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Tri Me: Desert Menage Series Paperback – March 2, 2013
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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
About the Author
Born and raised in small-town, rural Indiana, I now live in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona with an intimidatingly smart and devastatingly handsome husband and two hyperactively cute and talented sons who will one day be Earth's Overlords (never underestimate the power of Legos). I enjoy cooking, traveling, gardening, sewing, quilting, and embroidery but only when I'm in the right mood and seldom concurrently (I'm kind of streaky when it comes to hobbies). I adore reading and writing in the same way that I love breathing and eating, gaining a similar nourishment from each.
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I really enjoyed this story and was amazed at the ability of the author to write characters that I could imagine and even relate to. Dr. Paul is acerbic and insensitive but hides a loving nature. John and Beth are sweet and easy going; I never felt they were weak for putting up with Paul's callous words, instead I felt that they judged him by his actions and loved him enough to break through his walls. Paul's inner monologues are laugh out loud funny which brings lightness to material that is heavy at times. These characters really struggle with the moral question of announcing their relationship to the world. They ask, repeatedly, is it wrong to lie about love? Or is it okay to hide a relationship if revelation would lead to pain?
The sex scenes are numerous and well written. They also change as the story progresses and the readers can understand that for two of the characters their physical intimacy becomes more meaningful as their emotional intimacy is advanced. Not many authors take the time to show the sexual evolution within a relationship and I was impressed that the author did so in this book.
I rated the book as five stars because I enjoyed it and I feel that it is a unique voice in the very repetitive ménage offerings that are available. I would actually have rated it as 4.5 stars if Amazon allowed because I had a big problem with the portrayal of female characters in the book. Beth is written with depth and sensitivity but most of the other female characters are one-dimensional caricatures. The "villains" are both women and the author spends a lot of time denigrating their physical appearances. Their animosity towards the main characters is never explained and many of their actions seemed ridiculous. I couldn't help but wonder if the author was trying to show us just how wonderful and beautiful the leading lady is in comparison to these over the top shrews...
I definitely plan on buying the sequel when it is released and hope that the author continues to explore this amazing relationship while providing us with some three-dimensional secondary characters.
Many MMF books available on the market are really just porn with very little in the way of character development.. more use of stereotypical writing tropes and gratuitous sex. Now I don't mind that - not at all - LOL ...but it bugs me to no end when an author makes little to no effort to develop a relationship with the reader through the main characters...
Not these books... Nine Dates and Tri Me offer the reader realistic developed characters facing real problems.. they aren't perfect and they each have baggage and history that needs to be overcome.. they are REAL PEOPLE with all the insecurities, self doubt, jealousy and quirky idiosyncratic traits that make them unique. You are given glimpses of their lives outside of the tri-relationship.. and inside Paul and John's well established relationship... which help the reader gain a better understanding of the characters and their choices.. That being said, as a reader you are not bogged down by their histories or descriptions... things are revealed just as you would expect them to be if you were to meet a new person and were trying to get to know them. The dialogue is brisk, engaging and many times I found myself laughing at the witticism/humour. I could visualize the action (and I don't just mean sex LOL)... I was engaged with all three characters and their interactions, to me, were realistic and developed ... I especially loved Paul - the bad boy with his sarcasm and anti-social traits.. it was wholly believable to me that he was initially resistant and the way that his relationship evolved with Beth was handled very well.
I have found myself re-reading the books.. not something I will do if the story is shallow. In a way I almost regret reading them... mainly because the third book isn't out yet and I really want more of Beth, Paul and John right now.. I want to know what happens to them now.. but I have to wait for a whole bloody YEAR ugh...
Way to go Shanyn.. Please can we get the last instalment sooner??? Like maybe next week?!?! LOL
ps I have also read Old Enough to Know Better.. and I liked it equally
Overall I was happy with the way this chapter in the story ended (there's a third novel to come), and I'm curious as to how the author will wrap everything up. It's clear what one of the characters wants for the future - but is that really possible?
I thought Nine Dates (the first volume in this trilogy) was a better book and a more enjoyable read. However, in this volume the author does not flinch from confronting her characters' triad with real-life bias and hostility. The plot centers upon that conflict and how the characters deal with it.
The sex seemed less erotic in this volume, perhaps because the characters were now more self-assured in their triadic sexuality. MM interaction is more frequent than in Nine Dates, while FM interaction (with the men, separately and together) less emphasized.
The author has worked hard to convey a message of tolerance and acceptance.