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5.0 out of 5 starsHeartfelt
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2014
Sometimes I really like novels with threesomes and sometimes I really hate them, depending on how the interactions between the characters develop. I'm pleased to say that my response this time was very much the former. The author has a unique writing style, leaning almost towards the poetic, but without getting too flowery that it made it hard to follow. Instead it just felt heartfelt. The story is told from the perspective of just one of the characters, Grae, and yet despite this in the beginning I actually thought he was the hardest to understand. But then it's Grae's aura of mystery that seems to initially attract the other characters. Ben and Chris were just as well expressed even seen from Grae's perspective, and I don't think I could pick a favorite. A very enjoyable read.
This was a lovely, well-written and unique story. I love the author's sensibilities. There's love, passion, unusual relationship configurations, and life...but the characters are sensible, caring, real, and emotionally mature...which is such a treat.
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2014
Enjoyed this book. I enjoy narratives that help, even just a bit, to understand the complexity of loving and bonding to more than one person. This book is situated in a genre that, in general, is not high art. I don't expect it to be. Having said that, this book is sweet and reasonably composed, if a bit predictable in terms of the story development formulae for its genre.
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2017
Very British. Very, very British. A UK author in a UK setting with a British narrator with a very proper dialect. If you don’t like all things UK, don’t bother to pick this up. If you do—you’re in for a treat.
As the blurb states, Grae is a popular actor who had his eye on the very gorgeous and intriguing fellow actor and party boy, Chris, but when Chris turns down the chance to sleep with Grae, Grae then sets his sights on Ben, an apparently straight man who also happens to be both an actor and a writer. Grae and Ben become lovers and eventually an established couple, living together and becoming firmly committed to their relationship.
Unknown to Chris at the time Ben had still been single, Ben is actually bisexual, so when Chris sees Grae with him, it piques Chris’s interest in both men. Ultimately all three men end up sleeping together and though at first it looks like Chris is really only interested in sex with Grae, that’s not the case. And once they invite Chris into their bed more often, Ben finally accepts that Grae loves him and the move to bring Chris to their bed is not totally selfish.
Outside the bedroom, it’s difficult enough for two actors in demand to be able to be in a committed relationship without all the stress and strain of being geographically apart as they are offered a variety of roles, but add in the fact that one of them is also a writer and it gets more complicated. Add in a third and it gets more difficult still. And then Ben finishes a play he’s been writing and it has such potential that he and Grae and Chris manage to find a venue and tap into their friends to help stage the play for a short run to garner interest for a longer run in a more prestigious locale.
In the meantime, Ben and Grae worry that Chris might be too promiscuous and unable to commit solely to them so can’t be a permanent part of their lives. But Chris disagrees and firmly commits to being in a polyamorous relationship with them, agreeing to give up his hookups, and the three men start to see how their lives can be intertwined.
It’s slow-going and to be honest, between the very proper way of storytelling and the British accent and inflection of the narrator, my attention sometimes wandered to whatever I was doing at the time—usually driving my car or doing housework. I couldn’t stay utterly focused on the audiobook at all times as I’ve done with many others I’ve listened to.
The bottom line? Overall, I liked it and I think it’s well done, but not necessarily my cuppa. If you are into all things British, and enjoy polyamory romance, this is one you may really like.
5.0 out of 5 starsThree Sexy British Actors – One Great Tale (an audio review)
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2017
I loved this audiobook. I mean, three vibrant young British actors, those sexy British accents, and a ménage? What’s not to love?
Except this book is so much more than just a few salacious romps in the sack.
When Julie Bozza asked me to review “A Threefold Cord,” I immediately agreed – mostly because I’m an audio addict, but also because I was intrigued.
I have experience in the theatre and have some idea of the pressures, the tension, the long hours, the intense work, and the transitory relationships that are part of this milieu. Actors have to be flexible, often moving from job to job and even from location to location. Forming long-term relationships can be a challenge.
This story has three main characters but is entirely told in Grae’s point-of-view. I would have liked to know what dependable Ben and charismatic Chris were thinking at pivotal moments, but Grae was a reliable narrator. He navigated his way through the pitfalls and joys of being part of a triad. Because that’s what this is – a triad. Yes, there are hot ménage scenes in bed, but the men move into a relationship and that is the most interesting part of the book.
E.M. Forster’s book “Maurice” (pronounced Morris), plays a major role in Bozza’s book and my curiosity was piqued, sending me to the Internet. Not a necessity, for sure, but “Maurice” has a fascinating genesis and publication history. I won’t say more about this except framing the book in the second decade of the 21st century – 100 years after it was written – was brilliant. Theoretically, gay men are thought to have it easier than it was back in Forster’s time, but we all know it’s still not all smooth sailing. There were times when I wished the descriptions were more evocative. I am drawn in by being part of the scene – scent, sound, taste, and, of course, sight. With three gorgeous men, I wanted to be pulled in by more than simple description. Maybe the lack is due to Grae as the protagonist because I suspect if we had Ben’s perspective, the language would have been lusher.
That being said, this story was well-written and I enjoyed it. Christopher Preece was the perfect narrator as far as I am concerned, but I’ll be honest and say most foreign voices are sexy to me. Ms. Bozza has other audiobooks I am eyeing and I highly recommend this one. Especially that British accent…