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Brenda L. Thomas
192 pages
May 2005
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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Imagine a night of intimacy, basking in the glow of great sex and dozing off, only to be awakened by a woman with a gun. The woman is your lover’s wife.

In Threesome: Where Seduction, Power and Basketball Collide, that is exactly what happens to Sasha Borianni, a smart and sexy thirty-eight-year-old woman who is involved with Cole, a married man. Fortunately for Sasha, she escapes with her life, but the wife actually turns the gun on herself and commits suicide.

This scene starts the fireworks of the craziness known as Sasha’s life. After the traumatizing shooting, Sasha finds it difficult to get her life back on track. Cole is long gone, and the media constantly hounds her, refusing to let the story die. And her bedroom is a constant reminder of that fateful night, so she is unable to sleep. She is in desperate need of positive change in her life, so when a dream job opportunity presents itself, she jumps at it to become an assistant to one of the NBA’s top-rated players, Phoenix Carter.

Phoenix is your average million-dollar athlete living the life that money affords him. When he's not on the court, it's all about extravagant parties, fancy cars, expensive jewelry, and, of course sex - and lots of it. He spends money and expects Sasha to take care of his business. At twenty-three years old, he is barely older than Sasha's son, yet he’s irresistibly sexy.

Although the young basketball sensation is engaged to be married, before long, he is involved in a torrid affair with Sasha. Not only is she on-call as his assistant, but she is also at his beck and call in terms of sex. While feelings of guilt about her relationship with Phoenix are looming, the new sexual duties come with perks, such as the Lexus SUV she now drives and other fine gifts, including a diamond tennis bracelet. However, what she really wants is true love with a man who only she can claim.

Enter Trent, a handsome electrician who is the same age as Sasha and a romantic at heart. Inevitably, they quickly fall into a whirlwind romance. With political aspirations, Trent appears to be her dream man, but he has skeletons in his closet. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Trent, Sasha is sexually involved with her boss and can't say no. When she finally tries to end the affair, things get ugly.

Threesome captivates from page one. It presents the interesting perspective of "the other woman" and gives a glimpse of the fast life of professional athletes. The biggest plus is the author's characterization of Sasha. Readers will love her or hate her; there is no in-between. Undoubtedly, readers will pose questions like, "What is going on with this lady? Is this a midlife crisis at its worst?" The negatives about the book include the excessive name-dropping of designer brands. Also, some parts of the novel, such as the lesbian encounter, seemed to be thrown in purely for shock value. All in all, Threesome is a good, fast read with intense sex and an unforgettable protagonist.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Joan Burke Stanford, 2005

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