Hello lovelies! Please bear with me while I make the transition back from WordPress to Blogger. I need to go through and insert images and do some more tweaks.

(Guest Post/Review/Giveaway) Yours to Take by Joely Sue Burkhart

Need You Now

When I set out to write Vicki's book, all I knew was that it involved a menage with a younger submissive man. I had no idea who the other man was or what his backstory with Vicki would be like.

Then I heard "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum and, so they say, the rest was history.

The entire emotional conflict between Vicki and Elias comes from this song. They used to be lovers. They care for each other deeply. They ache for each other. They're miserably lonely when they're not together. Yet something is keeping them apart. All I had to do was figure out what that is.

And get them back together, of course. :D

That's why Elias sits outside in his truck, alone, keeping watch over Vicki's house when she has no idea he's there. His pride keeps him from going up to her door. He still has a key, assuming she hasn't changed the locks. Instead of going to her, he sits and broods and drinks. I'd like to think that he's listening to this song, too.

It's a quarter after one

I'm a little drunk

And I need you now

Said I wouldn't call

But I've lost all control
And I need you now.

This excerpt actually comes near the end of the book after a major argument between Elias and Vicki. Crank up Lady Antebellum and see what you think. (Then pick up Yours to Take to find out how they get back together.)

~ * ~

At three a.m. Elias sat outside Vicki’s apartment in his truck, took another swig of Jack straight from the bottle, and called himself a pussy. He’d been sitting out here drinking for half an hour, and still hadn’t found the nerve to go up and see if she’d let him in. Oh, sure, he could use his key, but that would feel too much like sneaking.

Maybe she’d changed the locks. She’d been pissed enough to do something like that, and for good reason.

He’d never been so petty to hurt a woman he cared about like that before. Thinking about how scared she must have been to hear about a dead cop and then get his voicemail made him feel like dog crap. He’s sworn to his first wife that he’d always answer the phone. Even if he was in the middle of handcuffing some dirtbag, he’d plant a knee in the perp’s back and take her call. She’d still divorced his ass.

What the hell will Vicki do to me?

Rightfully so, too. He deserved the biggest ass-chewing she’d ever thought about giving him. He’d left her. Again. He’d hurt her. Again. Then he’d scared ten years off her life. Now he sat out here too scared to go up and face the music.

No, that wasn’t true. He’d always been able to deal with her temper. In fact, nothing turned him on more than watching her rip into him, teeth, fists, words, it didn't matter. He loved it.

No, what scared the shit out of him was the thought of finding her in bed with Jesse. Maybe this time they wouldn't be asleep. He’d catch them in the act and he’d…he’d…

What, blow the kid’s brains out? She loved Jesse. It wasn’t his fault. It wasn’t even her fault. Elias saw the way she looked at the kid, because he looked at her the same way. He’d do anything to be with her, wouldn’t he?

Even join them?

Yeah, that’s what made his stomach churn uneasily. Whiskey burned a hole in his stomach. He just didn’t know if he could do it. What it would entail. How would it feel to see her with another man, the passion on her face, and know it wasn’t for him? That’s what it came down to, wasn’t it? His pride. His fear that maybe she secretly wanted Jesse more. Maybe he pleased her more. Hell, he hadn’t even known that she might like the kinkier shit.

Maybe someday she’d decide she didn’t really need Elias after all.

Much safer to walk now than to want and need her so bad and know he wasn’t enough.

He reached for the keys to turn the engine on, but let his hand fall back into his lap. He’d sat here too long with the bottle to even think about driving. That’s the last thing he needed. He could see the headlines now: Drunk cop runs down helpless old lady in the street.

He wasn’t drunk, not by a long shot. Because if he was drunk, maybe he wouldn’t care if she screamed the same way for Jesse that she did when he was inside her.

~ * ~

Joely always has her nose buried in abook, especially one with mythology, fairy tales, and romance. Find her on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.. Be sure to check out her freereads! Stop by my blog for details about the $100 online book gift certifcate I'm giving away!

