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Between Friends is a 21,000 word erotica novella.
Posted December 15, 2013
I'm always up for a good ménage story so when I came across Between Friends via Netgalley, I requested it. This is a novella so it's a fairly quick read.
This story surrounds the main heroine, Stacy. She was dumped by her long-time boyfriend and so she decides to live a little and shed her inhibitions. Relationships with emotions involved are trouble and so she decides to indulge in one-night stands and no-strings-attached sex. While at nightclub Brazen, she spots the sexy bartender, Evan and is intrigued by his good looks. She also catches the eyes of Justin and is equally attracted to him. She plans to have her way with both of them until she discovers that they're best friends. Soon her plan for casual sex is not going as smoothly when she finds herself falling for not one, but both of the men.
I'll have to say this erotic novella was pretty hot. The sex scenes carried steam and heat behind them and were fairly well written. As for the characters, I didn't find them appealing especially the heroine, Stacy. She was just a walking hot mess in my opinion. I didn't care for her or sympathize with her at all. She was pretty much messing around and dating Justin and Evan at the same time. It just rubbed off of me the wrong way. As for the main heroes, Justin and Evan, they didn't have any depth to them. They were not too far off from cardboard cut outs. Nothing stood out to me about their characters. The emotional connection was also lacking between Justin, Evan and Stacy.
Not only did I have issues with the characters, but the unexpected cliffhanger ending. I'm not sure if this story is part of a serial or series, but if it is I don't think I'm interested enough to find out what's going to happen between this trio. Furthermore, the secondary storyline regarding Stacy's job felt like an empty filler. I didn't care for it and as a result I skipped through those scenes.
I enjoy reading ménage stories if they're executed well. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this ménage read as much as I'd hoped. With an unlikeable heroine, dull heroes and an undeveloped plot I found myself unsatisfied and bored. Simply put, Between Friends just wasn't for me.
*I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Posted October 25, 2013
This was a short erotic novel. The basic synopsis is that Stacy Washington was dumped by her long-time boyfriend. She has been a good girl too long and this break up is her opportunity to shed that image. Stacy goes to one of the hottest night clubs in town in search of action. She meets Evan and Justin, both not her normal types.
I have two main criteria for the erotic novels (or any novel) I read and this book didn’t meet either one.
First,99% of the time, I don’t read books written in the first person. I have actually returned a book that I found was written in the first person. And, when it is an erotic novel, I find it unsettling to read a first person account of extremely hot action.
Second, like all romance novels, they MUST have a HEA. When I read the first paragraph and saw it was written in first person, I gave it the “test”. I went to the last chapter to see if I liked the ending and could attempt to read the book. The main character goes back to her ex-boyfriend!
Sorry, this book isn’t for me.
I received an ARC ( Advanced Reader Copy) of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity!
Posted October 16, 2013
After being unceremoniously dumped by her long-time boyfriend, Stacy Washington hits one of the hottest clubs in town with her best friend, Nina. Stacy decides it's time to shed her good girl persona by letting go of her inhibitions. Relationships are trouble; casual sex is simple.
When she sees sexy bartender, Evan, she's instantly intrigued by his dark, good looks and his killer smile. Before she has a chance to get to know him better, an equally sexy prospect comes her way and this one is ready to play. Justin's not shy about telling Stacy exactly what he wants. She plans to have her way with both him and Evan until she finds out they're close friends. This could be awkward or this could be the most exhilarating experience of Stacy's life. She decides to take the plunge by coming between friends--in more ways than one.
First, I hope this is more than a stand alone because we were left hanging with that ending. If it is a stand alone it is a very crazy ending.
The story took some leaps of faith in the believability department, but I enjoyed the story. The way Stacy seems to just use the guys was a bit off putting. In a menage you see variations of partnerships; Stacy seems a little fickle and only caring about her needs and wants. I really wanted to love Evan and Justin, they are so understanding, handsome and sexy, but they seem to let Stacy call the shots. I don't think the novella format is right for this kind of story it all seems rushed and incomplete.
I enjoyed the story even with its short comings and hope that if this is a serial the next one will be better.