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Friday, September 9, 2011

Goldilocks and His Three Bears by A.M. Riley

Goldilocks and His Three Bears by A.M. Riley
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (130 pgs)
Other: M/M/M/M, menage, anal sex, bdsm, multiple partners
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Brian, a young transplant to Los Angeles, frequents the leather bars where he meets Paul, a big, tattooed, Harley riding leather daddy who introduces Brian to the ways of a sub. Brian is instantly smitten, but then Paul travels out of town on business leaving Brian in the dark about the status of their relationship. Enter Jim, a big nurturing “Momma Bear” who helps Brian deal with his loneliness. Coincidentally, it turns out, Jim is also one of Paul’s roommates and then Jim goes out of town as well, leaving Brian with a key and a request to water Jim’s plants in his absence.

Brian is doing just that when the third roommate, Scott, appears, an overly friendly little baby bear who snuggles up to Brian immediately. Soon Brian and Scott are sharing a ‘friends with bennies’ type relationship.

It all comes to a head when Paul and Jim return home and surprise Scott and Brian in bed together. Now Brian has to make some hard choices.

Can Brian find a place in this unusual household? One that’s just right?

How is one boy supposed to choose between three comfortable beds, and the sexy men that come with them? Brian meets leather daddy Paul late one night at a bar and soon they’re spending a lot of time together. Although he’s never met Paul’s roommates, Brian feels things could be getting serious. That is until Paul has to leave town for a few months with nothing settled between the two. Brian wanders the city hurt until he meets Jim and eventually Scott, Paul’s roommates. One by one they show him what he’s missing until a twist of fate puts all three men plus Brian in the same room. Now if only Brian knew what to do.

Goldilocks and His Three Bears is an adorable romance. It’s one that features multiple partners, which is not always a reader favorite. I would urge those readers to give this one a chance though as it’s pretty mild and a light hearted take on the subject. There are two main relationships that form over the course of the novella, Paul with Brian and Jim with Scott, then the four men come together for a group sex session at the end. While there are multiple partners, the story shows how each man adds something important to the mix. Paul is the Daddy Bear, the commanding one while Jim is the Momma Bear, the nurturing one. There is Scott, the fun loving one and Brian, the baby bear who bounces from the slightest bit of sugar. They come together as a loving family that just happens to love each other in a physical way as well.

One other important element is the mild BDSM portion. Brian and Paul are in a Daddy/boy relationship while Jim and Scott are more about control. It all works well though, and the story shows how and why the men get what they need from the various relationships. The sex depicted and BDSM elements are pretty mild and shouldn’t turn many readers away. In fact the sex feels natural and works well within the framework of the story. It shouldn’t shock or upset even unfamiliar readers. Instead the story feels full of love and joy between the men.

Goldilocks and His Three Bears is a very cute and very sweet romance. It’s got a few elements that may not be to some readers’ liking but it’s done in a very skillful way that engages readers. The great writing, cute men, hot sex scenes, and pure fun of the story make this a very easy novella to recommend. If you haven’t read this, do so now. It’s the perfect light summer read.

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