Kink Level-Moderate Kink
Series-Climax, Montana #3
Reviewed by Kate
Jane is trying to escape an abusive father and an arranged marriaged to an even more vile man. She’s stuck at a bar with no way of leaving when Travis and Riley show up. Travis and Riley seem like the only ones at the bar who might not take advantage of her, so she stows away in their truck. While the men are helping Jane get away, can they also help her discover herself?
I’m a sucker for cavemen heroes. The kind that can say “You’re going to do what I say because I know what’s best for you.” The kind that are protective and dominant without being abusive. The kind that, quite honestly, can come across as being a huge ass. And Reece Butler does a very good job writing those cavemen heroes I adore.
As a heroine, Jane struggles to be independent when she never has had a chance to stand on her own. She’s had a lot of terrible things happen in her past and we get to watch as Travis and Riley support her on her journey. We get to see a lot of character growth for Jane.
The only complaint that I had with this book was that there was a section in the middle that started to go down a hero-taking-the-place-of-daddy path and a trying-to-fix-the-heroine path. Those are themes that I don’t typically enjoy reading, but seemed to be rather short lived in this book. I was quickly able to loose myself in the story after getting past that section.
This book met all the preferences I have in erotic menage books. Strong heroes and heroines, character growth, a plot that is fast paced, and scenes steamy enough to fog your glasses. If you enjoy erotic menage with a bit of cowboy, I suggest you give this one a try.
An additional note: While this one is considered to be the third book in her Climax, Montana series, it can definitely be read by itself. The first 2 books in this series take place back in the 80s and are worth checking out. If you like historical menage, I’d recommend Reece Butler’s earlier Bride Train series.
I’m caught up on all of Reece Butler’s books now. Do you have recommendations for any other erotic menage series to try?
2 thoughts on “The Bartered Bride by Reece Butler”
Laid Bare by Lauren Dane is a favorite of mine and I highly recommend it if you haven't read it yet. I just finished Marked by Kit Rocha, Vivian Arend, and Lauren Dane and enjoyed all 3 short stories. The story by Dane is an erotic menage in a dystopian setting that I really enjoyed.
Tempted by Two by Portia Da Costa was a good novella, and Rule of Three by Kelly Jamieson was really good, too. Both of these are contemporaries. And there's the one in Lorelei James' Rough Riders series with Cassie, Trevor, and Edgard? But I think you've already read that one.
Is it pathetic that I”ve read all of them but the Marked anthology. I'll have to put that on my TBR list. I really liked them all. I have reread Rough, Raw, and Ready (Lorelei James Rough Riders #5) multiple times, and just reread Kelly Jamieson's Rule of Three right before Christmas.