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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Shared by Lily Harem

Shared by Lily Harlem
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (117 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M Menage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Struggling artist Ariane Arlington flees the Welsh valleys after exposing her corrupt boss. But when the sun rises she finds herself jobless and homeless in Cardiff city with barely a penny to her name.

She responds to an advert in the local paper—Room to let, wanted, girl to share. What she doesn’t realize is that the two insanely gorgeous guys who live in the penthouse apartment really do want a girl to share, in every sense of the word. Fortunately for Ariane, rent is the last thing on their minds.

She discovers the men are bound together by a turbulent past. Liam, a computer whiz, keeps a painful secret hidden beneath his buff exterior, whilst Quinn, a pioneering neurosurgeon, wonders if he’ll ever meet a woman who can live with his controlling ways. They admit the one thing missing from their lives is a woman just like Ariane, who can handle them both in and out of the bedroom and who, together, they can keep satisfied, loved and most of all, safe.

Ariane Arlington was not looking for love with one man much less two when she left Merthyr and set out for Cardiff in the dead of night. Who knew answering an advertisement for a room to let could be so life altering?

Quinn and Liam are roommates and best friends with a connection closer than brothers. Both men have so much love to give the right woman but their hectic lives and chosen professions make it almost impossible to give a woman their undivided attention. So, logically if one man can’t be enough then two can give more than enough. That lucky recipient is Ariane at just a time when she needs someone or in this case two some ones to love and cherish her.

Ms. Harlem has written some truly fantastic characters. Liam is the easy going, fun loving guy who is all about giving Ariane just as much pleasure as she can stand. What makes her happy makes him happy. The only person he cares about more is Quinn but you’ll have to read the book to understand their special bond.

Quinn is, as Ariane describes him, “fiercely self controlled”. He’s an American neurosurgeon that takes his responsibilities to his patients extremely seriously. As much as he wants to always be in control, he soon realizes that he needs the freedom that Ariane provides him to be able to relinquish some control in the bedroom.

Then there is Ariane, herself. She has just the right combination of gentleness and “take charge” to be exactly what both Liam and Quinn need. At first she balks at the idea of being shared and attracted to both men. The realization that she can have it all is an unexpected surprise.

Shared is a well-written, fast moving short story with a suspenseful back story that keeps you reading until the end.

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