Rory Campbell, Spencer Hartley and Jack Rothman are in a polyamorous relationship. Their union is further distinguished as Jack is a Dominant and Rory and Spencer are his submissives. This is a new discovery for Rory and Spencer while Jack has freely expressed and explored his sexuality for quite some time. They’ve now been together ten months and Rory is planning her wedding to Spencer and commitment to Jack by also taking his name. Meanwhile, Jack’s new business is in trouble, not because of his competency but due to some really dark elements.
This story is fascinating on so many levels. First, the Dom/sub relationship is portrayed so authentically, distinguishing the behaviors inside and outside of the bedroom. Yes, sexual norms are on full display, erotic and sensual, but what was more enlightening were the everyday dynamics between the three. Next, the dark forces that descended on Jack’s company triggered much more than a typical reaction in him. He’s a Dominant and he has the added desperation of performing in that role as caretaker for his submissives. It drives many of the decisions he makes to protect them within the context of that role. And lastly, their unusual relationship is always subject to judgment by family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others. The reactions were diverse, ranging from being fully supportive to estrangement or outright rejection. It was interesting to consider the many ways this type of relationship is impacted in everyday life.
This is a duet narration using four performers. I’ve come to love this format, especially when all three characters are interacting with each other. The performance was excellent and the narrators were excellent in distinguishing their characters, too.
There was a lot of tension and suspense related to Jack’s business issues, quite scary in fact. I was riveted by this part of the story. I also enjoyed the family drama as it gave me lots of insight into how Rory, Spencer and Jack were shaped by the people who raised them. While the sexual scenes were highly erotic and sensual, they didn’t eclipse the heart of the story, which was the strength and depth of the emotional bonds between the three. There were so many layers and this is one of the best polyamorous stories I’ve read in a long time.
- Release Date: September 4, 2018
- Series: Polished #2
- Narrators: Erin Bateman, Jack Walters, Jack Hawkins, Vivianna Marlowe
- Audio Length: 7 hours, 27 minutes
(I received an advance copy from the author in exchange for an unbiased review)