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Betrayed and set adrift… Months before she’s set to walk down the aisle, assistant district attorney Brooklyn Lewis suffers an unthinkable loss. It’s bad enough her fiancé is violently taken from her, but along with her grief she must also process the fact that the man of her dreams was unfaithful. Friends and family want to see her heal, but Brooklyn doesn’t know how to mo Betrayed and set adrift… Months before she’s set to walk down the aisle, assistant district attorney Brooklyn Lewis suffers an unthinkable loss. It’s bad enough her fiancé is violently taken from her, but along with her grief she must also process the fact that the man of her dreams was unfaithful. Friends and family want to see her heal, but Brooklyn doesn’t know how to move on from trauma and deception until she discovers she’s not the only one broken by this tragedy. A light in the storm… Attorney Vaughn Coleman and his partner Chris Shaw have also lost the love of their lives, who was found lifeless in the same bed as Brooklyn’s fiancé, taken from them by the same killer. Unmoored by grief, Brooklyn, Chris, and Vaughn fall into a relationship that both fulfills them and threatens to pull them under the waves of guilt, but they soon realize it may take the love of three people to bring their battered ships back to shore. *This romance features a polyamorous relationship between two men and a woman, with BDSM overtones*


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Betrayed and set adrift… Months before she’s set to walk down the aisle, assistant district attorney Brooklyn Lewis suffers an unthinkable loss. It’s bad enough her fiancé is violently taken from her, but along with her grief she must also process the fact that the man of her dreams was unfaithful. Friends and family want to see her heal, but Brooklyn doesn’t know how to mo Betrayed and set adrift… Months before she’s set to walk down the aisle, assistant district attorney Brooklyn Lewis suffers an unthinkable loss. It’s bad enough her fiancé is violently taken from her, but along with her grief she must also process the fact that the man of her dreams was unfaithful. Friends and family want to see her heal, but Brooklyn doesn’t know how to move on from trauma and deception until she discovers she’s not the only one broken by this tragedy. A light in the storm… Attorney Vaughn Coleman and his partner Chris Shaw have also lost the love of their lives, who was found lifeless in the same bed as Brooklyn’s fiancé, taken from them by the same killer. Unmoored by grief, Brooklyn, Chris, and Vaughn fall into a relationship that both fulfills them and threatens to pull them under the waves of guilt, but they soon realize it may take the love of three people to bring their battered ships back to shore. *This romance features a polyamorous relationship between two men and a woman, with BDSM overtones*

30 review for Harbor

  1. 4 out of 5

    mina reads™️

    This book invented open communication in romance cw: death of a partner, cheating (not within main relationship)

  2. 4 out of 5

    sil ♡ the book voyagers

    "Two works. Two works great, but there's something about three." Baby polyam newbie has finally read her first polyam romance. That's me! I think this book was a perfect introduction for me, because reading a Rebekah Weatherspoon book is like coming back to your favorite place in the world. As soon as I met Brooklyn, Vaughn and Shaw, I already loved them a little bit, without even knowing anything about them. But Rebekah's writing makes you feel like you're part of something bigger and it con "Two works. Two works great, but there's something about three." Baby polyam newbie has finally read her first polyam romance. That's me! I think this book was a perfect introduction for me, because reading a Rebekah Weatherspoon book is like coming back to your favorite place in the world. As soon as I met Brooklyn, Vaughn and Shaw, I already loved them a little bit, without even knowing anything about them. But Rebekah's writing makes you feel like you're part of something bigger and it connects you perfectly with the story that she's trying to tell. This is a pretty intense book. The circumstances of these three meeting isn't ideal but it happened. So we have Brook and she was going to get married to this guy. But her fiancé dies. The thing is he was found dead in bed with the woman he was cheating Brook with. This other woman was the other partner of Vaughn and Shaw's relationship. Their significant others cheated on them (and died) and this is how they eventually meet (our protagonists). I like that they took their time to getting to know each other, but also living with the death of someone they thought loved them, with no chance of ever talking to them and asking why they did it. Each of them have their own way of dealing with their grief and you see that. But also they are so into each other since they get together for the first time, but know that they are so many layers before they get to that place where they can connect. Rebekah does it wonderfully, the story gives you something in every chapter and I flew through this!! Shaw, the tattooed Dom with the mean words. Vaughn, the sweetest person you can ever meet with the heart of gold. And Brook, the one who just wants to be loved completely. Harbor is a perfect summer read with sand-covered days, a cute dog, a fun Never Have I Ever game and a relationship that can change each of them completely. Thank you to the author for providing me an early copy in exchange for an honest review. The quote is from the ARC so it can change for the finished copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fadwa (Word Wonders)

