Charlie and Alex are best friends and that’s not going to change but there are complications. For one thing Alex is in love with Charlie, but he’s also in love with Allie and he readily accepts that they could form a happy trio. Charlie has no clue that Alex is bi-sexual and he’s completely stunned that Alex and Allie seem to share some secret that he isn’t privy to – it’s a bit daunting but since Allie left town to go on her grand adventure with a much older man (yeah, Charlie’s just thrilled about that one!), he has years to prepare for when she returns home and is ready to settle down.
Six years later she returns, older, wiser and more prepared to accept the dynamics of the relationship that could be possible if she can convince Charlie and Alex to explore their feelings with her. All those years of pent of desire and frustration cumulate into a series of intimate moments that leave the men bewildered and uncertain about their future. For Alex and Allie the relationship between the three of them is sheer bliss but Charlie is struggling with not just the idea of sharing Allie but also his romantic feelings for Alex. Alex has had years to come to grips with his bi-sexuality but this is all new to Charlie. Can Allie and Alex convince Charlie that he doesn’t have to give up his dream of marriage, a white picket fence, kids and a dog – he just needs to alter it a little bit to include Alex.
EVERYTHING NICE by Mari Carr is nothing short of a fun read. While I’m used to the heroines being shy characters needing to be seduced into being naughty Allie thrives on adventure and her appetite for sexual escapades rivals any mans. Charlie and Alex are equally fascinating because their ideas about the sort of life they want are so similar yet so different – at least they were until Alex clues Charlie in on his long denied desire to test the boundaries of their affection for each other. Mari Carr does a brilliant job bringing these characters to life and making the story amusing while still instilling enough conflict that the reader eagerly devours each page waiting to find out what happens with this trio.