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The debut novel of a masterfully emotional, high-stakes trilogy that will have listeners forfeiting tradition to gamble with love....

December and Austin have a traditional, storybook marriage, complete with defined roles. Married young, they’ve shared nearly a decade of passion and love. December’s submissive nature is perfectly suited for her husband’s authoritative yet adoring personality, and he seamlessly holds the indisputable role of head of the household. 

But Austin harbors secrets, and the pressure of losing his job makes those festering skeletons impossible to ignore. 

Turning to alcohol instead of his wife, Austin finally drives December into the arms of their closest friend, Cord, despite her intense loyalty. Cord has loved December since the day they met. His moral compass is challenged and lines are blurred when Austin steps aside and insists Cord take his place. 

Forfeiting all, Austin must face a harsh truth. Take control of his life, or forever lose the woman he loves. 

WARNING: This book contains subject matter suitable for mature listening audiences. Some content may be offensive to sensitive listeners. Degrees of Separation is a ménage trilogy with many emotionally graphic encounters and challenging situations that break the rules of traditional romance.

©2017 Lydia Michaels & Allyson Young (P)2022 Lydia Michaels Books with Allyson Young

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  • Cheryl R.
  • 29-01-22

No Romance, No Menage

Reader beware: This is not the first complete story of a trilogy, this is the first 1/3 of what seems to be a very depressing and drawn out account of...something. Frankly, after 7 chapters of her crying and reminiscing about the good old days when her husband wasn't a worthless drunk who slept all day and wasn't "too proud" to take any job at all, I started skipping ahead, hoping to find the "and then" part, where the story turns. It doesn't! There's no menage in this book. There's no romance. Not even any sex scenes until the very end. Usually, if there's no story, you can at least count on the smut, but not here. Maybe by book 3? I won't be spending my credits to find out. I returned it.

On the good side, the writing wasn't bad, just maybe edit it down a bit, so it doesn't go on so long. This ain't Shakespeare, it's smutty romance, we have shorter attention spans. Also, the narrator did a good job. He didn't melt anything, but that might be because there was one sex scene, with no real build-up to it, so can't fault the narrator there. I'd listen to his narration again, just not with this author.

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