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A Different Kind of Menage

By Lisabet Sarai

Ménage stories are all the rage in erotic romance these days. I can certainly understand why. If the fantasy of one attentive and devoted lover excites you, why not add a second man to the mix? Of course, the second guy should cherish the heroine at least as much as the first. This is romance we're talking about here; the threesome needs to be about more than just sensual satisfaction.

In most of the ménage romance I've read, the two men in question are connected somehow before they meet the heroine. They're often best friends, sometimes even brothers. They're both attracted to the heroine, and they agree to share her. She's often the last to know.

My polyamorous tales tend to be different. It's usually the woman who initiates the three-way connection. Taking two lovers allows her to follow her heart without having to relinquish either of the men to whom she's drawn. Of course the men need to be comfortable together and to trust each other in order for the connection to work. Their mutual love of the heroine provides the necessary bond to establish that trust. The fact that, in many of my tales, the men are attracted to one another as well provides additional impetus for the triangle.

In Monsoon Fever, Priscilla invites both her husband Jonathan and the charismatic Indian lawyer Anil to share her bed. (She doesn't know, at the time, that Anil has charmed Jon as well.) Madeleine, the heroine of my vampire ménage Fire in the Blood falls under the spell of the undead ex-slave Etienne, but still loves her boyfriend Troy.

Truce of Trust offers a different scenario. At the start of the story, Leah is already living with two men, her husband Daniel and her master Eric. She spends alternating nights with each, but their mutual antagonism and jealousy finally drives her away from both of them. The two decide to make peace and to truly share her. Their love for her overcomes their suspicions and insecurities. It is Leah who must make the final decision, however, on whether to accept them back into her bed.

Earlier this week, Total-E-Bound released the anthology Treble, a collection of tales about threesomes and music. The book includes my story Wild About That Thing, focused on the blues. Once again, my heroine Ruby is the one who concludes that a threesome is the right path for her relationships.

Two things are important to Ruby Jones: her teenage son and her struggling club, the Crossroads Blues Bar. Her love life comes as a distant third, despite the efforts of Zeke Chambers to convince her otherwise. Zeke's the lead singer in her house band, a devoted friend, and an occasional lover. He can drive her wild with desire, but can't get her to make a commitment. Deserted by her cheating ex-husband, Ruby's determined she's going to make it on her own. She's hot-blooded like her bluesman daddy, happy to satisfy her physical cravings, but she's not about to let any man into her heart.

The stranger who takes the stage on the Crossroads open mike night upsets the delicate balance in Ruby's world. Remy Saint-Michel inspires irrational, irresistible lust as well as inexplicable sympathy. Overwhelmed, confused, guilty and worried about her prized independence, Ruby decides that the only way to deal with her two lovers is to push them both away. Zeke and Remy, though, have other ideas.

To whet your appetite, I've included an X-rated excerpt below.

And - in case you're interested - you can win a free copy of Treble. Just leave a comment below! I'll pick a winner on Monday the 19th!

Ruby sank down onto the bed, suddenly unsure. Without a word, Zeke began to undress. She swallowed hard, her pantyhose growing more sodden by the instant as he revealed his blond-furred torso and muscled thighs. He stepped out of his briefs, setting his erect cock free. It reared up from the red-gold tangle at his groin, swaying a bit, like a tree branch in the wind. Sporting a wicked grin, he stroked it once or twice to coax a bead of moisture from the fat bulb. Ruby clutched the bedspread, her heart slamming against her ribs. Was this really happening?

No sooner was Zeke naked than Remy began to disrobe. He kicked off his boots, then dragged his shirt over his head and tossed it into a corner, to be followed by his jeans. Gone was the composure that had first drawn her attention… Was it really less than a week ago? Urgency and impatience vibrated in his every gesture. His swollen penis arced towards the ceiling in a graceful curve, bobbing with his pulse. He struggled for control, his hands clenched into fists by his sides. His skin gleamed like polished oak, smoothed over the sculpted curves of his hairless chest and lean flanks. Revealed to Ruby for the first time, his naked body was every bit as compelling as his face. She fought the urge to literally throw herself at his feet.

