Review: Caught in the Middle by Kira Barker

Caught in the Middle by Kira Barker
Series: We Kinky Three (# 1)
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: self published
Pages: 320
Source: book provided by the author for review



For years now, resident surgeon Erin Slater has been focused on her career. Sexual frustration has her on edge, and it seems like a wet dream come true when her best friend Jack and his roommate Simon offer to help her scratch that itch. Their afternoon of debauchery leaves her yearning for more, particularly to explore her submissive side – a craving that Simon, an experienced Dom himself, is only too happy to satisfy. But there’s also Jack, who she’s closer to than anyone else in the world. When emotions factor into the equation, things get complicated, forcing Erin to make a decision which man she will choose – but why can’t she have both?


Review: As the reviewer I need to let you the reader know that this is a ménage romance, and if that isn’t something you enjoy reading, this book may not be for you. Also, there is some man on man loving as well and if that makes a reader pause, then this book may want to move on.

This book was HAUT!! That needs to be said right away, before anything else is written, I thought my computer was going to melt, or I was going to self explode. When I say the book is hot, I don’t mean raunchy, trashy, words that would make a reader feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. I mean that the emotional connection could be felt between the characters. This reader felt emotionally connected to the words and the characters. The sex scenes were intense, intimate, and tastefully done. Was there some raunchy? Yes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

The three main characters are Jack, Simon, and Erin and together, they explore a highly complicated intense relationship. I don’t think I could do it. I’m more of a one man kind of woman, but I think that Erin is comfortable with her sexuality, she comfortable with who she is, and she has feelings for both men she didn’t even know she felt.

Erin is a independent, highly driven woman who is just starting out her career. She’s scattered and has a hard time keeping track of what day of the week it is. She’s abrupt with her people skills, but she’s highly intelligent and is driven to succeed and prove herself in her field. She has some emotional handicaps that keep her aloof from others, which is part of the reason for her brashness. Despite all this, there is a vulnerable young woman underneath it all that wants to be loved and taken care of. It’s just hard to see.

Jack is Erin’s best friend. They grew up together, went to school together and they know each other as best friends do. He’s not as fleshed out a character as the other two. The author spent a lot of time with Erin and Simon and their relationship and Jack was almost a secondary character. From what I do know about him, he has his insecurities and doubts. He wants to be important to Erin and be what she needs him to be. He’s a ladies man and enjoys being with women. He seems to be secure with his sexuality and is not embarrassed to be attracted to men. I hope in the next installment, we learn more about Jack and how he ticks.

Simon is a dangerous man. He’s highly intelligent, he has a quick wit, he doesn’t put up with anyone’s crap, and he’s a Dom as well. He’s alpha, dominant and sexy as well. He’s secure in his sexuality, and he’s not afraid to admit he’s attracted to men. He enjoys doling out pain to whomever he plays with. He’s not one to trifle with unless being on the receiving end of a whip is what is desired. I think I’d run as far away from him and then regret it.

I checked out Ms. Barker’s web site and the second book is due in January or February. I want to read it and find out what happens next. I also checked out her other books as well. Check it out and see if anything catches your interest. She also has a newsletter and there is a short story told from Simon’s POV. I’m anxious to read it.