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Feb 18 2014 5:43pm

10 Ménage à Trois Romances You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion)

Laid Bare by Lauren DaneA successful ménage à trois romance require the author to write a believable polyamorous relationship, one where each partner loves one another equally. That's one of the reasons that menage stories are so hard for me to find successful. It does help if there is a viable storyline, some humor, and a realistic emotional base on which it builds. Here are some ménage à trois romances that make me believe in the power of three.

10. Laid Bare by Lauren Dane. Though not a fan of the female in this ménage à trois, that doesn’t stop me from admitting Dane wrote a powerful love story that convinced me that each person in this relationship loved one another and was committed to one another. It helps, in my book, if the the relationship is all inclusive loving; meaning that the men also love one another and engage in sexual congress.

The way he wanted it. Not gentle, not nice, but hard and dark. Emotion rushed through him as she sucked him into her mouth. Her hair in his fist felt right, so right he had to stop thinking about it because it overwhelmed him. Instead he watched her.

She was so beautiful.

Each time he pulled out, the stalk of his cock was deep red and shiny from her mouth. Her eyes stayed closed, but every once in a while she’d open them and look up at him, shocking him down to his toes.

Tempted by Megan Hart9. Tempted by Megan Hart. Though this threesome doesn’t stand the test of time and is only a summer fling, Hart addresses some of the emotional issues I have with polyamorous relationships and shows us that sometimes love isn’t enough.

“When everything changes we learn who we really are. What’s really important. What we want most. We discover the truth in moments of disarray.”

8. The Courage to Love by Samantha Kane. A historical erotic romance that requires you to set aside some of your rationale and just allow the story to flow over you. Again, an m/m/f that also plays on the gay-for-you trope. Some may find that our lovers fall into to bed too quickly to allow for enough intimacy and romance to build, but regardless, this steamy threesome will definitely have you looking at the past with eyes wide open.

Beyond Eden by Kele Moon7. Beyond Eden by Kele Moon. Moon takes us down a darker path in this erotic romance, where the lovers’ need for pain, submission, dominance, and pleasure pushes them to the very edge. Though extremely erotic, there is an emotional edge to the story and characters that draws the reader in and holds them tight as we watch three very different people come together in a passion so hot it consumes them.

“Fear can be a potent aphrodisiac.”

6. The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton. Grab your tissues because this story will not only open doors to some incredibly hot sex between two men and a woman, it will also tear down any emotional safeguards and flood your heart as we witness the greatest gift a person can give someone they love: the chance to love again. Dynamic characters, heartbreaking scenes, and some humorous moments made this a story I re-read often.

Flesh by Kylie Scott5. Flesh by Kylie Scott. Since normally I'm neither a zombie fan nor a ménage fan, you'd think this book would have failed for me on all levels. Au contraire, mes amis. This erotic delight balances an action packed storyline with a believable sexy romance between three people desperate to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. What makes this story different is the bond these three people form while embarking on a sexual relationship. The attraction is strong and there is a faint excitement that is felt, but the underlying need that fuels it is the need for companionship, safety, and knowing that in a world gone insane, you’re not alone.

“Sharing was not in his nature, but nature would have to adapt. Ali needed this kid. Finn was a modern day gunslinger. Deep down he fucking hated it, but his girl needed this one nice and close. Preferably wrapped around her finger and deeply concerned about there health and happiness. ”

4. The Satin Sash by Red Garnier. What happens when only one half of a couple wants an addition to the bedroom? You get a tension filled story that seethes with jealousy, anger, and angst. Darker emotions permeate this storyline when two extremely competitive men vie for the same woman. Hot sensual love scenes balance against the subtle message that Garnier delivers on the complexity and often destructive nature that a ménage à trois can have when everyone is committed or honest in what they want.

Riding the Night by Jaci Burton3. Riding the Night by Jaci Burton. This erotic romance/suspense is a veritable feast for the senses. Mystery, suspense, and sensual delights all blend together perfectly in a delish contemporary story.

2. Hotter Than Ever by Elle Kennedy. Kennedy takes us on an exploratory journey that addresses a permanent m/m/f relationship, homosexuality, and how the outside world views and reacts to it all. We develop an intimate relationship with three people who enter into a relationship that is not only extremely hot in nature but also heart achingly emotional.

Three to Ride by Sophie Oak1. Three to Ride by Sophie Oaks. Oaks’s Nights in Bliss, Colorado series is a guaranteed-fun erotic ride. Smoking hot and humourous to boot, this ménage à trois hits all the right buttons for a quick read as two very dominant twins try to convince the woman of their dreams to that they want her for more than a single ride.

