December 10, 2013

Loved It: Love. Sex. Repeat by Alessandra Torre

Series: Stand-alone
Format: Mobi
Release Date: December 1, 2013
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I love two men. I screw two men. I am in a relationship with them both, and they are both aware there is another. That is all they need to know, that is all I let them know. They don’t need to know a name; they don’t need to know anything, but that they are not alone in my heart.

They have accepted the situation. Stewart, because his life is too busy for the sort of obligations that are required in a relationship. Paul, because he loves me too much to tell me no. And because my sexual appetite is such that one man has trouble keeping up.

So we exist, two parallel relationships, each running their own course, with no need for intersection or conflict. It works for us, for them, and for me. I don’t expect it to be a long-term situation. I know there is an expiration date on the easy perfection of our lives.

I should have paid more attention, should have looked around and noticed the woman who watched it all. She sat in the background and waited, tried to figure me out. Saw my two relationships, the love between us, and the moment that it all fell apart.
She hates me.

I don’t even know she exists.

She loves them. I love them.

And they love me.

EVERYTHING else hangs in the balance.

Alessandra Torre really did great with this one from the title, cover art, blurb down to the story. The title, LOVE. SEX. REPEAT, captures your attention, the cover art hints on a hotness factor of 11 on a scale of 10, the blurb intriguing and the plot downright captivating. LOVE. SEX. REPEAT is about a woman who's basically in an open relationship. She's in love with two guys who caters to her needs in different ways. Both men know the other exist, one is willing to share while the other tolerates it out of love. Madison Decater knows that their arrangement has an expiration date but until the time comes when she has to choose, she'll continue loving, sexing and being with both men.
I understand that you hate me. That you curse me for my greed. But if I am okay with it, and they are okay with it, how is it anyone else's right to judge?
Before I start LOVE. SEX. REPEAT, I thought I'm in for one of those overly sexed up stories with very little plot. I thought it's going to be one of those books where I'm going to hate the characters and condemn their hedonistic ways and unrealistic expectations of HEA. I should have had more faith in ATorre, behind that pretty face is a wicked mind and I had a taste of that when I read her dark erotica, The Girl in 6E, last Summer. LOVE. SEX. REPEAT may be taboo but it was written in a very emphatic way. Madison isn't trying to convince us or get our approval for her unconventional love life, it's more of an explanation with a lot of heart and confusion. As a character, Madison is gorgeous, young, charming and selfless and selfish at the same time. And despite having two consenting lovers, I didn't find her slutty. She's lusty and insatiable but she wasn't cheap and vulgar. 

Her lovers are night and day. They contrast each other and complement Madison's halves perfectly. She met Stewart Brand first, a rich, handsome, young and successful corporate executive. Stewart is married to his work and can't give Madison the exclusivity she wants and needs which the latter accepts and understands. Given Madison's voracious sex drive, Stewart pushed her to have a steady boyfriend so Madison will have someone to fulfill her emotional needs that Stewart can't give. Then she met Paul Linx, a surfer god, carefree and totally in love with Madison. He's not keen on sharing his girlfriend with anybody but out of love for Madison, he condoned their little set up. It's quite difficult not to choose teams when a love triangle is involved and though I respect the straightforwardness of Stewart and Madison's relationship, I was Team Paul all the way. Between the two, Paul's love for Madison is unconditional underneath its borderline stupidity. I say stupid because I just don't get the concept of sharing your partner with anybody.

An accident forced their worlds to collide and here lies that teeth grinding plot twist. Not only are these three forced to make a choice, it turns out Paul and Stewart know each other very well and have a history together. And the other person the blurb is hinting at is connected to them as well. And here is where I can't tell you anything more than that. But let me say this, the moment when Paul and Stewart finally saw each other face to face, that confrontation was potent with a lot of emotions, deep history and utter shock. It was a powerful scene to say the least. The resolution, thankfully, wasn't dramatic. Things just fell in its place naturally but not without tears, regrets and hard decisions. Overall Madison, Stewart, Paul and even the mysterious fourth person got what they deserved and hopefully they'll live happily every after.

LOVE. SEX. REPEAT is a well written love story with chapters alternating between emotional vignettes depicting love and torrid sex. The love triangle and emotional conflict was written in a very thoughtful way. ATorre through Madison, won't shock you with her sexual adventures, rather she made us see past through the physical aspects of it. The plot as a whole is cleverly formulated, paced beautifully and slightly mysterious. ATorre is an author you should try, she has a unique style of writing, her love stories are sensual and provocative I'm sure a lot of you will approve. 

