The time has come for Celeste to choose between the men she loves. At least that’s what Sean and Drew think, and they’re both going to do everything they can to convince her to choose them. LOVE ME TWICE is the third installment in the Lothario series.
Sean Callahan came aboard the Lothario to do his brother Ryan a favor, and ended up the man in charge when both Ryan and Richardleft the ship with the women they love. The last thing he needs is a complication, and Celeste is definitely a complication. Once upon a time Celeste had been part of his team as well as his lover, but after a disaster of a mission, and the realization that the other member of his team, Drew was in love with her too, she'd disappeared. Now she’s back, and it’s high time she choose.
Some women have all the luck. Celeste just isn't one of them. All the luck she seems to have is the bad kind. How else can you explain ending up on a ship with the two men she's tried to forget for the last five years? Even worse, not a thing has changed. She still loves them both. Leaving them behind only postponed the decision she knows she has to make, and they aren’t helping any. In fact, they’re both doing everything they can to convince her to choose them. But, Celeste isn’t choosing anyone until she understands how their ménage a trios turned into a ménage gone wrong.
“You and your associate can relax and enjoy your vacation, courtesy of Uncle Sam. Drew and I will take care of this.”
At the sound of Sean’s voice, she turned to face him. She knew as soon as he said he was in charge that he meant it literally.
“What exactly do you mean by that? If you think I’m going to buy into the theme of this ship while you do your spook thing, you have another think coming.” She wasn’t ready to relinquish her duties to a couple of former spooks, even if they were more than that to her.
Sean’s eyes darted to Drew again, and then came to rest on her. Premonition tingled along her nape and shivered down her spine. They were up to something, and she’d bet her best vibrator, the lifelike one that reminded her of Sean, that she wasn’t going to like it.
She was right.
“You owe us a decision.”
Just like that, the conversation shifted from business to personal.
“You just heard my decision.” She made one last attempt to grab the wheel and regain control before the mutiny was successful.
“Don’t act as if you don’t understand, Celeste. The business decision has been made. Drew is in charge of security. The decision we want is a personal one.”
Querido Dios. Her heart lurched and sank to her toes like an anchor. Five years ago, he’d asked for a decision, the same one she was sure he was going to demand now. She made the only decision possible then, she’d run away. Apparently, all she’d done was postpone the inevitable.
“You can’t be serious.” The words were barely a whisper.
“He is.” Drew’s soft voice came from a spot not a foot behind her. He’d moved without her noticing. Both of them were capable of moving like ghosts, hardly disturbing the air around them. For a spy it was a good trait, but in a civilian, it was unnerving.
“Don’t get in a snit. You don’t have to decide today.” Sean said it as if it was perfectly logical, when they all knew there was nothing logical about this.
“Well, that’s good.” Stall. Her mind whirled with possible escape scenarios. Short of jumping ship though, she couldn’t come up with a single one.
“You ran away five years ago so you wouldn’t have to decide between us. The way we figure it, you have a whole week, well six days if you don’t count the day we dock. We’re reasonable men. We know you need current information in order to make a decision, so this is what we’re going to do.”
Celeste folded her arms across her chest and locked her knees. As long as the ship didn’t make any sudden moves, she might remain upright. Sean’s face gave away none of the emotion she knew lurked beneath the surface. She’d hurt him when she left without explanation. He didn’t have to tell her that.
“You get to spend two days with each of us, alternating. We’ll toss a coin to see who goes first. That’s only fair, don’t you think?”
She couldn’t think. Too much information. Too many feelings. Too many memories. Too many needs. She hovered on the edge of something. Something dangerous…and seductive.
“Good, you agree.”
“Wait!” She found her voice, and a small portion of her brain began to function. “That’s only four days. What about the other two days?” She couldn’t believe she asked that when she should have been raging at the two of them for their macho, high-handed, lunatic plan.
“The fifth day is shore day. We’ll spend it together, the three of us.”
Her mind and body flashed to another time they’d spent together. They’d believed it was the end, but it had turned out only to be the beginning, of the end. The end had been a long time coming, but she could see it clearly now, six days away.
“On the sixth day, we expect you to choose. Neither one of us is willing to let you walk out of our lives again.”
Her knees shook, and her hands were clammy. “What if I don’t want either one of you? It’s been five years. Maybe my feelings have changed.” Like hell, they have.
“They haven’t.” Drew’s breath fanned across her nape. When had he gotten that close? Damn. This wasn’t good. Not good at all.
“You want one of us, or both, right now.” Sean had always been observant, and blunt. “I can see it in your eyes.” He inhaled deeply. “Your body betrays you.”
“Let’s flip a coin and see who gets her first.” Drew stepped between her and Sean. He pulled a coin from his pocket and turned it so she could see it had two distinct sides. Neither one of them were cheaters. Small consolation.
“Heads, I get her. Tails, you do.”
Sean nodded his agreement. Drew flipped the coin in the air and caught it as it spun downward on its invisible axis.
Celeste watched in fascinated horror as the two men she loved flipped a coin for her as if she was a carnival prize. Drew’s hand closed over the coin, and she jumped as he slapped it on the back of his outstretched arm. It was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. One by one, Drew peeled his fingers away. Then he lifted his hand to reveal the coin, gleaming silver against his sun-bronzed skin. Sean sat forward, and Drew leaned toward him.
It took less than a few seconds, but it seemed her life passed before her eyes. God help her. They were right. She did want this.
