Three couples have been happily married for 7 years. The women are friends and decide that all six partners should have a one-time-only free pass to have sex with a stranger. The three husbands decide to go along with this. The book is then divided into three stories, which I'll call couple A, couple B and couple C. Couple A is on vacation in Miami. Cherisse meets a younger man, a lifeguard, actor and model. Wesley sees a woman in her apartment through his telescope and follows her to meet her. The wife of Couple B, Mel, owns a fitness club. She meets and is attracted to traveling businessman Richard who is working out at her club. Couple C is on vacation in Greece and meets a married couple from Russia.
The stories are how the individuals meet the strangers, their uneasiness about proposing the affairs, how the actual affairs happen, their feelings afterwards, and being glad to be back with their spouses.
The format was bad for me. The author broke up the stories in a way that frustrated me. There are three stories, divided into six parts each. The stories are told as follows. Couple A for 14 pages, couple B for 17 pages, couple C for 17 pages, then back to couple A for 16 pages, to couple B for 16 pages, to couple C for 16 pages, etc. I'm reading about couple A, I want to know what will happen, and then I am interrupted for 34 pages. When the story gets back to couple A, I've forgotten parts and need to flip back through a few pages to recall what was going on. My memory is not that good. This felt like an annoying TV commercial but worse because the interruptions lasted so long. I would much prefer the author tell the complete A story for 94 pages and then move on to the B story for 96 pages, etc. After reading the first six parts, I used post-it-notes to keep track of things and read the rest of each couple's story in its entirety by skipping chapters. This kept my interest better.
About the stories, they were thought provoking. They reflected what might happen in real life. This was sex with no emotion other than feelings similar to nervousness and guilt. As a result something was empty for me. I actually felt sorry for Richard, the traveling businessman. He ended up feeling like an unwanted third wheel. In the traditional romance novel, a couple meets and there is anticipation of a relationship, which brings emotion into the mix. In this story, the married couples are already together so there is no anticipation there. The anticipation that does exist is for meeting and connecting with strangers, which wasn't emotionally satisfying for me. However, some readers may find this desirable as a change of pace. This book is full of a lot of explicit sex scenes both within the marriages and without. Sex scenes include ménage a trios (two men 1 woman), one scene with two women, rear door activity, bondage and whipping.
Story length: 293 pages. Sexual language: strong/erotic. Number of sex scenes: 22. Total number of sex scene pages: 106. Setting: Minnesota; Miami, Florida, and Greece. Copyright: 2008. Genre: erotic contemporary romance.