Essence of Competition

Sherri Desbois
Essence of Competition
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Liquid Silver Books
Release Date
October 2011
Book 1 of Love & Rivalry
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more

With too many relationships ending in heartache under her belt, the new and improved Symone Adams is loud, proud and on the prowl. She has removed the heart she's normally worn on her sleeve and tucked it safely behind lock and key. What she wants now is to explore the appeal of meaningless, mind-blowing sex. After six months of self-imposed celibacy hell, she heads to Menjo's and directly into the path of two very determined players.

Zandros and Marco are pros when it comes to seduction, yet each has grown bored with the conquests. When these two strangers set their sights on the same stunning beauty, the competition is on. Both embark on a full balls-to-the-wall effort to win, not only Symone's body, but her heart as well.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Oct 07, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
258 people found the following review helpful
Sherri Desbois has penned another fantastic read in ESSENCE OF COMPETITION. With a unique take on menage romance, she's given us characters we care about but at the same time gives the sensuality and romance that curls my toes and melts my kindle!

As the saying goes, "May the best man win", but in ESSENCE OF COMPETITION, I think it was definitely the woman who ended up winning. I mean two sexy men fighting over the chance to take one woman to bed, yeah, that's my idea of triumph.

Symone is ready to end her six-month sexual drought after trying to get over the disastrous end to her last relationship. So, when she's out at the club and is approached by two different but no less sexy men, she's all about having her cake and eat it too.

Zandros and Marco both want Symone. Neither one of them wants to share, nor do they want to back out of their pursuit of her. So, they begin to compete with each other to win her affection. However, what starts out as competition may be the beginning of something none of them ever saw coming.

I really loved this. I thought that ESSENCE OF COMPETITION was a perfect depiction of a beginning menage and the problems that can present with three distinct personalities coming together in a relationship. There were bumps in the road, but they were smoothed out in the end, and I loved watching the relationship between Symone, Marco and Zandros develop.

Zandros, the darkly handsome and more analytical lover, and Marco, the well-muscled but tender artist, were the perfect complement to each other. And although they were in competition with each other at first, when they both worked together, I knew that Symone would have no hope but to fall for them.

The sexual tension between the trio was off the charts. From the first moment they met, it was sizzling. But, even more, I absolutely drooled over the sexual tension between Zandros and Marco. It wasn't fully realized, but I am hopeful that it will be in future books. *fingers crossed*

The intense chemistry was nicely balanced with great dialogue. I laughed out loud more than once during this unusual courtship. And yes, I said courtship, because there actually was one. They didn't just all fall into bed on page two, which was refreshing for an erotic romance.

Overall, I can't think of anything I didn't love with this book. Fantastic writing, realistic depictions of relationships, intense sexual chemistry and a sweet ending made this book a definite reread for me. ESSENCE OF COMPETITION is the first book in Love & Rivalry series, and I look forward to what's next up for the trio, especially if it includes some man-lovin' too.
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