Is it possible to have a loving, lasting relationship with more than one person…at the same time? This is the burning question Tina faces in PARTY of THREE – available now from Carina Press.
After three years of denying herself any sort of physical relationship—if you want to know why, you need to read the book!—Tina is ready to climb back aboard the sex-train. The only problem is, she’s chosen the worst possible partner…Kenton. Her best friend, Des, stops her from making a colossal mistake with Kenton and instead gently coerces her into a threesome romp with her and her boyfriend, Josh. Although the experience blows her mind, Tina is afraid her one night of ‘blissful sin’ will ruin her friendship forever. What she doesn’t expect is to be invited to join Josh and Des again…and again…and again. She should say no, but she can’t.
Soon the affair becomes about more than just sex. The three involved struggle with their newfound feelings and, for various reasons, are scared to share how they feel and what they really want from one another. In the meantime, there is someone who is intent on breaking the threesome apart. Kenton is charming, manipulative, selfish and cruel. He represents the line—the one Tina fears most—that separates healthy sexual exploration from deviancy. Like Des and Josh, he has his sights set on Tina. Unlike Des and Josh, he doesn’t want to love her, he wants to hurt her.
Told from Tina’s point of view, PARTY OF THREE follows her sexual journey and the internal conflict she faces as she tries to make sense of her feelings for both Josh and Des. Tina needs to decide where she draws her line as to what is acceptable in a romantic relationship. But, she is carrying around far too much guilt and she thinks she doesn’t deserve the love of one, let alone two incredible individuals. Because of this guilt, she does everything in her power to sabotage what could be an amazing alternative relationship. To read an excerpt, click here.
I find alternative lifestyles fascinating (probably because I live a very traditional one). I blame my archaeology degree on the fact that I want to know why we live the way we do. After studying ancient cultures and participating in field schools around the world, I’ve come to believe that ‘normal’ is only a construct defined by the society we live in.
I’m interested in the family dynamics exposed in programs like Sister Wives and Big Love. Books like Stieg Larsson’s, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are among my recent favorites, not just because of the original plot and characterization, but because Larsson gives the reader a glimpse into Swedish culture where ideas about fidelity and multiple partners are a little less conventional than here in America. Vicky Christina Barcelona touches on this theme as well. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a wonderfully sensual film where a tempestuous marriage seems to work better when a third person gets involved.
Okay, the real reason I love Vicky Christina Barcelona is because Javier Bardem is in it. Let’s face it, that man is just plain sexy—with the five o’clock shadow, those long lashes and that accent? Mm-mmm! I could go for some of that!
Now, if only I could convince my husband…
So, getting back to my original question. Is it possible to be involved in a loving relationship with more than one person? I’d love to hear what you think.
Daire St. Denis is an adventure seeker and a wine lover. She’s also a seasonal hermit. So, in order to spice up her long, lonely winters in Canada, she pens hot (and sometimes very hot) tales.