Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review: Falling, Freestyle by Vivian Arend

Falling, Freestyle (Xtreme Adventures #1) by Vivian Arend
Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.

Wary of the men who've recently been sniffing around Dara, Jack has a growing sense that he or Kane better make a move soon, or they're going to lose out on their perfect match. Question is, who does she prefer...and who's going to bring their easygoing trio to an end?

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.
My Thoughts: I am always game for a good menage book. Always. This one was a little different from the menages I usually read because much of the action involves sex between two of them while the third looks on or engages only minimally. Trust me when I say this works perfectly for this book. It's sexy as hell and it very nicely deals with some of the issues Kane has with being involved in a trio when  he's not sexually attracted to men.

One of the things I absolutely love about Vivian Arend's writing is that she gives us characters that feel very real. Kane has some reservations about sharing Dara with his best friend that has nothing to do with "sharing" her so much as being in close physical contact with another guy. Dara allows both Jack and Kane to push her boundaries while worrying that her request will change things between them in the long run. Jack worries that his penchant for dominance games in the bedroom might bleed over into real life and he'd end up demanding things of his best friends without consciously meaning to. Quite frankly, these things made the characters stand out and made me fall for them even more.

Fun, fast paced, and sex-ay, I am all over the friends to lovers and how they work things out to a mutually satisfying conclusion idea. It worked very nicely here and I fully approve of the use of icicles in the hot tub.

Books in this series
1. Falling, Freestyle - Kindle
2. Rising, Freestyle

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    1. I will pummel you with menage books until you break down and read them AND find one you enjoy!

      Did you ever notice that I have a menage tag? *nods knowingly* You should check it out.

    2. *looks at menage tag* *looks at you* *looks back at menage tag* Hmm....

  2. I like menage books and sometimes is good to read a erotica. I think I have this book, don't know ;) TBR is huge.
    Liked your review and will search for him to read it.
    Have you read Maya Banks Colters series? Is fun and really sexy too.

    Mariana @ Book Travels

    1. I've read one of the Colters' books. I LOVE Maya Banks, though. She's an absolutely fantastic writer.

  3. I wish I liked menage more---seriously. I know they are sex-ay but I keep thinking I couldn't do it. Yes, I have this annoying habit of becoming the leading lady when I am reading LOL

    Now if I could assign them all household chores......hmmmm LOL

    1. Lol! I think I've come across that happening in a few menage books - where the men do more around the house than the lady does just because they want her to be happy. So, this fantasy COULD HAPPEN! Lol!

  4. I've never heard of this author, but I've now read several of your reviews of her work. Now I need to find space for her in my reading schedule. Thanks for sharing!

    1. She's pretty awesome. Her Granite Lake Wolves books are very fun if you want to go the shapeshifter route. This one's contemp, obviously, and it is sex-ay. Rawr!