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I grew up a charmed child of La Jolla. Nannies wiped my dirty ass, Christmas was spent in Aspen, and school uniforms shared closet space with miniature lines of Dior and Versace. I lived a privileged line between surfer chick and spoiled brat, sandy cheeks and wet bikinis chafing the leather seats of my ice blue BMW convertible. I smoked weed with friends in million dollar mansions with ocean views while our parents cruised the Black Sea. I fucked preppy boys who wore Lacoste and Rolexes and played lacrosse. I was in a bubble of ridiculousness, and grew up thinking that life never said no, credit cards were never declined, and happiness was a given.
Then my father, a hedge fund manager with a minor addiction to cocaine, drove off the manicured edge of a Malibu cliff, to the polished astonishment of a restaurant full of Orange County’s upper society. The fact that his mistress, a surgically enhanced blonde three years older than me, was in the front seat, was hid from no one, and embraced by many of my mom’s arch enemies. They both died, drowned or killed by the cliffs. I didn’t ask for particulars and none were offered up.
Perfection, in that moment, became flawed and fragile. I never took anything for granted again.
Our money lasted another ten months, ‘til the fat mortgage, civil lawsuits and attorneys took it all. I spent my senior year in the public high school, my BMW repossessed, my school uniforms left in the closet of a home that the bank quickly seized. I was unceremoniously dumped into normality, courtesy of a mother fighting her own depression. If I had still had a cell phone at that moment in time, I can assure you that my lifelong ‘friends’ would not have answered my call.
Looking back, I see the turning point that occurred at that moment in time. I miss my father, despite his shortcomings and mistakes. I loved him, I have pieces of him throughout my personality. But the person that I was becoming? The type of individual that easy wealth and never-told-no parenting breeds? I was a bitch. A self-assured, my-way-or-the-highway, bitch. I didn’t appreciate what I had and demanded more at every turn. I am grateful that I got kicked in the ass. That I had a taste of reality before I traveled too far and that persona became permanent.
That happened to my mother. She was raised in those twenty-thousand square foot mansions, she was given everything she ever wanted, right up until the moment that it all disappeared. She drowned herself in top-shelf martinis we couldn’t afford, refusing to cook, clean, or pay bills – her breeding too great for such blue-collar work. I became the adult, she became the child, and we sank further and further in life until I moved out and she found a man. Now she is the wife and full-time dependent of Maurice Fulton, an old man who she can’t possibly love, one who keeps her groomed and outfitted in his big house and keeps her glass filled. I speak to her occasionally, when I get the sadistic urge to see what an society-bred alcoholic sounds like.
Family is one thing I have in common with my men. We are all loners, floating through life unattached, except to each other. We don’t talk about our pasts, our lack of familial ties. There is no point in dwelling on the darkness. Not when our new life is full of such life.

Alessandra Torre is a new author who focuses on contemporary erotica. Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was published in July 2012, and was an Erotica #1 Bestseller for two weeks. Alessandra is currently working on the sequel to Blindfolded, which will be released in 2014.

Alessandra lives in the Southern United States and is married, with one young child. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and playing with her dogs. Her favorite authors include Lisa Gardner, Gillian Flynn, and Jennifer Crusie.

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  1. I was wondering why the author sounds so familiar! I've read The Girl in 6E and I found it different, interesting and I enjoyed it. I'm not really sure if I'm ready to read something like
    this but man she's really great at coming up with taboo stories!

    1. I love her wicked mind and this is way tamer than 6E. Try it!

  2. Glad that it was more than you expected with the plot

  3. ah, but i hate cheaters! i'm glad that though this is a love triangle it's not non-consensual. i've seen this cover before, and was intrigued by the title (of course!), and I'll admit it was the first time i've read the blurb. i'm a romantic at heart who believes in only one love, so the sentence, "why would anyone share their partner" was right on the money with my way of thinking. Still, the fact that all three adults consented to this type of relationship, that makes me want to read it all the more because of its honesty. love your review Braine!

    1. Thanks, Neyra & I think you'll rant a bit over the resolution but overall I think you'll like this weird non-menage, menage.

  4. Hmm never seen it. Sounds pretty interesting. I'll have to check it out :)

  5. This sounds like it's pretty different. I might give it a shot next year (so weird saying that).

  6. A friend of mine was really mexed about this one so I gave up but you intrigued me now. LOL difficult to have 2 different reviews.

    1. The plot is very polarizing but for some reason the heroine didn't annoy me which is the only reason why I ended up loving this crazy novel.

  7. Well, I'll say that blurb got me interested. Stories like this piques my interest so I can see myself reading this and enjoying it. Great review Braine, this is going on my wish list :)

    1. I think this is something you'll like if not love, Sharonda. I hope you get to read it soon!

  8. Holy wow, Braine! This sounds dark and complex and very character driven. All pluses in my book. I'm very excited about this book now. Thanks for the stellar review. :)

    1. Weee! You and I will get along very, very well, Brandee. We have the same "eccentric" taste.


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