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Published by Cleis Press on March 17, 2015
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Three’s company? No, three’s a charm! Three of Hearts features sexy trios who are not just falling into bed, they’re falling (or have already fallen) in love. These stories explore the threesome dynamic emotionally as well as sexually. Whether it’s a couple introducing a third person to their relationship for just one night of fun or for a lifetime commitment, or a woman torn between two lovers who decides not to choose, the focus of this collection of sexy stories is entirely on female pleasure.
When it comes to erotica and romantica, menage isn’t for everyone, and even when you enjoy this subgenre, you might find it difficult to find reads you can really get behind. I know that’s the case for me, anyway. So I was intrigued by Cleis Press’s Three of Hearts anthology, edited by Kristina Wright, which promised a sampling of menage via a series of short stories by erotica writers, some of whom were known to me and others who were completely new.
Once I’d read it from start to finish, I had some mixed feelings. Some of the stories I read, I really enjoyed. Notably, stories by the writers I’d been familiar with prior to picking up this anthology were wins in my book: Tiffany Reisz’s “Movie Night,” Rachel Kramer Brussel’s “An Extra Pair of Eyes,” and Cheyenne Blue’s “What Happened in Denver.” I also found several seriously steamy reads whose authors I’m definitely going to take a note of: Angela Caperton’s “Eve’s Apple Red,” Annabeth Leong’s “Whose Anniversary Is It, Anyway?,” and Kathleen Tudor’s “Experience and Expectations” were among these.
There were also a few stories I just wasn’t into, although frankly, I feel like this was more a case of personal preference. I’ve noticed that I tend to gravitate toward stories with an element of romantica, or which feature committed relationships or the potential for one. But I also know people who really enjoy those one-night-stand types of stories, so I couldn’t fault the read for my own hangups, as it were.
And I really appreciated that the range on these stories (which featured both MMF and MFF scenes) made Three of Hearts a really great sampler into the genre; it’s a book I’d recommend to someone who has never read menage before, but is curious about it. While I don’t feel like any of the stories should’ve been left out of the volume, I did find myself wishing there had been additional stories involving a committed threesome, as most of the ones that showcased committed relationships featured a couple bringing in a third, rather than an established menage a trois.
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