The Glass Knot by Lily Harlem

The Glass Knot by Lily Harlem
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (143 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

What’s a girl to do when the guy she falls for is married to another man?

This is exactly what happened to me. Seeing Josh Kendal stroll out of the Mediterranean Sea wearing tight navy swim trunks and looking like a hot new James Bond was a truly delicious moment. Catching sight of his wedding ring was like a kick in the shin and meeting his gorgeous husband, phew, that was enough to make any girl groan at the cruel joke God was playing on her.

But all was not as it seemed, and when Josh needed a woman to sort out a ‘delicate predicament’ I was the one for the job – heck, what did I have to lose? Certainly not as much as him, literally.

Trouble is, emotions always get tangled, loyalties can’t help but be divided and with a night of memories so hot they’d have the devil sweating, there was only one thing for it—it was time to get honest, fight for what I wanted despite society’s constraints and open my heart to the people it needed most.

Prepare to be seduced along with one of the heroes. The Glass Knot is a saucy bit of writing that fans of ménage style romances will appreciate. Ms. Harlem has created a believable and entertaining seduction that engages a reader’s senses.

The first thing I want to mention is the style of storytelling. It’s written in first person POV which is not an easy thing to do. However, it’s not done in the typical fashion. The first part introduces Josh’s perspective and the reason and catalyst for the plot. The meat of the story, (meat – inside joke) is based solely on Laura’s side of things and a reader follows her journey toward acceptance of an unconventional love style. The conclusion is the wrap up told from Nick’s viewpoint. Getting into his head was crucial not to mention satisfying because it proves without a doubt that this blended family was strong and healthy and it provided the perfect happy ever after ending.

It’s the journey that makes reading The Glass Knot such an entertaining read. The part that stands out for me is the seduction of Josh. Ms. Harlem paid attention to details like their eyes, breathing, how certain body parts were affected and her choice of words to describe and show the progression of Josh’s introduction to man/woman love was scorching in its intensity and clarity. It’s the highlight of the whole book.

How the author chose to explore human emotion, passion and the problems it can cause when it’s overwhelming was also a testimony to quality writing. It’s a sticky wicket when trying to balance and mesh a potential new love in with an established way of being and living. I think Ms. Harlem handled that whole process well. People make mistakes and having the courage to stand up and be accountable takes a certain level of bravery many people lack. I enjoyed how the author had her characters handle it.

I liked the chemistry between all of the protagonists. My only complaint has to do with Laura. As much as she claims to be handling her life and doing well, I didn’t find that believable at all. How she handled the water debacle in her residence did not impress me. In fact, it made what Josh and Nick did perfectly reasonable. I’m of the impression that if they hadn’t come into her life, Ms. Laura was going to experience an epic failure and a serious blow to her self-esteem. She came across as a wimp and a ditz. As much as I kind of understood her ire when the men acted like over chivalrous knights, they were justified in their actions. I believe those scenes with Laura and that particular crisis point was the only thing I wasn’t happy about in the whole book. The saving grace was the men’s ability and willingness to communicate. In that, the story line was true to life.

For readers who look for quality ménage descriptions, actions and variety of sensual pleasures, Ms. Harlem delivers. The Glass Knot isn’t a story about sex with little reason; it’s a story that gives a reason for the sex. It’s the best one – love. Josh, Nick and Laura do explore their budding love in all ways physical but in each encounter a reader sees their bonds and connection grow and strengthen. That is when passionate and explicit love works – when the emotions are truly involved and the reader is vested in those emotions. Ms. Harlem was effective in capturing that and sharing it with her readers.

The Glass Knot is everything an erotic romance should be. Readers are getting a treat when they choose this book because the story and romance is solid. I’m glad I read it and credit Ms. Harlem for providing me a wonderful reading experience.

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