Title: Poppy’s Passions
Author: Stephanie Beck
Stand Alone: YES
Re-issued /Re-edited: YES
Date published: Jun 17, 2013
Published by: Beachwalk Press, Inc.
Purchase links: LINK
Word count: 65,000
Can Poppy find the courage to risk triple the love—and triple the heartbreak?
Poppy Maguire is tired of being a loser. Emotionally neglected as a child, she wants to find the courage to leave her family and the job she hates. She desperately wants to make a change. Little does she realize how much of a change sexy brothers Cody, Michael, and Trevor Paraby will bring to her life when the friendly shoulders they offer turn into so much more.
Comfort turns to passion and Poppy learns what life could be like in the arms of not one, but three men who love her. But what happens when the pink line on a pregnancy test doubles and she’s expecting twins, courtesy of one of the Parabys?
The brothers blow her mind by offering her the family and love she’s always longed for. But do they realize what they’re in for? Cody is moving a little too fast, Michael may not be in for the long haul, and Trevor is a bit self-centered. In order for Poppy to have the extraordinary love she fears she hasn’t earned, everyone is going to have to do some growing. But can she break free from the bad seed of her abusive family and have the courage to bloom?
Content Warning: Explicit sex
Note: This book has been previously published.
I read this story a long time ago and it is one that I did not forget.
Some stories are memorable and some are not. I read and jump to the next and if someone is asking me to resume the story after a few months, I am not capable to do so. But when I can remember details, it is a sure sign that it is for me an outstanding story.
Beachwalk Press asked me to review this story and I jumped on the occasion to re-read this story… and yes, I had the same level of enjoyment than the first time I read it.
In some ways, this story reminds me a bit of Colter’s Woman by Maya Banks. For example, I found the same dedication of the men toward the heroine. The same passion and commitment. It is also three heroes in both stories. In both, I found this sweetness and romance and I felt equally in love with all the heroes.
But the comparison stops here. In Poppy’s passions, the heroine is definitely a strong heroine. She is not helpless and looking for protection. She had a terrible childhood but she is not a whinny heroine. She is mature and her insecurities are normal.
I think what I enjoyed the most is the step by step love story. It was not a meet you, fuck you & marry me within a week like I often read and deplore. It was one step at a time from lust to friends with benefits to lifetime lovers. In a way, the heroes had to tame her and prove their love. And they totally succeeded.
There is not so much villains in the story except her family and although I hope nobody has one like that in real life, it was totally credible. Sometimes our in-laws are the family of our heart. I could also relate to some people in real life that we consider like brother and sister and are no blood related. I loved Mary and her men. And I am happy to know that her story, Mary’s men (prequel of Poppy’s Passions) will be out as a new release on November 18, 2013. I cannot wait to read her story although it is always strange for me to read a story and then the prequel of it. But Mary is definitely a spitfire and her story definitely need one of her own. it should not be an issue to read it even if we go back in time. I expect a lot of emotion on this one, maybe even some tears…
There is also a sequel of Poppy’s Passions, Poppy’s present. It is a short story few years after the end of the first book. I totally enjoyed it. I love sequel that gives me smiles and this one gave me tons. it was full of kids and husbands and how a woman with kids can be reassured that she is still very sexy and loved. It was sweet and lovely.
If you haven’t read this story and even if you read it already, do it. This is the kind of story that will give you smiles. I totally related with the heroine. I loved the heroes and wished they were mine. I liked the path of the story. Stephanie Beck found the right words to use and I was happy to follow poppy’s love journey. It was not over dramatic and it felt just right. The sex scenes were just at the right moment, not too much not too little. However, I would say that this story is more focused on the love story rather than the sex so if you are looking for a sex scene every 10 pages, then it is not the right story for you.
Note: I would like to give kudos to the new publisher, Beachwalk Press, it is one of the rare that is not afraid to mention that it is a re-release. Yes they refreshed the cover book but the mention is very clear everywhere. I find this totally respectful to their readers and it says a lot about their integrity. Thumbs up!
Characters:5 ~ Plot:5 ~ Sex Heat:3 ~ Romance:5
Equality Level:5 ~ Credibility:5 ~ Originality:4
Consistency:5 ~ Editing:4