Review: "What She Needs", by Anne Rainey

Filed in Anne Rainey , Review , The Danger Lover Posted on February 17, 2011 @ 12:00 pm 13 comments

Format Read: e-Book ARC provided by Author for review
Length: 54 pages
Series: A Cape May Book III
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Formats Available: e-Book, Kindle, Nook
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Goodreads, Kindle, Samhain Publishing, B&N Nook, Books On Board

Book Blurb:

Part 2 of Tory, Devon and Con’s love triangle

Taking turns was never their strong suit…

Devon Mason and Con Walker are sexy, honorable, loving, and completely devoted. In other words, everything Tory looks for in a relationship. But what’s she supposed to buy her two lovers on V Day? Chocolate? How average is that? Their little love triangle is anything but average!

When Con surprises her with a weekend in Cancun, just the three of them, Tory is all over it—until she realizes Con forgot to include Devon in the package. Now their little love triangle is suffering, thanks to a couple of hard-headed men who both want to be numero uno.

Con was content to let Devon take control at Christmas, but now it’s his turn. A weekend in Cancun seems the perfect place for a romantic getaway—then Devon says he’s planning to surprise Tory with a trip to Aruba, and Con’s possessive instincts kick in. He’d always been happy to share Tory with the guy he cares for like a brother. But the deeper Con falls in love, the harder it is to keep from ripping Tory away from Devon.

Sooner or later something—or someone—is going to give.

Warning: This title contains lots of steamy, explicit sex. Hot, jealous men in need of a strong, intelligent woman. And a warm, loving ménage a trois relationship.


My Thoughts:

I’ve long been a fan of Anne Rainey’s writing, in fact her hot erotic tales are a guilty (or maybe not so guilty – lol) pleasure of mine. IMHO one of Ms. Rainey’s strengths is penning sweet and very sexy short stories that are character driven but not over burdened with subplots or secondary characters. “What She Needs”, is the third and last of the Cape May trilogy of short stories that have revolved around best friends Summer and Tory, and the men in their lives. As indicated in the blurb, “What She Needs”, completes the tale about Tory, Con and Devon’s ménage relationship that began in book two “What She Craves”.

It is almost Valentine’s Day and while Tory continues to maintain her own home she spends the majority of her time living with the guys at Con’s mansion. Devon and Con’s feelings for Tory have only strengthened since they became her lovers at Christmas. These guys are the best of friends and both have strong willed dominant personalities. And, they are both head over heels in love and devoted to Tory. While things have been going very well in their happy little triangle thanks to, what they thought was good communication and understanding of what Tory needs, the waters turn rough when Con decides to book a holiday without Devon’s knowledge. Further, after sharing Tory with his friend, Con realizes he is feeling very jealous of Devon and wants her for himself.

“What She Needs”, is a story that captures the inherent difficulties in keeping three people in ménage relationship happy and how two dominant men come to realize that sacrifices on both their parts are required if they are going to be able to keep the woman they love. I loved this tale because it does address this practicality. Devon and Con come to understand that each of them need some private, alone time with Tory, as does she, and as with any relationship, communication is vital maybe more so because there is another person to consider.

I did become worried for Devon and wondered if he was going to get shut out of the relationship. However, while he is a better communicator than Con when it comes to his background and feelings, he isn’t about to lose Tory. And, Tory herself doesn’t want to lose either of the guys, she knows something is wrong, but because Con has difficulty sharing his feelings she struggles to understand what is happening.

This is a erotic short story that includes sexually explicit m/f and m/f/m scenes. Ms. Rainey’s prose is extremely sensual and the erotic scenes written for these characters are nuclear grade hot. At the end of the day Con realizes that as much as he loves and wants Tory, he also doesn’t want to lose his friend Devon, who is none to happy with the way things are going. The question is, can Con make the compromises required to keep the threesome together?

If you enjoy a hot erotic ménage a trois short story you may like to give “What She Needs”, a try. I would advise that you read the “Cape May” series in order because Ms. Rainey does build the plot over the course of the three stories, What She Wants, is book I, and What She Craves, is book II.

If you are interested in reading my thoughts regarding the first two stories in the series you can access the review at my blog, closetreader. 🙂

I give “What She Needs” 4.5 out of 5 bookies.


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About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • Anne Rainey February 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Thank you for the lovely review, Lea! I'm glad you've enjoyed the series! 🙂

  • BooksforCompany February 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks for this review, new author for me. Added to my goodreads!

  • GeishasMom73 February 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I have this book on pre-order. I am glad you suggest to read them in order. I haven't read the first two but I will before I start the new one!

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

  • Chris February 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Friday on my mind! 🙂

  • Sarah February 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Sounds good! I've put the whole trilogy on my wishlist 🙂

    smaccall @

  • Anne Rainey February 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Thanksk, ladies! I hope you enjoy my Cape May series.

    Also, since some of you have pre-ordered it, "What She Needs" is now on the contemporary bestseller list on Samhain. Yay!

  • Mary G February 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    How did I know Lea wrote this review? Wonderful review for a wonderful writer. Lea, you said:
    IMHO one of Ms. Rainey's strengths is penning sweet and very sexy…

    That is what I love about your writing Anne. Looking forward to this one.

  • Anne Rainey February 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, Mary! Hey, are you going to Lori Foster's event in June?? I really want to see you again! 🙂

  • Mary G February 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm

  • Mary G February 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Anne
    I'm planning to go but I can't confirm. It's all about the finances. Your part of the draw for me of course. I really want to see you too. This time I'll be more prepared if you have important people with you LOL.

  • Anne Rainey February 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Mary–LOL!! You do have pretty great timing!

    And did you see Nalini Singh is going to be there this year? I cannot wait to have her sign books. I want to get my pic with her too, but that might be asking a lot. lol

  • natalie23 February 26, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I'll have to put these books on my wishlist, I've gone a little overboard buying ebooks since I got my kindle 8 weeks ago, so I've had to ban myself from buying any more books for a while. sigh.

  • Anne Rainey February 26, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I got a Nook Color for my birthday in Novemember and I went a bit crazy too. I'd had it for about two or three weeks, when the hubby checked our bank account. His words went something like this: "*&^%$#@#?!"

    Um, oops. LOL

    These devices make it way too easy to purchase books. 😛

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