Talking Trouble by Barbara Elsborg

Talking Trouble Two men are separated by more than the dam between their houses. Can Mollie be the path that unites them?

Flint Klavan appears to have it all. The sought-after British actor is affluent, loved and vocal in his professional life but privately he’s a mess. A devastating breakup leaves him full of self-loathing. He hopes to find the way to turn things around when disaster strikes. He’s left speechless with fear he’ll never get the chance to recover what he’s lost.

Mollie James has the perfect job teaching children, and used to have the perfect boyfriend. Attentive, kind and thoughtful. Only now he’s not. She has to sacrifice everything if she’s any chance to survive, and run as fast and as far as she can.
Lysander Weldon is a wealthy, talented artist who’s hidden himself away following personal tragedies. He shares his house and his body but never his heart. When opportunity to forgive confronts him, he has to choose between giving up his fortress or bracing to watch happiness leave him behind.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of physical abuse and MM content.goodreads

 I’m not even sure where to begin with this review. There are so many details and layers to this story that make it difficult to explain. Lysander lives near a lake/pond and rents rooms to people he finds interesting. He is an artist and paints portraits of his renters, along with using them for sex and then dumping them.

Mollie needs a place to stay after a traumatic event and Lysander really wants her. In exchange for renting her a room, he asks to paint her and she agrees. While running around the lake, she meets a hooded man and finds him mysterious and intriguing.

Flint suffered a stroke and can’t speak or understand others. He is recuperating in a house on the other side of the lake. He’s an actor and needs to regain his speech abilities….soon. Flint and Lysander have a past – Mollie has feelings for both. Can she be the glue to fix their friendship?

So many layers and so many stories all circle around to one point. Lysander and Flint were involved until something tore them apart. I found the first third of the story very slow moving and boring, but it did pick up after that and became a lot more interesting. Lysander was difficult to like, but Flint was adorable! I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him and all he went through. I also liked Mollie and felt she pushed her hurt aside to help others instead of dealing with her own pain.

I love where the author took these three. It is a ménage story, but not in the sex only way. The depth of feelings these three had for each other went beyond the hot sex that they had. (and boy, was it HOT!). It made up for the slow beginning and helped make the story worth finishing.


Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Totally Bound