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Okay! Gotta be honest, Meghan March really took me into some new territory with Flash Bang. When you combine an apocalyptic electricity outage and some yummy ex-Marines, it’s not a surprise that was the case! Readers beware, this book is definitely for mature audiences; if you’re up for some squirming, though, please, continue with my blessing.
Flash Bang in 85 Characters or Less
Daughter of an apocalypse junkie meets her match in two safe-camp ex-Marines
Full Plot Summary
Rowan Callahan is a career-climbing slut. At least according to the vicious—and false—rumor that is destroying her professional life. But a little thing like her career as an attorney ceases to matter when a plane crashes in downtown Chicago and the entire city goes dark. Her unconventional upbringing makes her suspect the worst: she’s just witnessed the kick-off to the apocalypse. Armed with a backpack of supplies, she leaves Chicago, intent on resetting her skewed priorities and seeking shelter at the family farm with her father and sister. She’s injured and running for her life when she stumbles directly in the crosshairs of two men who just might be her salvation… and her greatest temptation.
Graham Buchanan and Zachariah Sawyer are best friends and brothers-in-arms who have been indulging in ménages since before their Force Recon team served in Iraq and Afghanistan. They’ve hung up their uniforms to build a new life for themselves and their team at Castle Creek Whitetail Ranch—a rustic deer hunting preserve that covertly doubles as a doomsday prepper’s paradise. They thought they were prepared for anything until Rowan comes crashing into their lives. Graham and Zach are convinced she’s the one woman who can handle them both, but she has no intention of deviating from her carefully laid plans for longer than it takes her to recover from her injuries. So they propose a deal: they’ll provide her an armed escort home, and in exchange, she’s theirs until they part ways. It was the perfect plan; except once they’ve had her, they can’t let her go…
It Gets Heavy
Let me just say right off the bat that this one took me two sittings to get through. I don’t mean two sittings in the sense that I had an internal battle of whether finishing the story or going to class and class won, I mean in the sense that I encountered a scene and needed quite a long time to digest that and see if I wanted to continue in the story. No, it wasn’t poor writing skills. It wasn’t a character that I hated so much that I couldn’t keep reading. Nah, plain and simple, it was the kinky sex.
Flash Bang was the first time I had ever read anything with a ménage in it, and I wasn’t sure if I was comfortable with the idea. March did a great job of writing it, the characters had developed enough together to reasonably reach that point, and I’m not normally one to squeam away from the hot and heavy scenes. This, though… this was all new.
Lucky for me, whenever I was considering what to read after that point, the second half of Flash Bang kept popping back in my mind. I got the point that I still wasn’t sure I was okay with it, but for the characters and the sake of finishing the book, it was worth continuing. And I’m quite glad I did, because March hit it out of the park once again. I’m just bringing this up because if you’re one that likes a relatively sexually tame book, this one isn’t for you.
It Makes You Think
This ties really well into my last point, but I think it deserves its own section. As I’ve said probably seventeen thousand times by now, this was my first experience reading about a ménage. I really had no prejudices against it, but I still wasn’t looking down on the idea with basking approval. Why? Probably because I labeled it as over-the-top-kinky and never looked back.
This was my mistake, and March did a good job of correcting it. I’m not saying I’m going to run off and join one, but it gave me a different perspective of those who engage in such. Rowan had no experience with ménages either, so through the dialogue, March had Zach Graham explain it to her, how it worked and what it meant. It worked the same for us readers. March also continually used phrases in Rowan’s dialogue that if she was “woman enough to have one, she should be woman enough to own it”. I agree.
Maybe, like me, you enjoy the book but feel no need to pursue it personally. Maybe you’re intrigued and want to give it a whirl. Maybe you give it some consideration but are still absolutely appalled and never want to read another ménage book again. All of those are completely okay; the point is that March gets you thinking, which, in my book, is a huge plus.
Some Setting Resolution Issues
The book starts with an electronic pulse killing anything with an engine or power, really. It also emphasizes how Rowan’s father had always been preparing for an apocalyptic setting and how the compound Rowan finds herself in has done the same. The one thing you never find out (in the second book, neither – spoiler!) is why the pulse occurred and if the earth ever gets back to normal.
Perhaps the point of saying Rowan was raised with survival skills was to compliment her stubborn and self-sufficient character or help explain why she was able to survive for some time without the boys. Even if that was the case, though, there needs to be some sort of clearing-up of the technological crash, especially since that’s the first thing the reader latches onto when they start reading the story.
Rowan is a Strong Independent Woman Who Don’t Need No Man
Oh yeah, I used that line, but who doesn’t want to read about someone like that? From the beginning, Rowan’s plan was to traverse some miles of country to reach her family. Even when she hurts herself and finds herself in the care (and bed) of Zach and Graham, she still holds onto that plan. She believes she can do it, and I definitely did, too. She believed in it so much that she went to some desperate Houdini-like measures to make sure that happened.
Outside of that, she was the one in charge of her health. She didn’t need the guys carrying her around when she was injured and she always spoke up for what was best for her. Now, that’s not to say she didn’t shut her trap and follow orders when she got in between them, but that’s a whole different story. She earns the respect of her men and the others on the compound through her confidence and her determination, and she earned my admiration through the same suit.
Where to Buy
Meghan March is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen novels.
Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meghan is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.