Book four in Samantha Kane’s menage m/m/f ‘Brothers In Arms’ series is “At Love’s Command” and it’s quite a weighty read at close to 400 pages. Kane’s series is set in Regency England and follows pairs of men who fought together in the Napoleonic wars and became lovers. On their return to England, each pair strives to find acceptance and happiness in a society that was overtly hostile to open same-sex relationships. These couples each find the woman that can complete their relationship and offer them the chance for family and children. Interesting premise, very well done in all these novels.
Ian and Derek returned from the wars quietly sad. Even their steadfast love wasn’t quite enough. So Ian decides to honor the marriage his family arranged when he was a very young eighteen. Derek, however, feels threatened and defensive about bringing a woman into their lives. He’s afraid to love and lose anyone else.
For Sophie, the twelve long years since her betrothal have been ones of mental and physical torture and degradation. The news of her fiancee’s return gives her hope of escaping from her current life. She’s heard of her future husband’s relationship with another man and doesn’t care. In fact, she hopes that relationship will keep him out of her bed once she’s with child.
Ian falls first, but Derek is a much tougher case. Reading about their caring relationship and generosity of their love was so touching and so very sexy. If male/male sex and menage sex offend you, then you don’t want to read this book. If you enjoy those things, you really shouldn’t miss “At Love’s Command” by Samantha Kane. It’s probably the best historical menage story I’ve read yet.