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- Publisher: OTK Publications (May 22, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 22, 2015
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Like in the other books in the series, we follow Sam and Kelly as they expand their sexual horizons. They’ve been through a lot together, the two of them, and they have a strong connection, and mutual trust between them, which makes it possible for them to experience with other people too, in particular Kelly’s friends. While this installment, like the title suggests, focuses more on Kelly’s friends than on her and Sam, that doesn’t mean they don’t play a part at all, just maybe not as intense as in the previous books. What’s interesting here is that, while the other books have a very heavy focus on Kelly and Sam, here we don’t just see Kelly’s friends, Linda, Julie and Kathy in their relationship to one another but also to Kelly-Sam, thus creating a relationship that goes multiple ways and includes multiple people. We already saw part of that in the previous book, “Birthday Experiences”, but it’s even more prominent here.
It takes a skilled author to pull that off, and Simone Freier is definitely a skilled author. The entire atmosphere of the book is non-judgemental and forgiving, and it’s about love, friendship and respect more than it’s about sex, although, rest assured, sex plays a significant role too.
The book also focuses on some real life issues the characters face, like how Kelly wonders if Sam, despite being sexually open, is open on an emotional level. There’s also a submission challenge for Kelly’s friends that shows sides of them I never expected to see. We see the characters in a different daylight, once again examining their strengths and weaknesses, but this time even more up close.
It’s hard to keep rating the books because in my opinion, they just keep getting better and better. If Simone Freier writes an even better one next time, I’ll have run out of stars to give. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Just to refresh your memories, Kelly and Sam, “re-meet” at a party thrown by Kelly’s parents. To say they are an unlikely couple is putting it mildly. Sam is a retired fiftysomething, who had a long, loving relationship with his late wife, Sarah. Sam took the loss of his wife very hard, retreating into his own world. Kelly, on the other hand, a vivacious twentysomething, is just starting out life’s journey. Kelly is still in school, going for her advanced degrees in the rather specialized realm of pharmaceutical invention and marketing. Sam had retired from the field some years before, after a very noted career that left him among the leading figures in that particular arena. Indeed, the story of Kelly and Sam began with the young woman seeking career advice from the older professional.
At this point, Freier could have used the Sam-Kelly story as the driver for what could have been a pretty steamy one-off novel about BDSM, steamy sex and other exercises. It would have been easy to have the couple romp through various highly charged scenes, however, Freier did not do that.
Instead, Freier, an author of considerable talent whose work keeps getting better, kept the unlikely couple together. She started them on a journey of shared experience and growth that would lead them through a quite an uncommon birthday party and an even more interesting trip to Europe. Reading the parts of the “Experiences” saga that cover these story points, “Birthday Experience” and “European Experience,” we see two very different “experiences” occurring.
The first is the growth and deepening of the Kelly-Sam relationship. It moves from highly unlikely to deeply intimate and loving over time. Though just months apart, “Birthday” and “European” illustrate that people can create loving, intimate relationships, even from the unlikeliest of beginnings. The second is the growth and a deepening of a second, even weirder relationship, “the girls” and “Kelly-Sam.” Who could have thought that even as Kelly and Sam’s May-December relationship matured and grew that a second, loving, multi-character relationship could blossom? Well it did, under Freier’s skillful and highly creative guidance.
In “Friends,” we find that just as the Kelly-Sam hookup has grown, the “girls-Kelly/Sam” has also taken on a life of its own. Each relationship has matured in ways that are similar and yet far different. Both relationships are trusting, nonjudgmental, creative and supportive: Kelly and Sam care for each other and “the girls – Linda, Julie and Kathy.”
One can easily ask how it is possible? However, under Freier’s skillful authorship, we just see it happen, much like life just happens all around us. That, perhaps, more than anything else is the key to Freier’s writing. Freier, whose thought processes are quite imaginative, is a natural author. Though you know from the start of each book that the author is in tight control over the proceedings, you never realize it. The writing style is relaxed, even playful, and always fresh. Though contrivance is essential to any author who must move the characters along the plotline so the story will move, nothing in Freier’s writing seems contrived. It is as if we are watching a mirror of life.
It is life, played out, though, against a subtext of sexuality and sexual play. No, these novels aren’t for the timid as they get rather explicit at times, but they are not racy, at all. It just seems a natural outgrowth of the relationships that Freier has created. Like a skillful painter, the author uses sexual play and BDSM as the canvas upon which she paints quite a lovely and loving story of relationships that occur and play out against a highly unusual backdrop.
It is a background that could easily have degenerated into the usual XXX-rated novel of sex for sex’s sake and titillation for titillation’s sake, but it isn’t. “Friends” is as far away from that portrayal as the sun is from Mars. The novel concentrates on the people and their interactions rather than just the mechanical structure. Granted, there are novels that look at the basic sex act and succeed because of the monomania of their authors, however, this isn’t one of those novels. To me, it is far more as the characters seem real and fully featured. I’ll grant that I continue to enjoy reading Simone Freier because she is a fantastic author. Now, pulling myself back into the role of reviewer, I have to state that Freier’s ability to keep things real lifts her a cut above others in the field of sex and sex games.
One of the interesting things about Freier’s work is how she keeps the anticipation going. The central theme could have become well mined and stale by now, but, let me tell you it isn’t. The fact is there’s another trip coming up in the next part of the multi-volume saga that I can hardly wait to read.
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