Book Reviews

Revelations (Talking in Code 0.5) by Ariel Tachna at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Menage MMM / Erotic Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-June-2017

Book Blurb

Spanning the six years before the events of Talking in Code, this collection of short stories recounts highlights of how Richard, Tim, and Eric fell in love—and into bed. These seven tales reveal the early adventures of the two former Navy SEALs, an expert sniper, and their paramilitary organization, Strike Force Omega. Between dangerous missions and their aftermath, the three men find time to explore the limits of their relationship and what it might become, whether it’s blistering physical passion or something with the potential to run much deeper—something that will see them through their most difficult battles.

Book Review

Told in a sequence of segments from each of the three main characters’ point of view, this story shows the coming together of three exceptional men who all work for a paramilitary strike force. With two former Navy SEALs and an expert sniper, there is plenty of testosterone to go around, more than enough action on a few missions I got to witness, and some very intense emotions once they realize they may just belong together as more than colleagues. I was utterly enthralled from page one, and now cannot wait to read ‘Talking in Code’ to find out what happens to them after the breathtaking cliff-hanger of this prequel.

Eric is a very competent sniper, of Native American descent, and harassed by a homophobic racist. He also has an issue with authority, except for his current superior officer, whom he has fallen in lust with. Eric thinks it is hopeless, but appearances can be deceiving.

Tim and Richard are former Navy SEALs, and I began to like them as soon as I got to know them better. They are a committed couple and soon discover that they both have feelings for Eric, something neither of them expected. Watching the maneuver, the quagmire of dealing with the situation as well as how they bring Eric into their relationship is fascinating, made me respect them even more, and leads to some extremely hot physical expression of the budding love between them.

For such a short story, there is a fair amount of background and great character depth. A lot of that comes from the fact that all three men are dedicated soldiers and that stereotype carries some weight - not in a negative way. The growth they show as they figure out how to make a relationship work is very promising for the novel that is next on my to-read list. With a despicable bad guy who has dark schemes and tries to mess everything up and enough obstacles to keep up the suspense, I was glued to the pages. And while some things get resolved, there really is no “ending” – just a lead-in to the sequel.

If you like tough military men navigating their feelings in a complex three-way relationship with potential for a triad, if you enjoy reading about couples who discover they may want a third partner but aren’t sure how to go about it, and if you’re looking for a read that is as blisteringly hot as it is emotionally deep, then you will probably like this prequel as much as I do. I can’t wait to read the full novel!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 39 pages/10780 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-June-2017
Price FREE
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