Downtown Devil by Cara McKenna (Sins in the City #2)

Synopsis:

29066892At the edge of thirty, Clare is feeling restless. Even though she’s gainfully employed and pursuing her passion for photography, she can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing. Then she meets Mica. A perfect subject for her portrait exhibit, Mica is sexy, exciting, and everything Clare desires.

One night with the charismatic stranger is all it takes to leave her craving more. But the intensity Mica brings isn’t confined to the bedroom, and Clare wonders if this summer fling might turn more adventurous than she anticipated—especially as a curious energy starts to simmer between the two of them and Mica’s handsome roommate, Vaughn.

As the three-way tension mounts, Mica makes a sinful proposal. It’s an invitation Clare can’t pass up, and an erotic encounter she’ll never be able to forget. Caught up between two irresistible men, Clare is about to get all the excitement she’s been looking for—and then some….

Review:

Totally hot menage – continue reading if you dare.

The good:

  • There’s only one character with speaking lines that’s white, if I remember correctly.  Everyone else is part of the rainbow and I love it.

    Dannica was “the whole spice rack,” she’d said once.  Scandinavian, Caribbean, Jewish, and Hispanic, “and maybe a few other flavors tossed in – I can’t remember.  I’m a one-woman UN.”

  • Similarly, love is not packed into a neat ♂・♀ box. Girl thinks guy is hot, guy thinks girl is hot, both think his roommate is hot.  Needless to say this is where the menage comes in.
  • While most of the book is sex, the lead up to sex, or the aftermath of sex, there’s still some plot to it. A gallery show provides a through line that mostly holds up.
  • Said sex is scorching.  The threesome evolves several different ways and includes gay scenes and light power exchange.  Read this book at home, not on the train!  (Ask me how I know.)
  • The relationships felt believable, even if I wasn’t perfectly happy with the ending.

The not-so-good:

  • The second in a series this book stands alone, but I found a continuing theme troubling.  In both books the happy ending includes only two characters out of the main three.  The message seems to be “threesomes are fun, but of course they don’t last!  Don’t be silly.”

    …but now this [two person relationship] feels just as good [as the three person relationship]. Quieter, and more intimate, with just two. More… manageable, and like less of a big to-do. I needed the adventure, but now what I want is something quieter. Simpler.

    In one book I let it go, but two in a row annoy me.  People find all different ways to share their love, and it irks that the author is writing off polyamorous love as a phase, something to enjoy but move past.  It’s not for me, it’s not for everyone, but some people make it work.  Why not write about that?

  • Making the happy ending between just two characters leaves the third high and dry.  He just… drifts off.  You doubt he’s happy.  It’s a crappy place to leave one of the main characters in a romance, especially as I doubt he’ll be returning in the last book.

Even with my qualms it’s a solid and super hot read and a must for those who like their threesomes out of the M/F/M mold.

Thanks to InterMix and NetGalley for providing a review copy.

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