    CW: mention of murder and suicide at the beginning, grief, trauma, abandonment, on page sex and BDSM thIS WAS SO GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!! I really cannot get over how much I loved everything about this book. The Black love? The polyamory? The communication? The healing? The flavor? IT'S ALL THERE!!!!! But seriously, I can't be coherent about my love for this book so here are some bullet points: - Every. single. character. is good and fleshed out and flawed and amazing and ugh. I just want to be their fo CW: mention of murder and suicide at the beginning, grief, trauma, abandonment, on page sex and BDSM thIS WAS SO GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!! I really cannot get over how much I loved everything about this book. The Black love? The polyamory? The communication? The healing? The flavor? IT'S ALL THERE!!!!! But seriously, I can't be coherent about my love for this book so here are some bullet points: - Every. single. character. is good and fleshed out and flawed and amazing and ugh. I just want to be their fourth tbh. - THE COMMUNICATION!!!! No but seriously I think this might be the best polyamorous romance I've read so far that manages to put what polyamory is so beautifully and concisely. And not only that but the way they approach the BDSM aspects of their sex life is so...healthy? There are lines drawn, boundaries set, checklists made and they put so much emphasis on aftercare and checking in with each other and ugh. They just got me in my feels. - Vaughn! Singlehandedly saved mankind. The way this man feels his feelings and expresses his feelings is unparalleled, unmatched, exceptional, iconic, out of this world!!!!!!!!! It's just saw raw and intense and BIG but also so soft and tender?? Truly love that for him. But also for Shaw and Brook. - This book breaks the romance genre layout and it was so refreshing, the way it didn't follow the classic third act composition, the way there were multiple conflicts and the "big fallout" wasn't due to miscommunication...*chef's kiss* I love it here. Anyway please read this book for intense emotional moments, top tier sexy times and clear skin.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dulcie

    Romance Erotica/BDSM : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ CW : BDSM, Death of a partner, Cheating (not within our MCs relationship) First off. The honest and open communication is goals. Positive polyamory representation is something we love to see AND an actual sex positive throughout plus size woman getting the lovin she deserves! Yes ma'am. Our main characters Brooklyn, Vaughn, and Shaw at the start of our read have recently and tragically lost their significant others (not a spoiler!) and they come together to figure Romance Erotica/BDSM : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ CW : BDSM, Death of a partner, Cheating (not within our MCs relationship) First off. The honest and open communication is goals. Positive polyamory representation is something we love to see AND an actual sex positive throughout plus size woman getting the lovin she deserves! Yes ma'am. Our main characters Brooklyn, Vaughn, and Shaw at the start of our read have recently and tragically lost their significant others (not a spoiler!) and they come together to figure out the why of it all. After some grieving time they come together again and find that they are exactly what eachother need. Our characters are nicely fleshed out and all have their own unique personalities that lead to really open and romantic read that starts with all the drama and ends with an amazing HEA.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenn (The Book Refuge)

    Gosh, this series was amazing. The diversity, the sexiness, the emotions.. I loved it. The only downside, really to the series as a whole, is that there is never enough of anything. Especially in this one, where we have 3 perspectives. We get to see like 3 play scenes, and a little of their conversations and then, BOOM! HEA. I just like a bit more of the figuring it all out part. But it was so good. 4.5/5 (rounded up to 5)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carole Bell

    Read this over the weekend and liked it a lot. The third and final book in Weatherspoon’s excellent Beards & Bondage series, Harbor has a pretty intense romantic suspense setup and deals with a lot of heavy subject matter in terms of mental health. Despite all that, author Rebekah Weatherspoon still manages to bring the laughs and levity in a very humane way that really makes the whole thing work. One of the things I loved the most was the rapport between Shaw and Vaughn, long term lovers contem Read this over the weekend and liked it a lot. The third and final book in Weatherspoon’s excellent Beards & Bondage series, Harbor has a pretty intense romantic suspense setup and deals with a lot of heavy subject matter in terms of mental health. Despite all that, author Rebekah Weatherspoon still manages to bring the laughs and levity in a very humane way that really makes the whole thing work. One of the things I loved the most was the rapport between Shaw and Vaughn, long term lovers contemplating adding a permanent third to the mix. I loved the way they spoke to each other. Cracked me up more than once. For example when Shaw steps out of line, Vaughn knows just what to say to reel him in: “Can I ask you something?” Vaughn says. “Sure.” “Negro. Are you high?” These two cracked me up. They were funny, steamy and tender and soft at the same time. I received an ARC from the author. All opinions are candid and my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cam (justabookeater)

