Author: Josephine Myles
Reviewed by: Maya
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN 13: 9781619212985
Summary: Two plus one equals scorching hot fun.
Dumped by his boyfriend and reduced to living in a grotty bedsit, Josh Carpenter has gotten used to expecting the worst. Now he lives only for his job as a glassblower…and occasional glimpses of his sexy downstairs neighbors, Rai Nakamura and Evan Truman.
Every time he overhears the diminutive academic and the hunky plumber having loud and obviously kinky sex, Josh is overwhelmed with lust…and a longing for a fraction of what they have.
To his amazement, Rai and Evan find his embarrassing tendency to blush utterly charming, and the three men grow closer over the course of the long, hot summer. Despite Rai’s charming flirtation and Evan’s smoldering gaze, Josh is determined never to break his new friends’ loving bonds.
On the night a naked Josh falls—quite literally—into the middle of one of Rai and Evan’s marathon sex sessions, the force of their mutual attraction takes control. But just as Josh dares to hope, he senses a change. Leaving him to wonder if the winds of love are about to blow his way at last…or if history is about to repeat itself.
Warning: Contains one well-endowed stud with a sexy accent, one improbably toppy bottom boy with an unfortunate owl obsession, and one blushing naïf who can’t believe his luck. Also, the occasional indulgence in mathematical spanking and some shameless armpit sex.
Review: Dear blushing Josh. He really hasn’t gotten past being told that he was boring in bed as he was being dumped by his boyfriend. It’s been six months, and despite one pathetic drunken hook up, he hasn’t had sex at all. He is living in a poorly partitioned and flimsily constructed apartment house. He has a job that he really loves, a good boss and his best friend Denise but he is lonely and feels like he is missing something. He is infatuated with his two hot downstairs neighbors, Evan and Rai, who’s love and affection is there for everyone to see and Josh dreams of having a relationship like that with someone of his own someday. The sound of Evan and Rai’s loud and boisterous sex life carries through the thin walls and is the cause of his frequent wank sessions.
Rai is a beautiful man of Japanese descent who is super flirty, super hot and has a super brain. He is going to school for his PHD in economics and is head over heels in love with his macho plumber Evan. Evan is a man’s man who works hard, gets sweaty and adores Rai. They have had threesomes in the past but they have very specific rules about not having sex with anyone that they work with or live close to and absolutely no kissing with any of their hook ups. Keeping their ‘no sex with neighbors’ rule intact, the men develop a friendship over a period of months. Josh spends almost every evening with the men eating, watching movies and playing board games. Little does Josh know, both Rai and Evan find him irresistible and are ready to break their rules just for Josh.
There is a lot of sex in this book but I really liked the fact that there was a solid friendship that formed prior to the men ever having sex. Rai and Evan communicate very well and discuss everything and, with a couple of exceptions, this carries over to their relationship with Josh. When the men get together the sex is off the charts hot and it made my perverted little heart happy to read. There is very little angst in this book and the pacing is mostly good. There were a couple of times that it did drag a bit but it was easily overlooked. As Ms. Myles is “English through and through”, I did have a little difficulty with some of the words and phrasing as it was foreign to me but it didn’t detract from the story.
I have to confess that I am not a huge fan of ménages but I kept an open mind going into this story and I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed this book.
I think that a good ménage story is difficult to come by since there often seems to be an imbalance of power in the relationships. I am happy to say that that wasn’t the case here as each man brought something unique to the relationship and they complimented each other. I also loved the fact that Ms. Myles broke the stereotypical mold with these men. Big, macho Evan is dominant and loves to top but he happens to love bottoming when the mood hits him. Rai may be small in stature and a total bottom but Josh brings out his dominant side. Josh is a passive submissive in bed but he versatile and can give both Evan and Rai what they need and he is no one’s door mat. I love characters that don’t conform to what we are used to reading.
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a nice easy read that is infused with humor and has smoking hot men doing what they love best, each other. Don’t take it too seriously, it is sex filled fun, and a very enjoyable read.