Point of Contention

Louisa Neil
Point of Contention
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
April 2011
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more

Kay moved south when she got the opportunity to work with her old friend and paramour, Travis, the head chef at a rural hunting and fishing lodge. Her newly acquired education as a pastry chef will allow her to spend time with him and hone her craft before deciding where to open her bakery.

After seeing a photo of Travis and his business partner, Stuart, standing under the lodge sign, she wants to experience the two men at the same time. Since her divorce, she'd abandoned other people's ideas of propriety and learned what pleased her sexually.

Travis is game for adventure, but Stuart is staid and resistant. In teasing them with her idea of a threesome, she realizes having these two amazing men love her at the same time is her ultimate fantasy, but making it come true will take some finessing.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Jun 05, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
132 people found the following review helpful
POINT OF CONTENTION is an emotional read with incredible sexual tension and a vast amount of eroticism. The "will they or won't they" aspect of the book kept me on the edge of my seat and made it almost impossible for me to stop reading.

Kay took a job working for her friend--and occasional lover--Travis's kitchen in a hunting lodge down south. She's trying to make a new life for herself, and if she can spend time with Travis, it's even better. What she didn't expect was the attraction to Travis's best friend and owner of the lodge, Stuart. She's felt something for him since she saw of picture of him and Travis together, and all she's wanted ever since was to have two of them at the same time. Travis will have no problem getting on board, but Stuart will be a lot harder to convince.

There were many things I liked about this book. Travis, the laid back, good-time guy, was a great character. He was up front with his relationship limitations and he seemed to give Kay what she needed in the beginning of the book. She was getting over a divorce and he helped open her up sexually, but she knew he would never be more than a friend who she also sleeps with occasionally.

Stuart on the other hand, hits her on a much more visceral level. But he's got so many issues. Kay's got issues too, and watching their back and forth really lent to their chemistry at the beginning of the book, but I have to admit when I was 75% of the way into the book, and they are STILL have the same issues, the book became a bit tedious and too full of angst. It brought me out of the story and prevented me from enjoying the ending more.

I liked the plot and setting of the book. The worldbuilding surrounding this remote lodge on the North Carolina Coast seemed like paradise. I love how the surroundings became an integral part of the story like an additional character in the book. The writing had humor along with its emotional component, and the plot was well-rounded with romance, eroticism, suspense, and action.

There was some sex in the book, but not so much that it was the focus of the story. The main focus was the struggle between Stuart and Kay and their feelings for each other. Although what was there was very sensual. Kay was a strong female character who was sexually confident and wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted. It was very refreshing to see that kind of heroine.

Overall, POINT OF CONTENTION boasts notable characters, a well-rounded plot, an immense amount of sexual tension, and fantastic worldbuilding. This is the first book I've read by Louisa Neil, but I look forward to reading more.
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