19 January 2012

Review: Carol Lynne - All Play And No Work

Publisher: Total E-Bound
ISBN: 978-1-906328-50-4
Genre: Contemporary/Gay/Ménage à trois
Book Length: Novel
Erotic Rating: Total-e-burning
Book one in the Cattle Valley Series
Read from my personal e-shelves

Cover Summary:

When a three man partnership becomes too much for their small Texas town, Ryan Blackfeather knows it’s time to head for greener pastures. With a new job awaiting him in Cattle Valley, Wyoming, he convinces his men, Nate and Rio to make the move.

A community built on tolerance, Cattle Valley’s one of the few places in the country where the residents won’t bat an eyelash at the threesomes relationship. Nate, Rio and Ryan fit right in. However, with Ryan busy in his new job as town Sheriff, Rio and Nate are left to wonder how they’re supposed to make a living. What use are a highly trained mercenary and a private detective in a peaceful community the size of Cattle Valley?


I was baffled by the speed of the romance development as I read on page 17:

The threesome landed in a pile of arms, legs, tongues and teeth. Nate couldn't get enough of these men. "Love you," Nate said, looking Ryan in the eyes. He then turned toward Rio, "I love you."
Ryan and Rio wrapped their arms and legs around Nate. "We love you. You're a part of us now," Ryan said.

And that was it. They were a threesome in love. Can I say; huh? How did that happen??!! Only to find out on page eighteen that Rio and Nate were on the road to meet Ryan at their new home in Cattle Valley. This was all moving very fast for me as I’m a reader who wants to witness a certain progress where the attraction develops in to love. The romance between these three men wasn’t very believable but for some reason the entertainment level while reading the pages was very good. It was largely due to the voices of the three men, a bit over the top but still they are very likeable. So I kept on reading.

Rio, Nate and Ryan move in to a house in Cattle Valley and it is a setting that made me smile. Like a utopia for gay people; Just about everyone is gay there and felt very idyllic. The author provided just enough information for me to conjure a picture in my mind how the town looked like and who the people were inhabiting it. I could definitely read the signals for future stories and that this would be a series.

Rio and Nate are very touchy-feely with each other and when they aren’t horny they are pulling pranks like a cherry bomb (blowing up a mailbox). Nate felt very young adult in comparison with Ryan and Rio, who were the established couple at the beginning of this story. When Ryan chastises Nate it feels very much like a grown up setting boundaries for an adventurous teenager. The chemistry and dialogues between the three was effortlessly flowing and while I wasn’t emotionally involved they did appeal to my playful, wicked side.

The eroticism is off the chart hot. The libido of this trio is more than healthy and is set ablaze by the instant attraction they feel. The pages are filled with sexual heat, light-hearted dialogues and a touch of humor and it juices up the story in a good way. Even though there was a certain degree of entertainment to All Play And No Work there was also nothing present for me to sink my teeth in. From early on the relationship was established and there was nothing really challenging that relationship. So the first half of book one in the Cattle Valley series reads like a fluffy erotic romance that gives a slice of life from three likable characters. The author didn’t really add depth, layers or much conflict to the relationship. Halfway through I wondered if anything would happen that would present any form of a challenge when a minor plot came in to play. It provided a bit of much needed intrigue and excitement.

As an erotic story, All Play And No Work is enjoyable but the romance is shallow at best. What worked in the end was the charismatic threesome with their animated dialogues and combustive sexiness as they set up house in a utopian town to satiate their ravenous appetite.

2.5 stars


Rio glanced over and winked. "First place I find, I promise we'll stop for a little R and R."
"Rest and relaxation, that's not exactly what I had in mind," Nate said, trying to tuck his hard shaft back into his pants.
Rio chuckled, "Well, I was thinking more along the lines of rimming and riding."
"Oh fuck, I like that idea a lot better."

Carol Lynne on the www:
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  1. Welcome to Carol Lynn. It's one of the reasons I don't often read her books, insta-love is a hallmark and while some obviously love it, I'm not one of them. I did read another threesome by her back in my early days and it was similar, they met the third and within 2-3 days were confessing true love and it was reciprocal. If I'd been the other guy I would have freaked and run. LOL

  2. @Tam - Thank you LOL I'm not a fan of insta-love either but this had me snorting & huffing - Janna was witness to it ;) It contained a certain fun but I need more from my reads. I bought the books in this series when I had a book buying splurge on fictionwise...I couldn't resist the 50-60% discount back then LOL I don't think I would've wanted to pay anymore than I did with the discount!

  3. I tend to avoid her books because of the insta-love. Plus it seems like all of her series converge in Cattle Valley sooner or later....

  4. I was witness of all the snorting and huffing indeed! Lol! I remember sitting on that bench in Jackson Square park and thinking that you were reading a really funny book, haha.
    BTW Your title typo All Work and No Play instead is saying a lot. ;) I could've made that typo too this week, lol!

  5. @Chris - I was on Carol Lynne's website this AM for the linking part and noticed her backlist, which is huge! Then I picked up on a little detail from another website that two of the main char's already made an appereance in another series of her. Since I'll not be reading book #2 in this series any time soon I didn't delve to deep for more info.

    @Janna - That afternoon in the park is one of my fondest memories!! Even though the ending of one book and the start of this one wasn't made of awesome ;) And oh gawd on the typo!! I made it on twitter as well and didn't realize it was in my review as well *slams forhead* It just goes to see it says more about me right now then anything else ;) I need a bit more play!

  6. Oh! I loved this one! I loved Nate's fire! I read this back in the beginning when it was recently released. You have to remember that it's not so much insta-love (okay a little) there is a built up in the Good Time Boys series between Nate and Rio.

    Of course, Lynne's books are not as good as some books out there, but they are fun to read! :-)


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