11 December 2014

The Glass Knot by Lily Harlem

 What’s a girl to do when the guy she falls for is married to another man?

This is exactly what happened to me. Seeing Josh Kendal stroll out of the Mediterranean Sea wearing tight navy swim trunks and looking like a hot new James Bond was a truly delicious moment. Catching sight of his wedding ring was like a kick in the shin and meeting his gorgeous husband, phew, that was enough to make any girl groan at the cruel joke God was playing on her.

But all was not as it seemed, and when Josh needed a woman to sort out a ‘delicate predicament’ I was the one for the job – heck, what did I have to lose? Certainly not as much as him, literally.

Trouble is, emotions always get tangled, loyalties can’t help but be divided and with a night of memories so hot they'd have the devil sweating, there was only one thing for it—it was time to get honest, fight for what I wanted despite society’s constraints and open my heart to the people it needed most.

Reader advisory - The Glass Knot is an erotic romance featuring M/M and M/F love and every combination of two guys and a girl you can think of!
Josh and Nick have been together for 10 years and are together celebrating their anniversary when they meet Laura.  Laura is instantly attracted to Josh, but once she notices the wedding ring she’s disappointed.  What she doesn’t know is that Nick and Josh have an understanding that Josh can have one night with a woman if he connects with her.  So, she and Josh spend one very hot night together, a night that changes them both. 
This is a M/M/F book that all in all I found intriguing.  It seems to unfold as you suspect a real life ménage between two gay partners and woman would.  There are a lot of mixed emotions on everyone’s part and I thought that added an element of realism to the story. 
This is a super erotic book and I thought the sex and sensuality were really well done. What I really appreciated about this book as well was that it paints sexuality as not just black and white, but with many shades of gray.  The way that Josh and Nick discuss their sexuality was eye-opening and I think true to life, and it really made the characters real for me.  I felt something for them and even though there are aspects of this book that I didn’t find appealing (which I don’t want to spoil for you) I did understand that not every picture of a relationship is pretty and one dimensional. 
Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  It’s an interesting plot and a really interesting relationship to delve in to.  I would recommend it to anyone who likes the m/m/f dynamic.  4 stars.
As expected, I loved The Glass Knot. Ms. Harlem has a gift for crafting ménage romances that balance romance and sex between all three parties beautifully and this book is no exception. Unlike the previous ménage romances of hers that I have read, there was far more of an antagonistic relationship between Nick and Laura than I recall encountering. This actually enhanced the story far more than I anticipated when Nick’s resentment first appeared.

Josh and Nick are on vacation celebrating their ten year anniversary. While there, Josh meets Laura and finds himself drawn to her. With Josh quite possibly being the most attractive man she has ever encountered, Laura is quite disappointed to learn that he is not only married, but that he is married to a man. But Josh has a one-time pass from Nick to have sex with a woman and Laura is who he wants to lose his virginity to. Fortunately once Josh gets past his initial anxiety he proves to be quite the dedicated student and the sex between the two is hot. As with all vacations, time in paradise ends and Laura must return to her life finding it even drearier than before. This changes when she goes to Barn View to take photos of Josh to give to Nick for his birthday. One thing leads to another and Josh and Laura have another round of hot sex. Of course this is a problem because Nick’s fears regarding Laura being a threat prove to be founded and MAJOR drama ensues – as well as seriously hot angry sex between the two men. Laura feels horrendous for causing problems between the two men and flees back to London cutting all ties. But when a near fatal accident occurs and Nick comes to realize what’s important he seeks out Laura to help him with Josh’s recovery. From there the three embark upon a dual relationship between Laura & Josh and Josh & Nick. Living in such close quarters and seeing their shared love for Josh, Nick and Laura forge a bond that eventually explodes and paves the way for the ménage relationship, which is accompanied by the full gamut of freaking hot sex – MM, MF, MMF and MFM – and Ms. Harlem is a master of writing squirm-inducing sex scenes.

I really enjoyed that while the main part of the story was told from Laura’s perspective, the Prologue was told from Josh’s POV and the Epilogue was told from Nick’s POV. This gives the reader the opportunity to get a feel for Josh in the beginning of the book and confirms Nick’s happiness with the ménage relationship at the end of the book – at least it did for me. The Epilogue also gave a nice look into how their relationship had progressed over the two years – in their family structure, their emotional connection to one another, and that their physical attraction remains as strong as ever after 2 and 12 years together. The Glass Knot is a beautiful love story between three people who learned that love truly knows no bounds. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Harlem’s work. 


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