Saying I Do (Quinn Security #3)


Title: Saying I Do (Quinn Security #3)
Author: Cameron Dane
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Length: Novel (145 pages)
Rating: 3 stars out of 5   

THE BLURB   

When Rhone Quinn caught Adam Reyes picking his pocket in Finding Home, he never dreamed the young man would become his best friend, his business partner, or that Adam was secretly gay and falling for him. What really knocked heterosexual Rhone on his ass was discovering Adam’s feelings, and realizing he felt an equally fierce attraction and love.   

Fast forward two years. Rhone and Adam are engaged and headed to Vermont for their wedding. Nothing can mar this beautiful occasion. Right? Wrong. A bride staying at the hotel fuels Adam’s fears of losing Rhone to a woman; a feuding couple that Adam and Rhone run into every time they turn around sparks disagreements between them; and a hotel employee’s strange behavior spurs Adam’s professional curiosity and later rouses his protective juices.   

What was supposed to be a week of celebration and hot lovin’ quickly turns into a Quinn Security investigation. Now all Rhone and Adam need to do is get a bickering couple to admit they’re in love, help a sweet young man out of a terrible situation, and maybe, just maybe, Rhone can get his fella to the chapel on time to say “I do.”  

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THE REVIEW   

When we left Rhone and Adam in Finding Home reviewed here they had become lovers after being mentor, protégé and friends for 10 years. Now, almost 13 years since they first met, Adam proposes to Rhone and holds his breath in case the love of his life turns him down. Obviously that doesn’t happen and the guys are happily engaged and on their way to get hitched. Seems pretty simple doesn’t it? Not so fast.   

They arrive in Vermont where the wedding was to take place with a week to go before the big day. As if they didn’t have enough to do with their impending nuptials, they become embroiled in the affairs of several people at the hotel where they were staying, which is a major distraction and source of disagreement between the guys.   

The other more important issue was Adam’s fear that Rhone, who was straight before he fell in love with him and still found women attractive, would some day decide that he really preferred women.  This was a legitimate concern on Adam’s part since a man had never been Rhone’s idea of his life partner because he had been hardwired for 35 years to be attracted to women.   

I really wanted to like this book because I had looked forward to reading it as soon as I realized that a sequel to Adam’s and Rhone’s love story was coming, but I found the number of minor plot points to be confusing. Obviously since this is a novel the author needed to have a lot more story than in Finding Home, but it became difficult to keep the players and their roles straight. I suspect that we’ll see some of these secondary characters in new books written by Cameron Dane – why else would they be introduced here and their stories left unresolved?   

What did I like about this book?   

Rhone’s sincerity when he talked about his attraction to women and a new wrinkle, noticing how handsome men were, something he had never done before. He also talked about his insecurity and hidden fears for 2 years that Adam might leave him for another man in the future. Despite his love for and trust in Adam he still had these irrational fears that he would lose him.   

Adam, who was almost a decade younger than Rhone, was very mature He had lived on the streets after his father threw him out of the house when he found out he was gay, so he was in some ways the more reliable partner in terms of knowing what he wanted and he had made up his mind early on that Rhone was the man for him. This couple seemed to have it all – best friends for 13 years and now lovers about to be married.   

Adam’s unwavering love for his aunt Loretta even when she appeared to have given up on him due to her strong religious belief that sex beteen two men was an unforgivable sin.   

What didn’t I like about the book?   

A lot. For starters, too many secondary characters in the book and minor plots that distracted from and hijacked the main storyline – getting Adam and Rhone to the altar. Another distraction was a fight between Adam and Rhone over a woman, which seemed to me to be manufactured to provide additional conflict in a story that had more than its fair share.   

Over the top prose – here’s just a small sample –

Rhone bit down a roar of pleasure. He bowed back as Adam pulled up with incredible suction and sent every nerve ending in his prick into overdrive. Rhone’s bare ass bunched into tight knots of muscle, and the cool air permeating the chapel could not penetrate even a millimeter of his flesh.  

  “The zip of acute, perfect pleasure ripped up his spine and into his belly, and Rhone jerked up straight just in the nick of time.  ……..and scraped his own esophagus raw as he stuffed his shout of release back down into his body”   

  “Adam’s testicles swelled and grew heavy with agreement”   

The other problem I had with the prose was the internal dialogue of both protagonists throughout the story which we, as  readers, were allowed to hear almost like a clumsy third POV. It’s not really a true omniscient  — where an unknown observer seems to spy on and/or comment on the thoughts and actions of the characters, moving smoothly from one to the other within a scene. The prose here bounces around mid-thought from one POV to the other, so that I wasn’t sure if Rhone or Adam knew these things or were assuming them, or if indeed an omniscient commentator was chiming in – all very confusing. Here’s an example   

Vows won’t change it; they’ll just seal the deal.
 
He gave a little squeeze, and Adam interpreted the touch.  
It’s all right, babe.
Rhone’s caress spoke with a gentle indulgence.   
Go ahead and ask your questions.   

 

Too much sex in the book even for a couple about to be married; one location was in the chapel where the ceremony was to be held because they couldn’t wait.

