Audio Review: Julie Bozza – A Threefold Cord

Author: Julie Bozza
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Manifold Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Narrator: Christopher Preece

Summary:

Grae Edwards and his co–stars Chris Willoughby and Ben Clyde work together well. Maybe they even have a chemistry. Certainly they are friends and Grae is tempted to ask for more … After the beautiful tart Chris has the temerity to turn him down, Grae settles into a comfortable loving relationship with the more chivalrous Ben. But the idea of Chris never quite goes away – and when Chris finally suggests the three of them spend a night together, Grae glimpses a solution he hardly dares hope for.

Review:

Very British. Very, very British. A UK author in a UK setting with a British narrator with a very proper dialect. If you don’t like all things UK, don’t bother to pick this up. If you do—you’re in for a treat.

As the blurb states, Grae is a popular actor who had his eye on the very gorgeous and intriguing fellow actor and party boy, Chris, but when Chris turns down the chance to sleep with Grae, Grae then sets his sights on Ben, an apparently straight man who also happens to be both an actor and a writer. Grae and Ben become lovers and eventually an established couple, living together and becoming firmly committed to their relationship.

Unknown to Chris at the time Ben had still been single, Ben is actually bisexual, so when Chris sees Grae with him, it piques Chris’s interest in both men. Ultimately all three men end up sleeping together and though at first it looks like Chris is really only interested in sex with Grae, that’s not the case. And once they invite Chris into their bed more often, Ben finally accepts that Grae loves him and the move to bring Chris to their bed is not totally selfish.

Outside the bedroom, it’s difficult enough for two actors in demand to be able to be in a committed relationship without all the stress and strain of being geographically apart as they are offered a variety of roles, but add in the fact that one of them is also a writer and it gets more complicated. Add in a third and it gets more difficult still. And then Ben finishes a play he’s been writing and it has such potential that he and Grae and Chris manage to find a venue and tap into their friends to help stage the play for a short run to garner interest for a longer run in a more prestigious locale.

In the meantime, Ben and Grae worry that Chris might be too promiscuous and unable to commit solely to them so can’t be a permanent part of their lives. But Chris disagrees and firmly commits to being in a polyamorous relationship with them, agreeing to give up his hookups, and the three men start to see how their lives can be intertwined.

It’s slow-going and to be honest, between the very proper way of storytelling and the British accent and inflection of the narrator, my attention sometimes wandered to whatever I was doing at the time—usually driving my car or doing housework. I couldn’t stay utterly focused on the audiobook at all times as I’ve done with many others I’ve listened to.

The bottom line? Overall, I liked it and I think it’s well done, but not necessarily my cuppa. If you are into all things British, and enjoy polyamory romance, this is one you may really like.

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