Her suit jacket felt hot and constraining. She shrugged it off her shoulders. The silk of her blouse revealed her taut nipples, straining through the lace of her brassiere. Her musk escaped the confines of her panties and hose. She was dying for them to touch her, but neither man moved. She was the one in charge.

Please,” she managed to choke out, holding out her arms. “Don’t make me wait any longer!”

In an instant, they were both by the bed. Remy crouched down to remove her shoes. He kneaded her insteps and arches. She tingled all over. He worked his way up her legs—massaging her calves, working his thumbs into the pressure points above her knees, stroking the insides of her thighs with a light touch that shot straight to her pussy. As he worked, he pushed her skirt up into a crumpled mess in her lap. She didn’t care. She leant back to give him access to the elastic circling her waist. In one swoop, he relieved her of her underwear and stockings.

Meanwhile, Zeke knelt behind her on the bed, his thighs flanking her hips, his chest against her back, and his erection flattened against her spine. He reached around to unfasten her buttons, his blunt fingers brushing against the heated skin below her bra. The transient contact made her yearn for more. He removed her blouse, taking care not to damage the delicate garment, then addressed himself to the hooks of her bra. By the time she released the breath she was holding, he had bared her breasts. Her plentiful flesh spilled out of his palms. Zeke thumbed the swollen tips and lightning streaked down to her clit.

God, you’ve got gorgeous tits, darlin’! Juicy and firm as Georgia peaches!” Zeke gave the aching nubs a pinch, making her squirm. At the same time, Remy’s slender fingers parted her labia and warm breath stirred her moist folds.

Oh…” She hardly had time to moan before Remy’s mouth fastened on her pussy. “Oh—oh, my God…” He burrowed into her, sucking her flesh into his mouth while swiping the flat of his tongue across her clit. Sensitised by days of self-imposed celibacy, her hungry cunt spasmed with pleasure under his expert attention. She tilted her pelvis and parted her thighs, trying for more contact. Remy probed her crevice, making her crave deeper penetration, before returning his attention to her clit.

Her whole being concentrated on the tongue dancing in her pussy. A climax curled in her belly. Remy’s mouth coaxed it closer to the surface.

All at once there was heat and wetness from a new source. Zeke’s ripe lips surrounded one nipple. He swirled his tongue around the engorged bead of flesh, then applied delicious suction. His moustache brushed her bare skin, soft and sensual. Just when she thought she’d burst from the pleasure, he transferred his mouth to the other breast, leaving the first soaked with saliva, chilled and tingling. He used his teeth but Ruby felt no pain, only a brilliant stab of delight.

Remy reacted as her body tensed. He drove his face into her sex, plunging his tongue into her hole, mashing her clit against his nose. The duelling sensations, above and below, drove her into a frenzy. Her lovers worked together to brink her to the peak. That realisation—that the two men were collaborating in her pleasure—was what finally pushed her over the edge.

Treble is available now! In addition to my contribution, it includes stories by Elizabeth Coldwell, Desiree Holt, Lily Harlem, Imari Jade and Wendi Zwaduk – all wonderful writers!

Don't forget to leave a comment and win your own copy!


Lucia said...

I love ménages, but I'm very picky about them. There has to be more than lust, all three must love eachother, and the woman shouldn't be the center of it all. I like that you think that ménages needs to be about more than just sensual satisfaction :)

Lisabet Sarai said...

Hello, Lucia,

In WILD ABOUT THAT THING, music is a bond that joins Remy and Zeke - along with their shared love of Ruby. Whether things will go beyond that point remains to be seen!

Harlie Reader said...

Morning Lisabet. I like your take on the menage. I've gotten bored with the men taking over the relationship. I like it when its ladies choice and she is the one that is ultimately in control.

Plus, for some reason I like it when the men have to realize that they have feelings for each other, too. Makes the menage that much better.

Great post.

msmjb65 said...

I've always been into menages (even experienced a few over the years!), but, I agree with Lucia that in romance novels they must be done right. I also agree that there has to be more than just lust among the participants, although out here in the real world, if consenting adults want to get together to play, good for them!

