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Monday, March 15, 2010

Table for Three by Missy Martine

Table for Three by Missy Martine
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (223 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, menage
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Statice

Cass Abernathy is forty-three and she's getting a second chance at life, and maybe even love. She's finally divorced, after years of abuse, when she learns an unknown uncle in Oregon has left her his estate, and more importantly, his house. Filled with hope for her future and excited to have a place of her own, Cass heads west not knowing what she'll find.

What she finds are hot and sexy twin brothers intent on making her a part of their lives. It's too bad they're so much younger because they bring out feelings she's never had before.

Meanwhile, there's someone else interested in Cass' inheritance, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to make sure he wins.

Will Cass overcome her fears and open her heart to the two men who love her, and will she discover the truth about her inheritance before it's too late?

How would you feel if you had a twin and the connection between the two of you was so strong that you couldn’t imagine being without one another and you shared your most intimate feelings and even partners – I’m sure there are twins who feel each other’s presence strongly, but I have the feeling that the relationship between Matt and David Carlisle is something even rarer and it nearly fell apart under the strain of their respective marriages and has only just begun to heal after their divorces. They are both looking for the one person that will complete them - Matt feels this more strongly than his twin David, but he is hoping that David will also feel the same way once they find the ‘one’.

Cassandra Abernathy has had to travel a hard road in her life – first she was abandoned to the state by her mother and knew nothing of any family members, and then she spent the better part of her youth and adulthood in an abusive and damaging relationship until her divorce set her free – sort of. She is trapped by the emotional scars left behind by her husband and his family and has little sense of self worth or any belief in her attractiveness to the opposite sex and sees herself as old. Sex has in fact been something that has never been pleasureable, only painful and is associated with her abusive husband who was never able to satisfy her and took his rage out on her.

After hiding away from her husband and his family she has finally found some roots – an uncle she never knew has left her a small estate and under the conditions of the will she moves to Mountain Vista to gain her inheritance. Once there she meets Matt and David Carlisle, local residents and Matt is the first one of the twins to realize that there is something special about Cass and he knows that given her reaction she feels this too. Now all he has to do is to get David to meet Cass and feel the same thing and he knows that their lives will be complete and that what they have been searching for will be theirs.

However, things don’t always go easily, especially when you are dealing with a woman as emotionally scarred as Cass, who feels worthless and who has a lot to overcome before she sees herself as the twins see her. Cass also has to deal with not just one relationship, but a ménage with twins – not an easy thing to come to grips with at all!

There are a few hiccups along the way, a jealous legal secretary who tries to cause trouble from the outset, a despicable lawyer out for money and looming in the background, the ex-husband. Despite being a big part of the story – the main reason why Cass was hiding, the husband fails to make an appearance, despite the scene being set for him to do so, which left an unfulfilled conflict arc in this particular story. For someone who hasn’t had great sex at all and has actually been abused, Cass seems to jump quite fast into a relationship with Matt and David and though there are attempts made to show a weaker, scared side of Cass, they needed more explanation – the fear of the dogs was never quite explained fully, leaving the reader to wonder what that story was and how it connected to the overall story.

The sex scenes flowed smoothly – again this didn’t quite jibe with the abused wife story line, but the scenes were hot and steamy, and the two brothers come across as very dishy, considerate males who really want to have a relationship with Cass. And while she is the one hindering the progress of this relationship, she also jumps very quickly into a loving relationship with the twins. Some of the issues that you would think would be discussed by those in a menage a trois were glossed over so quickly that it made the reader feel that there was something that was missing – Cass and her husband hadn’t been able to have children, but both Matt and David are vehement in not wanting children – Cass at her age would still be capable of having children, but whether she wanted to or not wasn’t really explored – instead her age was made an issue in the story.

I really enjoyed reading about the developing relationship between Cass and Matt and David, but feel that there was a whole lot more – could it be that there is a sequel in the works?– in some ways it felt as if there were things that hadn’t been completed that would be at a later stage. Ms. Martine has done a good job of writing a meaningful story about the development of a ménage a trois relationship and it would be great if the loose ends were tied up in a sequel.

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