    E-arc provided by author in exchange for an honest review* More like 4.5 stars! This one made me SWEAT. Rebekah Weatherspoon never disappoints and this is, so far, my favorite series by her. I’ve been excited to read this one for ages and it did NOT disappoint at all. There’s just so much love what with all that good polyam romance going on. (I’m pointing out some trigger warnings for any of y’all who need them; there are mentions of cheating (past relationships), death of romantic partners before E-arc provided by author in exchange for an honest review* More like 4.5 stars! This one made me SWEAT. Rebekah Weatherspoon never disappoints and this is, so far, my favorite series by her. I’ve been excited to read this one for ages and it did NOT disappoint at all. There’s just so much love what with all that good polyam romance going on. (I’m pointing out some trigger warnings for any of y’all who need them; there are mentions of cheating (past relationships), death of romantic partners before the start of the story, convos with the police and discussions of death.) Harbor follows Brooklyn’s story with two men, Vaughn and Shaw, who have all bonded over a traumatic event. It explores the edges of grief and how they don’t always come together neatly. The triad meets under extenuating circumstances, but the question always is if that’s enough to justify denying themselves the chance for happiness? We have Vaughn, tall-slim, Black and switch with so much love in his heart you can feel it radiating through the page. Brooklyn, Black and plus-sized and loving it, soft and vulnerable and heartbreakingly honest. And finally, we have Shaw; an irresistibly sexy, Black Dominant whose just a bit jaded and a bit of an asshole but not enough of one to avoid wanting to jump his freaking bones. Falling in love with these characters is inevitable. They’re charming, funny, real as fuck and work so damn well with each other that you end up rooting for them immediately. Together they build this healthy BDSM lifestyle that gives them all the chance to explore and feel safe after all that’s happened to them. I loved how we get to see their relationship grow so organically and how they become so comfortable with each other, they can figure out each other’s tells. The sex scenes burned my eyebrows straight off my face. If you’re not into really graphic depictions of sex and BDSM, especially polyamorous BDSM play, then this one is not for you! It absolutely was IT for me lol There’s a lot unconventionality and breaking of the status quo in the name of love and family and it really was what I needed right about now.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lily Herman

    Wow, Rebekah Weatherspoon really took us on a true #JOURNEY with this series. And honestly, while I usually complain about a lot of books in general needing to be 50-150 pages shorter, I could've easily read another 100 pages of each of the Beard & Bondage books and been perfectly content. I feel like every Rebekah Weatherspoon book is the poster child for what sex is supposed to be like, filled with emotional intelligence, maturity, and discussion; her characters' lives themselves may be messy, Wow, Rebekah Weatherspoon really took us on a true #JOURNEY with this series. And honestly, while I usually complain about a lot of books in general needing to be 50-150 pages shorter, I could've easily read another 100 pages of each of the Beard & Bondage books and been perfectly content. I feel like every Rebekah Weatherspoon book is the poster child for what sex is supposed to be like, filled with emotional intelligence, maturity, and discussion; her characters' lives themselves may be messy, but they're always all about communicative sex. Harbor is no different, and it's so refreshing to see 30-something adults treat it with dignity and respect. I still feel like a lot of the overarching plots could've used a little more time to marinate though. (We're not going to talk about the whole double homicide-suicide thing?!?! I need more resolution!!! Also why didn't we get any other run-ins with Corinne's family?!?!) But that's just a me thing. Content warning: Homicide, suicide, infidelity, BDSM, death of a loved one

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emmalita

    Yesterday a magazine posted an article about how we should read romances during this pandemic because they are dumb and will give our brains a break. I had just finished reading Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Harbor (Beards and Bondage) and wanted to cry in frustration. There is nothing dumb about this book, and even if it were pure porny fluff, if it accomplishes the goal of helping the reader cope – it is not dumb. There are so many amazing, smart writers in romance today. Rebekah Weatherspoon is amon Yesterday a magazine posted an article about how we should read romances during this pandemic because they are dumb and will give our brains a break. I had just finished reading Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Harbor (Beards and Bondage) and wanted to cry in frustration. There is nothing dumb about this book, and even if it were pure porny fluff, if it accomplishes the goal of helping the reader cope – it is not dumb. There are so many amazing, smart writers in romance today. Rebekah Weatherspoon is among the best of them. In Harbor, she explores complicated grief and heavy subjects with a deft hand, weaving in humor and lust, and friendships and family. Months before she’s set to walk down the aisle, assistant district attorney Brooklyn Lewis suffers an unthinkable loss. It’s bad enough her fiancé is violently taken from her, but along with her grief she must also process the fact that the man of her dreams was unfaithful. Friends and family want to see her heal, but Brooklyn doesn’t know how to move on from trauma and deception until she discovers she’s not the only one broken by this tragedy. Attorney Vaughn Coleman and his partner Chris Shaw have also lost the love of their lives, who was found lifeless in the same bed as Brooklyn’s fiancé, taken from them by the same killer. Brook, Vaughn and Shaw share the experience of losing a significant other and at the same time finding out that they were unfaithful. Each of the three has to confront grief, anger and trauma in their own way. Because of the circumstances they are drawn to each other, but are also aware that while shared trauma can create an intense bond, it is not a good basis for a long relationship. Knowing this, the trio come together and retreat a few times before getting to the Happily Ever After. While Vaughn is all heart-eyes and hard penis around Brook, she has to set terms of engagement with Shaw who can hurt her with his prickly version of honesty. Weatherspoon addresses the stereotype of the strong Black woman with Brook. She is a strong woman. She knows herself, she’s smart, she is capable of taking care of herself. At the same time, she is vulnerable. Losing her fiance the way she did makes her question her own judgement. On top of that, she has to struggle with her friends’ desire for her to be okay when she wants to be allowed to feel sad, angry and lost. Brook directly addresses the pressure she feels to be strong and the way it hurts her. She is unwilling to have a relationship with a man who will not accept her full range of being. The sex in the book is steamy, explicit, and has light BDSM. I’ve read many menage romances, but this is one of the few that feels realistically polyamerous (I say this as a person who has never been in a polyamerous relationship, so take that for what it’s worth). Vaughn and Shaw have a romantic and sexual relationship independent of their relationships with Brook. It was damaged by the murder of their partner and they are working on it – independent of their relationships with Brook. It feels lived in. Unlike a lot of standard menage romances, the focus is not on the two men having sex with the woman, but on each of them getting their needs met – physically and emotionally. Harbor is beautiful, sexy, thoughtful, and surprisingly funny for a book that deals so much with trauma. For all the things I bring up in the review there are many more I didn’t know how to talk about without giving everything away and then even more that I probably didn’t even see. I received this as an arc from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    YES! +Polyamory! Black Romance! BDSM! +Drama and complications! Vaughn, Shaw, and Brook come together after their significant others are murdered while cheating. The murderer had been stalking Vaughn and Shaw's girlfriend, and the whole thing is a mess and I was there for it. +Everyone is upfront about what they want and don't want from this relationship, even though it took 16 months(!!!) to get them there. +Sexxxx! DP! It's my favorite. +Brooklyn shares my thoughts on Thor! Thank you very much! YES! +Polyamory! Black Romance! BDSM! +Drama and complications! Vaughn, Shaw, and Brook come together after their significant others are murdered while cheating. The murderer had been stalking Vaughn and Shaw's girlfriend, and the whole thing is a mess and I was there for it. +Everyone is upfront about what they want and don't want from this relationship, even though it took 16 months(!!!) to get them there. +Sexxxx! DP! It's my favorite. +Brooklyn shares my thoughts on Thor! Thank you very much! That dude is hot as hell and eff Ironman! NO! -The inevitable fight happens before they're even together! Everybody calm down! At least get to know each other first! Dang. -Detective Jansen's suspicions could have been uber interesting, but it was over in two pages. Their relationship does look suspicious! Are they scorned lovers?! We don't know! Well, actually we do know, but it would have been interesting drama.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Field

