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Friday, July 6, 2012

Doubled by Charlotte Stein

Doubled by Charlotte Stein
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (87 Pages)
Other: M/F/M, M/F, menage
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Moonflower

Bobbi has been friends with the Hoffman twins for one long, glorious year. They’re sweet, funny and kind, but there’s a problem…they’re also hotness personified. Times two. And when they lure her into a kinky little game involving a blindfold and some rather unexpected fondling, she finds them much harder to resist than she’d imagined.

It seems they want to be something other than just good friends. They want a hot, steamy ménage, and all Bobbi has to do is decide if she’s up to the challenge. One big, gorgeous guy is enough for her.

Two might be more than she can handle…

Mmmmm... sweet twins; you can’t beat twins. Add to the fact they are your best friends and this is an erotic dream waiting to happen!

I know not everyone has a special place in their hearts for an M/F/M encounter, but I think if I had to dream one up, twins would right up there towards the top. Add in sleek sexy athletic forms, two great personalities, and all around nice guys you have a winning scenario!

Bobbi adores her two best friends. They have a perfect relationship. She's there for them emotionally, supports their activities and they have wonderful times together. She's also one of the very few people that can tell these two perfect specimens apart. What she can’t understand are these budding feelings she's experiencing. Could she secretly want her best friends? Could they want her? It appears the boys have a secret!

Tobias and Sebastian are campus gods. Women want them singularly and together, but these men only have time for their sports, education and their best friend, Bobbi. Together they turn an ordinary night into something special. Now Bobbi needs to evaluate her life and their friendship. Tobias and Sebastian have waited this long, they can be patient for a little while longer.

This story is written in Bobbi’s point of view. While I like single POV stories, it reconfirmed that it's not my favorite form of storytelling. I experienced her feelings, thoughts and conflicts right along with her. I liked her inner dialog, but at times it was rather extensive. Bobbie was going through a major life changing experience and maybe it could have been curtailed a bit, but if you take it in the context of the situation it was understandable. She could recognize what was happening within her, but was unable to stop it. She was battling her brain, body and heart.

Bobbi appeared to be a fuller figured woman, though a true vision of her size was never explained. There were references of rude comments made about her size, and her thoughts on it, but again it was vague. She felt basically comfortable with herself, but plain. That was one of her problems. She couldn’t comprehend why these two gorgeous men were interested in her. The only clues I got were from their group conversations and those was rather limited.

While reading Doubled, there were times I was slightly confused on who or what was going on. But I was so involved with the story at the time, I really didn’t care. I did have a few moments of stopping, rereading and evaluating. Yes, it was a bit bothersome at times, but I was so engrossed in the story, I didn’t let it stop me.

I enjoyed Doubled. It was nice to read a story about people falling in love because of their inner selves and not their outer packaging. Ms. Stein had a great idea, told a sweet sexy story, but there were a few bumps along the way. Truthfully they may be noticeable, but I still enjoyed the story greatly. Nothing beats a book about buddies taking their friendship to the next level.

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