Stately Pleasures by Lucy Felthouse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
contemporary romance, erotica, menage M/F/M
copy provided by the author in return of an honest review
Alice is excited about her dream job, but timing was not in her favor. She ended up being "blackmailed" by her boss into a little trick situation. Will it be so bad to accept the challenge in favor of career advancement?
characters 4 stars
All three major characters are easy to understand, relate and love.
What was missing was a bridge to connect with them. There is not much character development beyond their sexual journey, so I believe there is still room to play with them in a future book.
I could say that Alice got a bit of TSTL moment there as she believed her job situation, but maybe I'm being TSTL because who would have say no to 2 hot guys with kinky minds being single and available? lol
plot 3.5 stars
This is a fast-paced book, very easy to follow that offers readers exactly what it promises: a hot well developed erotic book.
The story plot was very predictable, but the sex scenes were nothing at all.
Each new challenge the characters encountered was different from the other. The book also offered the perfect growth of intensity on the sex scenes. (view spoiler)[ I hate when a character perfectly deep-throat on their first time, or when a woman try anal without never doing it before with someone they have barely met (hide spoiler)] The sexual discovery journey was very believable, where the real life situation may be a bit unrealistic. :)
I did finish this book feeling like I would love to read another book with them.
heat 5 stars
It was hot hot hot! Yes, cold-shower hot! The scenes were original, the description was amazing, really almost like a DIY kind of thing, which made them even more believable. Panty-wetter hot!
freshness 4 stars
The story build was very predictable, but their sexual stories were not. IMO, this book was all about the sexual journey, so I think I read a lot of original stuff here.
Impressions and opinion
I have a very clear idea for my reads about the difference between erotic romance and erotica.
IMO and for my reviews, I classify erotic romance as a love story with a bit or a lot of smut,in which the building of a relationship is the most important part of the plot, and where HEA is a must.
I view erotica as sexual encounters that may or may not involve love. The emotions of the couple is not the focus of the plot, but the sexual journey of at least one of the characters. It may have HEA, it may have emotions, and it may have love, but it's not a foregone conclusion.
Stately Pleasures it's a well crafted erotica read, that gave a romantic soul like myself a special present, by giving me a good HEA at the end.
I enjoy the fact that even though Alice new sexual awareness was the main focus, I get to see equality in a relationship of three partners.
I would recommend this book to menage readers and to those that love to get a bit of a kinky ride.
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