Polar Reaction by Claire Thompson

Polar Reaction by Claire Thompson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (312 pages)
Other: M/M, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by: Cactus

A passion hot enough to melt a glacier. A love that shakes them to the core…

The savage Antarctic winter is closing in, and three research scientists are scheduled for the last flight out—until an unexpected blizzard traps all three of them in the compound. There’s Tuck, who only joined the project to be close to sexy-but-straight Brendan, the man of his dreams. And Jamie, who has always admired the other two from afar.

Thrown into a dangerous situation, the three of them turn to each other for survival, solace…and more. As Brendan overcomes his confusion over his impulses, the trio begin a sexual exploration that explodes into passion and unbridled lust.

Yet once the rescue helicopter airlifts them to safety, Brendan comes to his senses, returning home to his carefully constructed, closeted life. But there’s a Brendan-shaped hole left behind in Tuck’s and Jamie’s hearts. There’s only one way to fill it—by breaking through Brendan’s reserve to reclaim the man they both love.

Warning: Dangerously hot m/m/m ménage sex will melt the layers of ice and snow keeping three sexy scientist prisoners on the edge of the world. Peek through your fingers at scorching sex between three men—the possibilities are endless!

What happens when three sexy scientists are caught in a snowstorm at the edge of the world? Well the chemistry and sparks created may be enough to clear their path to rescue in this sweetly romantic story about three men who give in to their desire while stranded, yet can they make this budding relationship last when they’re back in the real world?

Brandon, Tuck, and Jamie are three gorgeous men that can’t help but give into their hidden and not so hidden desires when a brush with death reminds them that life can be fleeting and never to live with regrets. Jamie is the youngest of the three, yet has the most experience in gay sex as he’s the only one of the group that is openly gay. Jamie is brash, outgoing, humorous, and the driving force between the men ensuring they act out their desires. He can be immature and needy, thus consistently positioning himself as the middle person in the threesome. Yet without his actions and stubborn determination, the relationship wouldn’t be what it is.

Brandon is the formerly straight guy in this gay love triangle and therefore his journey to understanding and accepting his new and confusing desires and emotions is the most complicated of the three. He struggles against expectations and social norms that he’s always accepted and believed in, yet his love and need for his two lovers is overwhelming. Brandon is a complicated character with the hardest journey but he has considerable support from Tuck and Jamie.

Tuck is the most easy-going of the three and perhaps the most sensitive. He has been in love with Brandon well before their ill-fated scientific outing and his dreams are fulfilled when Brandon admits the same. Tuck struggles with the decisions his lovers make when he is unsure of the right choices, yet wants desperately for their threesome relationship to work.

Although the sex was plentiful and scorching hot, the emotional impact of the threesome fell short as the dynamics between the men were occasionally awkward and ill-fitting. Individual relationships between each of the three men formed easily and were explored but the actual threesome felt mostly sexual rather than emotional. Although all men claim to love each other fiercely and deeply, in my opinion is was not portrayed very well in context to all three men together.

Overall, if you can look past the unfortunate awkwardness of the men as they struggle with their jealousy and position in the relationship, no doubt you’ll enjoy the book. The sex as I said is bountiful and incredibly steamy. The men are likable with charming quirks and although the ménage fell flat for me, perhaps for another person they wouldn’t mind as much. The author certainly knows how to keep the men hopping and their love life spicy.

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