Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: A Gift to Remember
AUTHOR: Diane Thorne
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
LENGTH: 103 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 21, 2016
Carol has spent the last five years working as an assistant for her boss, Thomas Barrett. She enjoys her job, and is a good friend to his wife, Lynn. Every year Lynn asks Carol for assistance in obtaining a gift for Thomas’s birthday. With his big fortieth arriving in a week, Carol expects she’ll need to snoop around the office for Lynn. To Carol’s surprise, Lynn already has an idea for Thomas’s present, and it’s one he will never forget.
Lynn invites Carol to join her and Thomas in a ménage a trois. Although shocked, Carol considers such a rare opportunity to broaden her sexuality. But if she joins her boss and his wife in the bedroom, will Carol be able to continue a relationship with them? Moreover, can she keep her job working for Thomas?
Female, female, male ménage is one of my favorite genres. Sadly, there are not enough stories available with this combination. When I saw this one up for review I stamped my name all over it. Let me tell you I wanted to love it, and was sure I would. Come on, lady love and a sexy man on the side or in the middle, what’s not to love?
I knew going in the story featured a boss and his secretary. Being in a similar occupation, I couldn’t imagine getting it on with my boss, and *gulps* his wife, but hey this is fiction so I had no issue with the dynamics of the trio. It did concern me that Lynn, the boss’s wife, set everything up behind her husband’s back. Yes, they talked about it first but he was kept in the dark and the reality of it might not have gone down so well. Thankfully all parties were on board and a fun time was had by all.
Little snippets are dropped in to keep the reader engaged as to possible marital problems. I had an inkling of what the ‘problem’ was before it came to light, most people will, however I really hoped I was wrong.
What really bothered me? The amount of times the couple sort out Carol for sex without the other. More often than not Carol was left wondering if Thomas knew Lynn was calling around for quickies, and vice versa. This made for an uncomfortable feeling of cheating, and I found it unfair the third party was the one who carried the guilt. Also, this story probably has more two-way than three-way encounters. Plenty of page time is given to straight coupling, while a number of female female scenes were off page.
What I really struggled with, and this is a huge part of the story, is the body issues both women had. Yes, I get many women are self-conscious, myself included. However, I read fiction to be wooed not to read about two central characters constantly comparing themselves to the other…it’s not hot. Carol, a curvy girl, wished she looked like Lynn. And Lynn, a tiny slim woman, of course wished she had Carol’s curves. Had there been a casual comment or two in passing I could’ve coped, but it goes on and on and on. The two of them together drove me crazy.
To top it off, throw in the amount of references to the mighty beast Thomas housed between his legs, and it’d be fair to say the references to the size of things bogged the story down. With that said size plays a vital part in why Lynn sort out a third party to help with things in the bedroom.
As much as the story lacked any emotional depth for me, I’m pleased these three found each other and am sure other readers will be able to relate to their predicament more so than I could.