Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
As background, you should know that I did not read the first two books in Nikki Sloane’s Nashville Neighborhood series. But let me tell you…that doesn’t matter. I got my hands on her newest book, The Architect. And…it’s HOT! Set in the same neighborhood as the first two books of the series, the story initially follows two neighbors, Lilith and Clay. We find out early on that Lilith is attracted to Clay, but he tends to be a secretive neighbor. As a vet tech, one night, Clay asks her over to help him find a cat who entered her house. It is that moment when their interest is ignited. Sharing “custody” of the cat, Clay and Lilith begin to explore a no-strings-attached relationship. Clay is a member of a BDSM, and he introduces some of that lifestyle Lilith. At the beginning of the exploration, he introduces a friend to her, Travis, one night at the club, and he becomes a surrogate of sorts in Clay’s absence, as he travels often. Over the course of this exploration, Lilith finds herself drawn to the two men. As their journey continues, she realizes that she might want a relationship with both men. Will Clay and Travis want the same from her?
From beginning to end, this book is steamy. It’s a menage with the fringe of BDSM. It isn’t a complicated story, and you can’t help but want the three of them to find a relationship together. Sloane does a fine job of pulling you into her story and keeping you engaged through her development of scenes with these three. What I found interesting about the development of these three characters is a lack of emotional attachment. We like them, but I felt like they were more physically entangled than emotionally so. However, I wouldn’t turn this book away in the least.
If you love a menage with a lot of steam, then Nikki Sloane’s The Architect is your kind of read.
In love and romance,