Aug 26 2010
I'm always looking for good f/f/m and this story was recommended to me by another reader. The only other Harlequin Spice short I've read, Tonight, My Love, by Tracie Sommers, was very memorable.
The Gift is sexy, unique, and well-written. It opens with Mia and her husband, Evan, at a cocktail party. They've been married ten years and still have that spark. The sex is fantastic because they both like to mix it up and keep things fresh. I loved the portrayal of their relationship as erotically charged and never complacent.
Mia enjoys watching Evan flirt with other women. He does it to arouse her. It's a game they play, each teasing the other. After the party, she decides to buy him an erotic massage for his birthday. While she is ordering the sexual services by phone, the provider (madam?) offers a "couples special." Mia can be massaged, too, for the same price.
At first, Mia hesitates. She wants to watch, not join in. She'd also rather have a male masseur for herself but she chooses a female for Evan.
As a reader who bought this story for the f/f content (which isn't easy to find at a mainstream publisher!), I stumbled over Mia's thought processes. The last thing I want to read about is a reluctant three-way. In order for any sex scene to work for me, the participants must be willing.
Luckily, Mia is intrigued by the idea of doubling their pleasure and agrees. On the night of Evan's birthday, she can hardly contain her excitement. Evan doesn't know about the surprise, but Mia looks so hot and bothered that he can hardly contain his erection.
Most of this story is sex, and everything below can be considered a spoiler.
I was looking for spicy f/f/m and probably wouldn't have been satisfied with anything less. The Gift turned out to be a different package altogether.
But I can't mark down this story for not being my favorite fantasy any more than I can fail a BDSM for being "too ouchy." Cassel writes well and I loved the married-not-dead dynamics. This isn't a throwaway piece. B