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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2010
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Fifteen stories of hot gay sex, all involving threesomes. What more could you want? From sweet to funny to serious, these stories offer all kinds and types of men as they explore the potentially dangerous but elusive thrill of threesomes. The sex is non-stop and each of these raises the temperature so be sure to read this when you're in the mood for hot, delicious man on man on man loving. The majority of stories are well written, interesting, with diverse men from all walks of life. While the themes tend to be similar, each story does a decent to good job of delivering a dual punch of sex and romance. Not all of the stories end in happy endings though and the majority are even happy for now, at best.

Almost all the stories are decent and there are none that stand out in a negative way. The sex tends to run together after a while, kind of making your eyes glaze over from too much erotica. The combination of body parts, repetitive scenes, and similar ideas is one of the major pitfalls of such a big collection. I mean there are only so many places for things to go and threesomes to happen so this is an inherent and predictable drawback. But also not a reason to avoid the collection, just perhaps read it bit by bit, story by story instead of devouring it in one sitting.

Some of the positive standouts are Snowbound by Jana Denardo, the lone historical set in an alternate reality of the 1930s with demons and hunters. The three hunters get stuck in a cabin during a snow storm and while the results are predictable, they're also hot and entertaining. The world building here is the best of the collection and really stands out incredibly well with great descriptions and yummy men. Also of note is Perform for Me by Lori Toland, the sole D/s addition showing how a couple works to get their needs met by a third when they can't satisfy each other. This is not only incredibly hot and squirm worthy but the emotion and real love between the men comes through as well, making a thoroughly sexy and fun read.

Additionally Breaking the Habit by Heidi Champa about three roommates that try to quit smoking and use sex as a distraction is perhaps one of the funniest. Smokers and ex-smokers will identify with the characters, their resolve, and some of the entertaining dialogue. This light and enjoyable story is a cute theme and easy fluff. This contrasts well to the heavier tone of Down the Middle by Heidi Cullinan talking about a couple on the verge of breaking up but finding potentially new ground with a sexy stranger. The emotion here is somewhat angsty and involving, making for a great note to tend the collection.

These are just four of the great stories offered in the collection and without a doubt there are many more worthy of mention. Of the fifteen none are horrible and they vary from easy, instant sex to emotion filled choices within relationships. If you're looking for a collection filled with sexy male threesomes, you won't be disappointed with Necking.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2011
These are all m/m/m and despite people telling me to spread it out ... well, over 3 days is spreading it out for me. It was fine that way. I can't review all 15 or so here but I'll take note of some that I particularly enjoyed. They are a mix of bringing a guy home from the bar for a one-off (sometimes as a regular part of a relationship or as a truly one time event) and those in which the third is brought into the relationship permanently. I like both types and enjoyed a mix. They are mostly contemporary but there is one Sci-Fi outer space one and another that is a quasi-historical paranormal I'll talk about.

The Filling by JL Merrow - A funny story about Ivo who is terrified to go to the dentist. He brings his boyfriend Colin along to hold his hand. Ted is a very sexy gay dentist and while he's doing the exam Colin keeps up a running commentary of sexual inuendo that is hilarious. They run into Ted in the bar and go home with him and give Ivo something else to relate to a dentist chair than pain. Not really sure it's much beyond fun for the three but it was very amusing.

Unwrapped: The Birthday Gift by Josephine Myles - For his 25th birthday Dave decides he wants to have a threesome. At the bar they meet Pedro, a visiting American (they are in England) and they take him home. What I liked about this was Dave freaks because you find out Mark his BF had been in a threesome with Dave and his girlfriend which fell apart because he was attracted to Mark and he's afraid it will happen. They talk it out and after Pedro is very up front about his relationship with his partner back in the US and their feelings about sex and relationships not being mutually exclusive. So I thought that was a bit different than just jumping in with both feet.

Snowbound by Jana Denardo - If you've ever seen that old Star Trek episode where Kirk and Spock end up on a plant that is like the 1930's Chicago, but different, this is what this reminded me of. Caleb, Temple and Agni are demon hunters in 1931. They are in Philadelphia and get snow bound and have to hole up at a safe house. Temple comes on to Caleb who is sort of in a relationship with his partner Agni but Agni says go for it. After they fight off some snow demons and Temple almost dies they decide to all get together. It was kind of neat because of the time period combined with the demon hunting. It was a different twist which I enjoyed.

Perform for Me by Lori Toland - Corey goes to a sex club regularly and watches a Dom and sub do their thing, gets turned on and goes home to ravish Justin. One night Justin suggests that Corey join in the fun at the club. Justin does but then freaks out a bit after and Justin has to calm him down and they discuss a threesome together. I really liked the twist on this and Corey having to deal with his kink for watching vs being on display and his relationship with Justin and Justin's kinks. I quite enjoyed it.

An American in Seville by Lenor Black - Tony is on a business trip in Seville, Spain with his boss and another suck-up coworker. His life is one big blah. His wife left him a year ago, he doesn't really like his job in Ohio, his boss is a typical rude American abroad who thinks everything is inferior to the old U. S. of A. Their last night in town they have to go to a flamenco show and Tony is fascinated by the dancer. He needs to get away from his annoying boss and slips outside where he find the dancer Alejandro and guitarist Javier. They talk for a minute and the guys invite him back to their place. At first he's not sure and then figures what the hell. He's nervous and scared but is tired of being afraid and stuck. It's not HEA but it wakes him up and makes him realize his ex was right, he has stagnated and this is the kick start he needs to move his life forward. I really enjoyed how Tony looked at himself and you could feel his apathy as he followed his boss around and just went with the flow.

Actually none of them were duds although the one with the guy called Skunk kind of irked me because I just can't get into stories with people with stupid nicknames. There were a couple in present tense which I also find hard to get into and with a short story it takes me till nearly the end until it flows in my head. It's almost like my mind tries to convert it to past tense and is struggling with what my eyes are seeing. LOL Not bad stories, but I obviously can't connect as well when I'm fighting to stay in the tense. I liked the ones that were a bit different, had a little twist or told the story from a different perspective, but as I said, they were all pretty good and for fans of m/m/m I think it will be an enjoyable read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2013
This collection of stories has it all: sensuality, humor, romance and eroticism. Each story pulls the reader in and doesn't let go until the end. Each story is well written, wonderful story lines and characters. Necking is truly a delicious treat. Hopefully, there will be a second collection of stories.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2013
I am not always a fan of short stories as an art form, but these are uniformly first rate. With such favorite writers as Jo Myles and Heidi Cullinan (to name but 2), the collection moves (hotly) from strength to (erotic) strength. Recommended Highly!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2010
A delightful mix of steamy stories that I enjoyed quite a bit, but the characters of Snowbound really grabbed me in particular. They deserve an anthology all their own (because once you meet Temple, you'll be as sure as I am that this is not the first escapade).
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