Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Book Review: 'Always the Quiet Ones' by Amy Valenti


A completely different take on love triangles.
A short story about friends who have a thing for each other but don’t want to take that step toward each for fear of losing each other if their relationship doesn’t work. Lee and Nicola have been friends since college. When Dana met them she realized that these ‘best friends’ have a thing for each other. As they say, the rest is history.
Lee and Dana both tend to have a dominant side. They both want to top. They both want Nicola who is a sexy little bisexual sub. Lee and Nicola have a passion that was unavoidable and sizzling. But for me, what was surprising, was the chemistry that Dana and Lee had. Their personalities clash, yet, that is what makes their relationship work. They understand each other.
This isn’t a traditional love story but there is one. Though the ending was satisfying I felt the romance was kind of missing. I know this is an erotic short story but, it felt like the romance part of the story was incomplete or glossed over. Alternatively, the erotic points were spot on.
The plot is not overly complicated and exactly what I was looking for in a short story. It was the perfect quickie to unwind from a stressful day.

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