MORE

Title: More
Author: Sloan Parker
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary M/M/M, BDSM light
Length: Novel Plus (245 pages)
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

THE BLURB

For fifteen years Luke Moore has lived by three rules: stay off his father’s radar, never spend more than a single night with any man, and never fall in love again. But one night of explosive sex and two men whom he can’t get out of his head have Luke breaking them all. Richard and Matthew push him past all his boundaries—both sexually and personally—and now he’s no longer hiding from his senator father; he’s taking him on. And he isn’t just falling for one man; he’s falling for two. If you’re going to break the rules, might as well break them big.

But Luke’s father has his reasons for hating how his son lives, and he’ll do whatever he can and use all his power to keep Luke away from Richard and Matthew.

Can this threesome find a way to make their unconventional relationship last with the world around them trying to pull them apart? And will Luke be able to keep breaking his rules for Richard and Matthew, or will he head back to his familiar way of life just when his new lovers want to bind him tighter?

THE REVIEW

“Are you available tonight?” With these words uttered by 22 year old Matthew to 33 year old Luke at the Haven, the age-old dance began. But they needed something ….. someone …. a third …… who showed up in the person of Richard. This meeting set in motion something none of them had anticipated – the start of a powerful relationship that they could not deny. Luke was clear about what he was looking for that night. He wanted to be tied up and the others agreed to give him what he desired. But on the way to a typical hook-up something happened. They each wanted more. Luke had never had sex with anyone more than once since he and his first lover broke up a decade and a half ago, and he definitely didn’t want to see Matthew and Richard again because that would lead his father to them. However, even though he tried to reject these new feelings he couldn’t do anything about his raging hard-on and sexual fantasies the next day. That night, despite his better judgment, Luke showed up at the club and had sex with Matthew and Richard again. The following night the same thing happened and he realized that he was in touble.

This first person POV story is told by Luke Moore, a gay man who lived all his adult life on the run from his father, a powerful US Senator. Each time the Senator or one of his lackeys found Luke’s newest place of residence he moved. He was paranoid about his safety and had no time or inclination for relationships. 15 years ago Senator Moore had burst into his university residence while he was having sex with his first lover Tim, and had threatened him at gunpoint that if he didn’t clean up his act and give up his gay lifestyle he would kill him and his lover. Needless to say Luke didn’t take these threats lightly and recently the only place where he felt safe was at the Haven, a members only club which catered to every gay man’s most secret desire. He had been a member for six months and during that time he had slept with countless faceless men because that was the only way he could satisfy his sexual urges without leading his father to his lovers.

Having sex with Richard and Matthew made Luke re-evaluate his lifestyle. After the first couple of trysts at the club Matthew and Richard were just as hooked and Richard wanted them to explore a much deeper connection. He was adamant about his goal for the three of them – a relationship.  He told the others he wasn’t going to have sex with them any more unless they agreed to three things – no more club dates with other men; exclusivity; and at some point he wanted to go bareback. This freaked Luke out because he had never been faithful since Tim, and playing bare was not even on his horizon but he craved Matthew and Richard. Could he live within Richard’s rules?

My first impression of this book was the intensity – the charged atmosphere. The second thing I noticed was the amount of sex – there was lots of it! The third aspect of More that struck me was how incredibly engrossing and well written it was. I could not put it down. The plot was complex and the characters were wonderfully drawn and very diverse. There is even a sub plot involving Senator Moore decades ago. Luke was the most multifaceted character, damaged emotionally, and had a lot of baggage. His relationship with his father had shaped his worldview and he didn’t trust anyone except his friend Walter. In sex he always wanted more – to be tied up tighter, spread wider, and be smacked harder. No emotional involvement was the name of the game until he met Matthew and Richard and had to rethink what he wanted. Matthew was the character that really pulled at my heartstrings because he was so vulnerable, but he was also very experienced sexually at 22. He had been a member at the Haven for almost 4 years – and enjoyed it to the full. The others called him ‘Kid’ but he was the glue that held the relationship together and his needs were the ones that took the threesome from what could have been a pedestrian menage to something that was incredibly erotic and absorbing. Richard was the oldest (we are never told his exact age but I would think he was somewhere in his mid to late thirties), a very successful entrepreneur whose last relationship had failed a year ago because his partner wanted to have other men in their bed. I thought it was ironic that he now wanted to have two lovers, although in this case the relationship would be exclusive between them.

There was a lot of tension throughout the story as Senator Moore flexed his very powerful political muscles, and made threats backed up by violence, to get Luke to abandon his partners. He was the father from hell that you would never want to cross because he would not only cut you off at the knees but also slit your throat to make sure you were dead. However, I did think at times that his character was a bit over the top.

