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3.16 of 5 stars 3.16  ·  rating details  ·  275 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Exploring Limits Series Book OneJonathan Braedon's successful acting career and consideration for his young son have always kept him from acting on his attraction to men. Newly cast as King Arthur in a BBC miniseries, he manages to conceal his interest in co-stars Devon Aldridge and Kit Webster-but Kit and Devon are just as interested in him. Rather than fighting over Jona ...more
ebook, 170 pages
Published January 20th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press (first published 2010)
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Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
2.5 I would have liked it more, but some of the tropes were hard to handle. No pun intended.

First off: unless one has an extraordinarily long tongue, the prostate cannot be licked.

After reading that a character licked another's prostate, my BS meter was off-the-charts chiming & I had a hard time enjoying the rest of the sexfest. I realize the authors are female, but there's this thing called research.
I like m/m/m books and I've read and really liked a number of stories by this pair of authors. It's a shame then, that Exploring Limits was such a dull and disappointing read.

Part of my reasons why I found this a dull read was that the book is essentially page after page of sex with very little plot at all. In fact, the book follows the same pattern over and over again. The story begins with two gay English actors, Kit and Devon, admiring another actor, an American, Jonathan. They decide to club
I can't believe I am going to say that I almost didn't finish this one. I generally like Nicki Bennett and Ariel Tachna enough that they are pretty much an auto-buy but this book just didn't do it for me.

For me, the chemistry between the men never gelled. I didn't feel any real connection between all three characters. I sometimes felt it between Devon and Jon when they were getting a little rough. I felt it between Jon and Kit when they were playing Knight and King but I never felt it between D
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
2.5 stars

I think Jenre's review is pretty accurate and explains a majority of how I'm feeling about this book.

I thought this story had a lot of potential. I mean, I thought the premise was rather interesting even with my dislike for menages. I liked the characters and their humor. I found it funny how Kit and Devon were willing to 'share' Jonathan even though he's straight (supposedly). Kit was my favorite character because he was just so adorable. The youngest out of the three of them, he was
Serena Yates
Another reader called this book disappointing and I agree. It's not that there was anything "wrong" with it so much as I thought there was a lot "missing".

There was no plot other than the three men getting together. There was no tension, nor any reason for the emotions developing in the way they did. The BDSM/limit discussion that took place at he beginning and had some potential to set this book apart from others (I thought) petered out and was totally absent by the end. The ending itself was u
Lots O' Porn if you're in the mood...
This book has lots of potential, but it really didn't come together for me. Three really hot men having hot sex: what's not to like? Somehow, though, the threesome never quite clicked for me. Devon, Jonathan and Kit are in a BBC production of King Arthur. Jonathan is playing the part of Arthur. Devon and Kit both want a piece of Jonathan, so rather than going after him one at a time, they decide on a mutual seduction. Jonathan has a son and hasn't been able to act on his interest in men in the p ...more
Elisa Rolle
Exploring Limits is a sexy ménages romp between three very different men who find in each other the perfect chemistry. For once it’s prim and proper England who debauches friendly America.

Jonathan is the new American actor who will play the role of King Arthur in a tv fiction about Camelot; Jonathan is a mid thirty good fellow, friendly and nice. From the first day he tightened a friendship with Devon, the same age English actor who is playing Lancelot. Their friendship is the classical beer an
Exploring Limits is what is known as Plot What Plot in the slash fiction world. And you know what, sometimes that's perfectly fine. I am one of those M/M romance readers who just doesn't need all the unnecessary angst in order to enjoy the story. Sometimes I just want wall-to-wall bangin' sex, and I got that from writers Ariel Tachna and Nicki Bennett. Of course, Exploring Limits happily pushes all of my slashy buttons with not two, but THREE hot men turning themselves into human pretzels. Devon ...more
I will give this book 2.5 stars. I love M/M/M menage novels with a lot of sexy scenes but I was distracted reading this book and that isn't me. An 8 chapter books is nothing to me but I had to force myself to finish and that doesn't sit right with me.
usually i rather like these authors, but this was weird. the entire book was approximately four sex scenes that were each about 40 pages long. seriously. the other 10 pages of the book were devoted to
conversation. and setting the sex scenes. those sex scenes were decently written, but frankly the book was devestatingly boring after it became obvious that's all there is to it.
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Stacey Jo
I enjoyed this one but actually got a little bored. The sex was hot and the guys were hot but it was one long sex scene which normally i for me, more sex the better, but there was no conflict or anything else to make it more interesting. I'll still read the next one though.
Merci à Dragon rouge . C'est un genre et un style d'écriture que je n'avais pas encore abordé mais j'ai vraiment apprécié cette lecture .
Nancy L
that was HOT. Not much of a story line but hey, sometimes ya might not be in the mood for one eh?
2.5 stars
Jan 23, 2010 Tam rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m-m
I've read books by these authors individually and together and enjoyed them. This time? Not so much. Jonathan is an American actor (30's) working in Britain on a King Arthur TV series. Kit, a young actor, and Devon and older actor (mid-late 30's) decide they both want Jonathan so set out to seduce him together although they did not have a relationship before this momentous decision. Doesn't take much work as Jonathan has always been attracted to men but never acted on it because of his young son ...more
Imagine a book where the character is called Jonathan ... John aka Jonathan is an American actor who is playing the role of King Arthur in an English movie production ... Then there's Kit who is playing the role of Percival ... Toss in Devon & you have a spicy ménage à trois ... Now add in American English & English English (head starting to spin) ... finally, imagine a ménage sex scene where the author uses every fucking name permutation to describe the characters "the American" ... "Jo ...more
Not horrible as porn, but as you might be able to guess from the plot summary, this is something of a porn-plot. Two professional actors have the hots for the star of a TV series and seduce him and have hot, kinky sex. And there's some conflict over how kinky the sex should be. But otherwise, not much plot. It's something that I would expect in a porn movie, but not a book. The kink was mild, there were mistakes and bad writing, and I don't think anybody should pay for this.
PWP (plot? what plot?). nice 3-some wank material if you're not too particular about realism (hair gel is not lube, human tongues do not generally reach the prostate, and some of those positions -- HOW?)