    I had been looking forward to this polyamorous rep book in this series ALL YEAR. And it did not disappoint. At all. Of the things I've read previously, this was probably most similar to Three Part Harmony and Outside the Lines, although with a different configuration of people in this triad - two established men and a woman coming into this relationship. My complaint with previous polyamorous books has tended to be when it's difficult to see much of a difference between the characters, but that I had been looking forward to this polyamorous rep book in this series ALL YEAR. And it did not disappoint. At all. Of the things I've read previously, this was probably most similar to Three Part Harmony and Outside the Lines, although with a different configuration of people in this triad - two established men and a woman coming into this relationship. My complaint with previous polyamorous books has tended to be when it's difficult to see much of a difference between the characters, but that was not the case here! Vaughn is immediately shown to be the soft boy of the bunch, a real heart on his sleeve type, while Shaw is the more harsh one of the two of them, holding onto a bunch of his fears to do with commitment and abandonment. When we begin this book, these two have just found out that their girlfriend, Corinne, has been cheating on them for the past 7 months. In addition to that, she was also murdered along with the man that she'd been cheating with. The way that Brooklyn comes into this is that she is the fiance of the man Corinne was cheating with. Readers of this series may recognise Brooklyn as Liz's younger sister from Sanctuary. And yet, this book has more in common with the first book of the series, Haven, in that there is a kind of trauma bonding that occurs between Brooklyn, Shaw and Vaughn in amongst the very real feelings they all have. While there was a bit more erotica in this novel than I would usually be happy to read, the vibes between these three main characters were so strong that one couldn't help but be pulled along for the ride. The cameos from previously mentioned characters (as well as mentions of characters from both Rafe and Xeni) were fantastic for long time fans of this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    inês ☾

    "Two works. Two works great, but there's something about three." The communication ✨immaculate ✨. Really enjoyed the poly relationship and the characters, which all had a very distinct voice. Rebekah Weatherspoon really knows how to write great sex scenes. In terms of the plot there's not much going on, and I think I would have enjoyed a little more of that. "Two works. Two works great, but there's something about three." The communication ✨immaculate ✨. Really enjoyed the poly relationship and the characters, which all had a very distinct voice. Rebekah Weatherspoon really knows how to write great sex scenes. In terms of the plot there's not much going on, and I think I would have enjoyed a little more of that.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jassy Tamyra West

