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Polar Reaction

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  703 ratings  ·  54 reviews
A passion hot enough to melt a glacier. A love that shakes them to the core...

The savage Antarctic winter is closing in, and three research scientists are scheduled for the last flight out--until an unexpected blizzard traps all three of them in the compound. There's Tuck, who only joined the project to be close to sexy-but-straight Brendan, the man of his dreams. And Jami
ebook, 308 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Samhain Publishing
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Mar 31, 2013 Candice rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mmm

While I enjoy reading menage stories, they either work or they don't and with this one, I am having a hard time rating this book, on one hand I liked the concept of the three guys getting stranded without any form of communication with the outside world and confronting each other and their feelings, however on the other hand throughout the whole book I was sad for Jamie because he always seemed on the outside and just an after thought.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
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Not a bad novel, but not one of the best in my opinion. I kept feeling that Jamie wasn't a important part of the menage. Yes they love him, but it is the small action that seem to suggest that they will never love him like they do each other.

All Brendan's first was experienced by Tucker, yes I know they knew each other first but I still felt it left Jamie excluded. This wasn't helped by Tuck continuing to pine away while Jamie was still there. Maybe not important but when Brendan heard about his
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Zarifina Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ★
*Sigh* I should have known this book was not my cup of tea when I zoned out on the first page. Nothing about the book seems authentic. The characters lack substance, the plot is somewhat inconceivable, and the writing is sub par.

What can I say about Polar Reaction. I waited a long time to read this book and when I finished it, I could not have been more disappointed. I think I may have amped my expectations because I was so eager to read this m/m/m romance with a great synopsis. I struggled to
Vivian Archer
3.5 stars

Thoughtful, emotive and sexy.

Is it sexual interest peaked by crisis or real love blooming. Liked the premise of 3 scientists working through getting one to acknowledge his desires and how to manage polyamory. Seemed a bit easy in the end and a moment or two that I wasn't convinced explains the rating.
Nice and sweet. For once, a threesome where jealousy is actually addressed on-page and where the formerly straight/ in-denial guy doesn't miraculously lose all of his inhibitions. The three men made sense together even if I found the ending rather a strong HFN instead of a HEA. I liked that; thought it realistic.
I think I like the setting the most. Three scientists almost stranded by a winter storm on Antarctica conducting experiments on deep ice and find themselves attracted to each other. What a great place for a threesome!! Unlike some reviewers, I don't think Jamie was an afterthought. The attraction between Tuck and Brendan was clear but Jamie's confidence, and, as the author puts it, his "emotional honesty" really brought the connection between the three of them to the surface. Really liked the re ...more
Susan Laine
Hot story about three scientists: Tuck is the one with the crush, Brendan is the one repressed, and Jamie is the young guy caught in the middle. Really liked this story. Though the weather was cold, the mood was hot, hot, hot. Recommend!
Nancy L
I'm undecided on how exactly to rate this. It was a cute love story, but not much plot action. It wasn't all just sex either...had some relationship elements to it. I'd probably go with 3.5 stars
S.J.D. Peterson
Hmmmm, Nothing away from the author, but I just didn't feel this book. It felt kind of shallow and really not that believable. The plot was great, just...something was missing for me.
Jamie, Tuck & Brenden.....


Since I liked the last polyamorous book I read so much I wanted to try another one…this one didn’t really work as well for me though. The relationship dynamic was skewed from the very beginning, and even if the characters acknowledge that over and over again it still wasn’t enough to convince me that this relationship would work once all of them got settled into it. When two of the characters share a more profound bond it’s hard to imagine that all three people in the relationship will get what ...more
This reminded me of those artists in residence that they take to Antarctica. I have read a couple of novels produced as a result and they always seem contrived as if they have had to desperately manufacture something as payment for being taken to Antarctica. Which is I suppose, actually the case.

For a start, what scientist who has been to Antarctica for a season looks like the guys on the cover by the end of it?

Second, only 3 condoms in a wallet when they are stranded - I have seen the figures f
Elisa Rolle
Claire Thompson brings a lot in this new gay romance: the "menage a trois" (fortunately with all male participant), the only "gay for you" attitude of one of the lovers, and finally the all too evident, but seldom faced, problem of the jealousy inside a menages.

Tuck is in love with Brendan: the first time he realized it was a year before when both of them where in a research camp with other researchers. But Tuck and Brendan had a special alchemy, something that Tuck finds again one year later wh
Nile Princess
I loved this book and read it in one sitting. The storyline is plausible, the buildup to the romance well-paced and believeable and the sex scenes HOT. But, another reviewer mentioned it and I'm going to have to agree - my main issue was the initial inequality in the m/m/m relationship. Brendan and Tuck clearly had sizzling chemistry, a much deeper connection and were very obviously in love. The meaningful looks they shared and the way they interacted, even while Jamie was present, overshadowed ...more
Three men are stranded in the Antarctic when an unexpected snowstorm prevents them from leaving at the end of a science expedition. With the help of generous alcoholic libations and a near brush with death, the men are able to let go of their inhibitions and act on the sizzling chemistry brewing between each of them. Unfortunately life in the “real world” isn’t always as easy as it is when you’re stranded on the edges of civilization. The men must figure out a way to keep their newfound relation ...more
Some hot scenes, but the relationship wasn’t balanced enough for me

