they are one unit.

It is not a whining story. The heroine, Abbie, is a normal girl, nothing special except her sweet personality. The men are not macho nor alphas. They are normal guys. One is a bit more goofy and the other one a bit more romantic but they do not try to force the situation. And this is why I liked it so much. This story was honest, credible and lovable. Nothing was over the top. It was a beautiful love story to read, sweet and romantic and even funny at times.

I liked the fact that the author expressed herself on the topic. I also enjoyed her humor and that earned her the .5 extra in the rating along with her witty comments and the non whining heroine character. That for me is almost priceless ratingless.

So indeed, I recommend this story very much and I hope that Katie Blu will not stop with only one menage!

Publisher’s description (Siren Publishing):

Word Count: 50,769 (170 pages)

Erotic Contemporary Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M

Addie Ruben divorced a year ago. Though she’s had a year to recover, she struggles with self-worth and the mistakes she’s made. So when she returns to Barley Hill where she grew up, she discovers that she isn’t the only one who’s changed. Her best friend TJ isn’t content to sit on the side and wait any longer. He’s going to claim Addie once and for all. When his roommate Cale joins in, Addie gets a little more than she bargained for and the town gossips have set their tongues to wagging.

Addie learns to trust her judgment, which was shaky to begin with, in order to fight off the town naysayers, keep the board of education from firing TJ and Cale, and defend her newfound confidence before the whole town. Fortunately, she has two men at her side who love her through it all, and this time Addie isn’t afraid of what the future holds.

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6 responses

  1. Mia Watts says:

    Tymber thank you so much for this review. Staking Their Claim went through a lot of versions before reaching this point. I’d just come off a divorce and was struggling to find my footing in a situation much like Addie’s. Not that mine ended in a menage, LOL! Even though I was the one who finally called it off, I still had very grief-filled reasons for that decision. I wanted the readers to know that if they’re going through something like that in their lives, there is a way to break through that grief and find your self-worth again. We are more than what a man, or a society, say we are. We’re who we believe ourselves to be.

    Thank you for recognizing that in Staking Their Claim. This book was intensely personal and you saw right through it. Thank you for the wonderful review.

    ~Mia Watts (also writing as Katie Blu)

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    • marynaughtywhispers says:

      I hear ya 200%. Been there, done that and burned the t-shirt 4 years. So yes, of course your story talked to me be and punched down on my stomach.
      It is good to be survivors and even stronger! 😉

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  2. Mia Watts says:

    Pardon. I saw Tymber’s name right above the comments area, MaryNaughtyWhispers did the review phenomenally. My tremendous thanks are owed to her. 🙂

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    • marynaughtywhispers says:

      you are most welcome Katie/Mia 🙂
      I thought your story was totally refreshing and I loved that you did not try to go over the top.
      I know you are mostly a MM author but I hope you will not stop and write more MFM or even MMF menage 🙂
      Thank you for the great time I spent reading you 🙂
      Mary

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  3. Mia Watts says:

    To be honest, menage are difficult to pull off for me. However, I’m making room in my writing schedule for more this year. 🙂 Thank you for your support!

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    • marynaughtywhispers says:

      You sure have all the support from me.

      To be completely honest, I hope you will stick with MFM and not MMF. There is a je ne sais quoi that give me the chills with a MFM.

      I think the main reason is that most authors prioritize the MM and somehow I am always hoping for more.

      but whatever you decide, I will make sure to read you! 🙂

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