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Nine Dates: Desert Ménage Series (Volume 1) Paperback – September 28, 2012
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Born and raised in small-town, rural Indiana, Shanyn now lives in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona with an intimidatingly smart and devastatingly handsome husband, two hyperactively cute and talented sons who will one day be Earth's Overlords (never underestimate the power of Legos), and an emotionally needy, neurotic chocolate lab. She enjoys cooking, traveling, gardening, sewing, quilting, and embroidery but only when she's in the right mood and seldom concurrently (she's kind of streaky when it comes to hobbies). She adores reading and writing in the same way that she loves breathing and eating, gaining a similar nourishment from each.
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The characters are three dimensional. Their personalities are unique and fully fleshed-out.
The writing is descriptive and engaging.
The emotions and obstacles are realistically conveyed.
Overly long. There was no need for two books much less three.
Since the narrative contained sooo many obstacles it felt like the author added them to fill three stories.
The beautifully descriptive writing often consisted of too many details. I skipped pages just to get past the exposition of the scenes.
In the way that the members of the triad were individuals they were also a little too individual. Beth was perfect. She instinctively knows how to handle the idea of this relationship from the start and doesn't misstep, which can be ideal for this three-sided union but with the plethora of obstacles you'd think she'd get something wrong. John seemed like a Pollyanna. The the only character whose curmudgeonly personality worked over the three books was Paul. He grows the most of the three.
I have to say the authentic reactions to the hate, prejudice and ignorance is realistic but sometimes I felt hit over the head with the shear number of situations. If she had one major conflict that spanned the three books I might have been more invested in it. Because every volume contained diverse events that tested the relationship it might have been more successful if the stories took place separated by year's. The first being their union. The second being about their family after being together for over a decade. The third could be the same obstacles they faced when they first got together being revisited on their adult children who might have to face the same sort of bigotry when bringing someone they loved into the mix.
With that said it enjoyed the books this second time around.
I’m not a big fan or workplace romances because I just don’t believe that you should s*** where you eat but I was curious of this because the category is one I enjoy. As a secretary, Beth is doing well. She’s from a small Indiana town where a single mother raised her. Wanting to get away from small town minds and mentalities, at 17 Beth makes her escape by moving in with one of her mother’s cousins. There she was a caretaker to an old and dying man while finishing high school and going on to college. There’s so much promise for a likeable heroine. But I didn’t find her likeable at all. When Beth is first asked out by John she’s very reluctant. She even temporarily (okay, so she took a day off work) separates herself from the situation to think about what John is offering.
When Beth comes up with her proposal of 9 dates along with the sequence and format with which the dates would happen, my eyes kind of got big. That’s when my ‘oh crap oh crap oh crap’ suspicions began to rear its ugly head but I was very willing to play along and see where this went. While she’s going over the rules of the dates, Paul who she’s meeting for the first time behaves like an absolute douche. I can’t really blame him because if anyone came into my home dictating to me the way Beth did to him – I can’t promise civility and courteous behavior either. As her character progressed I couldn’t find a reason to like her. There were peaks here and there that I could but she would say something that would set me right back to ‘can’t stand her’.
Paul is a class A jerk in this but then again I didn’t think that he and John were in agreement about having a 3rd person in their relationship. I absolutely thought his bad attitude should have been towards John because that 3rd person thing should have been worked long before John asked out Beth. It’s not like it’s even their first or second time having a sexual threesome with a woman so I can’t even say what he was anti-sex with a woman it was the ‘relationship’ part that Paul had a problem with. It’s amazing that after 6 or 10 years (depends on who you’re asking) Paul isn’t sure of his place in John’s affections, so he takes all of that out on Beth. But Beth is in this for John, I wasn’t convinced otherwise, so she’ll do whatever it takes to get her man even put up with whatever Paul had to dish out.
Then there’s John. I don’t even know what to tell you about John because he was the one who I came away understanding the least about. He seemed to be the fantasy guy for both Paul and Beth but he also seemed clueless about knowing the people he’s involved with.
For this reader, I don’t find this type of story interesting. For being an educated man, I found Paul to be narrow minded, crude and full of vitriol towards his family; Beth was pretentious and had too much unresolved issues about her mother and lacking father figure and let me not get started on her negativity towards friendships. If she got that stick out of her butt and realized the majority of people didn’t care what she, John or Paul did behind closed doors she might have come across a bit more likeable but she might want to sop having sex in public and having make out sessions during the lunch hour with her ‘gay’ co-worker on a public bench. Tsk, tsk tsk.
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Fortunately, both men are decidedly bisexual, so there's a real chance that they might be able to bring Beth into their mutual relationship.
A major part of the story is Beth's struggle to be true to her sexual and romantic desires, in spite of opposition from her friends and her apprehension about potential repurcussions in the workplace where she and John first met and began to fall in love with each other.
Although there are some hot sex scenes, they do not dominate the characterization or the central plot of the story. Hetero scenes with Beth are central, but some MM sex scenes are included, as well.
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I enjoyed it.
Three sort of issues:
1. Somehow the sex scenes (mm, mf, mmf) were pretty tame.Read more