Friday, May 9, 2014

By Surprise by Alyssa Turner

Title: By Surprise
Author: Alyssa Turner
My Rating: B

Genre: Erotic Romance 
Series: -
Main Characters: Paxton, Nicholas, and Jodi
Release Date: March 2012
Publisher: Etopia Press
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Sex that's twice as good, love that's three times stronger.

When Jodi returned to Burlington after a nasty divorce, broke and without a much needed place to sculpt, she never expected to bump into Paxton, her best friend from growing up. With her unresolved feelings for him still smoldering, it was a shock to find him married—to a great guy. But when Paxton and Nicholas offer her a room for rent in their too-big, too-expensive Victorian, complete with a turret to use as her art studio, it seems like the perfect solution for everyone. Until Jodi overhears Nicholas and Paxton making love—and finds herself burning hotter than she ever imagined.

Nicholas always knew his husband Paxton was bi-sexual, but finding his forgotten stash of cheerleader DVDs makes him wonder if Paxton's been tamping down his old desires. As strong as their love is, he knows there are things he just can't give Paxton...or can he? He decides to get Paxton a very special birthday present—a night with a woman—a no-strings arrangement to grant him the fantasies Nicholas isn't equipped to fulfill. But when he meets Paxton's best friend Jodi, Nicholas finds himself facing new feelings of his own. If only he could stop imagining Jodi's body wedged between Paxton and him and figure out what to do...

My Review:
I was recently requested to review Polished by Alyssa Turner. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to pick up one of her other m/m/f menage books and this is the one that captured my attention. I liked it. It was an interesting dynamic since the guys are married to each other. One of them, Paxton, is bisexual and the other, Nicholas, is gay. Nicholas worries that Paxton is missing something from their relationship and thinks that maybe a menage will help prevent that possibility. They're guys. They've had menages in the past with other men. For them, they can separate sex from emotion so it's not that big of a least in theory because the third would be a one-night, no emotions involved, type of thing. 

And then Jodi enters their lives. Jodi and Paxton were best friends ten years ago. There were unresolved emotions there and when she comes back to town, they reconnect. She's struggling. Nicholas just lost his job. So the obvious solution is that she come into their home and rent from them. The menage plan never is even on the table with her, but they're all living together. Emotions become entangled. And surprise of surprises...Nicholas and Jodi become really good friends and he begins to develop some sexual interest in her. 

This is the first time I think I've ever read this twist in sexuality. Gay-for-you is a common theme in m/m books, but this is the first time I've ever read a hetero-for-you story and I liked it. It was such a great and believable twist. At first, I wasn't sure, but if I can believe the gay-for-you stories then it makes complete sense that it can go the other direction too. 

It was a great premise and a hot little story. It's not very long, but I found it to be a very entertaining read. 

BTW, I did a guest review over on GGR reviews of one of Alyssa Turner's other books, Polished. You can see my review for that book there...GGR Reviews.

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