{Review} Fevered Hearts by Em Petrova

{Review} Fevered Hearts by Em PetrovaFevered Hearts by Em Petrova
Published by Samhain Publishing on March 31, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Ménage
Pages: 196
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When faced with a challenge, it’s best to pool your resources.

Liam Mattson used to play his wife’s body like a fine violin. Until a logging accident dampened his fine motor skills and rendered his legs—and the most important part of his below-the-waist playground—useless.

If only Liam would throw himself into therapy with the same vigor he used to throw her into bed, Ivy is sure he’d fully recover. But lately she’s felt adrift, while he’s stuck in self-pity and pre-occupation with a serious threat to his logging business.

When Ward Bose returns from the backwoods, Liam isn’t blind to the heated, guilty glances between his best friend and his wife. And he takes a step he never could have taken if his legs were working—ask Ward to service Ivy in bed.

The moment the three come together, Ward’s heartstrings are tied in knots, and Liam holds them in his fist. But secrets they’re each keeping could tear them all apart…unless they can find a way to share their burdens as easily as they share their love.

Warning: Men who wield big saws know how to care of business—in bed and out.

Kassiah: Ivy Mattson is at her wit’s end. Her husband, Liam, was in a terrible accident that left him in a wheelchair.

Her husband was wasting away in a wheelchair, refusing to get up and go to the therapy his doctor ordered for him. Refusing to do anything to regain the use of his legs, the fine motor skills in his hands, or even his cock. He wouldn’t even try, though the doctors said it was possible.

Liam is cranky and downright mean, and Ivy just doesn’t know what to do anymore. She turns to her friends for support. When Ward Bose meets Ivy at his sister’s knitting group after returning back to his hometown to take over his family’s logging business, he can barely believe it as the past comes crashing back to him. He is horrified to learn that his once virile friend was in a debilitating accident. He also can’t help his body’s reaction to Ivy.

Liam is trapped in his own body, lacking the fine motor skills to do what he wants, including touching his wife. He’s frustrated and knows that he takes it out on her, but he’s not willing to try to improve with therapy because he’s afraid of failure. After learning that Ward is back in town, he reminisces about their friendship…and more.

While in their twenties, he and Ward had gone west with their saws sharpened. They’d signed on with a logging company right away. Determined that they’d make their own way rather than sink into the comfort of family-owned logging businesses, they did just that. They blazed names for themselves.

Too bad they’d also fallen for each other.

It’s a secret that they never told anyone. After seeing Ward and noticing how much he seemed to want his wife, Liam starts to feel the longing for Ivy as well.

Liam drowned in a sea of want. Wanting to reach out to her, to tuck her against his body and fill her with his fingers. To have her sit on his face. Why hadn’t he thought of that before?

Knowing that Ivy would never betray him, Liam comes up with a plan for Ward and him to combine forces–in all ways. Both of their businesses are suffering, so they decide to do a sort of merger of the two companies. In addition, Liam wants Ward to attend to Ivy’s needs.

“I mean…that I have a wife who needs to be satisfied, and you have a cock that works. Until I get mine in working order again–if I can, that is–we’d form a merger.”

Surprisingly (or not), Ivy’s resistant to this proposition at first, but she’s quickly convinced that it’s what everyone needs. And then you know what happens. And lots of it. All along, Liam seems to regain his desire and quickly becomes a participant in their trysts.

This story isn’t just about a ménage. Or about a pair of men with a sordid past who can’t deny who they really are. Or about a wife who’s willing to do anything for her husband to be whole again. There’s also a bit of mystery with the logging businesses–someone has been breaking in and making threats. There’s a lot going on here, and even though at first this story seems pretty far-fetched, there is a realness there that I appreciated.

With that being said, there’s some gross stuff, and not just overuse of the word moist, and the unfortunate use of “hot flesh injection,” and the crazy number of times their “bowels turn to water.” Like:

Her pussy squeezed hard and released a fresh flood of cream.


Those things took me out of the story, every. single. time. There was also something concerning Ward and Ivy that struck me the wrong way, but I’m not going to spoil it.

All in all, I think Fevered Hearts was an enjoyable read. If you’re looking for a ménage romance with some substance, then definitely check it out.

Report Card
Overall: 3

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