We all know romance is fantasy. I’m sorry y’all but you are not going to meet your future billionaire husband at your local coffee shop The creepy, stalker guy you see on the street corner – is really just a creeper, he is not a secret sex god waiting to whisk you away. And you are not going to end up in a permanent menage with two hot men.
There I said it.
You are not going to live happily ever after with two guys. All contributing to the household expenses evenly, all taking turns having dirty sex and sharing the same bed.
It’s not going to happen. So why does it happen so much in romance books? Yes, fantasy, but is it a fantasy we like? And more specifically, why do authors build towards a m/m or m/f relationship in a series, then release their book with a third romantic interest in the relationship? Why authors, why?
Is it to make the book more erotic? Two peens are better than one? I have to admit, I do get excited when the book features a m/m/f, where both men are attracted to each other. But I’d probably be even more excited if we just nixed that “f” right out of the relationship. In Elle Kennedy’s Men out of Uniform series, she was working up to a relationship between Aidan and Dylan, yet when their book came out, a woman named Claire also joined into an eventual permanent menage. Now, I know the author all along intended to have it as a threesome and it is just my love of m/m books that I didn’t want a girl thrown in. But I still felt a tiny bit cheated by it.
Someone recently commented in the blurb reveal of Rocky Mountain Freedom by Vivian Arend that she has read a few books where…
“…a woman suddenly appears in the plot to create 3-way insta lust, followed quickly by 3-way insta love and an HEA ménage. It now seems this book is going to follow exactly the same storyline. Predictable and slightly unbelievable. Is this the new in thing??”
Now, Rocky Mountain Freedom isn’t out yet so we don’t know how the relationship in that book will play out, but I think this commenter makes a good point. A third person thrown into a relationship needs great care. It changes the dynamic of the romance and it needs time to develop and make sense.
I’ve read some books with menages that have worked – but if I had a choice, I think I’d prefer the HEA to just be two people, especially if we get hints of a romance developing between two people, only to have a third thrown in later.
Have a third come join the fun during the book (hey, even invite a fourth!) but for me, a permanent menage HEA doesn’t feel genuine.
Have you ever been disappointed by a third person entering into a relationship that had already started? Which menage books have worked well for you?.