Laurie and James are a monogamous couple with an occasional lover in James’s best friend, Al. It is a casual, friend-with-benefits situation which suits them all, especially given Al’s promiscuous lifestyle.
When Al is assaulted, however, Laurie and James are forced to confront the fact that their feelings for Al might be stronger than mere liking. But would free spirit Al ever want more than what they already have?
*I received the copy on NetGalley in an exchange for an honest review*
~Brief mentions of graphic violence and oral gang rape after the fact~
Just putting the warning at the beginning so that everyone knows what they are getting into. It is copied from the beginning of the book.
I loved the first sentence in the book. ‘Laurie and James were monog-Al-mous.’ It is from the first part, obviously, which is told from Laurie’s viewpoint. However, I disliked the fact how thrown into the book I was. The only character that was really, at least partly, introduced, was Al. And that Laurie and James slept with him together.
Laurie is later introduced as a professor and has a good relationship with his boyfriend’s mother. Which was actually how he knew James. And while it was nice to read about their relationship, it bugged me a little that he’s known James since James was really young? I mean it does get through this and all is well, but it just felt a little weird to me. I also felt like the characters were not introduced or described enough for me to really care for them, and at first I did not even know who’s who from page to page.
There is a lot of sex in the book and I must say that I enjoyed it. What bothered me the most is that Al has oral sex with Laurie reeeeally soon after he was sexually assaulted. I think the book did not deal with it enough. It looked like more of a way to get Al to live with Laurie and James than an actual plot thing. I think that there is a better choice to do just that than mentioning sexual assault, and if it is mentioned, it should somehow be dealt with more than it was. The author pretty much just breezes by it and it did not sit well with me.
It wasn’t a great book, but it wasn’t a bad one either. I just did not know the characters as well as I would have wanted, that sexual assault thing wasn’t dealt with enough or in the best way, but the sex scenes were good and I DID like the ending a lot.