    Sex scenes definitely 5 stars ! I loved the characters, the openness, the communication, the struggles and realization of those struggles but what was the point of the stalker? I didn’t get the suspenseful vibes after the first few pages, i forgot it was even supposed to be a suspense novel. So set that part aside, it’s a good romance novel that stresses the importance of communication and acceptance.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Harbor by Rebekah Weatherspoon is a delightful Black erotic BDSM romance, featuring not one, not two, but three gorgeous and confident and successful Black professionals in a wild and kinky and tender and dirty and sweet and romantic polyamorous arrangement. This book is body positive and sex positive in every conceivable way, full of open, honest communication and negotiation and boundaries and safe words and aftercare and healthy and supportive extended family and friendship relationships. The Harbor by Rebekah Weatherspoon is a delightful Black erotic BDSM romance, featuring not one, not two, but three gorgeous and confident and successful Black professionals in a wild and kinky and tender and dirty and sweet and romantic polyamorous arrangement. This book is body positive and sex positive in every conceivable way, full of open, honest communication and negotiation and boundaries and safe words and aftercare and healthy and supportive extended family and friendship relationships. There's a lot of grief to unpack, as the three main characters meet because of mutual loss of a beloved partner to violent death. It is perhaps strange to call a book so incredibly, explicity smutty wholesome, but the emotional content and personal growth and level of honest communication really is refreshingly wholesome. There's just a lot of sex too. A LOT OF SEX. Which is fine. This is a smoking hot book about smoking hot characters, including Brooklyn, a confident plus-sized Black woman who is very proud of, among other things, her remarkably large "titties". She is proud of her body, and wears clothes that show it off. It was refreshing to read about a character who wasn't angsting over her size, or worried that people wouldn't find her attractive. All this, despite the fact, as Vaughn says at one point, "she's a plus-size Black woman. How many times a day do you think she's getting some messaging that she's undesirable. Fifty? A hundred? She can be confident, but she's [effing] human." She's also unapologetic about her sexual appetites. So much positive representation going on. There were also the two love interests, the prickly but irresistible Christopher Shaw, and the sweet, very emotional Vaughn. They were also both unapologetically gorgeous and successful Black men, and the conversations amongst the three of them felt real in a way that Black characters in romance novels aren't always allowed to be, whether they were simply calling out each other's questionable tastes in entertainment, or dealing with the very real and palpable tension of encounters with (usually hostile) white police officers. They were also Black men in a gay relationship, which isn't something I have seen represented a lot in romances. As mentioned previously, there's a wide array of supporting characters, from the white liberals who had been about to become Brooklyn's family, before her fiancé was murdered, to her sister Liz's mixed race hot farmer husband (from a previous book in the series), to Brooklyn's tight group of Black female friends. Most of these characters are in straight relationships, aside from the two male love interests, and everyone seems to be able-bodied, but the level of representation is still remarkable and richly rewarding to read. This is indeed the third book in the series, but I hadn't read the other two books in several years, and I still had no trouble tracking what was going on. There are still a number of single friends in Brooklyn, Liz, and Claudia's circle, and I was hoping the extended series would go on, but Weatherspoon says in the afterword that this is the end of the series and extended series (including Rafe and Xeni) for now. While I'm a little disappointed, I feel like this author never lets me down, and I look forward to whatever she publishes next, for diversity, Black and body positive pride, smoking hot erotic content, deep, emotional relationships, and an overall positive, enjoyable experience that leaves me with a smile. I do recommend this (for anyone who can stomach the level of explicit kinky content). Black joy and Black love are important too.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    This is my absolute favorite of the series! I've read a few polyamorous romance books but this is the first where there is a clear explanation of polyamorous feelings, and I could easily understand why these characters wanted/needed that dynamic and how it made their relationship successful. Shaw, Vaughn and Brooklyn have the best chemistry, and her interactions with each of them show facets of her personality because they bring out and connect with different emotions in her. Brooklyn is about t This is my absolute favorite of the series! I've read a few polyamorous romance books but this is the first where there is a clear explanation of polyamorous feelings, and I could easily understand why these characters wanted/needed that dynamic and how it made their relationship successful. Shaw, Vaughn and Brooklyn have the best chemistry, and her interactions with each of them show facets of her personality because they bring out and connect with different emotions in her. Brooklyn is about to marry her fiancé when he and his mistress are murdered. The mistress just happens to also be Vaughn and Shaw's long-term girlfriend. Vaughn's curiosity about the man his girlfriend was cheating with leads him to the funeral and a spontaneous meeting with Brooklyn who is trying to keep a happy face in front of her fiancé's family, instead of being at home grieving privately. There definitely is instant-attraction/appreciation between Brooklyn and Vaughn and a month later all three of them meet to acknowledge the new bond they have and process what happened together. The dynamic and banter is apparent from the beginning, and although it's too soon for any of them to pursue something, the interest is there. Sixteen-months later they start pursuing each other, and of course, there's miscommunications and adjustments, plus a lot of learning on Brooklyn's part about how she would fit with Shaw and Vaughn and what she ultimately wants out of a romantic relationship. There's a lot of grief in this book, and I liked that it was a little bit of a slow burn before there's a love scene with all of them. There are two time jumps and they both are necessary because the characters are dealing with the death of their loved ones, and trying to move on but also accept they'll never get answers to the why of their partners' deception. The other atypical aspect of this story is the addition of family reactions to a polyamorous relationship. Yes, there are parents present that don't accept it, but Vaughn and Brooklyn have so much support; I liked seeing how their family and friends stood by them. In other poly books I've read, that parent acceptance part is glazed over, but here we get Vaughn's mom who is an active and vocal character that is supportive of him and Shaw. It's just a great book all around, and once again proves Rebekah Weatherspoon's writing talent.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alecia Reads

