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Monday, November 8, 2010

Three Fold Anthology by Desiree Holt, Kim Dare, Brynn Paulin, Kris Noris, Suzanne Graham, Charlotte Stein

Three Fold Anthology by Desiree Holt, Kim Dare, Brynn Paulin, Kris Noris, Suzanne Graham, Charlotte Stein
Publisher: Total E-bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (315 pgs)
Other: Menage M/F/M, M/M/F, M/F, M/M interaction, Anal play/intercourse, toys, spanking, BDSM, voyeurism
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

'Party of Three' by Desiree Holt

Carolina “Carrie” Derosa had the hots for her boss, Drew Magellan, from the first day she went to work for him. Little did she know that Drew wanted her just as badly, but the same thing was holding them back—taboo on sex in the workplace.

When Drew’s friend, Linc Conover, drops into the office to see him after hours and they bump into Carrie on her way out, the sparks that fly from all three light up the hallway. It doesn’t take long before they adjourn to Drew’s condo and fall into a whirlpool of eroticism.

But no one expects jealousy to rear its ugly head. Who will come out on top in this ménage—so to speak?

'Trust, Love, Submit' by Kim Dare

Dallen and Caroline understand each other’s needs perfectly. That’s the problem, they both need the same things—things another submissive has no chance of providing. They need a dominant in their lives.

Finding someone they want to submit to isn’t easy. Finding a good dominant who is equally interested in them both is even harder. After several disastrous encounters with different doms, the only thing that’s keeping them going is hope.

When Horton sees a beautiful young couple, playing in a local club, he knows he’s spotted his ideal pair of playmates, but he’s not looking for anything serious. He’s not looking to fall in love with anyone.

Can three people looking for very different things find real happiness in each other’s arms? Caroline, Dallen and Horton are about to find out.

'Strangers in the Night' by Brynn Paulin

Book one in the Behind Sin's Door Series

The bar, Sin’s Door, has a reputation and McKenzie Stewart knows all about it.

She’s been warned it’s nothing but a meat market, but meeting someone is exactly what she has in mind when she goes there one hot, September night.

Little does she realise that she’ll meet not one but two men and experience pleasure that keeps her coming back for more.

'Keeping Faith' by Kris Norris

As a helicopter pilot, Faith Anderson is pretty open-minded. But when she finds her lover’s best friend in his bed, naked, she assumes the worst and leaves, not realising she’s just walked out on years of planning.

Donovan can’t believe his ultimate seduction has just gone up in flames, not after finally finding a woman he and his friend, Parker, know is the other piece to their puzzle. They’ve spent years watching her, and after being together for over a year, one miscalculation has ruined everything…until Parker comes up with a plan that’ll have Faith flying back into their arms, and their bed.

'Between A and Z' by Suzanne Graham

Mia dubbed her life-sized clay sculpture, Adam, because he is the first man she’s ever made. Most of her work has been female torsos, but recently her muse insisted it was time for her to produce a man. Though, she might have been confusing her surging libido with her artistic muse.

Mia has been abstinent for nearly a year, but not because of any plan. Her best friend, Shirle, has organized a party for Mia to put an end to her long dry spell and give her vibrator a night off. Before she even gets out of Shirle’s car, Mia meets Zed.

Zed has come to the party to win a challenge. The waiters at the restaurant where he is the head chef and owner don’t think a black French chef can country line dance. Once he meets Mia, his purpose for the night changes. He plans to spend the evening with this incredibly sexy woman whose sense of humour is developed enough to subject herself to the intense teasing from her friends about her lacking sex life. But he must decide whether he still wants Mia when he discovers Adam plays an important role in her life.

'Lust Dazed' by Charlotte Stein

Ellie, Evan and Jimmy have always been best friends. They work together, play together, support each other and...accidentally eavesdrop on each other, doing some very dirty things.

When Ellie hears what Evan and Jimmy have been doing behind her back—watching smutty movies that feature women who look just like her—she doesn't know whether to be bemused or offended. Or maybe just hugely turned on.

And that's not even getting into the secret crush Jimmy seems to have on Evan...or the plans he has for the three of them, now that everything's out in the open...

Do you have a secret ménage fantasy? Have you ever wondered “what if”? Do you enjoy a buffet of talented writers offering samples of their craft that whet your appetite for more?

If you answered YES to any or all of these questions you will love the Threefold Anthology. I’m not going to go into detail about each story because the reader gets enough a preview in the blurb, so instead I’ll simply highlight what I enjoyed about the anthology as a whole.

First and foremost let me tell you I LOVE a good ménage!! Having a chance to read an anthology set that included writers of the caliber of Desiree Holt, Brynn Paulin, Kim Dare as well as three more amazing and talented writers was an honest to goodness “can’t miss” opportunity for this reviewer.

Anthologies aren’t for everyone. Something that readers should keep in mind is that anthologies are typically made up of 4 or more authors writing stories that are less than a hundred pages long. Don’t be surprised when the hero (or heroes in this case) meet, fall in bed and in love almost instantly. These aren’t epic novels. The plots in Threefold Anthology are fairly simple but developed well enough to create atmosphere, opportunity, some creative dialogue and even more creative couplings. The analogy I used earlier of an appetizer buffet is more accurate. This is just a sample of an author’s writing style and voice. They know if you like what you see you’ll come back for more. I can promise you there is something for everyone on this buffet.

The short stories in this set run the gamut from office romance, BDSM, voyeurism, sneaky seductions, enchanted statues, interracial alpha males, and some seriously hot M/M homo-erotic interaction in the final story that had me squirming even though the heroes never actually have intercourse with one another. The writing is smooth and the characters are memorable. While I did notice a few minor editing goofs it wasn’t enough to truly take away from the stories. No matter if you read the stories one or two at a time or read the whole book in one setting you won’t be disappointed in this sizzling collection from some of today’s hottest writers.

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