By Chloe Lane
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
We rescued her. Now it’s time for her to pay her debt.
Grace Robins is on the run from somewhere when her car breaks down two blocks from our shop in the middle of the night. She doesn’t have any choice but to ask us for help.
And there’s no way we could refuse that sweet, innocent woman…not when she happens to be so gorgeous that she has both of us falling for her at first sight.
There’s only one problem. She doesn’t have a way to pay us, and we don’t work for free.
I’m caught between a rock and a hard place.
The two tattooed mechanics who come to my rescue in the middle of the night on my very first night in town are not the kind of guy I’d normally go for. Then again, my taste in men is exactly what made me run in the first place.
I don’t have enough money to pay them for fixing my car, and I should hate the fact that there’s only one way out of this. I shouldn’t want their hands on my skin. I shouldn’t want to submit to them.
But I can’t help myself…
Here’s a ménage that will sweep you up in a combination of sweetness (yes, really!), scorching hot sex, sizzling chemistry, and genuine camaraderie, and almost an “awwww” sort of plot.
Jett and Hunter are close buddies who met during high school, each earned certification as auto mechanics, opened up a successful business in their hometown of Baker’s Ridge, bunked up as roommates in a tiny apartment, just going about life. Grace runs off from an apartment she’s sharing with a deadbeat, drunk boyfriend, Dale, who had originally promised to provide for her and help her save up for college, only to end up treating her like a nobody, cook, and maid. When she’s finally had enough, Grace takes off in her clunker for Baker’s Ridge, a town she picked out on the map, the same map she and Dale used to refer to when planning future dream trips. She scours up enough money to pay for a cheap motel for a few days and some groceries until she can land a job. When her car breaks down in the dead of night within a couple of miles of the cheap hotel, Hunter – who happens to still be in the repair shop working on a vehicle – hears the engine die and proceeds to convince Grace to accept his invitation to stay with him and Jett in their apartment.
Jett and Hunter are both attracted to her beauty and gumption, eventually offering her a job managing the front counter of the repair shop, and convince her to continue staying with them. Of course, by this point, the three of them are hooked at the hip as friends and lovers, though individually they each realize they love one another, but without jealousy. When Dale shows up one day to reclaim Grace, the guys’ protective instincts kick into overdrive and they save her from him. Grace, however, refuses to be a burden, and so decides to pursue her dream of going to college and enrolls in the community college in the next town over using the money she’s saved up by working for the guys and not having to pay rent. The three agree to part ways, but thanks to the wise words of an elderly customer – and then Grace’s epiphany that she’s not happy just pursuing her college dream without the guys by her side – the three reach a surprising solution. Another surprise promises to make an appearance and leads to a logical HEA for this novella.
The characters are fun, the sex is super-charged and steamy, the story is light and flows smoothly, and the HEA is sweet. Jett and Hunter are protective, handsome, and loving, and Grace is likeable and smart. Twice Taken definitely left a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart. Another winner from author Chloe Lane.
Original review posted on Amazon and Goodreads on May 8, 2017.