☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
I’ve never been afraid of the dark…but that doesn’t mean I wanted to live in it. And maybe everyone wants what they can’t have, but I should’ve thought it over before I accepted the key and unlocked the door to their forbidden world.
Number One is mostly silent. He watches me with them very carefully. His gaze never wanders. His interest never wanes.
Number Two is mostly gentle. But it’s the other side of him I like best. The wild side.
Number Three is mostly reserved. He refuses to cross the line. Even when I beg.
It was carnal, it was sensual, and it was erotic. That’s it. That’s all it was supposed to be. A trip into the dark. A peek into the forbidden.
I just didn’t expect to like them.
Taking Turns by JA Huss is a new venture into dark erotica for the much loved romantic suspense author. Ms. Huss kills another genre with her crisp writing and enthralling storytelling. She has mixed sensuality, smut, and an “I never saw that coming” culmination into what is sure to be her next hit.
Taking turns has four narrators. Mimicking their relationship, the foursome take turns telling the tale of how they think they met, what they want/expect from their current arrangement, and what they are curious/insecure about in the arrangement. More interesting is that only some of the narrators are reliable. It is not clear until the end, who were the more reliable narrators.
Marcella Walton enters the world of the Turning Point Club and takes three of its main players, Smith Baldwin, Elias Bricman, and Quin Foster, by storm. She is a quiet storm with sneaker deadly waves. Through the entire book, I was never sure who was the player and who was the pawn. Unrevealed motives and backgrounds make for an engrossing, psychological game of chess. After one revealing scene (one of my favorite, by the way), I started to pay more attention to the chapter title art. I had noticed the dandelions, but I only glanced at them as my eyes made a beeline to the next sentence of the story. However, the dandelion on Marcella’s chapters is noticeably different than the artwork on Bric, Smith, and Quin’s chapters. Draw your own hypothesis or conclusion as you read the book.
Taking Turns is a dark, adults-only read, but there are so many more layers beyond the sexual exploration. What do these four want out of this arrangement? What could possibly be their motivation to want to be in this sort of arrangement? Who is writing notes to Marcella on the club’s linen napkins? Even their individual knowledge of the now-missing Rochelle is intriguing. Oh, and their secrets! They all have them, and some are more damaging than others. The questions keep coming, and some of them get answers. Hopefully, there will be more answers and more wishes fulfilled in the planned sequel, Turning Back. Once again, author J.A. Huss has delivered a mind-blowing novel that deserves to be re-read and may deserve a little research into a few literary Easter eggs!