FINAL DECISION: This book continues the saga of the trio trying to work out how their relationship will work. There are a lot of external threat to their happiness in this one which was good, but not as emotional as book 2.
THE STORY: After the events of book 2, things should be perfect between the trio. Macen and Liam have agreed to share Raine in a menage relationship. But just when things are going well, Liam's ex-wife returns and is intent on causing trouble for Liam and his new relationship. Danger in the form of Raine's father also threatens the trio as they continue to try and work through all the pitfalls of developing a stable and loving relationship between them.
OPINION: This book is about Liam and Raine's ghosts. Liam is still struggling with his jealousy in the relationship and with his ex-wife. The best part of this series is that everyone is not immediately hunky-dory with the threesome. To this point, Liam has struggled the most. He clearly has issues with believing that he is not enough for Raine. Much of this appears to stem from his ex-wife's infidelity. This book through its drama (and there is a lot of plot dramatics here), allows Liam to exorcise his demons and fully commit to the relationship.
Raine also must have a final confrontation with the demons of her past. I liked how this was resolved and I especially liked that Raine, rather than either of the two men, is the active participant in resolving her past.
In this book, Macen is the rock. (Can I confess that he is my favorite?) He is the steady one throughout the book which allows the other two to return to the relationship through his determination and strength.
This is a complex story. These characters are engaged in long journey to resolve their past and build a future together.
The ending of this book hints that Macen's challenges are just beginning and I look forward to the conclusion of the trio's story in the next book.
I like the secondary characters as well and hope that there are stories in the future featuring the sadist Beck and fellow dom Seth. This book also has most external action than the other two books in the series.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book ends on a wow cliffhanger.
CONNECTED BOOKS: THE BOLD AND THE DOMINANT is the third book in the Doms of Her Life series. This is a serial that tells the story of the relationship between Raine, Macen and Liam. This series should be read in order because the story builds on the prior books in the series.