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By the Book

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  156 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Genre: Contemporary Menage

Two's company; three's allowed.

Reece Hutton conducts his life between the covers -- of books and beds. A librarian by day, in the evenings he's a man whose tastes are anything but vanilla. So when local writer Daniel Cross appears in the library one afternoon with the aim of doing some research, Reece has a hard time not noticing how attractive he
Kindle Edition, 157 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Loose ID
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Mandi Schreiner
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quote: “I’m Daniel Fucking Cross.”

Librarian Reece Hutton has a great time with his girlfriend Georgia. They have a very passionate life, and they also like to play. As a birthday gift, Georgia invites her best friend into the bedroom for a little threesome enjoyment. Reece loves it and loves Georgia for giving him this gift.

Reece has something, or rather someone on his mind though. He meets writer Daniel Cross at the library, and can not get this man out of his head. He has never been w
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm-erotica
Last week, as I was lazily browsing through an oddly arranged pile of Maeve Binchy books at the nearby library, a hesitant voice streamed through the corner speakers, “If you are Daniel Fucking Cross whose sucking action may put a Bangkok lady boy to shame and would not mind engaging in a tepid ménage a trois with Georgia Lawrence, please meet Mr. Reese Hutton in aisle three on the second floor”.
The faint trail of those words resonated in my ears like morning bells and I curiously found myself
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: male-male
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Christi Snow
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
Whoa! This was a powerfully emotional book. Georgia & Reece have always enjoyed an adventurous sex life. They have been together a long time and like the sexual excitement that comes from mixing it up. While they have had threesomes, with both men and women, Reece has never crossed that line of participating in m/m relations. When two men are in their bedroom, the focus is always Georgia.

Everything begins to change when Reece meets Daniel. Daniel is bi-sexual. He makes no apologies
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Three words: Daniel Fucking Cross

But....more about him later.

And before I get into the review of THIS book, let me mention the previous book I read by Scarlett Parrish - Long Time Coming (LOVED IT). The only thing I wasn’t happy with was the lack of an epilogue. Well - you get the epilogue in this book!! Ok, so it’s not a real epilogue, it’s just a few sentences. BUT, at least I know where Piper and Leo are headed! Swoon.....

But, back to By The Book....

It starts out with (seemingly) mild mannere
Violetta Vane
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm
I was intrigued by several negative reviews of By the Book (I'll explain why under the spoiler cut). Once I started this book, I found it an exciting, compelling and unique read.

I'll get the negatives out of the way quickly -- there aren't that many of them. This is not a book that has a rich setting. It's a world with three characters talking to each other. It's all relationship. I usually don't like that sort of story, but this book was just the right length for the bare-bones approach, and th
Robin Rotham
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while I read a book that just won't let go of me, that makes me say "God, I wish I could write like that!" By the Book is just such a book. I don't want to say too much about the story for fear of ruining the emotional suspense, but I will say that a week after I read it, I was still thinking about the characters, wondering how they were all doing and wishing I could go have coffee with them. (Actually, what I'd really like is to crawl into bed between Daniel and Reece. They just ...more
Jan 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, ebook
Reece and Georgia are a sexually adventurous couple who invite a third in from time to time to spice things up. For Reece's birthday, Georgia brings her best friend Sarah to put on a bit of a show and give Reece *the best birthday evah*. Reece, who works in a library, meets Daniel Cross, a novelist, when he comes to return some books and stays at the library to do some writing. There is an instant connection. Daniel is bisexual ("do you have a pulse?" "then I'm flirting") and outrageous and smok ...more
Amy Jacobs
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
After seeing this book on a huge amount of blogs I follow, I was intrigued and excited about ordering it. It wasn't until it made some of my blogging buddies had it on their favorites list for the year that I finally purchased it and gave in to the enigma of Daniel Cross. I have three words -- OH MY GOD! If you are looking for an erotic themed romance to keep you up all night reading, then you have to read this book!

I literally had my heart beating in anticipation when Daniel enters the library
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
I really loved this story. As an ealier reviewer stated it is erotica at its best. The author does a wonderful job portraying the character's passions and emotions. Good writing helps the reader picture the scene. It's great writing when not only can you picture it, but you can feel it. You can feel the sexual tension between the two main characters in this book, two men. You can feel their passion for each other. This is not a story about a m/m/f menage. Its a love story about a straight man an ...more
4.5 Stars

This is an excellent emotional story told entirely from Reese's POV on how he handles discovering he is bi. There is a lot of emotion in this book and the only way I could have thought it better would have been to put in the other two character's thoughts into the mix and add a little more to the end. I really did like this book, but I want a second to get an actual HEA. The ending is left pretty open to suspision.

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Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
There is no denying this book is hot and Daniel F. Cross irresistible but as much as I enjoyed the sexy bits (and there are many) and the chemistry between Reece and Daniel there are other things that bothered me. I feel almost sad now that it's all over. I don't always need things tidied up in a pretty little bow but the ending to this felt unfinished and unresolved and left too much open to my admittedly glass is half empty imagination. It's a hard one to rate. It could've been a five, the wri ...more
Elizabeth Silver
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, m-f, reviewed, m-m-f
Full disclosure: The author is a friend.

