I stumbled across my latest read while searching for a sexy romance set in snow. Living in the South, snow is a rarity, and I figured if I couldn’t make snow angels in real life, I may as well curl up with a book whose snow-capped setting fulfills my winter wonderland desire. Enter Vivian Arend’s Falling, Freestyle, a story about three best friends — two guys, one girl — who use a winter weekend getaway to take their relationship to the next level.
SYNOPSIS: Dara, Kane and Jack have been the Three Musketeers for years, and while Dara trusts them with her life, lately she’s grown tired of being considered “one of the guys”. Wanting to show them that she’s got moves that extend beyond the slopes and a figure underneath all the snow gear, she decides to seduce them during their annual ski trip. Kane and Jack’s love for Dara has begun to creep beyond “best friend” territory, but don’t want to frighten her off or force her to choose between them. But when Dara proposes that the three of them spend the weekend getting to know each other better, Kane and Jack figure it’s better to share Dara than neither having a chance with her at all. While their relationship may work during their weekend away, the trio must face reality when they return home. Who will Dara choose as her boyfriend and as her boy friend? Can they go back to being friends?
Dara, Jack and Kane’s relationship is unorthodox, to say the least, but I really admired the friendship between the trio. While Kane and Jack are opposites, their love for Dara and respect for the other man feel genuine, which makes it hard to choose a favorite amongst them — and also explains why Dara couldn’t decide between them. Although the story contains sexual encounters that involve all three of them, the scenes are well-written and believable in the sense that the POVs of each character are realistic — i.e., wrought with self-consciousness and worry about the effect it will have on their friendship.
However, there are still parts of the story in which belief needs to be suspended, such as the perfect hotel conditions where there just happens to be an already-heated hot tub awaiting their arrival. But, hey, I read to escape reality, so this was just fine by me. All-in-all, Falling, Freestyle is perfect for a cold night in, and most definitely one that is hot enough to melt the ice caps.
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