Time to Pretend by Michele Zurlo
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Length: Full Length (316 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Clematis
One glimpse of Daniel DiMarco sets Alaina Miles’s hormones into overdrive, but she cannot act on her feelings. Not only is he ten years younger than her, he’s a notorious womanizer. When the tension between them escalates into one night of passion, Alaina takes it in stride. It’s a dream come true, but it’s only one night.
When a leak in her roof forces her to hire a contractor, Evan Carrico, Daniel’s best friend and secret lover, is the man for the job. It doesn’t take long for Alaina to realize that her attraction to Evan is much more serious than it should be.
As she falls in love with them and they fall for her, Alaina discovers their secret, but she wants to wait for them to build enough trust in their relationship to tell her themselves. When she stumbles upon them locked in a passionate embrace only hours after a tragic event, will the explosion destroy everything they’ve built?
Whoever it was, who said “variety is the spice of life” might just have been lucky enough to experience as hot a Ménage à trois, as the one in this book…
When I started reading about Alaina who finds herself passionately enjoying the sexual attentions of not one but two gorgeous, younger men, who are best friends and secretly in love with each other I just knew I was in for a treat! What starts out as tempting, lustful fun quickly escalates to love and then just like in the “real world,” life has a habit of intruding and each of the lovers has to deal with their own issues and personal demons. I couldn’t help but relate to each of these three and found myself empathizing at different stages in the story, with them all. So much so, that I felt dragged from one end of the emotional gamut to the other, yet still came out smiling by the end of it and more than a little envious of lucky Alaina!
Michele Zurlo is wonderfully adept at “fleshing out” her characters, even her secondary characters, bringing them all and the story to vibrant life. She is remarkably gifted at making it all seem so real, that it is both absorbing and memorable. The erotism throughout is divine. From super hot and frenetic, to loving and deliciously sensual, especially when all three finally let down all their guards and participate fully.
This story is so much more than just a quick immersion into the lusty cravings and socially frowned upon excesses of an older woman with her eager young studs. It’s a love story with an edginess to it that combines several hot themes (cougar with younger man, cougar in a Ménage à trois with two younger men, bisexuality) into a plot that’s completely riveting from start to finish. I absolutely loved it! This is the fourth book in highly acclaimed Awakenings series and another superb tale of love, lust and life that make her novels, such a delightful fascination to read.