Review: Quadruple Duty by Krista Wolf

quadruple dutyTitle: Quadruple Duty

Author: Krista Wolf

Year of publication: 2018

The heroine: Interior designer Sammara Madsen

The heroes: Army Rangers Kyle Murphy, Dakota Bradley, Ryan Dunham and Jason Briggs.

The blurb: Needed: Community Girlfriend for (4) Army Ranger Specialists at incredible lakehouse estate. Wife material. Long term only.

The ad was ridiculous. Beyond ridiculous! Yet for Sammara Madsen, bored in life and unlucky in love? The concept made her stomach do a sexy barrel roll.

After a chance encounter with a gorgeous soldier reveals the opportunity of a lifetime, Sammara goes along out of simple curiosity. Yet when she falls in love with the beautiful mansion as well as the three other handsome Rangers who live there? The idea of being shared between them as their girlfriend doesn’t seem so outrageous anymore.

Kyle is the charming, sculpted epitome of the perfect man. Dakota, the beautiful giant – and quintessential country boy. Ryan is the brooding, motorcycle-riding bad boy who shares Sammara’s lonely past, and Briggs is the mysterious alpha mercenary, dark and enigmatic, with wounds only a lover could heal.

Yet satisfying the physical and emotional needs of four strapping, powerful soldiers is not without its share of problems. Sammara is plagued by the woes of her dying business. And the four brothers-in-arms have a puzzling secret all their own… one that could easily put them – and their eager new girlfriend – in mortal danger.

Four Army Rangers… sharing the same woman, mind, body, and soul. The ultimate fantasy becomes heart-pounding reality as Sammara is taken into each of their beds – and hearts – one by one, two on one… and more.

Can Sammara succeed in fulfilling her role to each of her beautiful new boyfriends; that of friend, lover, and so much more? Or will sinister unknown forces crush their budding 5-way relationship before it can even begin?

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: I’ve read a few reverse harems now, and this one is the best of the bunch so far. I think it goes without saying that you need to suspend disbelief a little with this trope (for those not in the know, reverse harem is one female, three or more males, and they only have sex with her, not each other – but there can be more than one man at a time), but if you do, you’ll find them enjoyable when done right.

Sammara meets Kyle, a hot Army Ranger, at a bar after her blind date doesn’t show. She’s instantly attracted to him, but he’s honest with her up front: he and his three closest Ranger friends live in a mansion they pooled their money to buy, and they’re looking for a wife. To share. Since their work has them all over the world at any given time, they are not able to cultivate a relationship like a normal person, so they agreed to find one open-minded woman to share.

Sammara, who runs an interior design business with her friend Dawn, is intrigued by the prospect. She agrees to go to the lakeside house and meet the other three guys after she has sex with Kyle. When she gets there, Dakota is friendly and warm, but Ryan is cold and wary. He suspects she’s more interested in the redecoration of the house than she is in being in a serious relationship with them. Briggs is on a mission, nowhere to be seen.

She imposes a one week no sex rule while she gets to know each one of them. She allows kissing, which Kyle shamelessly takes advantage of (because she didn’t specify where), and they go on dates and do the things couples who are getting to know each other do. Meanwhile, Sammara is also dealing with her business partner, who seems to be up to something.

Once the week is over, Sammara is having sex with both Kyle and Dakota – sometimes alone, sometimes with the both of them at the same time. Ryan takes a lot longer to warm up to her, but eventually he comes around and sex with him is completely different.

Briggs doesn’t show up until much later in the book, because he apparently does special ops for the Rangers, and her sex with him is hottest of all – they’ve only just met before they’re in the shower together. Eventually, Sammara realises she loves the arrangement as much as the guys do, and they agree to make it permanent. Yes, there is a scene at the end where she’s with all four of them at once.

What I did like is that the author made Sammara’s relationship with each man different, and took the time to build something there. If you don’t like sex scenes with multiple partners, this book is not for you, but if you want to try a reverse harem, then this is a good one to kick off with.