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The Hot Floor by Josephine Myles
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Sep 28, 12

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Read in September, 2012

Well-written and warmhearted, if a bit lightweight.

The first-person viewpoint character, Josh, knows his gorgeous neighbors by sight and sound--particularly, the racket they make when engaged in enthusiastic and frequent sex. He fantasizes about joining them in bed, but has little actual contact until they ask him to do a favor for another neighbor in the building, an elderly lady. A dinner invitation leads to the start of a flirtatious friendship, which becomes sexual in fairly short order, and subject to "rules" which are not well defined and the source of what minimal conflict the story possesses.

The established couple, Rai and Evan, are each appealing--Rai flirty and mischievous, Evan the gentle bearish top who takes effortless charge when the situation calls for it. Josh is shy and understandably insecure at first, but as the story went on his continuing conviction that the other two wanted him only for a short-term sexual fling began to wear. It made sense that he would be confused by the "rules" because they were flexible, and changed as the relationship progressed and all three men wanted more from it. But the reader understands long before Josh does that Rai and Evan want him as a boyfriend, not just a bedpartner. There is minimal angst or conflict over this except in Josh's head.

There is an appropriately heavy sex content and the scenes are well done, varied, emotionally ardent and hot. I particularly liked Evan's dirty talk.

The setting, dialogue and Josh's narrative voice are adorably British for fanciers of such.

3.5 stars
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