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Strange Attractions - Emma Holly

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Emma Holly / Edition: Reprint / Paperback / 320 Pages / Book is published 2005-11 by Berkley Publishing Group

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      19.01.2009 23:41
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      An interesting read.

      -Plot-

      B.G and Eric have been friends since they were children and lovers since they were 19. Now in their mid thirties they have an unconventional relationship.
      B.G is a reclusive genius. He and Eric choose people to come to his mansion where they take part in erotic games along with other members of his staff.
      B.G becomes convinced that Eric should have a normal life with a wife and kids so he lets him choose the next participant in their games. Eric chooses Charity, a high school drop out who works at one of the places that B.G has some kind of association with.
      They take Charity back to the house and the games begin. However, both Eric and B.G fall in love with her and she falls for both of them too. But someone wants to keep them apart and even if that person can't keep them can they all live happily ever after together?

      -Characters-
      Charity grew up with a mother who would give up anything for her current boyfriend, moving Charity frequently from one place to another. As an adult Charity has made herself very independent.
      B.G is a genius, a physicist with an interest in quantum science. As a child he didn't have many friends because he was attending university when they were all in school.
      Eric comes from a rich family and now works for B.G (after failing at a previous career).

      -Opinion-

      As those of you who have read any of my other reviews will know I have been looking for romance novels that are slightly different to normal. In my quest so far this has been my best finding. I was a little bit reluctant to buy and read this book because I had tried another threesome book by Emma Holly before and was very disappointed. I was reassured that this book wouldn't disappoint me in the same way so I tried it.

      Maybe it's because I expected this book to be bad but I really liked this book. Out of all of Emma Holly's books that I've read I thought this one was the most well written. She took the time to build up the characters and their situations before jumping into the erotic and romantic side of things but she managed to not drag that out for too long. Her descriptions in this book were much better than in her other books and when it came to the sex scenes she wasn't as overly descriptive as her other books were which made this more comfortable reading than menage.

      In many ways this book was very similar to her other novel, menage. I don't know which one was written first but it seemed like this was a much improved version of that book when it came to the actual relationship. The plot is different but due to both being male/male/female romance there is a similiarity in the romance side of the book. This book was the superior of the two. In this one you actually believe in the relationship.

      I liked the characters in this book. Charity is a likeable character who you can really empathise with and respect. B.G is a little more difficult to understand but he's the kind of person you could imagine yourself admiring in real life. Eric is also a likeable character, although I find myself unable to say more about him than that which isn't a good thing.

      For some reason Emma Holly felt the need to add in an additional plot point about someone who has it in for B.G. I thought this was a big unnecessary because there was already so much going on and there wasn't really much time dedicated to this part of the story so it felt a little bit like an add on. However, this didn't take away from the plot at all and didn't ruin anything.

      The only real crticism I have is Holly's portrayal of the relationship between the two men. They have been friends forever, lovers for over a decade, living together for three years and somehow she makes it so that Charity is the glue that holds them together. She also makes it so that Eric puts Charity before B.G which really annoyed me because Charity is the new person to the relationship and it felt like she should be the one trying to fit in, instead B.G is portrayed as being almost like the third wheel.
      In her books, from what I've read, Holly always seems to make it so that the woman is the important person in the relationship so this was expected but the rest of the book had been so much better than I expected that this was particularly disappointing in this book.

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