I thought that the writing throughout was solid, the characterizations were three dimensional, even the secondary characters, especially Luke’s friend Walter, and More ends on a high note. If you do decide to buy this book I think you will definitely enjoy it. However, if you don’t like books with lots and lots of sex or menages with three men then More is not for you. At least half the book had the protagonists getting it on in bed, bent over a table,  in the shower, in the tub, in the playroom and on and on. Despite this, there is actually a very exciting story to go along with all of the co-mingling of sperm.

This is Sloan Parker’s debut novel and it’s a very ambitious undertaking. More is a no holds barred account of the lives of three men who can’t get enough of each other and refuse to let go when the going gets really tough and danger threatens their livelihood and their very lives. It’s also the story of how Luke, Matthew and Richard made their relationship work, how Luke evolved from someone who didn’t believe in love and learned to trust, and ultimately how important they became to each other’s happiness.

I did a post recently about M/M/M romances and expressed concern that many of these books are just excuses for more sex. There is no argument that More has mucho sex and you could probably sail away in the sea of cum. However, conversely the story is complex, absorbing, compelling and exciting – everything I look for when I open a new book with anticipation. More didn’t disappoint me and if you’re looking for something different I highly recommend this book. As always this is just one person’s opinion, and I tried to articulate the pros and cons of this book so that you, the reader, would not be blindsided. The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars was because I had a couple of niggles involving the sub plot. Highly recommended!

Author

I live in Canada and I love big dogs, music, movies, reading and sports – especially baseball

Kendall

BTW Sloan Parker has a very hot short story on her web site for free:

http://www.sloanparker.com/free-MoreThanJustAGoodBook.htm

Lilli

Hmm, before your review I read the story excerpt at LI and it didn’t do much for me so I decided to give this one a pass.

But your review made me change my mind, Wave. 🙂 I don’t like too much sex in my books, that’s one of the reasons I’m not exactly a Sean Michael fan. 😉 But if the story and characters are worth it then I think I should give this one a try.

And as Kendall already pointed out: your rating speaks volumes after your recent M/M/M post. 🙂

Wave
Lilli I do hope you get the book because it’s an intense read. I won’t kid you – there’s a lot of sex in the book. As I said in the review, you could swim in the sea of cum 🙂 but most of the sex did advance the plot. You will like the characters I think, even Luke who is somewhat paranoid about his father although it appeared with good reason. M/M/M is the new rage and I have quite a few of them to review. 🙁 I wish authors would not “follow the leader” as much as they… Read more »
Wave
Kendall I started reading this book with low expectation because I prefer two men in a relationship, and I guess my post on menages expressed my frustration that the sub genre seemed to be moving in this direction. However, you can tell I liked this book which, although it had all the sex that permeates M/M/M books, actually had a good story and some terrific characters as well as a few plot twists. My top M/M/M is still 911 but More has likable characters, especially Matthew whom I loved. You may not like this book as much as I did… Read more »
Kendall
This was a great book! 😀 I had one very small complaint about a sex thing they did after Richard’s party (who was doing it/logistics, mostly). But otherwise, the character development and growth, relationship stuff, and sex worked very well. I liked Luke’s internal struggle and slow opening up, especially things like saying something and then thinking “Shut up! Shut up!” when he realized what he let slip. I had a somewhat larger complaint with the dad subplot. Part was because it reminded me of my hazy memories of a book I read many years ago that I didn’t like… Read more »
Wave
Hi Kendall I’m really glad you enjoyed the book. I don’t like a lot of M/M/M because I find the amount of sex in them quite tedious – after a while I just skip over it because boredom sets in. In this case I liked the charaacters and for the most part the sex advanced the plot, so I didn’t skip over it. For a new author Sloan did a great job on the characters even Luke who I wanted to smack a time or two. My favourite was Matthew but I wished that I knew a bit more about… Read more »
Kendall
Yay! I’ve been looking forward to your review and was hoping you’d like More. Great review and I’m glad you liked it so much. It’s very cool that it’s her debut and it’s so good. I’m looking forward to reading it. BTW, I’m very glad that you, specifically, reviewed it. After your recent post and other comments about M/M/M lately, it’s like a trial by fire for a menage book. 😉 So I figured if you like it, given your recent frustrations with mediocre menages, then I (still a bit cautious with menage) will probably love it.
Sloan Parker

Hi Wave – just wanted to stop by and say thanks again for taking the time to read and write a review of my first book. It’s exciting to be reviewed on a site I’ve been following as a reader for a long time.

I appreciate you and everyone else taking a chance on this new author. Many thanks!

