21 July 2011

Review: Vivian Arend - Falling, Freestyle

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Type: eBook
Genre: Contemporary, BDSM, Red Hots!!!, Ménage & More, Christmas
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication Date: 11-30-2010
Length: Category
ISBN: 978-1-60928-260-8 

Never venture out of bounds without a buddy–preferably two.

Xtreme Adventures, Book 1

Dara’s past four incredible years have been lived to the fullest. Along with her best friends, Kane and Jack, she’s left no local wilderness unexplored, no ski slope unchallenged. Yet lately she wonders why they’ve never seen her as more than a buddy with breasts. When—or if—either man will cross that unspoken line.

It’s a line Kane eyes harder every day. Since high school, he and Jack have shared everything. A condo, vacations—and their best girl. Kane’s ready to get serious about his wilderness school and outfitter business, and that includes putting down roots. Preferably with Dara.

Wary of the men who’ve recently been sniffing around Dara, Jack has a growing sense that he or Kane better make a move soon, or they’re going to lose out on their perfect match. Question is, who does she prefer…and who’s going to bring their easygoing trio to an end?

Overhearing the boys arguing over her, Dara’s floored—and torn. Choose between them? No way. Drastic measures are called for, a plan for their annual holiday getaway that will clarify her feelings once and for all—or lose everything in a sexual storm of whiteout proportions.

Warning: Old friends turned lovers can get into the most trouble—exhibitionism, bondage, spanking. Anal sex, oral sex, unauthorized use of ski safety harnesses, icicles in the hot tub…the author apologizes in advance for any melted monitors.

My Review

Even while I liked much in this story the trouble for me was that it all remained on the’ like-level’. I enjoyed what Vivian Arend dished out but I wasn’t emotionally drawn in. The crazy thing is though, and I’m calling it an x-factor; is to start reading Falling, Freestyle, was to finish it. Leave it up to Vivian Arend to not only give me personable characters but place them in a setting where wicked, wild and wanton are like the three musketeers! The good dose of humor and eroticism turns Falling, Freestyle in to a one sitting read where I just read on in order to find out how Dara, Kane and Jack would fare.

Vivian Arend’s writing voice is easy to absorb and does a good job of allowing the characters to create distinctive voices! Kane is a boob man, a traditionalist in bed and an utter romantic with some man-love issues that made me smile. Jack has got some kink in the bedroom, is a true-to-the-core adventurist and outgoing. Dara is audacious but also the girl next door and I couldn’t help but root for her when she boldly arranges a sexcapade, hoping it will grow in to something more.

Next to the unfolding of erotic play which was fun and hot like Vivian Arend knows how to write, the difficulties of a budding threesome provided some struggles. Dara gets to play out all her fantasies and pretty much has her mind set on her decisions but for Kane and Jack there are some obstacles. There were some surprises for me in who would struggle with what; like the man love issue or ménage commitment issue. Jack and Kane appealed to me in different ways but together they were an irresistible duo.

The friends to lovers trope provides a solid foundation where the characters already knew each other for quite some time and this was noticeable in their banter among each other. It was the dilemma of whether to take a risk with that incredible friendship that gave the story some edge. Still, throughout reading Falling, Freestyle the complications were kept to a minimum and the focus was more on exploring the new relationship dynamics.

Falling, Freestyle gives you a delicious sexy story to gobble up where humor and banter, along with passionate scenes, have the upper hand.

3.5 stars

Quotes for you to sample:

Quote how Jack is described:
His blond hair was hidden under a woolen toque with long braided ties hanging down on either side of his face. Combined with the rest of his features, the image reminded her of ancient Viking barbarians—beautiful, strong.

Her guys, their faces glowing with health and energy. Drool-worthy Jack. Invigorating Kane. Daydream inducing—together or apart.

Jack came to his side. “Kane? Are you going through Dara’s bag? That’s dangerous. Women have killed for less—”
Kane held the now-open cosmetic bag and let the dildo show. The anatomically correct, life-sized cock made of some sort of purple-and-yellow-striped rubbery material. It was all he could do to not drop the thing back in her bag and race away.
“Fuck—I wonder if it glows in the dark.” Jack took the bag from him and peered intently at the thing.
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  1. I do like the friends to lovers trope :D Even if it does not work for me all the time...friends to lovers /Cinderella you know.

  2. It sure sounds like a fun read. Nice review Leontine.

  3. MMM... this sounds hot! I've yet to read Vivian Arend, but I've heard great things. Thanks for the review!


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