Review: Calista’s Men by Jory Strong

Filed in Jory Strong , Review , The Random Lover Posted on April 22, 2010 @ 7:41 am 0 comments

Format Read: kindle e-book

Number of Pages: 240pgs 
Release Date: December 30, 2005
Publisher: Elloras Cave 
Formats Available: ebook, kindle edition, paperback
Purchasing Info: Amazon, Authors Website, Goodreads

Book Blurb:

Book 3 in the Crime Tells series. “Have you ever wondered what it would be like with a woman we actually cared about? One who belonged just to us? One who wanted more from us than a good time… A woman we could have together or separately. One who saw us as individuals who came as a package deal? One who was waiting for us at the end of the day?” “No.” “No?” “I like them easy and I like to share them with you. End of story, Benito.” Getting involved with any woman, much less one who might ultimately drive a wedge between him and Benito, is the last thing Dante needs, especially now, when his life is already in turmoil. The wealthy, influential family of a murder suspect he killed in the line of duty is portraying him as a trigger-happy vigilante, putting his career and reputation on the line. But as soon as he sees Calista Burke and witnesses Benito’s identical reaction to her he knows the stakes have just gotten higher and a lifetime of never risking his heart is about to be put to the test.

My Thoughts:

I bought this book myself. When I sat down to read it I had very high expectations, however they were too low. I really liked the fact that the first character to be introduced is the caring and quiet Calista- the heroine.  Jory shows how sweet and gentle Calista is which made me like her more. After meeting Calista the other two main characters are introduced, Benito and Dante. The men are brothers who already had intimate relations together with women they shared. However they stopped doing this after a fight. But once Benito and Dante see Calista there is no stopping them. I love this about them, especially since you see their passion and lust for her. Calista has a deep attraction for both of them too but also has her reservations. 

The sex scenes in this book are amazing! Dante and Benito share Calista in every way: shape and form. Because of that each man takes on a role. Dante is the dominant one and also gives punishments if Calista doesn’t do what she’s told. Benito is constantly kissing and supporting Calista in a loving and gentle way. I loved the integration of the two men and how they come together to give Calista a secure and loving relationship with them both. 

My favorite scene in this book is Calista’s punishment for doing everything she was told not to do. That scene is a change in the trio’s relationship because Dante’s role changes dramatically. Also Calista sees how much Benito and Dante love her. She sees it all along but her punishment and reward showed her the intensity by which they loved her more than words could express. 

I really enjoyed the writing style and the way the characters came to life. Each character has a place within the story and complications from their past that shape the way they see the world. However they are all surprised in one way or another by each other. Since this is a detective story there are many really enticing twists and turns that prevented me from putting the book down. For me its very important to feel like I’m completely immersed in the story. I was surrounded by their world and felt everything the characters did to some extent. 

I was pleasantly surprised by the way Dante softens up. In the beginning of the book, even though he was madly in love with Calista from the beginning, he was more harsh and feral. He 

is also very dominant and wants/needs people to do as he says. However his love for Calista partially controls the extent of his dominating and feral urges. If I was in Calista’s place I would feel very safe and important which is how she feels in the book, too. 

I really had a whole range of emotions that went through me as I read this book. Since the POV is Calista’s when she was happy so was I and when she was scared or upset I felt so too. A very important trait for a book in my eyes. During the parts she was scared or worried (there were alot of those) behind her was always a strong character that helped and supported her. This is something that made me feel that in the end everything will be ok even though there was high uncertainty for the characters. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookies

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