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A Threefold Cord Paperback – May 31, 2014
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
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As the blurb states, Grae is a popular actor who had his eye on the very gorgeous and intriguing fellow actor and party boy, Chris, but when Chris turns down the chance to sleep with Grae, Grae then sets his sights on Ben, an apparently straight man who also happens to be both an actor and a writer. Grae and Ben become lovers and eventually an established couple, living together and becoming firmly committed to their relationship.
Unknown to Chris at the time Ben had still been single, Ben is actually bisexual, so when Chris sees Grae with him, it piques Chris’s interest in both men. Ultimately all three men end up sleeping together and though at first it looks like Chris is really only interested in sex with Grae, that’s not the case. And once they invite Chris into their bed more often, Ben finally accepts that Grae loves him and the move to bring Chris to their bed is not totally selfish.
Outside the bedroom, it’s difficult enough for two actors in demand to be able to be in a committed relationship without all the stress and strain of being geographically apart as they are offered a variety of roles, but add in the fact that one of them is also a writer and it gets more complicated. Add in a third and it gets more difficult still. And then Ben finishes a play he’s been writing and it has such potential that he and Grae and Chris manage to find a venue and tap into their friends to help stage the play for a short run to garner interest for a longer run in a more prestigious locale.
In the meantime, Ben and Grae worry that Chris might be too promiscuous and unable to commit solely to them so can’t be a permanent part of their lives. But Chris disagrees and firmly commits to being in a polyamorous relationship with them, agreeing to give up his hookups, and the three men start to see how their lives can be intertwined.
It’s slow-going and to be honest, between the very proper way of storytelling and the British accent and inflection of the narrator, my attention sometimes wandered to whatever I was doing at the time—usually driving my car or doing housework. I couldn’t stay utterly focused on the audiobook at all times as I’ve done with many others I’ve listened to.
The bottom line? Overall, I liked it and I think it’s well done, but not necessarily my cuppa. If you are into all things British, and enjoy polyamory romance, this is one you may really like.
There is very little angst in this ménage story involving three thespians which, I have to admit, was a wee bit shocking, because thespians; but Grae and Ben transition to Grae, Chris and Ben with relative ease. It was somewhat refreshing but it also stymied my connection to them. I find I need a little angst and pain to glom onto characters. There were a couple of minor hiccups but I needed more to involve my emotions.
This was the crux of my issue with this book: it's a fence straddler. A straightforward slice of life story with a prosaic plot that's filled with tons of thespian talk, so it's not the most exciting read, but the characterizations were solid. Grae is a bit of a fussy w**ker IMO, but both Ben and Chris are extremely likable and stupidly smitten with him despite so... *shrugs* Both Ben and Grae beat the whole Chris is a tart thing to a bl***y pulp and that annoyed me more than anything else. Poor Chris. My heart went out to him.
As far as the narration goes, Preece was energetic and really got into it which will always be a plus for me. He subtly differentiates these three in a way that probably showcases various dialects from different sections of England that was lost on my backwards Murican a**, but I enjoyed all the Britisms. I could've done without the mention of tuna and tomato bisque, though.
ewww x infinity
Seriously, people? Don't do thaaaaaaatttt. Just because they both start with "t" does not mean they belong together.
Tomato and tuna bisque aside it was an easy listen with a generous amount of sexy times between three men who are hot for each other and aren't overly dramatic.
Recommend to ménage readers, Anglophiles and readers who like angst-free reads.
A review copy was provided.
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