Title: Love Plus One (Maths #1)
Author: P.A. Friday
Publisher: Ninestar Press
Release Date: January 9, 2017
Page Count: 182
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Laurie and James are a monogamous couple with an occasional lover in James’s best friend, Al. It is a casual, friend-with-benefits situation which suits them all, especially given Al’s promiscuous lifestyle.
When Al is assaulted, however, Laurie and James are forced to confront the fact that their feelings for Al might be stronger than mere liking. But would free spirit Al ever want more than what they already have?
I have to tell you right off the bat that I DID enjoy a good portion of this book. I thought the sex was hot, the passionate emotions were strong and I love a good love-infused threesome.
Here comes my personal pet peeve that has nothing to do with anything other than my personal preference. (It sucks when you are the first one to review a book that has issues about it you can’t agree with.) But I read it and this is my honest opinion.
As it states in the blurb, Laurie and James are involved in a loving relationship, living together and sharing their life together. Monogamous save their best friend Al, who does NOT do relationships in any way, shape or form. He likes the variety of sex, both male and female, and has no desire to settle down. OK, all parties are on-board so it’s all good. This isn’t a cheating issue, it’s a lifestyle choice.
Now TRIGGER WARNING: Al is raped and beaten and seeks James and Laurie for comfort. Al moves in with Jame and Laurie to heal and get his head together. He shares their bed from time-to-time but also brings home dates and has sex with them in James and Laurie’s house. Consenting adults and all that, yeah, I get it but.. NO! I don’t want to go there. Not my thing. To make matters worse where I am concerned, he first voices the fact he is in love with both Laurie and James to a female friend while they are in bed together. No!
Spoiler tag so I don’t give away the whole plot and ending:
- And the cherry on top of this whole fidelity situation is that, even after all three men confess their love to one another, Al lets the other two know he will never be able to be faithful to only them. He enjoys his promiscuous lifestyle and has no desire to give it up, even for love. Laurie and James are OK with that and they live happily ever after.
No. I just can’t with that. Throw in the fact that they dabble in weird D/s situations and hurt each other out of anger and I’m out.