Sunday, March 13, 2011
Review for Coming Clean by Inez Kelley
Grant and Vivi Michaelson have been married for many years and are in as much love now as when they were newlyweds. The key to their happiness is through honest communication and living out their fantasies with no guilt involved. Their marriage has led to many enjoyably exotic experiences, but there's one scenario they've held back from indulging in. Cade has been a part of their lives for over twenty years and he's played a part in many of their mental fantasies, but they now want things to become a reality. Will this be the end of a beautiful friendship or will it be the beginning of a new kind of relationship? And will feelings of jealousy be too much this time for a marriage to handle or will love bloom in a new and bigger way? These are the questions that arise in this super steamy story that features f/m, m/m, and f/m/m scenes and leaves you sweating until the final page is turned.
Stories involving threesomes always create feelings of jealousy and it's up to the author's handling of those feelings that makes for a satisfying story or not. In this story, Grant and Cade have a history of experimenting with each other back in college. Fear led Grant to stopping, but he's thought about those moments with Cade ever since. Vivi and Cade also have a relationship through the ballroom dancing they've been partaking in and that has led to sexual undertones whenever they're together. All these exterior moments add an interesting dimension to their threesome. It makes for a closer knit relationship that encompasses each individual equally.
The path to the threesome doesn't automatically happen which made it feel more realistic. Grant was nervous bringing it up to Cade and Cade questions the affect it will have on their marriage. This makes the characters feel more human and by slowing building the sexual tension, the final coming together feels more satisfying.
The couplings are all sexy and given equal amounts of time. The threesome felt natural because we've seen Grant and Vivi together, Grant and Cade together, and there's a strong emotional tie to be found in their scenes. When all of them finally come together it just feels right. There's a few moments of fear from each of them because of the intense emotions but they quickly work past it. The ending leaves you feeling positive about where things will go for them, but as usual with these stories the ramifications and realities of this kind of relationship aren't fully addressed.
This was a sexy and satisfying read that was the perfect way to spend the afternoon. With likable characters and well-placed and satisfying sexual interludes this becomes a story that lingered on my mind long after I finished reading it. If you're wanting a highly emotional read with a fantasy coupling for everyone than take a chance on this story and you'll be satisfied you did.
My rating for this is a B+.
*I received this from NetGalley for reviewing purposes.
*Book cover photo courtesy of www.goodreads.com.