Audiobook Review: A Threefold Cord by Julie Bozza

Grae Edwards and his co–stars Chris Willoughby and Ben Clyde work together well. Maybe they even have a chemistry. Certainly they are friends and Grae is tempted to ask for more … After the beautiful tart Chris has the temerity to turn him down, Grae settles into a comfortable loving relationship with the more chivalrous Ben. But the idea of Chris never quite goes away – and when Chris finally suggests the three of them spend a night together, Grae glimpses a solution he hardly dares hope for.

Narrated by: Christopher Preece 
Listening Length: 5 hours and 51 minutes 

Polite Porn

What is polite porn, you ask? Three British dudes who are hot for each other, like to shilly shally often and are exceedingly polite to one another whilst doing so. In short, polite porn is A Threefold Cord. The sex was maybe a little too polite for me and a wee bit heavy-handed on the safety talk, but they seemed to enjoy it so, what is it the Brits say? Carry on ole chaps!

There is very little angst in this ménage story involving three thespians which, I have to admit, was a wee bit shocking, because thespians; but Grae and Ben transition to Grae, Chris and Ben with relative ease. It was somewhat refreshing but it also stymied my connection to them. I find I need a little angst and pain to glom onto characters. There were a couple of minor hiccups but I needed more to involve my emotions.

This was the crux of my issue with this book: it's a fence straddler. A straightforward slice of life story with a prosaic plot that's filled with tons of thespian talk, so it's not the most exciting read, but the characterizations were solid. Grae is a bit of a fussy wanker IMO, but both Ben and Chris are extremely likable and stupidly smitten with him despite so... *shrugs* Both Ben and Grae beat the whole Chris is a tart thing to a bloody pulp and that annoyed me more than anything else. Poor Chris. My heart went out to him.

As far as the narration goes, Preece was energetic and really got into it which will always be a plus for me. He subtly differentiates these three in a way that probably showcases various dialects from different sections of England that was lost on my backwards Murican ass, but I enjoyed all the Britisms. I could've done without the mention of tuna and tomato bisque, though.

Seriously, people? Don't do thaaaaaaatttt. Just because they both start with "t" does not mean they belong together.

Tomato and tuna bisque aside it was an easy listen with a generous amount of sexy times between three men who are hot for each other and aren't overly dramatic.

Recommend to ménage readers, Anglophiles and readers who like angst-free reads.

A review copy was provided.

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