    This was my favorite of the Beards and Bondage series and not just because it is contains a menage. Each character was well developed, the sex was super hot and while the plot was a bit far fetched, I was here for it. Vaughn and Shaw are in a poly relationship with Corrine, but Corrine is cheating on them with Josh, Josh is engaged to Brooklyn. Got it? Well Corrine and Josh are brutally murdered exposing their affair and leaving three people wondering if their relationships were real or lies. I This was my favorite of the Beards and Bondage series and not just because it is contains a menage. Each character was well developed, the sex was super hot and while the plot was a bit far fetched, I was here for it. Vaughn and Shaw are in a poly relationship with Corrine, but Corrine is cheating on them with Josh, Josh is engaged to Brooklyn. Got it? Well Corrine and Josh are brutally murdered exposing their affair and leaving three people wondering if their relationships were real or lies. I loved all three main characters, together and individually. Vaughn, the intellectual lawyer wearing his heart on his sleeve wanting to love and be loved. Shaw, the grumpy Dom with walls to keep people out but grovels when he needs to. Brooklyn, a bada$$ A.D.A that has to find herself after the life she envisioned implodes. Together they just made sense, Vaughn allowed Shaw to be the controlling jerk, Shaw gave Vaughn the release he needed and they both allowed Brooklyn to mourn, but with intense orgasms!My favorite was of course Shaw. Who couldn’t love Shaw as a woodworker, with a dog and house on Cape Cod that has a BDSM room? While Harbor could have gone fluffy and steamy it tackled real issues of loss and betrayal. Rebekah Weatherspoon didn’t just have the murders happen then opps now were are in a poly relationship, they each had to mourn. Here is my favorite quote on that from Brooklyn. “But for now, there’s just pain. There’s hurting, and self blame and this bone-deep desire for someone to actually love me. To be in love with me.” CW: murder at the beginning.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Birch

    Beards and Bondage and Brooklyn!!! I wasn’t sure if a polyamorous romance would be for me...but THIS one was amazing! Brooklyn, Vaughn, and Shaw share the same pain and loss due to one horrific crime and it would be crazy for them to turn to each other for comfort, right? I absolutely loved that all three POVs were featured so that each character’s thoughts and emotions are fully explored and felt. The BDSM scenes were a bit more than the pervious books in the series but completely fit the story Beards and Bondage and Brooklyn!!! I wasn’t sure if a polyamorous romance would be for me...but THIS one was amazing! Brooklyn, Vaughn, and Shaw share the same pain and loss due to one horrific crime and it would be crazy for them to turn to each other for comfort, right? I absolutely loved that all three POVs were featured so that each character’s thoughts and emotions are fully explored and felt. The BDSM scenes were a bit more than the pervious books in the series but completely fit the story and helped center and connect the characters even more...and were 🔥🥵 The epilogue was so sweet and perfect for Brooklyn, Vaughn, and Shaw and it was great to get updates on Claudia and Liz, who both totally came through with the sisterly advice but definitely in their own way (Liz’s concern about wasting gas for some action was the BEST!).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ngoc Diep

    YUP. THIS IS IT! I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS SERIES. Wow, the open communication in this book was top notch, I should really learn a thing or two from them. The way Brook, Vaughn and Shaw are all fully fleshed out characters that I love so much??? The way they call each other out on their bullshit is so beautiful to me??? Rebekah knows how to write a good ass romance with a big emphasis on the polyamorous relationship that I've never read about before. I'm just sad this series is now ov YUP. THIS IS IT! I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS SERIES. Wow, the open communication in this book was top notch, I should really learn a thing or two from them. The way Brook, Vaughn and Shaw are all fully fleshed out characters that I love so much??? The way they call each other out on their bullshit is so beautiful to me??? Rebekah knows how to write a good ass romance with a big emphasis on the polyamorous relationship that I've never read about before. I'm just sad this series is now over. 🥺 This has definitely become my new favourite book of Rebekah's!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kim | readmorethings

    Wow wow wow. I knew going in to expect intense poly love bonded by trauma. I went in expecting Katee Robert level hot (and boy was it!). What I didn’t expect was ALL THE TENDER, SENSITIVE, OPEN communication!!! What a treat! Brooklyn, Shaw, and Vaughn are constantly voicing their concerns and speaking openly about everything. Communication plays such an integral role in this book that it feels almost like a fourth character. **Read for Apple orchard for the 2020 Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo**

