Three-Way Split (Comes in Threes #1) by Elia Winters
Released: August 20, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Ménage
Publisher: Entangled: Scorched
Reviewed by Keyrsten
Hannah Stewart’s always been different when it comes to relationships. Monogamy doesn’t work for her. She needs more. And more is something most people can’t handle.
She gets more than she bargains for, though, when she partners up with local brewery owners Mitchell and Ben for a business venture and finds herself attracted to both of them. She proposes polyamory, where she dates each of them with their full consent.
Mitchell Fredericks and Ben Harrington have been “friends with benefits” for years. But with Hannah in the mix, it’s not so easy to ignore emotions. She brings out a side of them they’d never been willing to face head-on, especially as their separate relationships shift into a menage.
Desire, friendship, and boundaries will be put to the test. If they can’t learn to swallow their fear and communicate, everything will fall apart.
All three of our lovers suffered from the sly monster that resides in some of our heads, that monster is the fear of commitment. Mitchell and Ben are best friends. Roommates. Business Partners. And last but certainly not least casual lovers. They each had their own hangups when it came to relationships and commitment, but those feelings were never tested until the local sex toy store owner Hannah came into the picture. Hannah has admired Mitchell from afar for the last year, but felt he deserved more than the casual commitment-less "relationship" she needed. All three of them were adamant that they didn't want more from one another other than their friendship and steamy bedroom play, but alas sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants.
At first I was scared that nothing could top the chemistry between Ben and Mitchell, but oh lanta I was wrong. The minute Hannah walks into the picture the sexual and emotional tension between the three of them skyrockets. Holy toledo when you get those three in a bedroom together .... you're going to need an industrial sized fan to cool off. The three of them were so sex positive and comfortable with themselves and their sexuality, it was such a joy to see. When they start to challenge each other emotionally, that is when shit gets real. They needed to learn how to stop running from their demons and learn how to let themselves feel. Feel the pain. Feel the heartache. Feel the weakness. Feel the strength. Feel the courage. Feel the love. They needed to learn how to feel it all so that they could truly be happy with themselves and the love they had for one another.
Elia was able to give a beautiful and accurate portrayal of polyamory. There are ups and downs to every relationship. They each had to learn how to come to terms with their feelings, hopes, and fears within themselves and their relationships with each other. Relationships aren't easy. Love isn't easy. It's hard work, but dammit the love they had for one another was worth it all in the end. I'm looking forward to seeing where their love takes them.
Rating: 4 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addict with slight wino tendencies.