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
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?
“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!