Amber Skyze
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Loose Id, LLC
Release Date
September 2010
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

Ben Eckhart has been the object of Kari Kirkland's lust for almost three years. Yet he's never spoken a word to her and why would he? She's a plus-sized woman with scars that haunt her every day. And although Kari longs for happily ever after, she's pretty much given up on love.

When their boss declares he's having a mandatory picnic, Ben not only talks to Kari, he wants to know if she's going and if she'll be alone. Kari is, if only to fantasize about Ben in his swim shorts.

But Ben has other ideas in mind for Kari. He's bringing along his best friend and lover Adam - to help him seduce Kari into believing there's great sex and true love in her future.

Unexpectedly trapped on a deserted island, Kari witnesses the men having sex then lets herself get talked into sex on the beach and a whole lot more. But when they're rescued, will Kari accept their proposition or cast their newfound love Adrift?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices, menage (m/m/f), voyeurism.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Oct 21, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
127 people found the following review helpful
Kari has closed herself to love, because her experiences told her love hurts and it's better this way. She was also beset with guilt, as it was due to her drunk driving that killed her passenger, the man she'd been dating at that time. Moreover, the accident has wrought scars on her body, and she didn't think any man would want to see her, especially when she herself can't stand the sight of her body in the mirror.

However, this didn't stop her from having a crush on Ben, a colleague who talked to her for the first time during the meeting about the compulsory company outing, three years after he joined the firm. Kari accepted Ben's invitation to ride over to the island in his boat. Unfortunately, they became lost and were stranded on another small island. That was when Ben took the opportunity and confessed his attraction to her and what his plans for her were, plans that included him and Adam...

I like the premise of this story because it's so relatable--that of a woman who'd been hiding under a shell, afraid of getting hurt again, and the men who drew her out and taught her to love again. We all want to meet the kind of gorgeous, hunky guys like Ben and Adam, who'd coax us and tempt us to throw caution to the wind for that one wild ride with them. Though Ben and Adam are offering Kari *more* than one wild ride. I also like the way Ben and Adam complement each other, how deeply they knew each other as a result of the five years they'd been together.

Kari struck me as a person who's confused with what she wants, especially after being presented with the possibility of having a dream she'd long harbored come true after all. As is normal. She's a contradiction, feeling disappointed for one second that the men wanted nothing from her but a fling, then reacting violently against the men's wish of something more permanent with them.

Kari also felt very strongly that she'd killed her passenger because she'd been drunk, and so, I felt she wouldn't have touched a drop of alcohol no matter the reason, especially taking into account the massive amount of guilt she was carrying over the accident. And yet, she did, because she couldn't stand the sudden upheaval of being stranded on an island with two men she was attracted to. I thought the justification fell a little short, especially as I think the beer was a plot device to get her to loosen up.

I would've loved to see more interactions among the characters before that final deciding scene, more situations happening that would bolster the shift in Kari's position. Overall, Adrift was a pleasant read for a quiet, idle afternoon.
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