Review: Jacked Up (Book #3: Birmingham Rebels Series) by Samantha Kane

Birmingham #3

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Linebacker Sam Taylor feels like a ticking time bomb. He left the army with emotional wounds as fresh as the scars on his back. Sam’s been living like a monk, but his best friend, defensive lineman King Ulupoka, wants to get him laid. Easy for him to say. The larger-than-life Samoan is a hard-bodied, tribal-tattooed fantasy. Sam agrees, under one condition: King stays to watch.

ER nurse Jane Foster is done being a good girl, and nothing says wild like picking up two of football’s sexiest players and bringing them back to your hotel room. Trouble is, she can’t decide which one she wants more. Sam is hot, sweet, and vulnerable. Jane’s more than willing to ride him into oblivion. But King’s intense gaze from across the room promises that the best is yet to come.

Sure, King has had his choice of girls and guys in the past. That doesn’t mean he’ll jeopardize his relationship with Sam over a case of locker-room lust—until a naughty nurse pushes them both out of their comfort zones. Seeing Jane and Sam together turns King on more than he ever imagined. If they’re game, he’s ready to tackle a three-way play.

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My Rating: 3½/5 stars

King and Sam have been drawn to one another from the moment they became teammates with the Birmingham Rebels.  King is big and boisterous, talented and kind, and just what Sam needs.  Sam is a solid player, but he is quiet and withdrawn, solitary.  If it weren’t for King and his friendship, Sam wouldn’t be holding it together nearly as well as he is, and Sam is barely holding it together. 

Sam proudly served his country, but he was one of the few team members who returned from overseas duty.  His injuries were extensive, but his body has healed and he’s trying his best to move forward with his life.  The nightmares still plague his sleep which has kept Sam from engaging in any sort of extracurricular activities with women since his return to the States.  Though King understands his position and reasoning, he doesn’t necessarily agree with it which is how Sam has found himself engaging in a one-night stand with the hottest woman he has ever seen and his best-friend watching. 

Jane has always been the good girl, the one everyone relies on, the one who never bends and/or breaks the rules.  Then she meets Sam and King and engages in the hottest sex of her life with the promise of never seeing them again, ever.  Good thing because if anyone knew what went down in that hotel room that blissful night, Jane would die from the shame and embarrassment.  Life has a way of making us uncomfortable, and that is exactly what happens when life brings King and Sam right into Jane’s emergency room.  Yeah, the humiliation is there, but so is an intense amount of lust and a desire to take their previous shenanigans to a whole new level of naughty. 

Life with King and Sam could be everything Jane has ever wanted if she can just get past her fear of what others will think.  As Jane contemplates her life with the men, Sam and King also begin to explore they feelings and desires they have for one another a s couple.  Each knows he wants the other, but each also knows there is a desire to have Jane as well.  Both men are looking for forever and a woman who is proud to be by their side. 

The Bottom Line: If Sam and King had picked any other woman in the world, I would have loved this book as much as the last two!!  Jane is really a very off-putting character and her attitude toward people knowing about her relationship with Sam and King is just ridiculous.  Additionally, her constant references to herself as a slut and a bad girl becomes quite grating and just another facet of her obnoxious personality.  On the flip of Jane are Sam and King, two super-sexy men who make this book totally worth reading.  Sam’s damage from his military service lessens in King’s presence, and he becomes a stronger and happier man.  King’s personality is so big, it really does take two people to fulfill his desires and his life.  Sam and Jane (BOO!) are perfect for King and make the generally happy man even happier which makes him one of the most delightful characters in the Birmingham Rebels world.  Even though Jane is a total downer, I still enjoyed this read, and am absolutely looking forward to the next installment of the series.

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About the author and where to find her:

Samantha KaneReviewers have called Samantha Kane “an absolute marvel to read,” and “one of historical romance’s most erotic and sensuous authors.” Her books have been called “sinful,” “sensuous,” and “sizzling.”  She is published in several romance genres including historical, contemporary and science fiction. Her erotic Regency-set historical romances have won awards, including Best Historical from RWA’s erotic romance chapter Passionate Ink, and the Historical CAPA (best book) award from The Romance Studio.  Samantha Kane has a master’s degree in American History, and taught high school social studies for ten years before becoming a full time writer. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. Ms Kane loves to hear from readers. Contact her or subscribe to her newsletter.

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