Audiobook Review: Polished (Polished #1) by Alyssa Turner

It seemed like they had everything, but they didn’t have Jack.

Without question Spencer Hartley burns hot for his girlfriend, Rory, but his other desires are hidden down deep. He might blow things up for a living and climb mountains for kicks, but the scariest thing in his life is the truth about his sexuality.

Jack Rothman works hard and plays dirty. After long, demanding days in his family's engineering firm, he indulges in the pleasures of silk restraints and fine wine. Lots of hot meaningless sex helps him forget that he's suffocating, with no one to give him a reason to breathe.

When a catastrophic accident traps Spencer in a flooded subway tunnel with Jack, they need each other to survive. But something strong stirs down there in the darkness, and it's more than their desperation to live. There's a spark between them that's impossible to ignore.

Rory Campbell would love to give Spencer the one thing he doesn't have, the freedom to explore his secret desires. But how does that fit into her picture-perfect relationship? When Jack invites the couple to his sprawling Hamptons beach house, Rory realizes that she has secret desires of her own--the kind only Jack's Dominant hand across her bare bottom can satisfy...

(Polished is book one in a series of standalone stories including Swept and Make Me)

Narrators: Erin Bateman and George Orlando
Listening Length: 7 hours and 42 minutes

Reviewer: Shee Reader

Our story opens with a cute and intimate moment between our couple, Spencer and Rory. They are a loving couple in a stable relationship. Spencer wants to ask Rory to marry him, but feels he can’t do it until he has been completely, painfully honest with Rory about his most secret desires. For her part, Rory loves Spencer completely, but knows there is something missing.

As a construction foreman, there are plenty of risks in Spencer’s job, but the collapsed subway tunnel that leaves Spencer trapped with his sexy as sin boss is a-more-than-life-changing event. Jack invites Spencer and Rory to his beach home in the Hamptons for the weekend, as a ploy to ensure Spencer doesn’t decide to sue Jack and his father’s company for the accident, and here at the beach, everything changes!

This wasn’t my first menage read, and it may well be the hottest one I’ve read! Spencer and Rory are spicy together, but add in Jack and, Oh my goodness it gets incendiary!

The path to happiness and stability for a couple can be hard, but for a three-some it can be a minefield. In this case, I was rooting for the three of them from the outset. Rory and Spencer look like a perfect couple, but when Jack gets involved, it is clear that they both need something the other can’t provide. Jack is the missing piece of their happily ever after.

I loved the connections between all three of them and their striving to make each other complete. There was ups and downs, but it was largely low-angst. The sexy times are scorching, and the cosy intimacy is heartwarming.

I listen to a lot of audio books (I’m not kidding. A LOT) and I’m not a massive fan of dual narration, but George and Erin did a wonderful job. It truly suited the book.

Highly recommended!

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