Book Reviews

En Prise (Chess Series 3) by Sean Michael at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Menage MMMM / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-October-2015

Book Blurb

Just when things seem to be at their best, disaster strikes. Will all the men of Chess survive?

It’s the holiday season and Jason is having the best Christmas he can remember in a long time. He’s in love with Rook and settling in with Bishop and Knight, figuring out where he fits and learning to love their appetites. He might even be feeling like he belongs.

Holiday bliss is followed by disaster, though, when Knight is involved in an accident and is hospitalized. Will Jason, Bishop and Rook be able to rally around their lover and each other? Or will the strain put on their relationship tear them all apart?

Follow the moves made by the men of Chess and find out…

Publisher's Note: This book was previously released under the same title. It has been expanded for re-release with Pride Publishing.


Book Review

The saying "if something seems too good to be true, it probably is" (or similar versions) certainly applies to the four men in this third volume of the 'Chess' series. Or, getting back to the chess analogy of the series, by being happy and finally meshing into a family unit, they are leaving themselves vulnerable. "En Prise" means "exposed to capture" and while this is true for Jason, who has now dropped his barriers and is joining the three lovers in more than name, it is also valid when looking at them as a group. By exploring and admitting the love they feel for each other, as different as that may be from case to case, they are also "exposing themselves", or becoming vulnerable.

It all begins harmlessly enough. The men are getting ready for Christmas, Jason has truly settled in, has found his place, and there are many hot encounters between individual couples as well as all four of them. Holiday preparations have rarely been this sexy! Jason and Rook are definitely more of a couple, as are Knight and Bishop, but the balance with four works much better than it used to work with three. Each of the couples have their own way of doing things, of communicating, yet all four men together also work well. As it turns out they desperately need that strength. 

Knight's accident sorely tests them as individuals and as a group. It was fascinating to see how each of their roles became crystal-clear as the crisis deepened and time progressed. Bishop, predictably, is the one most emotionally affected since he is closest to Knight. He is also the one who needs to be strong, who feels he has to hold them together. Rook completely collapses initially, he just cannot deal with the fear for Knight's health; but he is also the one whose optimism and joy for life they need as they pull out of the worst of it. Interestingly, it is newcomer Jason who keeps a cool head and keeps everything on an even keel. Both Bishop and Rook recognize this and I believe it is true: they could not have survived the situation without Jason. Well, certainly not without even more stress, a couple of meltdowns, and some hurtful yelling at each other.

This third volume is another great installment. The balance between the chess analogies and erotica definitely works for me, and this stage of their story was as explosive as I had hoped. If you like sexy men who challenge and support each other in equal measure, if you love to see them interacting physically wherever and whenever the need strikes them, and if you're interested in seeing the chess analogy continue, you will probably like this novella as much as I did.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 120 pages/32807 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-October-2015
Price $4.50 ebook, $10.50 paperback (Vol 2)
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