ARC Review: Lover by Marni Mann & Gia Riley

Title: Lover
Author: Marni Mann & Gia Riley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: June 8, 2017


The attraction was undeniable.
I couldn’t escape him.
I didn’t want to.
I was his.
He was mine.
But he wasn’t my husband.

My once treasured marriage was now flawed and imperfect.
By the time the guilt set in, it was too late.
Reality was trying to keep me away from my obsession.
My husband was that reality.
My obsession was West.

But West was forbidden. Taken. Married.
We were swingers.
It was the perfect arrangement.

Until I fell in love…
With West.


ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.


After four years of marriage, the sparks that was once there no longer burning for Piper and Cannon. Feeling lonely and desperate to fix her marriage, Piper found a swinging website that could be the answer to their problem. And they jumped into it when Cannon thought it’s what would make her happy.

West Holden was a professional hockey player at a crossroad of his career. He was having a hard time coping with changes in his new life after he moved to his wife Tilly’s hometown. Unfazed by her sexual adventures, he agreed to her suggestion of swinging with another couple not realizing how much it would change each of their lives.

I’ve always been interested in reading about unconventional relationship dynamics – not just the physical aspect but also the psychological one. So this book about swinging couples is right up my alley.

I’m the one with the cock. I’m the one who has what she wants when she’s home.

I like West and Tilly together. Even though their relationship was superficial, sexually they were daring and compatible. I like how generous West was in every way possible.

On paper, we’re a match made in heaven. But, if we’re perfect for each other, why are we becoming strangers?

Piper and Cannon were as vanilla as a couple could be, so it was interesting to see how they’re willing to take desperate measure to fix their monotonous life. I do like Piper but there were times I was not amused with her judgmental behavior.

As I look down, I see her pussy clenching. She’s already so full of me, but her body’s telling me she needs that, too.

Piper and West had a good chemistry together. I like how the book had a good balance of story and sex. There were several scorching sex scenes between the couples and one “special scene” that I like haha!

However, I do wish there was more angst considering the situation they were in. And I feel like the motive and issue towards the end was not elaborated enough and too easily resolved. Despite of that, I did enjoy the story.

I didn’t realize how much I needed West until I thought about the girl I’d be without him— the girl I had been before I met him.

Lover is a story of two individuals learning to adapt to change and exploring what they have been missing. It would appeal to readers who aren’t afraid to delve into stories of unconventional relationship.


Final Verdict:

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