Title: Three Under the Christmas Tree
Author: Silvia Violet
Length: 88 Pages
Category: Holiday Romance, Contemporary, Poly/Menage
At a Glance: I totally enjoyed this short Christmas story. Silvia Violet is no stranger to writing solid poly relationships, and it shows. The chemistry between these three men was palpable, and the sex off the charts.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: Ace and Gavin haven’t had a threesome in far too long. When Ace meets the perfect guy to join them, he can’t think of a better way to kick off the holiday season.
Jonathan is charmed by the sexy couple, and he quickly realizes that what started as a fling has the potential to be a whole lot more.
Gavin feels their connection just as strongly, but even after weeks of the three of them hanging out, he’s afraid to suggest they turn their friends-with-benefits arrangement into a serious relationship.
The joy and shared experiences of the season have a way of making magic happen, if only all three men could find the courage to ask for what they want.
Review: Ace and Gavin are an established couple. They have been together for eight years and have always had an open relationship. While Ace tends to stick with one-night stands, Gavin usually has longer term connections with outside men. Secretly, Ace has always dreamed of a three-way relationship—a closed one but with a third who could keep both him and Gavin happy. Finding that man has been as easy as spotting a unicorn, so while it’s a dream, it’s not much of a reality.
Ace is looking for the perfect Christmas present for Gavin. Gavin works too hard, and it’s been forever since they have brought a third into the mix. So, when Ace meets Jonathan online, and realizes he’s the new architect at one of the firms his construction company works for, he thinks he may have found a solution to both his issues. Ace is a top, full stop. His dominating tendencies are part of who he is, and bottoming is not something he enjoys. Gavin is submissive, but every now and then he prefers to pitch not catch. In Jonathan, who’s a switch, they each get what they want. On paper Jonathan seems too good to be true, and then they meet the man. The sex is off the charts hot. The attraction and the compatibility with both men is there. So where does that leave them? Well, it leaves Jonathan confused and a little scared to horn in on a relationship with two men who seem perfect the way they are—without him.
Jonathan has had lots of threesomes in his lifetime; he’s been the third for several of his acquaintances. He truly sees himself in a poly relationship, but has never found the right mix of dominant and submissive. Usually he falls too hard too fast, and he’s afraid—despite giving himself long pep talks to the contrary—that it is happening again. Of the three men, Jonathan is the most insecure, and he would be because of the dynamic already established by Ace and Gavin. Misunderstandings arise because of the lack of communication between the three, and Jonathan backs off and cuts ties with Ace and Gavin to preserve what’s left of his heart. At that point, Ace and Gavin are forced to reevaluate where they are headed, and if they want Jonathan to be a part of their future, they have to tell him so and mean it.
Gavin sighed. “J makes me feel like Christmas morning all the time.”
“Yeah, I see that on your face when we’re with him.” Gavin wished he could know how this would all work out….
“Yeah. It’s worth finding out, but whether there is or not, I have you. And you’re like drinking cocoa under a blanket with carols playing while it snows.”
All it takes is some straight forward communication, a little baring of their hearts and some pretty spot-on Christmas presents, and the HEA is assured. I totally enjoyed this short Christmas story. Silvia Violet is no stranger to writing solid poly relationships, and it shows. The chemistry between these three men was palpable, and the sex off the charts. With good characterization, you see how the triad dynamic fits for all three men. I totally enjoyed the vibe of this book; it was a great holiday read.
“Okay.” J opened the box. When he pulled out the glass pyramid, his eyes widened. In the light from the window, a rainbow of color danced over it. “It’s beautiful.”
“It’s symbolic too,” Ace said.
Gavin brushed his fingers over the smooth surface. “Three sides for the three of us.”
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