Healing the Wounds: Neighborly Affection Book 3 by M.Q. Barber

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Healing the Wounds

Neighborly Affection Book 3

Henry, Alice, and Jay are finally on the same page—madly in love and willing to admit it. But as happy as they are together, being in love can’t stamp out every insecurity or erase the past. The three of them will have to work through the pain if they want to find happily ever after.

Healing the Wounds

Strength lies in surrender.

When Alice leapt into sexual games with her neighbors Henry and Jay, she didn’t plan to fall in love. She sure didn’t expect she’d be the switch between Henry’s commanding mastery and Jay’s submissive playfulness. But now she’s moving in with them, and she’d better figure it all out—fast.

Trouble is, she’s never been a live-in girlfriend. The day after a traumatic first night at a BDSM club might not be the best time to start.

Struggling to find her place within the lifestyle, Alice seeks equality in a relationship built on surrender. Learning to lean on Henry challenges the foundation of her self-worth. He’ll have to lean on her in return for their triad to find stability. But can her stoic dominant lover accept her as a confidante as well as a submissive? And will their love be enough to silence Jay’s emotional ghosts?

Named a top read of 2014 by reviewer Shelly at Red Hot Books.

MMF menage | comfort BDSM | friends to lovers

Healing the Wounds: Neighborly Affection Book 3 by M.Q. Barber, 2nd edition book cover

Healing the Wounds

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A chat with Alice gives Henry an idea.

“This is the kind of shower we should have,” Jay called. “You could fit half a dozen people in here, no problem.”

Heading toward the bathroom, Alice laughed. Sure, the shower was big, but not that big. Although it did boast a bench along the marble wall and multiple showerheads at different levels.

Henry touched her shoulder. They hadn’t napped long. An hour at most. He’d sent Jay ahead to start the shower, presumably to have reason to praise him for completing the task later. “You haven’t any water-related phobias in your past I ought to know about, do you, my dear?”

Teasing equaled good, because it meant he wasn’t still angry about the omission on her contract answers. “No, Henry.”

“How are your swimming skills?”

“You wanna see my butterfly? It’s been a while, but—”

He breathed in sharply and spun her around, his hands firm atop her shoulders. Palms flattening against her back, he fingered the edge of her shoulder blades in a downward slide.

“Yes,” he rumbled. “I very much want to see you undulating through the water in sleek, smooth motion. To watch the curve of your shoulders as your arms stroke forward.”

Sliding his hands to her elbows, he lifted her arms above her head and rotated his hands to the inside of her arms. She was ready when the push came, sweeping her arms outward and down in the familiar movement.

“And the flex of your muscles as you force the water aside.”

Her arms hung at her sides, Henry’s hands circling her wrists. He growled, a quiet declaration, and nipped at her neck when he stepped in for a full-body press.

Her hips rocked. Her sex pulsed. Flaccid before he’d asked about swimming, Henry sure as hell wasn’t soft now.

Despite the months of sex—almost a year, God, that long?—she’d collected few insights about his arousal triggers. He liked to watch. And he’d hung that painting of Jay’s back where he’d pass it every night on his way to bed. He’d bent her over the table the first time he’d fucked her, she in a backless dress. He’d flogged her with tenderness, the suede caressing her like an extension of his hand.

“You’re in love with my back,” she whispered.

“I’m in love with all of you, my sweet girl. But your back is particularly lovely.” He prodded her with his hips. “Into the shower with you. Quickly now. You’ve inspired me to play another game.”

Praise for Healing the Wounds


The three lovers define the ups and downs of a polyamorous triad and leave the ending open for future adventures. … Barber frames a sexy, loving relationship that happens to be among three people. Libraries looking for more ménage works might consider purchasing all three [books in the series].

– Library Journal review


MQ Barber doesn’t write your typical erotic romance. I love ménage stories, but Barber is beginning to ruin me for other authors. Her characters show such depth and her relationships are so complex and rewarding that I’m beginning to hold others to her standard.

– You Gotta Read Reviews review


An intriguing, sexy look into the world of a threesome involved in BDSM.

– Fresh Fiction review


I was thoroughly captivated by the characters.

– Romance Junkies review