Love Plus One

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There is a warning at the beginning of the book that alerts the reader to “[b]rief mentions of graphic violence and oral gang rape after the fact.” It’s a good warning for those who would benefit.

Laurie and James are in a monogamous, committed relationship. About once a week they add Al, James’ childhood friend, to their mix. Al enjoys playing the field and doesn’t want to settle down.

Al gets sexually assaulted one night and turns to Laurie and James for solace. He eventually comes to the realization that he is in love with Laurie and James and wants to be an exclusive part of their relationship.

For me, this book was just weird and uncomfortable. Laurie is older than James and met James through his best friend, Gillie. Gillie is James’ mother. Yeah, weird. The age difference doesn’t bother me so much as the whole bff/mother-in-law thing.

The morning after Al’s sexual assault, Laurie and Al engage in oral sex. That was uncomfortable for me, but I guess that fits the book as more than half of the pages are dedicated to some sort of sex act. While I do not have an issue with lots of sex in the books I read, the frequency of the sex in this book felt excessive. The emotional connection between the three seemed to be absent. I needed more feeling.

I’m sure this book is perfect for others but it wasn’t for me.

**Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and impartial review.**

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