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Genre: Fiction / Author: Emma Holly / Edition: New Ed / Mass Market Paperback / 272 Pages / Book is published 2007-03-08 by Black Lace

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      22.11.2008 21:41
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      Not really a book that I would recommend.

      -Plot-
      To be honest there is a bit of a lack of plot in this book. It's basically about three people who live together as flat mates. Kate is a divorced woman in her thirties and Sean and Joe are her tenants, both in their early twenties.
      Joe and Sean are lovers and one day she walks in on them together and is invited to join them. She falls in love with one of them and he loves her two and the rest of the story is about how they resolve the conflict.

      -My Review-
      I was disappointed with this book. I was expecting something romantic, a bit on the riskier side but basically a romance story between three people. I was not expecting what basically became a love triangle that was mostly about sex with a few emotions thrown in every other chapter.
      I did not feel that the story resolved itself in a satisfactory way for my liking. Romance novels are supposed to have happy endings, that's the reason many people read them. It doesn't matter how much angst and pain there is in between, in fact it's often good that the author makes you feel a range of emotions but the ending has to be a happy one.
      Many people would perhaps read the ending as a happy one, I personally didn't. I don't want to give away the ending so I won't say more than this.
      I think that the way that this book is marketed you expect something in the way of polyamory or an alternative style of relationship but Emma Holly completely disappointed me. I was looking for something a bit different to the normal romance and while Emma Holly tries to be alternative she fails completely. It's like she wants to be alternative but not too alternative...like they can play on the alternative side in the bedroom but couldn't possibly pursue an alternative lifestyle.
      That's just a personal opinion. I think that most people were prefer the way she's written it because at the end of the day she does make her book kind of conventional.
      I felt that the characters were very two dimensional. Kate is the divorced hot older woman (I don't know in what world mid-late thirties is old but in this book it's supposed to be) who has lost her confidence. Sean is the bad boy with commitment issues and problems with emotions. Joe is the sweet, sensitive one. And that's all there is to the characters.

      I really wouldn't recommend this book. If you want a conventional romance then buy a conventional romance book, if you want something alternative then you can try this but you'll be disapointed.

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