do not read this for story. there is a little, but it's perfunctory, and there's minimal character development -- why exactly these guys are into each other beyond the sex isn't at all clear. but they have more sex than pretty much anyone else in m/m-land. yowza.
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Two gay men set out together to seduce the steaight guy. However, unbeknownst to them the 'straight' guy is already thinking about the gay guys sexually.
To me, this book had alot of potential. I love MMM, but this was a little too insta love. I also struggled for the plot it nearly turned into PWP and that was a shame.
I really liked the characters, and the sex was hot. But, the POV seemed to change every paragraph, with no warning. I was so confused as to who's thoughts I was reading. Otherwise, with my mood, it would have been 4*.

Another detraction is that it's a serial. The story was incomplete, but at least, it wasn't a cliff hanger.
This book is about the very beginning of a new relationship that you get to be in on from the ground floor. It's something new for all three men and you get to see how they will all cope. You have Jonathan who has never before acted on his feelings for men but has always had them, Devon the charmer, the mastermind, and Kit who is adorable and wants to please. You have to love all three of them and as their feelings grow, as the trust grows, everything gets hotter and hotter. It moves fast, as it ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Taylor rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
Now... I've seen a lot of mixed reviews about this book. I can see why. It's true, there isn't much of a development between the characters, but then again, just by looking at the cover, I realized this wasn't going to be an emotional book. Actually... it's a hard-core, kinky porno. But then again... that's what I was expecting when I picked this up. If I'd begun to read it and found it was something else, then I would have probably not scored as many points. This book stayed true to what it was ...more
I had to put this book down and I haven't had to do that with a book in quite some time. Too much fantasy not enough meat-and-potatoes. The storyline wasn't believable and to give the author and the book credit, I read more than half of the book before I finally put it down and said, "no mas!" If I have to push myself to care about your characters or even remember the storyline, the book's not going to retain me as a reader. It's sad too, because I think the story holds much promise... just didn ...more
I would agree with those reviewers who noted the lack of a plot in Exploring Limits. A plot is the one element you really should not leave out in a story of this length. It is a disappointment unless all you are after is a series of minimally linked sex scenes - this information would probably qualify as a spoiler for this book, as it is all you get.
kimberly (aka db)
Aug 27, 2015 kimberly (aka db) rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to kimberly (aka db) by: Angi
Quite simply Exploring Limits was a book about sex, which really was a shame because Devon, Jonathan, and Kit are very charming characters who, given the opportunity, had the potential for a great story.

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So much sexier for the fact that the men talk about and respect each other's limits. I've never been a huge fan of large age gaps, but for me the level of communication, respect, and pleasure they obviously take in each other's company make this not an issue for me. A really enjoyable read.
Jimmy Hanson
I honestly, honestly tried to finish reading this one ... and failed. The characters are shallow and there just seems little to no point. I didn't even really like the "action" scenes all that much.

Kind of odd, considering normally I am very fond of the Nicki Bennett/Ariel Tachna pairing. =/
I presume you know what the book is about. I'm letting you know what I liked or disliked about it.

You know, this book was good in a you-know-what-to-expect kinda way. I liked the characters, I liked the naughtiness of it all, and I was entertained.

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