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 6/10

- The Arctic setting is different and unusual and seems pretty well researched. And just when I started to get a little claustrophobic because the entire story was taking place at the research facility, the setting changed and the guys went back to their lives in the States.
- There’s a good deal of sex, most of it decently graphic and some of
Moderatrix Lori
This was a pretty good, fast read. The set up was a tad contrived and I felt the insta-love both Tucker and Brendan felt for Jamie was forced. It would have been a more interesting story if they had been stranded longer and required to overcome the hardships such harsh conditions and isolation would have demanded. It was hard to imagine how this triad was ever going to equalize since Tucker and Brendan had spent the prior year pining for each other. I didn't really see the attraction to Jamie. A ...more
I wavered between a 2 and a 3 on this one, so I'll have to say it's a 2.5. The concept was wonderful--three men stranded in the Antarctic and trying to deal with their mutual attractions. Jamie and Tuck are both gay; Brendan has felt an attraction to Tuck but has always had relationships with women. Their attraction brings the three of them together, but will it survive their rescue?

Why didn't I love, love, love the book? I really enjoy m/m and/or menage stories, and there was some plot. The sex
Was going to give this one 3.5 but the sex was just too hot to give it the lower rating (*wink*) I thought the plot was a little silly in the sense that 3 people working on this Antarctica project just ALL happened to be gay (or closeted gay) and that they would all just magically fall in love with each other. I guess maybe the author was going for Stockholm Syndrome?? Oh well, get past the slight "cheesiness" of some of the plot and you have some really hot menage sex. The fact that Brendan was ...more
Three scientists, marooned. Sizzling sexual tension, leading to scorching seductive sex with feelings. Talky but hot and sweet.
Don Bradshaw
Three men,all scientists,are trapped in a lab with the full Antartic winter approching. All three men hve their internal conflicts. Brendan refuses to believe that he can be attracted to men. Tuck carries a torch for Brendan who rejected him the year before. Jamie is open but struggles to find where he may fit in with the other two. Stuck in the middle of a blizzard, the booze flows freely and what starts as an attempt at solace becomes a full blown,and hot,menage a trois. The story isin two pa ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Oct 30, 2013 Barb ~rede-2-read~ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Barb ~rede-2-read~ by: Valerie
This was a very, very good m/m/m story. I like the way the author developed all of the characters and all sides of the relationship so that no one member of the ménage was left feeling like an outsider. That could have easily happened the way the storyline started with Tuck and Brendan having a crush on each other and Jamie being "the third". But the author took pains to make sure we got to see of the dynamics and I really enjoyed that.

If you like ménage, and heck, even if you don't, you should
I am not typically a fan of m/m/m because I like my HEA. Often I find the stories to be a bit unbelievable. This story was very steamy at times and the characters did seem to fit together; the back story was nice for them. I did feel that there could've been a little bit more depth to the characters and their story of their relationship. There is a "straight" but obviously questioning guy but it didn't give me a true feeling of his thought process. Overall, though, I did enjoy the book but mainl ...more
Renee (ren213)
Normally when I read a Claire Thompson book it's just ok. I've never read one by her that I really loved and I've never read one that I just couldn't stand. Well, until now, anyway. Besides the cheesy dialouge and the cry baby men (seriously, one cried like my 4 year old daughter cuz he was stuck in a storm with two hot guys and he thought they didn't like him) I just couldn't care about any of these characters or what they did or wanted. I ended up skimming after about 50% of the book so I coul ...more
Ann Lister
I loved this book! I wasn't sure at first if I'd like it due to the science aspect of the story line, but the author did a great job making that an interesting facet for a non-science person like me. I loved Brendan's uncertainty in his feelings for Tuck and Jamie, loved how Jamie and Tuck were able to love Brendan enough to allow him time to realize his feelings and so on. This was a great love story and the sex was smoking hot!!
I usually stay away from m/m/m book they are just not my thing. Something about someone coming into an already established relationship bothers me. What I really liked about this book was that the three of them came together at once. Yes one of the characters was in love with another one but hadn't gotten a chance to profess it.

I would love to read a sequel or additional story about this trio.
Alyssa Blaine B
From the book description the story seemed interesting enough but after the first chapter the story falls flat on its face and never recovers.

The danger and excitement you'd expect to feel reading about three scientists trapped while also discovering new feeling for each other is lost in awkward word choices, mediocre writing, and lackluster world building.
Aug 05, 2014 Brandilyn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Brandilyn by: Kendra
Shelves: mm
Okay so the high point of this book?? It was a fairly quick read and counted for 5 challenges... The low point? I just never connected with the characters. I got to the end and really could care less if they got their HEA or not. I didn't know enough about them and I never connected with them as a trio.
This was a great read. The sex was hot and the struggle that Brendan went through felt real. I think Jamie's role was downplayed and could have been a larger part of the story, it wrapped up too easily in my opinion. Overall though, it kept my interest and man, these guys were smokin'!
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