Wave

Hi Sloan

You did good! Actually I thought you did great! I still can’t believe that More is your debut because it’s so well written.

I’m looking forward to reviewing Breathe when it’s released.

Salina

I might have to get this just to (over)compensate over the zero smexxing in The Slayer’s Apprentice which I just finished reading. I’m not so much into menages but this book sounds good!

Wave

Salina
If you’re looking for sex you don’t have to go far. But there’s actually a great story as well, so if you’re going to buy the book buy it for that reason. 🙂

mrb

Great review Wave. I finished it a couple of days ago and liked it, not quite as much you did, but it was still a good read.
I guess I had a problem with the father being a self hating gay, also the whole Tim back story seemed forced to me (I understand why it was there, but something about it just didn’t work). I did like the 3 main characters, wish there would have been more time spend on them.

Wave

Hi MRB

I’ve been thinking about the sub plot involving Tim. I suppose it was intended to give us an indication of why Luke was the way he was – no relationships – and why his father hated him. I thought that the father was a bit over the top as I mentioned in the review, but when someone has only one goal I suppose they will do whatever it takes to achieve that objective.

I loved Matthew, Luke and Richard.

Wave
Alexi I can’t believe that you read the book so fast. It took me a couple of days, but then I’m a very slow reader. As I said in the review I had a few niggles and most of them you mentioned. There was no background as to how Luke and Walter became such great friends after being lovers. Also, the father and his flunky – WOW – some tar and feathering would have looked great on them but as Moore Snr. said, he was friends with the Chief of Police so I suppose he was untouchable. Sloan is a… Read more »
Alexi Silversmith
Yeah, I’m a speed-reader. Sometimes it’s kind of a curse as I can’t turn it on and off, and there are times when I’ve been looking forward to a book for ages, and I zip through it in two hours and then have a huge sense of anti-climax. But in this case it was good, because I’ve been able to come back and participate with everyone who’d already read the book. I’m so grateful for your review, Wave, because otherwise I would have just rolled my eyes at ‘another threesome book’ and probably never tried this, and it was definitely… Read more »
Wave
>>I’m so grateful for your review, Wave, because otherwise I would have just rolled my eyes at ‘another threesome book’ and probably never tried this, and it was definitely worth reading.<< Thanks Alexi. Comments like this from readers are what make reviewing worthwhile. I know that authors love it when we praise their books, but for me if a reader tells me that my review pointed them to a book they would not otherwise have bought and they really enjoyed it, Wow, that's worth all the work. You're going to have to teach me how to speed read some day.… Read more »
Alexi Silversmith

You’re very welcome.

I’d only teach you to speed-read if I could also teach you how to switch it off! Otherwise it can be really annoying. Sometimes I have to read a book I like twice back-to-back, just to make it last longer than a couple of hours.

Ingrid

I finished this one today and I liked it too. There is a lot of sex but also it has 245!! pages so lots of space for a plot and a sub plot.

When I saw it at LI my first thought was “oh no, not another ménage!” But this one works very well on a lot of levels.

I did wonder though why Luke did not sought out the media.

Wave

Ingrid
I think everyone who has read this book so far is loving it. It’s one of the few menages that I can say I really loved.

Luke did try to get the reporter who called him initially to share information, but if you recall he hung up on him. Obviously Moore Snr. had friends on the newspaper and I suppose this would have been true of any other paper or magazine.

Ingrid

I know but there are so many more newspapers and other media.
I am always let to believe that the media is kinda harsh and eager to get any type of story printed/ on screen in the US. Only a hint of trouble can finish you off as a politician and once one kind of media gets a sniff of this story others will follow quickly and the whole sordid mess would be on the table in no time. And no one would be able to stop it, not even Moore sr.
That was the “niggle” I had problems with.

Wave

Ingrid
I totally understand where you’re coming from and this bothered me too. But politicians are pretty powerful in the US, especially someone like Moore Snr. We don’t want to give away too much, but most newspapers wouldn’t want to offend him, just in case.

John

I was rereading Chris Owen’s 911. Maybe I’ll just buy this one so I can read something new. I like a story filled with tension.

Good review, Wave.

Wave

Thanks John. It’s a terrific book and I think you’ll enjoy it because there’s a story to go along with all the sex. It’s almost 250 pages of hot manlove .:)

Wave

Lily
As someone who loves Sean Michael’s writing I know that lots of sex doesn’t phase you. 🙂 You will love this book, sex notwithstanding! 🙂

Lily

I’ve heard really good things about this book in the past couple of days. Now with your great review I can’t resist. I’m off to Loose Id. Thanks 🙂

Sari

Definitely an impressive book, especially for a first novel. Luke, Matthew and Richard were wonderful and they were all necessary to make the relationship complete. Still, they have to work to make their relationship… work and everything isn’t all puppies and flowers after they get together. Good stuff.

