Review: Falling, Freestyle by Vivian Arend

Falling, Freestyle by Vivian Arend
Series: Xtreme Adventures (#1)
Release Date: November 30th, 2010
Publisher: Samhain
Page Count: 120
Source: Purchased and read for leisure

Never venture out of bounds without a buddy—preferably two.

Dara’s past four incredible years have been lived to the fullest. Along with her best friends, Kane and Jack, she’s left no local wilderness unexplored, no ski slope unchallenged. Yet lately she wonders why they’ve never seen her as more than a buddy with breasts. When—or if—either man will cross that unspoken line.

It’s a line Kane eyes harder every day. Since high school, he and Jack have shared everything. A condo, vacations—and their best girl. Kane’s ready to get serious about his wilderness school and outfitter business, and that includes putting down roots. Preferably with Dara.

Overhearing the boys arguing over her, Dara’s floored—and torn. Choose between them? No way. Drastic measures are called for, a plan for their annual holiday getaway that will clarify her feelings once and for all—or lose everything in a sexual storm of whiteout proportions.

Warning: Old friends turned lovers can get into the most trouble—exhibitionism, bondage, spanking. Anal sex, oral sex, unauthorized use of ski safety harnesses, icicles in the hot tub… The author apologizes in advance for any melted monitors.

Review: Well, romances are about escapism and fantasy, and this packs quite a punch in 120 pages. Usually books this short fly by, but this one was impressive. Read the warnings, which I usually skip in copying the blurb here to the blog. If any of that isn’t for you, skip it (except bondage and spanking, which was very light). If you like best friend stories and triad stories, this is right up your alley.

I’m amazed at how the author packed so much character and steam into one novella. Dara is torn by her love of her two best friends, and wants to do something about them not seeing her as a girl. When she overhears that they both want her, she takes matters into her own hands. The guys are shocked when she reveals the erotic novel she’s been reading and asks them to help her fulfill some of her own fantasies, but agree to suspend reality for a weekend.

Kane and Jack are best friends who have never shared a woman before, and never even considered it. Usually in these stories the ménage idea is not new to everyone in the trio. The author got into the heads of all three characters, and managed to turn out one very hot romance. The guys go back and forth in their heads with jealousy vs. wanting to please Dara, and yet it doesn’t sound like whining or take away from the momentum of the book at all.

Oh…and the ending is fresh and entertaining, but I’m not going to spoil it.

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