“Those big green eyes were even bigger than usual as she stared at the two of them. For a moment, she looked like a kid who’d found the last cupcake on the planet.”

What are your favorite menage books?

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19 comments
Miss_D
1. Miss_D
Something New by Cameron Dane is one of my faves of this genre.

Also, Kelly Jamieson's Rule of Three series is really good.
Rhonda B
2. Rhonda B
Lorelei James Rough Raw and Ready from the Rough Riders series.
Rhonda B
4. stacymd2
The best menage a trios story, IMHO, is when all three parties are committed to each other emotionally as well as sexually. It is not realistic to be fully "equal" in any relationship, but if all three are happy and feel loved by the other two then it works.

Brothers being sexual with the same woman, at the same time, grosses me out quite a bit...

I am definately going to check out Hotter than Ever and Laid Bare. Both sound hot!
Rhonda B
5. pamelia
Great list! I love "Laid Bare" and I also love one of Dane's other Menage books "Tart".
"Flesh" by Kylie Scott is one of my favorites. I'm hoping for another book in that series soon.
I have to say I really love menage books, even when they're OTT and take massive suspension of disbelief. Two of my favorite OTT books are: "Dangerous Boys and Their Toy" by Shayla Black -- which has a kind of ridiculous "danger" plot and some far-fetched stuff, but I love it, and also "A Table for Three" by Lainey Reese which has just about the most precipitous first sex scene ever, but still manages to entertain me.
Jennifer Proffitt
6. JenniferProffitt
I think this is the first time that I haven't read a single book on one of these lists--and I like menage romances! I've read books by all of these authors just not these ones in particular. Guess I'll just have to go out and read them! Also, I agree that the most satisfying menage romances are the ones that have all three partners fully involved with one another--both emotionally and sexually. Thanks for the post, Tori!
Valerie Williams
7. digigirl
I picked up Flesh not realizing it was a menage book and hesitant about the zombie angle, but both were handled well. I liked it really a lot. The second one, Skin, is pretty good too!
Rhonda B
8. Caroleen
I once read this beautiful ménage story. Two men seduce a virgin with a massage (I think). There are a few obstacles to overcome - of course but there is a happy ending. I'm pretty sure the men were lovers too.
Anyone able to identify that book?
Willa aka willaful
9. willaful
I prefered The Space Between Us to Tempted. It's another threesome that doesn't stand the test of time, but that's because of the fit of the characters, not because the situation is inherently bad. I felt that in Tempted, it could have ended differently if everyone had just allowed themselves to want what they want, and I found that unsatisfying.

I didn't care for Laid Bare because everything was so perfect and the two men rhapsodized over the heroine constantly.

I'd say my favorite menage book is Make Me by Charlotte Stein. There's awesome tension between the characters which makes it very hot.
Kat Lively
10. AReCafe
Celia Kyle and Hazel Gower are two names that come up often among menage discussions. Both write shifters, so if you're into paranormal and menage they have both. :)
Amanda Curry
11. Amandabcurry
Caroleen-

I think the one you're talking about is Tea for Three by Anne Douglas. The main character's name is Wren and she was burned (I think in a car accident). Great book, one of my favs!
Rhonda B
13. biochemgirl
Who can't wait for Beyond Jealousy from Kit Rocha to come out? If the writing/story is anything like the other Beyond books, this could easily become my favorite menage book.
Rhonda B
15. Ashley A.
DOUBLE TIME by Olivia Cunning. Holy hotness... and I agree- it's better when all three are in it emotionally.
Rhonda B
16. Auburnite
I don't care for the m/m aspect of menage stories, but when it's m/f/m, like Sophie Oaks' stories, then I find them quite enjoyable. Most of the stories listed there with the m/m element aren't something I'll read. Shayla Black writes some great ones in her Virgin series.
Rhonda B
17. Torifl
biochemgirl-I'm so ready, I'm pretty sure Kit Rocha is one step away from filing a restraining order on me. lol
Willa aka willaful
18. willaful
Auburnite -- I'm exactly the opposite, I tend to find m/f/m boring. I like the true triads. Though I did read one interesting two men, one woman book in which one of the guys was strictly gay. That was a first. :-)
Rhonda B
19. Michelle M. Mazuros
I'm so happy you're recognizing Tymber Dalton, who has been writing poly romances for many years! Awesome stories!
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