Mara by the Sea by Faith Talbot
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (32 pgs)
Other: M/M/F, Ménage
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Since her divorce, Mara has been moldering. Or at least that's what her best friend tells her when she drags Mara to Cancun for a pick-me-up.
Mara finds more than a pick-me-up. On the beach, she meets two beautiful men who, though they're obviously into each other, are very much into Mara, too. And when they invite her into their unique world, it's an experience unlike anything she could ever imagine.
Mara is a lonely tourist in Cancun, dragged there by her friend after a painful divorce. Thank goodness she meets Chris and Aaron her first day on the beach – these two men of the sea prove she still has a lot of loving left to experience!
Though short, Mara of the Sea is a beautifully written story that features a ménage that takes place mostly – interestingly enough – in the ocean. Mara's attention is first grabbed while she’s watching the men lather each other up on the beach, but soon enough the three officially meet and share not one but two very unique underwater experiences.
Truthfully, I’m not sure what, exactly, Chris and Aaron are supposed to be. They aren’t human, but they don’t really have a name for themselves either. Suffice to say they live in, under, and near the ocean, and only come on shore when they sense a woman who will accept them for what they are. Even though this story is a brief thirty pages long, the plot and the characters are well developed, and there is a beautifully written emotional lead-up to the first time these three are sexually together.
Don’t get me wrong – the ménage scenes are definitely present, and definitely detailed enough to make you want more! But readers will also find a richness of character that isn’t always present in erotic short stories, and I enjoyed that very much. Chris and Aaron certainly know how to give Mara pleasure (as well as each other) and I was glad the ocean sex scenes continued in the hotel, later on.
I will admit that it takes a little mental adjustment to picture the three lovers enjoying themselves adrift in the water, but if you forget about the mechanics and remember that Chris and Aaron aren’t of this world, you’ll have a better time of it than I did. I wasn’t crazy about the ending and felt that it was a little abrupt, but all in all, the adventure does end happily for Mara, who definitely found more than she was looking for when she traveled to Cancun!
Overall, I enjoyed Mara by the Sea and finished it still wanting more. If Ms. Talbot is considering a sequel featuring sea-dwelling lovers Chris and Aaron, I’ll be buying it!