But, if I'm reading a story, I need there to be more than just sex, just like in any other romance story - erotic or not. There needs to be an underlying emotional connection that the reader can relate to even if they have never experienced a menage or not.

I hope I win the book!
msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

shadow_kohler said...

Great post! Ive been drooling after this book. :P I love reading menage books. There so good and the plus, music books are so much fun! I like how all three characters loves each other and they help each other work through there issues. No one character is favorited over the other two. There all equals. :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Toni said...

Yes, there is something about menage. I do believe I enjoy 99% of them. I really like how this book has a central theme.


Xakara said...

I've been lucky so far, in all my stories, it's been a mutual thing. The men are usually current or past lovers, and all three (or more) know each other or have their past associations. As a friends-turned-loves scenario, they're all on equal footing and remain so throughout as they negotiate their new configurations and emotional entanglements. I don't think I could approach it another way...


Lisabet Sarai said...

Thanks to all of you for your comments!

The M/M couple meeting or getting involved with a woman seems to be a really common scenario in erotic romance. I haven't written a tale in that vein partly because it has been done so often.

In my one M/M/F menage book, FIRE IN THE BLOOD, a M/F couple meets another M and both fall in love with him.

Gabby said...

I've only read a few menage stories and they all turned out pretty good and this may seem a little silly but it sometimes bothers me if the three don't stay together in the end, silly I know.

I do like menages though and this anthology sounds awesome!

tammy ramey said...

this is one of my favorite types of books to read,i love the dynamics of the relationship and how the characters interact with each other(the m/m too). i do prefer the ones that focus on the female in the books but ifit is well written i have enjoyed some that were more of a focus on the m/m and then add the female, or even m/m/m.

i love have to say that i am in some serious cover love with this book, it's gorgeous and i can't wait to read it. i hope i win! :)

Tamsyn said...

I like the idea of the woman initiating the menages instead of the men. Love the excerpt and I would really like to know how it all finally ends! Great post.


Jacki C. said...

You have the right perspective about menages. If it is going to be two men and one woman - she really should be "aware" of the probability BEFORE the men spring it on her! Not that I would probably fight it if Zeke and Remy came along :)

*yadkny* said...

WOW! That was an amazing excerpt! I don't I've read a story where the woman initiates the menage versus the men. Very interesting dynamic that I would definitely like to explore more of in my reading adventures:)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Naomi Bellina said...

I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the whole M/M/F thing. I think I might be a tad too selfish to share my lover in bed. Sure it would be fun when they were both pleasing me, but what about when their attention wanders to each other? I suppose I need to read a little more along this line, since it seems so popular now.

Naomi Bellina said...

Whoops! Here's my email. It would be lovely to win!


Amy said...

Going off on a different tangent. My very strong preference is for MFM menage over MMF. But that set me to thinking. That's only a subset of the types of menage that could happen. I wonder about the saleability of and/or market for FMF (hetero, the women sharing the male lover but not lovers themselves), perhaps both submissives serving the same Dom? Or do you think since the majority of readers of romance, and thus menage, are hetero women (that's an assumption but I think probably correct) that their fantasies are more likely to turn to being shared rather than sharing? Just a "hmmmm" moment, LOL!

Lisabet Sarai said...

Hello again! Thanks for all your great comments.

Gabby - There's something amazing about the concept of a three way relationship that's stable, long term. I do believe that it's possible - although rare. In this story, I try to suggest that this is what lies in their future.

Jacki - I just read an excerpt where two guys who are close friends had decided, between themselves, to seduce the woman they both desire. It just rubbed me the wrong way! I felt as though the woman was a second-class member of the relationship. Almost like prey!

Amy - I think that F/M/F menages are more popular with male readers ;^) Personally, though, I enjoy pretty much any collection of genders and any dynamics, if it's done well. My vampire menage Fire in the Blood is M/M/F - but it features a couple who both fall in love with the same, dominant man (the vampire).

I'll check back in a few hours to pick a winner!

Lisabet Sarai said...

Thanks to all for visiting!

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