Dear Ms. North:
A reader recommended this book to me. She said that she had picked it up during the All Romance eBook holiday giveaway for free and that it reminded her, a bit, of The Satin Sash. Specifically it was a menage a trois with a strong emotional component. I purchased the book on her recommendation.
Once you get past the set up, I agree with Kaetrin that there is a strong and compelling romance between three people. Sonja Love is a sex advice columnist for Cali Chronicle and somehow she scores an interview on a press junket with Hollywood movie star Jacob Brandon, the same Jacob Brandon that stars in her fantasies.
The night before the interview, Sonja runs out of batteries for her vibrator. On the way back from the store, wet from the rain, Sonja finds herself alone in the elevator with Jacob and stuck. After revealing her batteries and a light flirtation, she offers Jacob a blowjob. Her fantasy. Initially, when Jacob finds out that Sonja is press, he is angered but after Sonja reassures him that she would never, ever tell, he finds his way to her hotel room where they proceed to fulfill a few more of Sonja’s fantasies. Jacob leaves with Sonja’s card.
Sonja doubts she’ll hear from Jacob again but two weeks later, he is IMing her. (I could have down without Jacob employing smiley and frowny face emoticons). Jacob is looking for a place to hang out for a few weeks and Sonja lives in a nice remote location. Jacob and Sonja explore each other fantasies and we learn more about the two of them. Sonja is a free spirit and Jacob is an interested explorer. I liked how, through the sexual encounters, we get to know the characters.
Sonja tells herself that this is only temporary and that she is not going to fall in love with him. There is no point, no matter how generous Jacob is, no matter how sweet he is. They have a weird dynamic. They have had sex with each other, everywhere in the house, multiple times, and at the end of the day, go to their separate bedrooms.
One day, Jacob comes to the house with Henry. Henry is a soap actor and Jacob’s best friend. Jacob has brought him to fulfill one of Sonja’s fantasies and some of his own. Henry is unsure. Sonja is unsure but Jacob leads them both through it.
His kiss is different. Slow, inquiring. I somehow think he is making his decision as we kiss as to whether or not he will go through with this. As he re-positions and opens his mouth to share his tongue with me, I know he has been roped into our sordid affair.
The three of them form a unit, for however short a time they will be together. Jacob and Henry have had some latent feelings for each other, yet I never felt that Sonja was a replacement or even a conduit but being with her helped them get over their initial reluctance and perhaps fear of ruining their lifelong friendship.
There’s an effervescence about their encounters. Sometimes the sex is passionate and sometimes it is playful. Jacob is sure of everything. He’s the leader. He knows what he wants. Sonja and Henry are less sure. While the three have conflict from time to time, it does seem idyllic. The ending is very bittersweet and I wondered if it was a copout. I was not completely sure if Sonja had embraced the two of the men loving each other, excluding her from time to time. I wasn’t certain that the menage would have lasted into that ephemeral “forever” but I still enjoyed the story feeling that it explored the emotional, as well as sexual aspects, of a menage. . B-