It was also interesting to see all three get to know each other at the same time. Often in menages two characters are already involved or at least know each other before they meet the third character.

Wave

Sari
You hit on one of the reasons why this book was so successful. The three men went into the relationship together so they learned about each other at the same time. My favourite was Matthew who for me became the anchor in the relationship. What a gem he is. All the characters were well drawn and Sloan should be proud of her debut novel.

Treva Harte

Oh good. I thought Sloan did a fine job writing what an erotic romance should be — the sex sparks the story and helps enhance the characterization, plot and everything else. And, of course, there is everything else as well.

Wave

Treva
Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

I thought that Sloan did an excellent job on the plot and the characterizations and I’m really surprised at how solid the story is since More is her debut. I loved the characterizations and how she made the relationship between 3 men work. I’m looking forward to Breathe. 🙂

Leslie

Looks like another one for the TBR list. Thanks, Wave…

L

Wave

Leslie
At this rate your Kindle will be overflowing with all these book recs. 🙂

nichem

Hmm, I’m torn– I’m not a big fan of menages or tons of sex in books, but both you and Kris have given this one high marks (and I’ve liked everything I’ve read you’ve recommended), so maybe I’ll give this one a try.

Wave
Nichem I won’t kid you, there’s a lot of sex in this book and if this is a major turn off for you maybe More wouldn’t be to your taste. However, If you miss this book because of the sex and menage you will miss a terrific story. I have been turned off of menages for awhile and I did a post last week about the fact that many of the new M/M/M books are all sex, no story. More is different in that there is a story, a very good one, and the relationship works. I’m astonished that this… Read more »
nichem

You’ve convinced me to get it. 🙂

Lots of sex isn’t a major turn off– I just get bored with it and start skimming.

Wave

Nichem
While you’re skimming make sure that you don’t miss all the emotion between the guys. 🙂

Tam

I’ve been planning on reading this but perhaps you just pushed it up in the priority list for me. Will have to go shopping.

Wave

Tam
I know you don’t like to read books with lots and lots of sex and this one sure does have sex in spades. However, if you can concentrate on the story and the characters, and the way that the author dealt with the menage relationship, I think you will love the book almost as much as I did.

Tam

Well, I like lots of sex, I just like there to be some plot too. One sex scene after another with no apparent attraction between the characters except they make each other hard is boring as hell. Sounds like this has both which works for me.

Wave

Tam
Please tell me when you post your review – I want to know if you loved the same things I did about the story.

Kris

Wave, just wanted to add my recommendation to yours. Even with the few niggles I had about this book there is no doubt in my mind that it is one of the best m/m/m’s I’ve read to date. What I especially liked about it was the way it realistically explored the emotional and, yes, physical dynamic between the men and within a polygamous relationship. A really impressive debut by this author.

Wave

Kris
Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad you enjoyed More as much as I did. I’m very impressed by Sloan’s writing and especially her characterizations. As you said, More explored the physical and emotional dynamic between 3 men in a relationship in a way I have seldom seen done – Kudos to her. I loved this book and as I said in the review it was on the way to 5 stars for me but stopped just short.

I’m looking forward to her next book Breathewhich is on the way, according to her website.

Alexi Silversmith

This sounds really good! I might set aside my current ban on menage stories and get it. I have no problem with sex, sex and more sex so long as there’s a well-written relationship and three dimensional characters to back it up. Thanks for a great review, Wave!

Wave
Alexi I was going to ask someone else to review More because I had read quite a few menage stories recently, most of which I didn’t like, but after I started this book I was hooked. As I mentioned in the review, this book is not for everyone and I didn’t want readers to be hit in the face by all the sex without making it clear that about half the book is filled with the characters getting it on. That aside, this is an impressive debut for Sloan Parker who was able to pull off a very intense story.… Read more »
Alexi Silversmith

Well, I’ve just bought it, so I’ll let you know what I think when I’ve finished.

Wave

Looking forward to your review. 🙂

Alexi Silversmith
Finished! And I really liked it. I liked that it was three people going into a relationship rather than a pair finding a third (which is more common, I think). I liked how different they all were, and how careful the author was to keep them distinct once they got together. I liked how it wasn’t always easy for the three of them to battle their issues and egos into submission. You could see that it wasn’t all about the sex but about their feelings for each other, and you could also see that none of them would have been… Read more »
wpDiscuz
%d bloggers like this: