Ménage Material (La Belle sans la Bête #1) by Serena Akeroyd


Menage Material

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Realizing there’s a third person in her marriage, Devvy Jacques is stunned. Discovering her husband’s lover is a man, she’s horrified. Learning that man is Alexei Ivanov, the internationally renowned scientist behind the cure for cancer, she’s…
Horny?
Being part of a ménage wasn’t in any of her fairy tales as a kid, but the more she’s with hubby, Sebastien, and new lover, Alexei, the more she realizes it’s a dream come true.
Around them, between them, under or above them, Devvy flourishes, becoming the woman she was meant to be before life did a number on her.
With the ménage flourishing, and love growing every day, it takes a twisted blackmailer to derail it all. Raking up past secrets Alex wants to remain hidden, and exposing their unusual household to the world’s eye, the trio face enough challenges to unravel apart.
Will life work its mischief or will they still have what it takes to be perfect, Ménage Material?
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Devvy was a remarkable lead female in this book.  She is strong, intelligent, genuinely in love to her older husband Sebastien and moved from her home in the USA to Paris.  The last few weeks have not been routine with her husband.  He is not only successful; he is handsome and would have sex with her multiple times a day, but not now.  There is only one conclusion; he had to be having an affair.  After working up her courage to finally ask him, the answer was anything other than what she expected.  Her husband was having an affair but it was more that he was cheating with her on his other partner.

Alexei Ivanov is world renowned and a long time hero to Devvy.  When he walked into her home with Sebastien she was in awe of being in his presence, then the truth came out the he is the other person that is sharing passion with her husband.  As they explain their story and why they waited two years from the time Devvy married her husband things didn’t make sense.  The truth was uncovered that Alexei refuses to go out in social settings, public appearances won’t happen for him and the only way to make this arrangement happen was for Sebastien to be the one to win her over.

With all of her intelligence and social graces, the one thing that lingers in her mind is how she is not beautiful, but can these two men show her how wrong she is.  We watch as she has to decide if she should walk away or try a threesome relationship and share the affection of her husband with another man.  Can both men make her dreams come true, dreams she wasn’t even aware she had till the chance presented itself?

Everything isn’t that simple but when blackmail becomes a factor things will have to be considered.  What is Alexei trying to hide?  Will it be the end of all they have created both personally and professionally?  There are more issues that will come their way but I absolutely loved how each character grew along with their hearts and understanding.  Be prepared for some hot passion, heart breaking truths, mental issues that will need to be understood and compassion.  There was not a single chapter or even page that I felt didn’t hold a piece to the puzzle of Sebastien, Alexei and Devvy.

For a ménage theme book, this was one of the few that had a host of important issues that were addressed.  No one instantly fell in bed; each relationship had merit of its own while the three worked to establish a trusting unit.  You won’t find weak victims who need to be rescued because we have three successful, strong willed and intelligent people who make this such a unique story that I couldn’t put down.  I can hardly wait to see what else Akeroyd has in store for us.

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