Published by Open Road Media Genres: Contemporary Romance
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When a husband convinces his wife to join him in a tryst with another woman, there are unintended consequences in this sharply observed erotic tale about the challenges of modern marriage As a divorce lawyer for ManhattanÔÇÖs elite, David Greenfield is privy to the intimate, dirty details of failed marriages. He knows heÔÇÖs lucky to be married to BlairÔÇöa Barnard dean and the mother of their college-age daughter, a woman he loves more today than when they tied the knot.
But when seductive photographer Jean Coin asks David to be her lover for six weeks until she leaves for Timbuktu, David is tempted, reasoning that ÔÇ£itÔÇÖs not cheating if your wifeÔÇÖs there.ÔÇØ A one-night threesome would relieve the pressure of monogamy without wrecking their marriage.
What harm could come of fulfilling his longtime sexual fantasy?
I was extremely anxious to start reading this one. Stories centered around infidelity are always a hard read – sometimes it makes my stomach clench and my blood pressure rise ( in anger) and sometimes IÔÇÖm completely okay with it. I almost never know what the deciding factor is. I knew going into this there is a different twist to the story, the entire premise would present a new aspect in the love/hate I have with cheating books. In the first place we are made to question if ÔÇ£Married SexÔÇØ is about cheating – is it cheating when you agree to ÔÇ£invalidateÔÇØ or redefine infidelity by being open about your desires for someone else?
Jesse KornbluthÔÇÖs writing is simply phenomenal. From the very start, the narration is smooth and the storyline pace is perfect – slowly building a picture of David and Blair Greenfield and their life inside a marriage of twenty years. There is some rumination on the past, but it’s mostly in context with what the introduction of Jean Coin to his marriage has forced David to think about. Told from a male point of view, the voice is interesting I developed a very distinct impression of David. It might not be shared by readers, but I saw him as stoic and reserved. He and Blair are both professionals, well educated and present a unrelenting image of modern empty nesters. They dabble in being edgy (if smoking pot counts), but they present and represent an image of the near perfect couple. While the marriages of friends have fallen apart, these two consciously and unconsciously work to be supportive of respectful of each other – to keep things stable. Early in their marriage, they faced an indiscretion that put their marriage at risk, and thus tried to proactively handle any future issue of infidelity by making a deal that if either feels the need to cheat, they will bring the ÔÇ£candidateÔÇØ home. What David gets in introducing this element to his wife and home is nothing like he bargained for.
Forced to contemplate his change in circumstances and the fact that HE brought it about, the story takes on a unique tone. A twist is introduced at a time in the story when I anticipated heartache – that gut clenching sickness that comes with most books that are centered on infidelity. Suddenly the story isnÔÇÖt about the high emotions that their sex life envelopes, itÔÇÖs really about reflection, about finding what fulfills┬áthem and┬átheir relationships to and with each other. The author examines how we use the different aspects of human connection, especially ones that come from sharing twenty years together to relate and nurture. In this case, the intimacy of sex and how itÔÇÖs used to give AND take pieces of ourselves and our spouses, and ultimately how the relationship becomes itÔÇÖs own entity.
Married Sex will make you contemplate this, but the story doesnÔÇÖt give a straight answer. Jesse Kornbluth recognizes that solving a question that really hadnÔÇÖt been asked will likely put a ÔÇ£strongÔÇØ marriage at risk – that we might consider it an unnecessary stress before proceeding, that it may be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. IÔÇÖm suddenly anxious to read more of his work. The man has some serious and well earned credentials that ensure (I hope) that this will not be his first and last novel.
~ Review by Cyndi