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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Neighbor’s Ultimatum by Qwillia Rain

A Neighbor’s Ultimatum Qwillia Rain
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (117 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/M, Ménage, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Gina had everything a woman could want. A job with summers off, a nice house, and not one, but two husbands determined to keep her happy—in bed and out. And now the child she's been dreaming of having might be in the cards. Everything's perfect...until it's not, and her family's starting to come apart at the seams.

George and Garrick have a problem, but they won't admit it. They're interested in each other and neither's willing to come clean about it. Gina's about had it. With their first anniversary weeks away, something has to give or there won't be one. So Gina lays down the law.

Maybe if Meeting A Neighbor's Needs brought them together A Neighbor's Ultimatum will keep them that way.

When the men in a ménage yearn for each other but refuse to admit it, it will take the woman that centers them to bring them all together. Thus is the premise of A Neighbor’s Ultimatum, a continuation of the author Qwillia Rain’s story, Meeting A Neighbor’s Needs.

As the story begins, you’ll become immersed in Garrick’s feelings for George. He wants the older man who also happens to be his best-friend, but he can’t communicate that for fear of alienating their shared wife and ruining what they have together. As a heterosexual man that has never had homosexual cravings, he is confused and unhinged by what he feels, and the tension he experiences is made very real because of it. George’s feelings and desires don’t come into play until later, but they are equally captivating. Of the two, he’s experimented with other men, and enjoyed the experiences. His decision to stay away from Garrick comes from his respect, as he knows Garrick has never expressed any interest in anything but women. There is a balance provided by these varying standpoints that really worked. Garrick is younger and more impulsive, while George is older and more reflective. Because of that, the eccentricities of the relationship, and their friendship, translate beautifully.

Unfortunately, there were several times during the story when I really disliked the heroine. At times, I felt as if Gina was throwing a tantrum, and her decisions and actions didn’t coincide with a woman who loves these men so much she’d do anything for them. I understood her frustration, as well as her determination to mend the rift in their ménage, but the flip-flopping of loving them one minute and threatening divorce the next made her difficult to sympathize with. In the beginning, I got her. But as time passed, and she resorted to petty jealousy to make her point, I couldn’t help but find her shallow and immature.

Aside from the above mentioned, the story itself is very well written and is a quick, enjoyable read. I did love the interplay between Garrick and George, and couldn’t wait to see how things were resolved. The sex blisters, especially when our heroes find resolution. So I’d suggest you enjoy this one with a tall glass of ice-water. Ménage fans will want to put this one on their TBR list for sure.

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