I get asked a lot why I write ménage stories. The obvious answer would be “Why not?” but that’s not a very informative answer, is it? *g* In a way, the whole idea of three people together makes sense to me. I’m an only child, so growing up it was just mom, dad and myself. Now, as an adult, I only have one child. So it’s just the three of us. As odd as it may seem, I see three as a balance. Two strong supportive bases together supporting one, like a triangle.
I like reflecting that concept in the ménages I write, which is probably why I also tend to favor writing m/m/f ménages. There is no one clear cut focal point in the relationship—at any time any one of them could be that one being supported. It’s a cohesive relationship where there are open lines of communication (unless the story calls for there not to be *g*) to make everything work. That’s not to say the same isn’t necessary for a couple, it is—the concepts for a couple and a triad aren’t much different. There’s just another person to think about.
In Chasing Sin, the two men are already in a well-established, very committed relationship when the story begins. But they both have feelings for their co-worker, a woman. To them, it’s perfectly natural and they never question why things have developed that way. Kate, of course, does voice her misgivings about coming into this kind of arrangement, but it doesn’t last long. It also isn’t long before lack of communication becomes an issue with the trio. Plus, being the evil author I am *g*, not only do they have to figure out where they all stand, Mother Nature doesn’t make it easy for them.
Every spring, Kate risks her life chasing violent storms. Tired of watching her take unnecessary chances, two of her closest friends offer a different thrill. Devoted lovers Snyder and Tripp don’t just share a passion for nature’s fury; they long to have the fearless woman between them.
Though she is reluctant, she also knows the proposition is too irresistible to refuse. Her acceptance leads to an explosive night of no-holes-barred sex for the threesome. However, when morning dawns, she realizes this type of unusual relationship isn’t one she belongs in.
Despite her best efforts to keep the men at arm’s length, Kate finds herself facing down the storm of the century with them at her side. With Mother Nature intruding, the trio discovers shelter in each other’s arms. With the hurricane raging outside and passion raging inside, everything is at stake.
“I spent so many summer’s baking to a crisp right on that very beach. It’s hard to let that kind of thing go.”
“A teenage Kate in a bikini. I would’ve liked to have seen that.”
“I wasn’t much. Pretty gangly as a kid. No boobs to speak of.”
Tripp scooted closer, wrapping his arms around her as he pulled her against him. “But yet you’ve blossomed into the gorgeous woman you are today.”
He felt so good against her. So right and someone she could get very used to getting lost in. It was dangerous to feel so comfortable here in his arms, but a few minutes couldn’t hurt, right?
She buried her nose in his chest, inhaling the familiar scent of his soap that mixed with the sharp salt air from the water. “I don’t deserve you two.”
“Bullshit, you have every right to be with us.”
Those soft words were a weight in her chest, and despite the pain it caused, she pulled away from the warmth of his body. He muttered a protest as she hopped off the railing. She stopped after opening the door and glanced back over her shoulder.
He looked so damn handsome sitting there with the panoramic view of the beach spread out behind him. Disappointment darkened his gaze and she fought to find the courage necessary to walk away.
A gust of wind blew through the porch, whistling against the aging planks. The sound reminded her of the violent storm that had gotten her into this predicament in the first place.
Instead of courage, that reminder gave her the strength to do what she had to.
“I can’t, I’m sorry.”
Sara Brookes is an award-winning author who has always been fascinated by the strange, the unusual, the twisted and the lost (tortured heroes are her personal favorite). She is an action movie junkie, addicted to coffee and has been known to stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing RPG video games. Despite all this, she is a romantic at heart and is always a sucker for an excellent love story. Born and bred in Virginia, Sara still lives there with her husband and daughter. The entire family is owned by two cats, Galahad and Loki, who graciously allow the family to cater to their every desire.
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