***Make sure you enter below for a chance to win an ebook of Yours to Take.***

~ * ~


All fire and gunpowder need is a stray spark…

The day one of her old clients gunned down a cop, former defense attorney Vicki Connagher lost everything—her passion for justice, and her lover, Detective Elias Reyes. The dead cop’s partner.
Even though she’s following her dream to start her own fashion line, it’s tough with heartache as her only companion. Until she brings Jesse, a wandering street artist, in from a freak Texas snowstorm. His submissive flirting brings out dominant tendencies she never knew she possessed, yet she hesitates to let him take her as far and as hard as she wants to go.

Some homeless junkie in Vicki’s house? Not on Elias’s watch. Pride kept him away, but as long as Jesse is staying in Vicki’s downstairs shop, he’s staying with Vicki. On the couch, but it’s a start.

As the days go by, the three work out an uneasy alliance. But Vicki’s joy at having Elias back in her life is tempered with a growing desire to have it all. Elias in her bed, and Jesse under her command. The only question remaining is if her tough alpha cop is willing toembrace all that she is…

Product Warnings: Explicit sex, BDSM, a tough alpha cop, a reluctant Domme, and a smoldering submissive street artist willing to do anything to belong to her.


In the product warnings, it says explicit sex. What it should say is this is a damn sexy read! Holy shit I couldn't stop myself from reading. It definitely can set your blood pumping. Phew! I'm just glad my husband was home while I was reading. ;)

Vicki is walking home from the store when a freak snowstorm hit her Texas town. On her way back, she runs into (literally) Jesse, the man from the park she has been purposely avoiding for the past two weeks. He has come to seek her out to make sure that she is ok. He has been worried about her since the day she came to him when her boyfriend's partner was shot because of one of the criminals she was defending. Vicki is even more stunned when Jesse gives her a birthday card that he made himself and has carried around this whole time. That's more than Elias gave her.

Elias is like a dog when another dog comes into his area. He wants to hike his leg up and mark his territory and that's basically what he does with Vicki. He shows Jesse in his firm voice and actions that Vicki is his and he is not sharing. He is quickly discovering that he might have to learn to share. After fighting this for a while, he sees how Vicki is changing since Jesse has been around. He is changing too. He can honestly say that he is changing too. He is starting to come to terms with the fact that Vicki won't be whole unless she has Jesse by her side. Elias can only hope that Vicki decides to keep the both of them.

Jesse, an ex-con that would rather live on the street then go back to those ways is in love with the alluring lawyer that visits him in the park. When she doesn't show up for a couple weeks after she comes running for comfort from him, he seeks out to make sure she is ok. When she offers him her place to stay, he falls even deeper in love then he already is. He can only hope Vicki decides to not make him leave. He can't go on without her.

This was the first menage book that I have read that actually has romance behind it. Don't get me wrong, the other books had their fair share and were hot as sin to read, but Burkhart performs this task wonderfully. Not only did I find myself flushed and panting, I was also finding places in my heart for each of the characters. I am so happy that I got the chance to read this book. Now if only I was rich and didn't have to sleep so I would be able to read her other books. :)


Wonderfully written story that proves not everyone is made to only have one person to love in their life.

Hot damn! You might want to allot some time with a significant other or some "personal" time after reading this. It will get your fires going for sure!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Hi! Great post and I loved your review!!! I love a damn sexy read! LOL I'll looking forward to read this one because I love to read about two men fighting for a woman!

    1. Thank you, Proserpine! Elias and Jesse don't really duke it out over Vicki... but she and Elias definitely have some sweaty wrestling. :-)

  2. This sounds like a great read. I have had the first book on my kindle for a while but had not read it. I have now read part (about 1/3) of it and am looking forward to reading the rest of this series too.
    Great post, excerpt, and reveiw. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this latest book.

    1. Thank you so much, June! I hope you enjoy Conn's story!

  3. Crystal, thank you so much for hosting me and for such a wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Vicki's story!

  4. I love when authors let us know their musical inspiration behind their book. I know many writers sometimes include a playlist in the front or back of the book. It really helps me understand the story better.

    Congrats on the new release!

    Geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com