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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Take Your Pick by Jasmine Haynes

Take Your Pick by Jasmine Haynes
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (91 pgs)
Other: light BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Grant Tyler is sophisticated, intelligent, controlled, and a highly successful CEO of a Fortune 500. He’s Rena Lancaster’s perfect match: same background, same career path; they speak each other’s language. In bed, he makes her see stars. But then there’s Karl Kristiansen. Every bit as virile, masculine, and intelligent as Grant, he’s her contractor: earthy, hands work-roughened, body tough, and powerful. And he takes Rena’s senses by storm.

When Grant decides he wants Rena exclusively, he forces a decision on her. And it’s Karl who comes up with the perfect test for choosing between them: make love with them both at the same time, and see who does the best job.

When their sexual play becomes a true ménage, with Grant and Karl each trying to top the other, willing to do anything Reba asks -- even touch each other -- the three of them together are like spontaneous combustion. Now that she’s had a taste of the real thing, how can Rena choose between these two perfect men when they both give her different things she craves?

One guy has the stamina and quiet sensuality that leaves her satisfied but makes her want to push him to lose control. The other guy is dirty and intense and leaves her breathless. An ultimatum leads to a weekend like no other. Two guys, a magnitude of possibilities, one decision!

Do you like your short stories hot, smooth and breathlessly taboo? Then you have to do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Jasmine Haynes novella Take Your Pick! Rena and Grant are hot together. Rena and Karl leave burn marks on the wall. When Karl and Grant set out to one up each other to please Rena I thought the whole house was going to go up in flames! Ms. Haynes created three individuals that are so different and yet when they are together you feel the click.

There were parts of this short story that made me cheer because it worked out the conflict of choosing between the two men so quickly but at the same time the same “resolution” felt a little too convenient. I had to remind myself a couple of times that, because this is fiction, the author has the ability to make the characters as open minded as she needs them to be. I think because I could imagine all types of conflict arising from two men wanting the same woman that the easy acceptance of Karl and Grant (both admittedly, non-gay or even non-bi) to participating in combinations with and without Rena so enthusiastically little unbelievable. On the other hand, the scenes are so erotic I didn’t dwell on the easy capitulation for very long, I simply enjoyed the well written and creative visuals. *VBG*.

Try not to get too hung up on the minor negative I mentioned. Grant has a jealous streak and is clearly the more dominate of the two males but Karl is no pushover. He literally gives as good as he gets. Ms. Haynes doesn’t skimp on plot or character development. You know where they came from and who they are today without overwhelming this novella with un-necessary details. The move from the M/F interactions into the ménage scene transitions well without being hurried. I honestly enjoyed this story and look forward to what Ms. Haynes may have in store for us next.

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