“Friends With Benefits” by Anne Lange

friendswithbenefitsbyannelange435x680Can sexual exploration lead to three times the bliss?

Tyler had no idea his wife Angela’s desires so closely matched his own. But when some unguarded pillow talk reveals her fantasy of two men at once, Tyler jumps at the chance to make her happy. Enlisting the help of his best friend Connor, who’d shared some threesome adventures with him in the past, Tyler secretly hopes exploring Angela’s fantasies will lead to his own personal desire—a permanent threesome with the two people he loves most in the world.

Connor can’t believe it when his best friend asks him to seduce his wife. Then he meets Angela, and all the women in his past fade away. With Tyler’s blessing, Connor sets out to melt Angela’s reserve, and when Tyler joins the party, the three of them set the sheets on fire.

Angela is floored when her husband suggests they explore some of her fantasies—things she’d only read about but never in a million years thought she’d actually do. Sandwiched between Tyler and Connor, she’s never felt so treasured, so protected, so loved. But the reality proves much more complicated than the fantasy. She loves her husband, but she finds herself falling for his best friend too. That’s not normal, is it? What will people think?

The Review:

This was a true pleasure to read. I love menage stories and this was no exception. The level of detail that this story goes into is amazing. It’s one of the hottest stories I’ve read without needing to have anything overly kinky or taboo. However what I loved most about this story can make or break this story for others.

There were a lot of threesomes in this story. I’m going to venture that about 75% of this story was made up of erotic scenes, most of which were threesomes. This is not a story for people who don’t like menages or overly erotic stories. This has been a crux for me in the past as I often get bored when the scenes get repetitive after the first couple of scenes.

Anne Lange has a gift for writing erotica. The scenes didn’t feel repetitive, though I will admit toward the end I was more interested in their relationship than reading erotica. I skipped over a few of the later erotic passages as they gradually lost their appeal. Compared to others in this genre, I would say that it meets expectations, but doesn’t bring anything new or unique to the table.

My only real complaint about the story is, ironically, that there was too much sex. While it was well written and none of the scenes felt the same, the story itself was more interesting to me than the erotica. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the characters and I was curious how their relationship would turn out. The ending wasn’t overly surprising and was somewhat anti-climatic, though it was still an enjoyable read.

As far as plot goes it was fairly average. I was glad that the author didn’t feel the need to make the story ridiculous by having a serial killer or psycho stalk the characters. The only real “problems” they faced as a threesome are fairly typical for the genre: former partners and public ridicule. While mildly disappointing, it’s an interesting read and a definite favorite of mine.

There isn’t much else I can say about this story. It’s a purely erotic tale that will appeal to only a certain audience because of it’s subject matter. It’s a real treat to read as it is well written with good characterization, a decent (though minimal) plot, and has an easy flow. Whether or not you would enjoy this story is entirely up to your personal preferences. Personally, I found it enjoyable and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys menage.

~Jessica Weissenburger(Independent Reviewer for Book Reads and Reviews)

 

 

*NOTE: This book will also be reviewed by Robin Malone in the near future

 

Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 8: Very good plot, but it was somewhat underwhelming. Their relationship drove the story, however it was predictable.
  • Characterization – 10: Loved the characters, they weren’t perfect, but they felt real.
  • Style – 10: Great writing, descriptive, but not overly descriptive.
  • Threshold Quality – 10: I would love to read more from this author and already love menages. It stayed true to the genre.
  • Addictiveness – 6: It was enjoyable, but I didn’t find it overly addictive.

Total – 44 Points
Rating – 5 Stars


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