Title: The Face of Scandal (Surface Tension #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Helena Maeve (Totally Bound)
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
They say first love is forever. They don’t say that sometimes it’s against your will.
Freshly returned from a harrowing visit home, Hazel is ready to put the past behind her. Trouble is, the past may have other ideas.
Hazel’s romantic life has never been more fulfilled than since she’s met Dylan and Ward. With so many secrets and false starts between them, their unconventional threeway relationship shouldn’t work as well as it does. But if recent events have proven anything, it’s that Hazel has a habit of underestimating the boys. She’s ready to start trusting more and doomsaying less if that’s what it takes to cement their relationship into something more permanent. Only ex-boyfriend Malcolm’s surprise return throws her plans into disarray.
Torn between her too-good-to-be-true lovers and the lure of an old flame, Hazel must juggle fresh hurt and new secrets in one final balancing act.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex, fisting and M/M content as well as references to sexual coersion.
Dylan, Hazel and Ward are a trio that I have come to love. I love the power dynamic that each of them holds over the other. They blend so well and love each other so fiercely.
I wanted to kill Malcolm, wanted to praise Hazel and wanted to throttle Sadie. There were so many emotions for me in this book, but in the end, I still felt like I could read more of them – despite the heartache, the tumultuous relationships, the backstabbing, the romance, the dominance and submission, all of these things were able to give such a cohesive feeling – if Maeve had left one any one of these things, the book would not have been as wonderful.
I am looking forward to seeing what is next!
I absolutely loved this story. For the most part I rooted for Ward to come out of his shell and share his secret because all along he’s been my favorite character and we finally got to see more of that side of him in this story… and got a bit of a true menage experience, which I loved.
The beginning of this story starts out where the last one left off, thinking things have finally found a stable spot for the threesome, but we quickly find that there are still insecurities to be found and exploited. We get to see all the characters from the previous books including the horrible Malcolm and jealous Penelope.
I have to say there were a few twists mostly revolving around Sadie that I didn’t see coming and some of them straight up floored me, but I love the way Hazel handled it. She showed she has a backbone and I adored that she got it from being with Ward and Dylan.
I will say my favorite scene was in the car between Ward and Hazel. H-O-T and such a bonding time for both of them because of the situation at that time.
At the end of the book all I can say is that I wish we had more of Dylan and Ward together and got to know more of what was going on between them (like the time they were ‘caught’ by Hazel and smelled of each other, but we never found out exactly what had been going on). I do like a lot of the resolution between all the other characters that we got though.
I would most definitely pick up another book by Helena Maeve.