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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tangled Up by Wendi Zwaduk



Tangled Up by Wendi Zwaduk
Publisher: Total-E-bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (54 pages)
Other: M/M, M/F, M/M/F, menage, anal play/intercourse, mild BDSM
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

What if the person you want for the rest of your life isn’t one... but two?

Mindy Mayes knew her husband was bisexual from the moment they met. She loved Arran with her whole heart until the day he asked for a separation to be with his partner, Sav. Through the ups and downs of life after the marriage, she, Arran and Sav remained close.

Things are about to change.

Though he walked away, Arran’s never given up on a life with Mindy. He’s in love with Sav and totally committed. But it’s his wedding anniversary. What if they took the threesome created out of friendship and made it into something more?

Maybe the perfect number is three after all.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of m/m intimacy, bondage—including a wicked hot scene with nipple clips and anal sex. Oh my!

“If you love something, set it free; if it doesn’t come back, it was never meant to be”

For Mindy Mayes, it wasn’t a "something" she had to selflessly set free but rather a “someone”. Her childhood best friend and estranged homosexual husband, Arran, grew up knowing that he had a preference for men but due to pressure from his family he opts to marry a woman. Mindy knows the score going in but has hope that time and love will make an uncomfortable situation at least tolerable. She didn’t count on falling in love with her best friend or having to choose his happiness over her own.

This is a really sweet story. Considering how many books I’ve read over the last six or eight years I’m always pleasantly surprised when an author comes up with a unique storyline. Tangled Up takes the story of three people who have an unconventional love for one another and suggests that love is a table for three rather than the traditional party of two. There is a completely believable misunderstanding that arises from a lack of communication. I liked how Ms. Zwaduk resolves it quickly rather than dragging the reader through several chapters of agonizing pig-headedness.

Ms. Zwaduk did a terrific job of building a tangible and obviously loving relationship between Arran and Sav. At the same time you hear the love that Arran still has for Mindy when he first leaves her a voice message and then again when they speak in person. I felt like Sav’s acceptance of Mindy in their lives is a sign of his love and trust in Aaran that was integral to making the whole relationship work.

My only real problem with the story is that I felt like I was thrown into the story with only a couple of snapshots of the past to get me caught up and invested in the present before it moves swiftly towards the HEA. I would like to have been given some more background on both Arran and Mindy’s relationship as well as how/where Aaran met and fell in love with Sav. Having said that, this is a short story and it is still an entertaining read despite its length. Tangled Up appears to be the third in a series but it works without issue as a stand-alone. If you read Must Be Doing Something Right or Learning How To Bend you’ll enjoy being treated with a visit from the co-owner of Besta Pizza Around, Nate Waterford.

Are you are looking for a sweet and unique twist on a menage in the making? If so, pick up a copy of Tangled Up. This little novella has plenty of heart coupled with some steamy heat in just the right mix to keep you reading. This is an easy read as well as an obvious recommend!

1 comment:

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Honeysuckle,

Thank you so much for the thoughtful review. I am really touched by what you've said about the story. I'm glad you liked it and I am totally working out ideas for a prequel.

I appreciate the time and effort taken to read and review my work.

Wendi