Threesome: Him, Him and Me by Matthew Bright (Editor) ~ Book Review by Queue

ThreesomeTitle: Threesome: Him, Him and Me

Author: Matthew Bright (Editor)

Publisher: Lethe Press

Cover Artist: Dan Skinner & Inkspiral Design

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/01/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Menage/Poly

Blurb:

Few sexual fantasies are as potent or lasting as “the threesome” – as an adolescent, the first time you saw a hot couple walking hand in hand and you wanted to follow them back home and into their bed, as an adult when you discover that your partner has been fantasizing also about the bartender at your favorite club.

1+1+1 = sensual delight!

Editor Matthew Bright, no stranger to threesomes himself, has invited twelve authors to write stories that range from the sweet and romantic to erotic and playful and even a bit depraved.

My View:

The stories in this anthology were not at all what I expected. I thought I’d be getting story after story of erotically described menages. Instead, there were hardly any explicit descriptions of sex in these stories. Instead, I got well-drawn and realistic characters and strong plots.

In Call for Submission by N.S. Beranek an established couple; Eric and George, discuss the idea of inviting another man into their bed. They set up the rules and check out other guys, but it’s the mere idea of them having a threesome reignites the spark they had lost in their relationship.

Share and Share Alike by Evey Brett was a definite five stars and one of my favorite in the collection. It features Jeremy, Avery and Joaquin. Jeremy and Avery are a couple when a call comes in from Avery’s ex—Joaquin. Avery has always been scared of Jeremy’s feelings for Joaquin so the man’s reappearance in their life terrifies him.

The push-pull between all of the men is described perfectly. This is a true triangle with all sides being equal, though at first it doesn’t seem so. Told in Avery’s POV, the reader goes through a roller coaster of emotions. A satisfying ending wraps it all up with a pretty bow.

The Big Match by Lawrence Jackson was one of the anthology’s rare misfire. It concerns a planning of a threesome all told through the use of emails. It’s an interesting and challenging device that fails. I never felt any emotional connection with the characters. It was all too clinical and way more telling than showing.

Dr. Dave by Dale Chase is another story I really enjoyed, though that wasn’t a surprise since I tend to love Chase’s historical western books. This one is contemporary but contains aspects of Chase’s style that I love so much. Namely, her rough and gritty description of sex coupled with sexual actions not usually seen in the genre.

The story is about a polyamorous couple who each have boyfriends. They plan a threesome with their dentist, Dr. Dave, which doesn’t go at all as expected. I especially loved the unexpected ending.

In addition to a few mediocre stories there were also some serious WTF stories, namely Sea Glass by Robert Russin.

Overall a good collection of varied stories.

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Links

Threesome: Him, Him and Me on Goodreads
Lethe Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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