Author: Delphine Dryden
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/22/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, Menage/Poly, Romance
Delia and Daniel have a picture-perfect life. They like their jobs. They love their house. Everything is coming up roses . . . but in private, they’d rather have the thorns. Their recent forays into kink have brought them closer than ever, but there’s still something missing, and they can’t quite work it out.
Mara knows what she’s missing: a significant other. She tried vanilla, and it was a total bust. But when she and her last girlfriend took things out of the kink club and into the “real” world, they fizzled. Even their friendship is on the rocks now. Mara feels like a lost stray, looking for a forever home.
When the three of them meet up at the brand-new club Escape, their connection is instant. And surprising—none of them were expecting more than a few hot nights. But now they might be ready to bring their kinky threesome into the light of day and build a life together.
Publisher’s note: This title is a heavily revised re-issue of a prior story, Roses and Chains, originally released in 2011.
This was a fun read for me, probably because it touched a little bit on all of my favorite things, even pie and wine!
I like seeing bisexuality covered beyond a mere “ooh, dudes like watching chicks make out” and this book covers that base. It acknowledges the problem and finds a workaround for the women in this M/F/F arrangement who feel squicked about performing for the male gaze. Their workaround won’t work for everybody, but it works for them and that’s what counts.
The relationship arc and character development are nicely paced and believable. I found myself strongly invested in Mara and her simultaneous desire for intimacy and her reluctance to be vulnerable. Delia and Daniel were not as vivid to me, but I could certainly get inside their respective struggles and I cheered for them as they made their important steps, too.
The references to geek culture and video games are tucked in there in ways that will make you say, “Zing!” if it’s your thing, and will pass quickly by if it’s not.
The kink is handled responsibly, authentically, and erotically. There’s enough detail of the inner thoughts and feelings to show that everyone gets a little something different from it, as well, which is a nice touch. It’s also woven throughout the book and the relationships in the book, so it doesn’t feel like a big fake prop that gets wheeled out for a couple of big sex scenes and then pushed into the wings to be ignored the rest of the time.
In all the subcultures that the author touches on in this book, either she’s steeped in them herself or she had great guides who helped her get the lingo and references right, which I appreciate and which factored into the high rating I gave the book.
In all, it was a fun, light read that left me smiling every time I put it down and eager to pick it back up again.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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