Saturday, October 1, 2011

By the Book by Scarlett Parrish

Title: By the Book
Author: Scarlett Parrish
My Rating: A

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Georgia, Reece, & Daniel
Release Date: January 2011
Publisher: Loose ID
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Two's company; three's allowed.

Reece Hutton conducts his life between the covers -- of books and beds. A librarian by day, in the evenings he's a man whose tastes are anything but vanilla. So when local writer Daniel Cross appears in the library one afternoon with the aim of doing some research, Reece has a hard time not noticing how attractive he is, or what feels like chemistry between them. They exchange a few words and Daniel's business card, an interlude which Reece puts down to networking rather than flirtation.

After all, he has his girlfriend Georgia to go home to and her best friend: a threesome to help his birthday go literally with a bang. Reece, being a gentleman (most of the time), has no objection to returning the favor, especially as his new friend Daniel seems all too willing to be their third for an evening. Georgia sees their triangle as nothing more than a temporary bit of fun but Reece...? He’ll eventually have to own up to breaking the unwritten rules of their relationship or close the book on a growing attraction to Daniel.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices, menage (m/f/m, f/m/f with female interaction)

My Review:
Whoa! This was a powerfully emotional book. Georgia & Reece have always enjoyed an adventurous sex life. They have been together a long time and like the sexual excitement that comes from mixing it up. While they have had threesomes, with both men and women, Reece has never crossed that line of participating in m/m relations. When two men are in their bedroom, the focus is always Georgia.

Everything begins to change when Reece meets Daniel. Daniel is bi-sexual. He makes no apologies for who he is and is actually pretty in-your-face about it. He wears guyliner, has a full back tattoo of angel wings (or fallen angel, as the case may be), and calls himself Daniel F**king Cross. He's a writer so he is very observant of the world around him and knows how to use words to get his way. From the moment Reece meets Daniel at the library, he is drawn to him in a way that he has never been drawn to a guy before.

But Reece is purely heterosexual and stays that way when Georgia & he decide to invite Daniel into their bedroom. When Georgia asks for an encore, Daniel is not willing to accept that disengagement from Reece any longer. Honestly, Reece isn't willing to let things go either...not really.

This is a highly sexually charged book...throughout the ENTIRE book. This is erotica at its finest. I adored Daniel's character. He is so incredibly self-confident and cocky...most the time, but there are times when you see his vulnerability when it comes to his feelings for Reece. His character is so well-written... I really LOVED him!!! Also really well-written is Reece. He is so sexually and emotionally conflicted. His entire world has been turned upside down by his relationship with Daniel. He was so torn between Georgia & Daniel. He loves them both, but personally I felt that his attachment to Georgia was more of a reluctance to accept change after 28 years as a heterosexual male. I may have been pushing my feelings on the characters though, because I did NOT like Georgia. Her unwillingness to accept Daniel back in their bed if his attention wasn't completely on her, simply struck me as selfishness.

Overall, I really LOVED this book. It is one of those books that lingers in your psyche because the characters are so alive and the story line is so emotional. This was my first Scarlett Parrish book. I think that I need to read some more.


Missie said...

It's kind of hard to imagine Reece as sexually conflicted if he was always willing to let others in the bedroom. Just being open to something like this is pretty major for some people (points at self). LOL

But yes, Georgia does sound really selfish. I mean it's been all about her for far too long. If she is so bothered by it, she could leave. Heh.

Thanks for the review, Christi.

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

LMAO, so I remember when I very first starting book blogging and I remember coming across reviews on this book. I remember how Daniel called himself Daniel F'in Cross...I really need to check this one out now that I'm a bit more comfortable with stepping out of my box to try new books out!

Julie said...

Gah! I have to stop reading your reviews. You make me want everything! LOL

Christi Snow said...

Missie, I think that there are guys who can be sexually open about things, but still be uncomfortable with one on one with a guy. With most M/F/M menages, the focus is the girl (from what I understand.) ;o) hehe!

Deanna, I thought the same thing when I first started hearing about this book. That was way early in my erotica reading. I am more open about the possibilities now and REALLY loved this book!!

Julie,'s only fair since you do the same thing to me!