The Hot Floor

Josephine Myles
The Hot Floor
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Samhain Publishing Ltd.
Release Date
September 2012
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

Two plus one equals scorching hot fun.

Dumped by his boyfriend and reduced to living in a grotty bedsit, Josh Carpenter has gotten used to expecting the worst. Now he lives only for his job as a glassblower…and occasional glimpses of his sexy downstairs neighbors, Rai Nakamura and Evan Truman.

Every time he overhears the diminutive academic and the hunky plumber having loud and obviously kinky sex, Josh is overwhelmed with lust…and a longing for a fraction of what they have.

To his amazement, Rai and Evan find his embarrassing tendency to blush utterly charming, and the three men grow closer over the course of the long, hot summer. Despite Rai's charming flirtation and Evan's smoldering gaze, Josh is determined never to break his new friends' loving bonds.

On the night a naked Josh falls—quite literally—into the middle of one of Rai and Evan's marathon sex sessions, the force of their mutual attraction takes control. But just as Josh dares to hope, he senses a change. Leaving him to wonder if the winds of love are about to blow his way at last…or if history is about to repeat itself.

Warning: Contains one well-endowed stud with a sexy accent, one improbably toppy bottom boy with an unfortunate owl obsession, and one blushing naïf who can't believe his luck. Also, the occasional indulgence in mathematical spanking and some shameless armpit sex.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Oct 10, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
138 people found the following review helpful
This time round Josephine Myles gave us her flare of British in a combination of three. A shy glassblower Josh, Japanese descendant Rai who is pursuing his PHD in economics and Evan the plumber eventually form a colorful ménage that just works.

Josh is a shy man who has an unpleasant past when it comes to boyfriends and spends most of his time enjoying the company of his best friend Denise. She is loud but loyal and doesn't hold her tongue when it comes to her upstairs neighbors who enjoy having vocal sex on a very squeaky bed. Pretty much everything makes Josh blush, he's just adorable that way, but nothing quite does it as the sounds of the hot couple, Rai and Evan, who live below him unfortunately. While the sound is excellent in Denise's apartment, Josh can't hear a thing from his, even when he puts his ear to the floor. Life just sucks like that for him sometimes.

Anyway, there is no way Josh is making the first move, but Rai and Evan don't have such reservations, and while their starting relationship is based on friendship, what comes of it is so much more.

I enjoyed this book primarily because of the colorful characters who were all very different from each other but each one with an interesting and fun quirk/interest. Big fan of ménages or not, there is enough of an actual relationship in this book to keep things going. The author is true to her style and uses art as her book's appeal factor as well as humor to round it all up nicely.

While Denise played a big role at the beginning of the book, as Josh, Rai and Evan became closer, she just faded away. It seemed like such an unlikely thing for a strong character as her. I also didn't quite like certain parts being glossed over or skipped and just mentioned later on in the text. It's one of those things that really stand out for me, because I expect them to be explained and take a center focus sometime in the book. It just annoys me when that doesn't happen. But the main thing that made me rate this with four instead of five stars is the final result of the dance between the three. Rai and Evan were solid, from the beginning to the end, but Josh started off as a casual third, and while he did progress some from that point, I never quite felt like he had as firm a place as Rai and Evan in the relationship. He was included, don't get me wrong, but some of my impression came from actions and the other part from Josh's own words. Maybe the introduction and the progress were too long and not enough page space was dedicated to the development of their relationship as a ménage. I'm not even sure, I just know it didn't quite click for me as it should.

Long ramblings aside, this is one of those threesomes that stand out. The characters are intriguing, their actions somewhat unpredictable and the plot itself was well thought through. Even without dramas THE HOT FLOOR is strong read with an amazing cover.
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