Review: Tempted by Two by Portia Da Costa

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Review: Tempted by Two by Portia Da CostaTempted by Two by Portia Da Costa
When executive woman Katie Warren arrives in the picturesque village of Little Marplethorpe for a country holiday, to reassess her life and her future, she doesn't bargain on ending up in a hot three way love affair with a man she's admired from afar... and his gorgeously handsome male partner.

Marcus Dane and Owen Foster are lovers, committed for a lifetime, but they both enjoy the company of women as friends and bedmates too. Encountering Katie at an exhibition of his work, Marcus knows she's just the kind of bold, daring, imaginative woman who'll relish sharing erotic games with Owen and himself.

But what none of the trio expect is that their intense, steamy threesome will quickly deepen into a bond that's a lot more than just simply fabulous sex.
Published by Self-Published on 25 May 2012
Genres: Erotica, Threesome/Ménage à Trois
Pages: 101
Format: eARC
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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

I’m of two minds about this little novella.  On one hand, the sex scenes are inventive and really freaking hot.  On the other hand… it really needed a few more trips through an editor.

There are quite a few typos and grammatical errors, and there is little that will distract me from a story faster than “to” instead of “too” and crazily placed commas.  The prose has humor and quirk to it, but it really lacks polish.  Some of the word choices made me cackle at inappropriate moments, too.  Part of it is just the British slang used; I’m not British, and unfortunately some of the dialogue came off sounding a bit like Austin Powers.  But the biggest problem I had was the choice of euphemisms for the lowliest of bodily orifices: the asshole.  I’m of a mind that you just call and asshole an asshole, but Da Costa used “rosy vent” and “anal vent,” both of which put farting at the forefront of my mind, and really, I don’t want to think about farting while I’m reading an erotic scene.  “Anal cleft” was also used far too often for my taste.  The euphemisms were alternately purple and clinically gross, and I had some issues sticking with the sex scenes because of it.

I also had a problem with how Marcus first seduces Katie.  The story is told from Katie’s point of view, and at one point she thinks that he comes off like a sexual predator.  Now… maybe it was just unfortunate word choice.  I like the idea of a lover who’s predatory, as in stalking like a sexy jungle cat or what have you, but “sexual predator” has a very different connotation in my mind:

Chris Hansen saying Have a seat right there. I have a few questions for you.

I sincerely hope that’s not the kind of predator the author meant with that line, but it still stuck out at me and made me uncomfortable.

The characters themselves are likable enough, even if they’re pretty standard stock characters.  Katie is the woman dissatisfied with her current life, Marcus is the flamboyant artist, and Owen (my personal favorite) is the more reticent novelist.  The characters did play off of each other quite well, particularly Marcus and Owen.  However, I don’t know if I’d say the threesome romance with Katie involved really convinced me that they were all in love.  Part of that might be the short format of the book; there just wasn’t enough time to really flesh out their growing relationship, so as a reader you have to take it on faith that a lot happened in those three weeks to help them all fall in love.

But if you’re just in the mood for a porny threesome, Tempted By Two has you covered.  There are multiple sex scenes that are pretty hot (if you can ignore the rosy vents and anal clefts), and I really do want to read more steamy threesome romances.  I just wish this one had a bit more polish to it.

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