Anne has a fantastic life, a life that turnsÂ tumultuousÂ when her husband’s best friend accepts an invitation to be their house guest. Â When her husband, James, encourages her to invite his friend Alex into their bedroom, she’s concerned. Â She struggles with several things: a) her own attraction to Alex, b) the consequences of their threesome and c) her husband’s past interaction with him
I almost felt like a voyeur watching Anne go through the gamut of emotions as she processes both her own and her husband’s actions. Â There’s a forbidden attraction between James and Alex, one that James fails to admit to himself. Â Adding Anne as the buffer seems to alleviate this, though it leaves Anne in an awkward emotional predicament. Â When her own feelings for Alex begin to snowball into dangerous territory, she’s forced to re-examine her own wants and the future of her marriage.
This is a tough read, an emotional clusterfrack that will leave youÂ reeling. Â And of course, it’s what I’ve come to expect from Ms. Hart. Â I find stories involving threesomes interesting, though they rarely enter into the shadowy territory of “after.” Â What really sets this story apart is the realism of partaking in the forbidden, the dealing of emotional fallout for what, I would imagine for many married couples, would be a hard limit. Â It’s hard to watch as Anne and James struggle to make sense of their emotions after the fact. Â And honestly, it’s tough to distinguish which path to root for – should Anne fix her marriage? Should she get out? Should she keep Alex around? Â There’s no right or wrong answer, and ultimately the path she ends up choosing is one I’d be curious to check back on in a few years. Â We get a satisfactory ending, but it’s not necessarily happy-go-lucky.
I enjoyed Tempted, though it’s definitely not a light, Sunday afternoon type read.
TemptedÂ by Megan Hart
Romance: 2/5 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Raunch: 5/5