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Title: More
Author: Sloan Parker
Publisher: Self Published
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
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?

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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!

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50 comments

  • 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. 🙂

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    • 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 do in gay romances, where all the themes eventually die because they are so overdone.

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  • 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 but I hope you do like it. I would be very interested in your reaction after you read the story. Many of the other readers who posted after they read the book indicated that they liked the book. It is long, there’s lots of sex, and as I said in the review you could swim in the sea of cum, 🙂 but the reason I liked More was the story.

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    • 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 (not romance or erotica; not a happy book at all), a real downer as I recall: Kraus’s the President’s Son. So that and some over-the-top stuff kinda had me gnashing my teeth.

      But overall it was a great book and I look forward to what Sloan Parker does next!

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      • 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 Richard.

        I haven’t read The President’s Son so I can’t comment on the similarities between it and the father in More but it sounds like a book I would not want to read. 🙂

        Thanks for linking the free book on Sloan’s site – I knew about it but forgot to mention it at the end of the review.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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    • 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.

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  • 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!

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    • 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. 🙂

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

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  • 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 wonderful writer if she can pull this off for her first book, despite the minor issues I had, and they were minor.

    Matthew was my favourite and I think his characterization was inspired. All in all, a great job.

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    • 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 worth reading.

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      • >>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. I read like a tortoise which is one of the reasons I'm always behind. I always stop and smell the roses in a book instead of hurrying by. 🙂

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        • 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.

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

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