Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Review & Excerpt: UNEXPECTED by K.M. Neuhold (Inked #3)

Inked Series, Book 3
KM Neuhold
M/M Menage Romance
Release Date: 12.26.19


Kyle needed a place to stay, he never thought it would turn into so much more.

So, your gorgeous boss, Maverick, and his yummy husband, Ari, are letting you stay with them while you get back on your feet? Here are a few simple tips:

Don’t call his husband Daddy. I know it’ll be difficult, but seriously, don’t.

Don’t leave a pair of red, lacy panties in their bed.

If you hear interesting noises from their bedroom in the middle of the night, don’t peek in. Don’t.

And most importantly, don’t fall in love.

Follow these tips and everything should go as expected.

**This book is the third book in the Inked series, which is a spin-off of the Heathens Ink series, but it CAN be read as a stand-alone. Unexpected is a super sweet, steamy MMM story with low angst and very light Daddy kink.

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Ari ripped into me, and I don’t blame him. If anything, I think he went too easy on me and forgave me too quickly. If I hadn’t forgotten my laptop in my office, would I have ever known Kyle was sleeping there? He said he wasn’t planning to stay long, so what was his plan? Sleeping in his car? Going to a homeless shelter? Sleeping on the street?

Bile rises in my throat, my appetite completely gone.

Ari is telling Kyle about his many jobs, and I take a second to look at the kid. I’ve never seen him without makeup on. He looks like a completely different person. He’s still beautiful, but in a more understated kind of way. You might look past him on the street, and what a tragedy that would be.

I shake off the thought. I made him homeless, and now I’m checking him out. I think that earns me a first class ticket on the trip to hell I’ve already been booked for.

I push the food around on my plate until the two of them are finished eating, then I gather all the dishes.

“You don’t have to clean up after me,” Kyle argues as I pick up his silverware to take to the sink to wash.

“Consider it part of my penance,” I answer dryly.

“You don’t need any penance. I told you it’s fine.”

I don’t bother to respond, because I think all three of us know it’s far from fine.

In spite of my insistence that I can take care of everything, Ari wipes down the counters and puts away the dishes once they’re washed and dried while Kyle slides onto the floor and sits cross-legged petting Piglet. He looks so young sitting on the floor with the dog in his lap, his face clean and a hint of red under his eyes that suggests he cried recently.

My chest aches at the sight—with guilt and something else I can’t put my finger on. Ari’s lips pressing against my shoulder startles me, and I turn my head to give my husband an apologetic smile. He raises his eyebrows at me in an unspoken question that I can’t quite decipher. Is he wondering what I’m thinking? Why I haven’t told him more about Kyle? If I was checking out Kyle? I’m not sure I have a good answer for any of those things.

Carra's Review

This combination of main characters—Ari, Maverick, and Kyle—was just perfect. Anytime I start reading a story with an established couple where a third comes into play, I’m always unsure as I sit with my fingers crossed hoping that the dynamic of the couple doesn’t get ripped apart with the new addition. Here, Maverick actually has a similar concern…though his worry is more focused on not getting hurt again if things don’t work out.

Thankfully, Kyle does not feel like an add-on to Ari and Maverick’s marriage; it’s more accurate to say that the three of them together fully complement each other and their triad makes them complete.

For those who like men in lingerie, Kyle will not disappoint (and his choices do trigger certain events in the story). For those who like boys and their Daddies, the connection between Kyle and Ari will make you smile. And for those who love M/M/M relationships, Ari, Maverick and Kyle will absolutely satisfy as a triad. Drama? Not so much…a touch of angst, yes; and Maverick’s apprehensiveness to getting involved with Kyle with his ongoing worry of losing him did wear on me just a bit. In the end though, the choices the three of them made concerning their individual and collective paths mean everything comes to a gratifying conclusion.

Unexpected was a solid 4-star read for me. Though it does feature quite a few supporting characters from the author’s previous books, it can definitely be read as a standalone. And as you might have expected, this book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.


Author K.M.Neuhold is a complete romance junkie, a total sap in every way. She started her journey as an author in new adult, MF romance, but after a chance reading of an MM book she was completely hooked on everything about lovely- and sometimes damaged- men finding their Happily Ever After together. She has a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well. And she fully admits that her OCD tendencies of making sure every side character has a full backstory will likely always lead to every book having a spin-off or series. When she's not writing she's a lion tamer, an astronaut, and a superhero...just kidding, she's likely watching Netflix and snuggling with her husky while her amazing husband brings her coffee.

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