Why you should believe my review is valid anyway: I read this book without knowing the author from Eve, and thought it was one of the best books I've read in ages, and hunted her down because I wanted to know what kind of person could come up with such beautiful imagery and gorgeously flawed, human characters. They're selfish and confused and greedy and lustful... and fragile and loving and giving and surprising all at the same time. And the sex scenes are
K.J. Charles
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, menage
Smart, funny erotica with a heart and soul. Daniel Fucking Cross is intensely sexy, never more so than when we see him vulnerable, and there's a really interesting exploration of what can happen when a couple invite third parties into bed and affections grow. Georgia was a sympathetic character in a role that could easily have been very unsympathetic: inconsistent and angry, yes, but perfectly naturally so. Lots of varied sexytimes, all of it hot, but really this was the story of three people wh ...more
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, erotica
I have read several of Scarlett's books, and this is by far my favorite. So hot that I thought it would kill my Nook. Daniel and Reece are fun characters, their differences making them quite perfect for each other. Their passion and intensity will have you begging for more.

Scarlett's writing is superb, every word a drop of water to someone dying of thirst. Every little detail, a touch, a glance, and you are holding your breath, desperate to know what happens next. If you enjoy passionate, emoti
Miranda Baker
I'm a tension junkie and I had a great time reading this book. A whiff of taboo. Some angst. Hot guys, hot sex, open minds (well, mostly). Lots of emotion and super writing. Ms. Parrish has such a distinct voice, I want to read more of her work to see if it carries through. She hooked me!
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another incredible, sexy as hell story from Scarlett Parrish! Loved "Daniel Fucking Cross"!

4.5/5 stars
Dec 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
Expected more from this book- so damn frustrating but I guess not every story has a happy ending !
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I read by this writer and it was not a genre I normally read, so I was not entirely sure what to expect. I am SO glad I picked it up! Scarlett is a wonderful storyteller who effortlessly combines humour and sensuality in such a way that you are swept up and carried along with the story.

I'm not going to give away any of the story. I think you should just go read the book, it's not expensive and it is more than worthwhile I promise. What I will say is this though, I had tho
The sex here is undeniably hot. I did not like the two male leads. Reese is suffering from insensitive-jerk-itis. He saw Daniel and fell into sudden lust but since he's straight that couldn't possibly be the reason for his obsession, even though he's been in bed with men before. So using his girlfriend as an excuse he arranges a menage between the 3 of them. There were 3 of them in that bed but only 2 were making love, Daniel and Reese, Georgia was just a convenient body. Daniel is afflicted wit ...more
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm of two minds about this book. I liked it. I really did. There's a beautiful seduction as the main storyline that I adored and is probably one of the better ones I've read lately. At the same time the ending left me with some not so very nice feelings. Most of the time I wanted to smack some sense into Reece. Daniel and Georgia were both wonderful characters, but of course Daniel stole the show, as you know he will from the very first page.

There just seemed to be way too much angst most of th
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ahhhhh the ending! My heart! <3
I applaud Georgia here. I do, what she did, for Reece. When Reece was confused and Georgia wanted him to choose and Daniel just wanted a part of him, I knew who I wanted Reece to pick, I KNEW. But I totally understood Reece as well, his whole world was rocked. Of course, one would be confused. One would not know what he wants or needs to do. So, I totally got it. I've read this scenario once before and the ending both times were the same. Both times it made me h
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Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: guys-only, girls-only
I set my expectations too high with this story, I guess. I wanted things I didn't get.
The guys didn't do it for me. I like my guys cocky but Daniel Fucking Cross, as he refers to himself, takes it to a new level. Reece was a selfish asshat. You can't have your cake and eat it, too, bud. And poor Georgia. I feel for you girl. I don't think either of us thought it would end the way it did.
Xondra Day
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because it shows what can happen when a menage goes wrong. The characters were not perfect, and neither was their situation.

Cross did annoy me at times, and I wondered why Reese was so in love with him. He didn't come across as being likeable to me.

This is a different read, and I wouldn't call it a romance. But if you are looking for something a bit outside the box, you might enjoy this one. I did.
Well, I started this book months ago. I tried to pick it up and read it 3 more times. I can't do it I give up!!! I don't like anyone in this book. I really really dislike them.(Angel wing tattoos are so dorky to me. I'd like puke.Sorry to offend you if you're brazen enough to sport them. But they are stupid!)
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotic
It was a little frustrating when he kept going back and forth between them both. It was clearly obvious who he had strong feelings for but you could tell he was afraid and unsure about letting go. I liked Daniel from day one :)
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fiction
A menage with consequences, very interesting. I never quite figured out the back and forth between Reece and Georgia (I can't cite examples without spoilers), but I really enjoyed Reece as a main character.
Laura Carson
I don't usually read M/M romance, and that is kind of what this ended up being. That being said, I loved the characters and their emotions radiated off the pages. A fantastic highly erotic book that I loved every minute of.
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“I don‟t feel awkward at all.”
“Don‟t you?”
“No. I‟m Daniel Fucking Cross.”
I stopped and leaned against a shop front. “Oh. Well.” I drew in a deep breath. “Good. Good.”
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