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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Another Dream, Another Reality by Mechele Armstrong

Another Dream, Another Reality by Mechele Armstrong
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (109 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/M, Ménage, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Cassie never intended to let them get to her. Her relationship with Aden and Leo was supposed to be strictly “fun.” But even as she hides from them making demands on her heart and her life, they start to mean too much. Then she's threatened with the loss of her job if she keeps the relationship going. They talk her into a trip to the mountains to try to work things out, but once she's there she has a change of heart and wants to leave them. For good.

Only the car won’t start. So now, she’s trapped at a gorgeous cabin in the mountains with two delicious men who want to win her heart.

Aden and Leo have their own issues with the relationship they’ve moved into, and they know that Cassie has been trying to avoid getting deeper with them. They use their time stuck at the cabin to work through it all.

What starts serious turns into fun, but as life sets in, will they find their relationship a dream or a reality?

Another Dream, Another Reality is a story that explores the complexities of a newly formed ménage relationship. While the fun in the bedroom might be exciting, it’s not always so easy to commit to what some people consider “outside the norm”. Not to mention, when life gets in the way, obstacles are bound to trip you up here and there.

Cassie got involved with Leo and Aden after a birthday party went awry and they wound up together in an elevator – trapped with nothing but their bodies, minds, and a game of truth-or-dare to pass the time. A full-figured woman, Cass couldn’t believe that the sexy stripper, Aden, found her attractive. Or that his body guard associate and lover, Leo, did as well. An intense experience bloomed into something that is more than sex, but isn’t entirely a relationship. While Leo and Aden appear to want more, she is uncertain, and hasn’t figured out where she belongs in their lives. Her job requires her to be utterly discreet, and a relationship with a stripper is bad enough without throwing in a little three-way-romance.

Leo and Aden want more from Cassie that a passing fling, but they have their own issues to sort out. Aden is stressed over the final classes necessary to complete his degree, and is steadily falling behind due to his “nightly” activities. If he wants to graduate, he has to get serious and get to work, and that means less time for fun. Leo, on the other hand, is the man who wants the relationship to become something permanent and committed, and attempts to sway his lovers to see the beauty of what exists between them – but has issues in revealing his own emotions.

Their getaway allows them to own up to their insecurities and doubts, while rekindling the flame that exists. As the passion heats up and they are forced to come face to face with their demons, their triad will take on heights they never imagined were possible.

This is a fast paced read with memorable characters, some tension, and a whole lot of heat. Mechele Armstrong excels at crafting stories that move and shake you, and Another Dream, Another Reality is no exception. While Cassie is a bit abrasive at times and I struggled to understand her motives, Leo and Aden managed to keep me vested in the relationship.

Fans of ménage, especially those who enjoyed the preceding story Another Night, Another Dream, will love Another Dream, Another Reality.

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