  20. 5 out of 5

    BJ

    Good but felt the plot got lost in the never ending negotiations that needed a transcript to record who would do what and when. It was important to have their discussions, but it felt rather like a legal agreement, and not a love story. Definitely attraction between the three, loved between the 2 men for sure, low key kink but I didn't think either of them loved her. She just fitted better than the previous girl. But I do like the imaginative plot, issues and angst characters. Good but felt the plot got lost in the never ending negotiations that needed a transcript to record who would do what and when. It was important to have their discussions, but it felt rather like a legal agreement, and not a love story. Definitely attraction between the three, loved between the 2 men for sure, low key kink but I didn't think either of them loved her. She just fitted better than the previous girl. But I do like the imaginative plot, issues and angst characters.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cristal

    3.5 Stars A+ for the communication and character dynamics in this polyamorous romance. On a technical note, there wasn’t much of a plot and it could’ve used another round of copy editing, but it was hot as hell with a layer of emotionality and sweetness that I didn’t expect.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Isabel ✰

    I feel like I knew as soon as I started seeing other people's reviews coming in that this was gonna be my favorite Rebekah Weatherspoon book. And boy was I right. The characters felt so complete? All three of our MCs had totally distinct and interesting voices. Their relationship was super engaging and incredibly healthy, which we always love to see. The sex scenes, as always, were... satisfying ;) I feel like I knew as soon as I started seeing other people's reviews coming in that this was gonna be my favorite Rebekah Weatherspoon book. And boy was I right. The characters felt so complete? All three of our MCs had totally distinct and interesting voices. Their relationship was super engaging and incredibly healthy, which we always love to see. The sex scenes, as always, were... satisfying ;)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vanshika Prusty

    I love this book so much oh my gods

  24. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    This book ruined all other books for me. I’m not taking any criticisms at this time. Thanks

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adriana Martinez Figueroa

    The angst in this book!!! Rebekah truly knows how to maintain the balance between suspense and erotic scenes, all while writing real, fallible characters.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kazen

    3.5 stars Wow, Weatherspoon brought it with this novel. I kinda wish it were 50 or a 100 pages longer so she could explore more with these characters and their dynamic.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jhen

    4.5⭐️ Was lucky enough to get an ARC and so imma do my review thing. Let's start at the beginning - the cover! So lovely. All for it. I loved the dedication and the fact that content warnings were included at the beginning. Very necessary For the purposes of this review I'll be mostly talking about the following: death of a romantic partner & discussions surrounding it, cheating (not really a content warning but yeah) & the BDSM sex scenes. This book rocked my world, honestly. I love a polyam roma 4.5⭐️ Was lucky enough to get an ARC and so imma do my review thing. Let's start at the beginning - the cover! So lovely. All for it. I loved the dedication and the fact that content warnings were included at the beginning. Very necessary For the purposes of this review I'll be mostly talking about the following: death of a romantic partner & discussions surrounding it, cheating (not really a content warning but yeah) & the BDSM sex scenes. This book rocked my world, honestly. I love a polyam romance and this delivered in the best way. Brooklyn finds out her fiancé has been cheating on her and was murdered with his lover in a hotel room. YIKES! That lover was in a kinky polyam relationship with 2 fine ass men, Vaughn and Shaw, and so really they have all been betrayed and left to deal with their grief, etc alone in the world while their dead partners cannot offer any insight or answers to their questions. I loved the very relatable emotions that all of the main characters work through in this. There is dealing with the grief from having your partner die and also having to navigate that with the betrayal? Woof. Brooklyn, Vaughn and Shaw each have different things to work out surrounding that and I loved how they grew and changed throughout the story together and apart. I love how open and honest the conversations they had with each other were and it really helped me to fall in love with the characters even more. When they finally take their trauma bonding to the next level and start banging? HOT DAMN! These sex scenes are FIRE 🔥🔥🔥 Shaw as a Dom is amazing. Vaughn is a Switch but is very happy submitting to Shaw and Brooklyn is the baby submissive who has no real idea how it works. I love how Shaw & Vaughn as the more experienced partners guide and support her and listen to her thoughts and feelings and adjust accordingly when required. The aftercare was wonderful too. The push/pull or their romance was a bit stressful for me but absolutely understandable based on all the issues they were dealing with. It was a very realistic portrayal in my opinion and I'm glad they didn't just dive in to the HEA too early. They each had internal conflict to navigate and it would have cheapened the story. That being said, I did find the end was a bit rushed for me. Just a tiny bit. After that last conversation before the Epilogue, I thought there would have been at least one more chapter to talk before we got to the future but I'm not displeased per say. Just wished there was a bit more. Finally, I loved the inclusion of characters from Rebekah's other books here too. I wanna know what all my faves are doing and she definitely made it clear that the world's were all connected. This book CAN be read as a standalone but I believe reading all her other books would enhance the experience.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Received an ARC in exchange for review (which I must admit was a huge SQUEEEEEE moment for me. I love you, Rebekah). I loved the portrayal of a polyamorous + kinky relationship. Each character and their unique dynamic within the relationship was clear, plus respectfully and lovingly portrayed. I adored Brook. She lets herself feel grief and anger and despair and joy and desire fully, plus she's smart and has a sense of humor and is not afraid to show off either of those traits. My biggest complaint Received an ARC in exchange for review (which I must admit was a huge SQUEEEEEE moment for me. I love you, Rebekah). I loved the portrayal of a polyamorous + kinky relationship. Each character and their unique dynamic within the relationship was clear, plus respectfully and lovingly portrayed. I adored Brook. She lets herself feel grief and anger and despair and joy and desire fully, plus she's smart and has a sense of humor and is not afraid to show off either of those traits. My biggest complaint, which really affected my feelings throughout the book: okay, so, of the ones I've read, my favorite Rebekah Weatherspoon books are Haven, Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny, and Xeni, all of which contain heroes who are 1000% There For Their Woman and are decidedly Not Assholes. It has become apparent to me, through these and other books, that my favorite type is the Cinnamon Roll hero. Which Vaughn is. Shaw is very much Not. He is...kind of an Asshole. I can appreciate that he had some issues he was dealing with, and I fully believe that people do not have to be perfect, or be portrayed without flaws, to be worthy of love and/or a storyline. However, I reallllly struggled to connect with him on the page, or be okay with our heroine falling in love with and being vulnerable with him when he was so closed off, shut down, flippant, and occasionally acting pretty entitled. And (light spoilers) while I appreciated the way Shaw mentioned (late in the book) wanting to eventually explore the deeper dynamics of kink with Brook, early in the book when they're discussing kink she says she's "kind of vanilla," and then when they start getting down there are NO discussions about limits or wants or anything, they just GO, and Shaw almost blows it in their first hookup. This felt SO icky and unsafe to me. (**edited to add: apparently they do look over some sort of checklist in the kitchen before they go outside...I must've read this part when I was very tired or I don't know what...it obviously didn't stick in my brain.) Overall, loved the portrayal of love between three people who are working through some trauma. Not to mention this was definitely one of Rebekah's steamier books, HOO boy.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shekenah

