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Alycia ‘Aly’ Delaney is determined to add some excitement to her ho-hum life. On the brink of turning thirty she’s made a pact to try as many new experiences as she can over the summer. Rather than teach a summer school class she’s accepted an offer to teach a class at CEAL (The Center of Erotic Arts and Learning) and as a special bonus her old lover Sawyer Test owns the school and he’s quite eager to renew their relationship. Aly’s quite happy to pick up right where they left off but when her high school sweetheart, Luke Coldwell, steps into the picture things become far more complicated than she anticipates.
Sawyer and Luke have been friends since their senior year of college and share much of the same taste in women and sexual pleasures. While both men have fond memories of the time they spent with Aly neither of them ever mentioned her by name so you can imagine their surprise at learning that they’ve both set their sights on winning Aly for themselves. They even come to blows over their disagreement but when Aly refuses to choose one over the other and actually tells them that she can’t see either of them because she refuses to ruin their friendship they’re more than a little surprised. Aly jokingly mentions that she could just sleep with both of them and that gets them thinking… now that, they can work with.
It’s a summer of new experiences and Aly’s loving every moment she spends with Sawyer and Luke – both together and separately. The men are attentive to her needs and take great pains to not step on each other’s toes (or any other body parts) in their courtship with Aly. However, jealousy and uncertainty are unavoidable; it’s how they handle their feelings that will determine if the threesome will stay together throughout the summer – and if there’s any hope for a ‘happily-ever-after.’
Ayla Ruse dives right into the nitty-gritty emotional turmoil of becoming involved in a ménage-a-trois relationship with THE DECIDING FACTOR. Aly, Sawyer and Luke are each confident, intelligent individuals but they’re full of uncertainty when it comes to where their relationship is heading. Where going with the flow and just having a good time would seem like the norm, raw emotions are involved and each sex scene is tempered with genuine caring and a hope that nothing changes – or at least if it does then they’re in your favor. I loved the friendly tone of this story. Of course the sex is smoldering but there’s a definite feeling of friendship that allows the characters to enjoy all the nuances of their relationship - even when they aren’t entirely comfortable with a situation. THE DECIDING FACTOR is a fun, thought provoking story that brings to mind the question ‘what would you do?’ Beautifully done Ms. Ruse.
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