Book Review: Three, Two, One by JA Huss

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Title: Three, Two, One
Author: JA Huss
Genre: Erotic, Romantic Suspense
Length: 288 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis
ONE GIRL

Battered, barefoot, and huddled under a bookstore awning in the pouring rain, Blue only knows one thing. After fifteen months of captivity, finally… she is free.

TWO FRIENDS

Self-made millionaires JD and Ark are not out to save anyone when they stumble upon a wet and shivering girl one early Sunday morning. But when you sell sex for a living and salvation rings your bell… you answer the call.

THREE SOULMATES

After years of searching, love lifts the veil of darkness, and three people—with three very big secrets—find themselves bound together in a relationship that defies the odds.

Or does it?

Love. Lust. Sex.

This trinity might be perfection… but not everything should come in 3’s.

WARNING: This is a STANDALONE non-traditional M/F/M ROMANCE with a non-traditional ending.

Grace Review
Reading the synopsis, I knew the author was going to take me on a wild ride. Hell, a wild ride is her MO, and I love her for it. Then I read the beginning of this book, and a knot quickly formed in my stomach. What the hell have I gotten myself into?

This book has a large focus on numbers – obviously, those being 1, 2, 3. I think we can all agree that 2 is better than 1, right? If you know the rule of 3s, than 3 should be better than 2. But can this apply to relationships? Can you really make 3 work?

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On the outside, JD and Arc have the world at their feet. Money, sex, and success on the horizon. On the inside, they both seem to be needing something. And Blue seems to fill that need.

We are alike, then. Aren’t we?
Three people brought together by the early-morning rain.
Two of us clinging together, trying to stick it out. Ride the wave until it crashes, and then help each other up to start all over again.
One of us already dead. Still walking, but not living. Waiting to be saved. Or maybe wanting to be the one who does the saving.

If you are like me, you may feel conflicted throughout the book, as you try to rationalize what is going on, particularly when these three meet. I kept thinking, “oh, this is just not right.” Yet, my traitorous body would be turned on all the same.

Did I mention this book has a porn theme? My Achilles heel. (And yes, I have on occasion watched public sex videos.)

As the book progresses, you may struggle with who you like more, JD or Ark. I honestly went back and forth. And while I couldn’t see how these three could work, long term, I thought that their moments altogether were so filled with love and passion, that I saw 3 being better than 2.

“Because I need to be surrounded. I need to be held on both sides. I can’t feel safe unless I’m surrounded.”

Side note: I will give you one warning. Parts of this book should be read behind closed doors. I made the mistake of reading part of this at my daughter’s dance class. The part at 28% . . . holy fucking hotness! I needed to step outside to cool down. Yowza!

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JD and Ark are night and day, dark and light. Their tattoos capture their differences, and say so much about them. One tattoo saying “Every set of three is perfect,” one saying “Not everything should come in threes.”

Are the tattoos a reflection of the person that displays them, or foreshadowing?

This book is full of secrets, which are slowly revealed. How did Blue get involved in the cult? Is JD in as bad a state as Ark proclaims? And what secrets is Ark hiding? As the answers to these questions are revealed, you see how these secrets all tied together. Once again, the author has woven a story that kept me on my toes the whole time. The story is complex and thought provoking.

I absolutely recommend you read this as a group read. Michelle and I were lucky to both receive copies of this ARC and I was glad I had her to chat with throughout. There were a lot of OMG moments, both hot ones, and then ones that made us tear up. And that is why I love this author’s work. Her plot lines are unique and unpredicable. They generate conversation. This story will stay with me because they challenged me to think, to question what happened, and whether or not I could accept the end. Without giving too much away, I’ll tell you that the ending left me both happy and sad. Is there a HEA? Yes. Is it the HEA you were looking for? That will all depend on your thoughts on whether 3 is better than 2.

This book balances lust and voyeurism, with ownership and escaping the horrors of the past. These three will take you on a journey as they try to find a balance in their new world, just as old threats resurface. It’s a book that’s hard to put down, which is why I finished it in one day. And after I finished . . . book hangover!!!

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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