    **3.5 Stars** Definitely entertaining. I really enjoyed the first half of the novel, but there was something about the latter half that left me flat. . Essentially, I wanted more time with these characters. Things just felt a little rushed in the latter half of the book. The characters were definitely the highlight of the book and appreciated that they actually communicated with one another. Weatherspoon does an excellent creating well-rounded and real characters. I really like her writing style **3.5 Stars** Definitely entertaining. I really enjoyed the first half of the novel, but there was something about the latter half that left me flat. . Essentially, I wanted more time with these characters. Things just felt a little rushed in the latter half of the book. The characters were definitely the highlight of the book and appreciated that they actually communicated with one another. Weatherspoon does an excellent creating well-rounded and real characters. I really like her writing style and would recommend this and her other books to my fellow romance readers.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carlene

    I’ve said it before, and I will probably always say it: Rebekah Weatherspoon does it again. What a lovely ending to this trilogy (though you’ll easily be able to get through it if you haven’t read the first two in the series). It was so wonderful to see Claudia and Liz again, to return to the farm, and get updates on my faves Xeni and Mason. Delightful! This series has always been so interesting to me because I normally avoid books (and all media) involving crime and trauma because I get too muc I’ve said it before, and I will probably always say it: Rebekah Weatherspoon does it again. What a lovely ending to this trilogy (though you’ll easily be able to get through it if you haven’t read the first two in the series). It was so wonderful to see Claudia and Liz again, to return to the farm, and get updates on my faves Xeni and Mason. Delightful! This series has always been so interesting to me because I normally avoid books (and all media) involving crime and trauma because I get too much of it working as a public defender, and I read to escape. But I can’t just NOT read a Rebekah Weatherspoon! I have been able to handle this series because Rebekah Weatherspoon handles these topics with such grace, emotional intelligence, and just beautiful, engaging writing. Her work draws you in and you follow along on the healing journey of these characters, making the HEA all the more worth it. Her writing skill is all the more on display in Harbor, because balancing these three characters must have been no easy task, but she pulls it off seemingly effortlessly. There was one aspect of this book that I had been nervous about, ever since we are first introduced to Brooklyn in the earlier books - I do NOT read books starring prosecutors (or cops). I appreciate that Rebekah Weatherspoon addresses Brooklyn’s problematic profession and I appreciate the nuances about the police involvement in the plot. I loved the content warning for the police conversations (I have never seen that before!), but maybe it’s also time for a CW about prosecutors? However, I did not love Brooklyn’s justification for her job that she doesn’t lock up poor people, only bad people. It would be impossible for her to not have upheld the systemic issues of the criminal justice system as a baby ADA on her way to SVU. And I know we love L&O SVU, but SVU ADAs are often not the heroes they are portrayed to be. Prosecutors uphold police brutality and abuse, so it’s hard for me to read about them as heroes and heroines. But if anyone can get me to read about and root for one, it’s Rebekah Weatherspoon, she’s just that good. AND there was an aspect of the HEA I was hoping for, and I got it, and it made the HEA all the sweeter! ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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