My other issue was that the author used clinical terms for body parts in Saying I Do e.g. rectum and anus and there is one word that she used innumerable times “chute” that pulled me out of the story because it reminded me of a garbage chute.   

I had other concerns about the book but these were the main ones.

If you read Finding Home you will be interested in how Adam’s and Rhone’s story ends, but I find it difficult to recommend this book which is more Quinn Security than Saying I Do. However other readers may enjoy this story with all the pomp and ceremony of a wedding.

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15 comments

  • Amanda
    Thanks for stopping by.
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    Like you I felt that the secondary characters should not hijack the main story and I was disappointed at the amount of time spent on two other stories in the book.
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    I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens next but I’m pretty sure that the author is setting us up for other stories.

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    • I liked this book well enough. It wasn’t anywhere near as enjoyable as Finding Home . I was glad that they discussed some of there worries with each other and I would have liked to have seen more of that in this book.
      I agree that it was cluttered with characters that I felt took away from Adam and Rhone’s story.
      I am okay with secondary characters getting a little book time but I prefer for them to be there to move the current story along and not just to setup their on future story. I know several het romance series I lost interest in just because they began to take to much time from the current romance and focus it instead on future and past romances.

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  • My fave from the Hawkins ranch series is Finding Caleb. I haven’t read the m/f ones either, I am not even tempted.

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  • Hi Nichem
    I felt as though Adam’s and Rhone’s story had been hijacked and replaced by the other plots. I really didn’t care about the other characters except maybe Logan. I did love the Hawkins Ranch series but of course only the M/M ones like Falling.

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  • I just read this the other day, and had the same issues with it you did, Wave. I had been looking forward to this sequel because I enjoyed Finding Home for the most part (though I thought the ending was a bit rushed and wrapped up too nicely), so I was disappointed that there was so much focus on other characters. I didn’t dislike it, but it certainly wasn’t one of my favorite Cameron Dane novels. I still think her best books are the Hawkins Ranch series (though I didn’t read the m/f ones).

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  • Finiding home was good, but I find Rhone and Adam not very likable characters for some reason.
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    This is one of my conflict authors. Some books by this author are wonderful good reads. Creative, imaginative, romantic, but she does has a flare for the dramatic and in some books it just doesn’t work. While finding home was good, it wasn’t one of her best.
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    Thanks for your review! I agree completely with it!

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    • Thanks Larissa
      I have read Rene Cade and a couple of other books by this author which I like a whole lot better than this one. I just found all the drama in this book to be over the top and unnecessary. I was looking forward to the wedding and I didn’t realize that the other plots would hijack the main story.

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  • I rather enjoyed this book. I think it was the sex. 🙂 Obviously I wasn’t distracted by whatever terminology she chose to use.
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    This doesn’t rank as high for me as some of her other books, though. And I agree that she’s setting up for future escapades.

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    • Wren
      I always feel badly when I don’t recommend a book. In this case I put Saying I Do aside after I read it the first time and came back to it to see if it was any better for me – it wasn’t.

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      I like sex in a book when it advances the plot but in this case it seemed as if the author threw in sex scenes indiscriminately when she felt like it. Ultimately they were just repetitious and I skipped over many of them because I found them boring.
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      She is definitely setting up for other books and to me this took away from what should have been Rhone’s and Adam’s story.

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  • Finding Home was good, so getting this sequel was nice and I liked this book a lot. I felt that the other plotlines aside from Adam and Rhone’s wedding added interest rather than distraction. I also liked that Adam’s aunt Loretta came back to Adam’s life in a believable way. But Adam and Rhone’s relationship was for me the best part of the book. I do agree that there was quite a lot of sex scenes, not all of them really necessary. And like you said, “chute” is used in this novel and her other books, and while it jarred me the first time, I just sort of decided to ignore it 🙂 Not my favourite word.
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    I thought that it was a funny coincidence that the day this book was published, With This Ring by T. A. Chase also came out. It had protags from a previous book getting married in Vermont at new year’s eve (the day picked in Saying I Do as well) 🙂

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    • Sari
      I liked Finding Home a lot more than Saying I Do. To say I was disappointed was to put it mildly. The reasons I didn’t like this book as much are in the review and unfortunately I have to talk about things like the prose and dialogue.

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      I did like the way Adam’s aunt came back and there was a lot to recommend Saying I Do but for me the negatives outweighed the positives.
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      If you’re a fan of this author then you’ll definitely like this book because she has a certain style of writing. However I did love the wedding.

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  • Ingrid
    I loved Finding Home as well but this one I think was more to introduce the readers to new characters who will be in her upcoming books, as well as the wedding. If she just wanted to have a wedding she could have written a really short book with the two guys but Saying I Do had too many people and too many sub plots, as well as the other editorial issues mentioned in the review. Not my favourite Cameron Dane book.

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  • I loved Finding home and I did not really see a reason to write a sequel. The end for me is good enough as it is.
    Normally I like ms Dane’s writing and I have no idea if the way she wrote this book is the same as her other ones. I am not that observant. But I do remember she always has a lot of people in her books.

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