Night Owl Reviews
Sean Callahan came aboard to do his brother Ryan a favor, and ended up the man in charge when both Ryan and Richard left the ship with the women they love. The last thing he needs is a complication, and Celeste is definitely a complication. Once upon a time Celeste had been part of his team as well as his lover, but after a disaster of a mission, and the realization that the other member of his team, Drew was in love with her too, she'd disappeared. Now she was back, and Sean was trapped on the Lothario, his brother's floating bordello, with the woman he still loves, as well as Drew.Some women have all the luck. Celeste just isn't one of them. All the luck she seems to have is the bad kind. How else can you explain ending up on a ship with the two men she's tried to forget for the last five years? Even worse, not a thing has changed. She still loves them both. Leaving them behind only postponed the decision she knows she has to make. Celeste has one week to choose between Sean and Drew, or tell both of them goodbye, this time for good.
Slowly, he relaxed his fingers and let the crumpled fabric slip from his hand. With his index finger, he commanded the thin veil of gold to bunch to one side, and slide over her hip to pool on the bed.
"Let Drew love you, too."
Celeste froze. Sean’s words, spoken in a whisper as coarse as the desert sand, sent a shiver of arousal along her spine and a chill of certainty to her heart.
A unique and tantalizing story of love lost and found. Three souls believing death knocking at their door find a second chance at love and life....but with at twist. And it doesn't stop there! The author sprinkles in a terrorist plot that jacks up the pace of the story!
What I found the most interesting about Ms. Lee's latest release is how she took a menage love story and gave it a twist that I didn't see coming. I loved it!
I will say that in the middle I had a hard time accepting the change of how things were developing between the three main characters versus how I wanted things to develop between Drew, Sean and Celeste. However I held in there because I had to know the why behind everything. From the other person that stepped into the picture (how is that for a teaser!) to why it took them five years to come back together. And while Celeste is struggling with her feelings towards both men after trying to forget them and move on with her life for the past five years, she is also on-board the Lothario hunting a terrorist. As FBI she is on a mission to apprehend this person but with all the emotional turmoil this proves to be a challenge. When you mix all this together it adds fire to an already sizzling story, delivering a fabulous plot filled to the brim with everything your fantasies are filled with and then some you might not have ever considered....just maybe. By the end the author answers the most pressing questions concerning Sean, Drew and Celeste, BUT she does so in a way that leaves me wondering what she has in store for these three characters in the future.
Aboard the fabulous and luxurious Lothario cruise ship where your wildest fantasies can always come true!
Ms. Lee never lets me down with her attention to the smallest of details. From her debut novel, The Lust Boat, to her latest book, Love Me Twice, I consider her writing style top notch. The sensuality that courses throughout the entire book brings the characters and their story to life. Yet, not only does the author give us scorching fantasies, she also delivers an entertaining story filled with real emotion. And at times she delivers us a story beyond what any author has written before. Love Me Twice is one of those books and that is what has earned it as my favorite of the entire series!
Celeste, a former spy turned FBI agent. While I might not share the same profession and background as Celeste I still felt I could connect with her. Her strength and control showed through when needed yet she also had a side where she needed to relinquish that control. I saw her as a woman wanting to be loved, afraid to reach out and take it but yearning for it so bad that her dreams are filled with nothing else. Sean and Drew, one Army the other Navy, both love Celeste to no ends. I loved how Sean knew what Celeste needed as a Dom, and at the same time gentle with her as if she was a treasure to be cherished. Drew gave her the other half of what she desired as an equal in and out of the bedroom. Both men definitely knew how to deliver the sex appeal and keep me as a reader engrossed in their story.
As I said before I absolutely loved this story and rate it as my favorite of the series. You have a romance that is hotter than molten lava and an interesting man hunt all in one story! If you love the wilder side of erotic and a romance that will leave you in awe, this author, this story is for you!
Sep 27, 2011 | 9781603106733
Oh good, another Lothario book. Loved the others and love this one, too. Celeste left her two former CIA partners five years ago; unable to decide which of them she loved enough to spend the rest of her life with. Sean is her Dom, but Drew is her equal. Two different men, two different styles of loving—how can she choose? But choose she must for they give her an ultimatum when they realize she’s on vacation on their ship, the ultimate love boat.
Neither man knows she is now an FBI agent on the track of an eco-terrorist, and she needs their help in apprehending him or her.
The terrorist part of the story interweaves with the love story, and it’s a fiery ride that has lots of interesting and some kinky sex that is quite titillating. Who will Celeste choose? Both men have been waiting for five long years for her to come back into their lives, although for some reason, neither tried to find her during that time. The terrorist thing was a little strange too, in that little or no damage was done, just a scary few minutes.
But the setting, the background, the characters, the conflicts and motivations are all excellent. Like the original Love Boat series, there are many stories to be told in Love Me Twice and I can’t wait for more Lothario stories
Coffee Time Romance
Sean and Drew are taking care of the ship, Lothario, while Sean’s brother is on vacation. The last person they expect to see as a passenger is Celeste. She was part of their team five years ago before she ran away after a mission that changed their lives.
Celeste ran away from the two men she loved because she could not make a choice. She loved them both and did not want to choose. Five years later, nothing has changed. She still loves them both, only this time she is stuck on a cruise with them for a week and they want a choice.
Sean and Drew are best friends, even though they are in love with the same woman. Time has not changed that, and when they see her, they decide to make her choose by the end of the week. Celeste goes along with their plan, because she wants to spend time with both men, and she wants to make a decision. Sean was her Dom five years ago; Drew loves her like an equal—she craves what they both give her. She has six days to make her choice.
The relationship between these three is different than most ménage books, but it made the story interesting. As she spends time with each man, the emotions they share made me wonder right up to the end how this story would end. I am a little disappointed with Drew’s overall position, but I also think Ms. Lee wrote him the way he needs to be written. Love, passion and scorching love scenes made this book an engaging read.