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Anything But Vanilla

(Anything But... #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  447 ratings  ·  58 reviews
One girl, two guys, no strings.

Kara North is on the run. Fleeing from her controlling fiancé and a wedding she never wanted, she accepts the chance offer of refuge on Liddell Island, where she soon catches the eye of the island’s owner, erotic photographer Ric Liddell.

But pleasure comes in more than one flavour when Zachary Blackwater, the charming ice-cream vendor also ta
Paperback, 301 pages
Published May 3rd 2013 by Mischief, HarperCollins UK (first published April 19th 2012)
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Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It is VERY aptly titled..God, this is HOT!!!

Story centre's around 3 main characters, Ric,Zach and Kora...I loved them is pure sex with actually a decent story, a bit of angst...Oh and did I not mention very erotic sex scenes, featuring....


M/M...sorry I was drooling at these scenes


A touch of F/F

Couldn't put this down for anything ...

Need to track down hubbie after this one....Yes it's one of those !!!
May 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
I give it points for interesting, but unfortunately, I can't recommend it.

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This is between a 3 and 4 star for me. I loved the way the characters were portrayed as realistic with actions and thoughts consistent (to a point) with their own personalities. I enjoyed the setting very much and the use of British words and slang. I know Ms. Ellis is British but, for me, it's practically a foreign language! ;-)

There was Kara who had just escaped marrying a soul sucking, control freak, appearances are everything, man. She is discovering the freedom in sex for the sake of mutual
~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
*Disclaimer - I not only got this as an Amazon freebie, Madelynne is a GR friend, however I would have bought the book had I not gotten it gratis*

Kara has just escaped from her overbearing and controlling fiancé and isn't looking for anything permanent and she has a few fantasies to fulfill and itches to scratch and she finds it on Liddell Island with Rick Liddell and Zack (Jack) Blackwater. I really like Madelynne's books and this was no exception - definitely wasn't vanilla! It will be a rerea
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: m/f/m ménage lovers and m/m romantics
Recommended to Alie38 by: GR Freebie's Thread
What a pleasant surprise when a free book from Amazon ends up being so deliciously deviant and enjoyable. Madelynn Ellis well plotted story of three very different, but very likable characters coming together to explore a possible ménage relationship was erotically entertaining. At the same time by allowing insight into Kara's, Ric's and Zac's thoughts and emotions makes the story quite moving. I will be on the look-out for more of her work.
I think I never gave 5 stars to any erotic book but this one was really really good. I wanted to read since last year and finally I did and I regret nothing, that I stayed up until 7am to finish. I never would've guessed anything by the summary, I thought it's a story about a woman between two men and she can't choose but I've never been so mistaken. I'm writing a longer review on my blog later so now I'm only saying, READ IT. You won't regret.
Book Synopsis

Why settle for just one man?

Kara North is on the run. Fleeing from her controlling fiancé and a wedding she never wanted, she accepts the chance offer of refuge on wild, rocky Liddell Island, where she soon catches the eye of the island’s owner, erotic photographer Ric Liddell. Wickedly sexy by day and just plain wicked by night, Ric rules his domain like a feudal lord. He’s used to getting what he wants, without any commitment, and just when Kara thinks she has him hooked, he h
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
she rather liked being a butterfly 5 NAUGHTY SCOOPS

Maybe it was time to be bad. WHOOOOAAA BABY!! What an amazing turn of events! Every. Single. One. Now if you know me, you know I pretty much stick with paranormal books, but Madelynne was too hard to resist! I read her newsletter about Anything but Ordinary a bit ago and knew I had to read this one as well! And besides, it really doesn't take much to imagine Ric as an incubus, so in my mind it became a paranormal story! If you have read Madelynn
I really likes this story, I am writing this review a few weeks after I read this book.
It's still in my mind not sure if it's the small island community or the castle that keeps popping in my mind or the hot sex scenes.
The owner of the castle is a photographer that has lost his wife - the love of his life as it's portrayed in the start - Ric

Kara has cancelled her wedding and has been acting up since. She just want's one night stands and no one to control her as her fiance did. She goes to the is
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Victoria Farmer
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Picked this up and I'm very glad I did.

We meet Kara, Zach and Ric and they become a happy menage.

I'll admit if the idea of a book about a MMF relationship doesn't light your candle then I'd steer clear but if you not too upset by this then give it a try.

I can definitely say I enjoyed it and if I'm honest I'm a little gutted (Madelynne Ellis) that there's no sequel! hint hint grovel grovel!

I want a Zach, I also want a Ric, I'd like to slap a couple of characters into another realm! I'd like to
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well certainly more daring then I thought it would be, infact more so then anything I have read before. I really like that the story is gripping and interesting in its own right without the kinky bits, but with them it is an explosive story. There is romance and emotions between the characters which is kind of sweet at times and then extreme at others, and they are all so different and uniquely them. Great story and incredible writing, top marks from me x
Aղցela W.
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-f, menage, m-m, m-f, erotica
I liked this book I just felt that it ended wrong I wanted to know more. Ric was afraid to commit to anyone Zach wanted Ric to love him and he did in his own way and Kara just wanted to have fun until she realized that she wanted both men. I gave this book 4 stars because the sex scenes were hot the author left us wondering if the relationship worked or not
Lily Harlem
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, one of the few this year that has called to me during the day to sit down and read. A perfect menage a trois told from all three pov's, a seriously cool location and characters I could absolutely relate to all wrapped up in a fresh, fun, sensual voice - delicious! Go grab your copy!
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A deliciously hot read that I couldn't put down. I loved the characters especially Ric, the way the relationship developed between the Kara, Ric and Zach through the book was fascinating. The fact that the book is set in Britain and that the characters had been in Come Undone was an added bonus.
Amusing, fun, and diverting story with some delicious deviance.
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Kara. She was uninhibited and went after the guys she wanted. Ric and Jake were both yummy and their love affair with each other was HOT.
Great MMF story.
Debbie♥ love my Ducks♥
This was an erotic adventure that hardly had time to catch my breath. Loved it!
♂♀♂ Mary's Menage Reviews ♂♂♀

An erotic menage story totally different from what you may usually read... and I love difference :)

To read my full review:
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty hot, phew... will be hunting down this author's other books! :)
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
MMF, but spends most of the book on just the het part.

It's not promising to be much of a plot, and there isn't really one, so the insistence that the characters are in love at the end rings a little hollow to me.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh, I only read this as it was free. Nothing special to recommend.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Messy/angstrom. FYI sexual assault in chapter 17 (although character doesn’t label as such).
Two and half stars. This was one of those books that started out as a 4 star read, sank down to three and by the end it was a whole lot of WTF? Initially I found the heroine Kara feisty and her two male co-leads, Zack and Ric intriguing. But the longer the story dragged on the less interested I became.

The sex scenes were fairly inventive but there are way too many of them and nearly all of them are MF. There are two MM scenes and one very uncomfortable FF scene. There are only two MMF scenes wit
Heather in FL
I generally enjoyed this story. Probably closer to a 3.5 than a 3, but not enough to make it a 4 for me. I liked the idea of a woman sort of trying to mend a relationship between two men. I also liked that she sort of went with the flow where her sexual exploits were concerned.

We meet Kara and Jack/Zach right off the bat, having a quickie outside a club on Kara's wedding night. Well, it's actually the night she was supposed to get married, but she called off the wedding because she realized she
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kara is fresh off a broken engagement and an unemployment status (and a one night stand with a stranger), when her brother begs her to go and live in his newly acquired home on Liddell Island and fix it up until he gets 6 months.
Kara knows that sexually, she is adventurous, but her former fiancee Gavin, was as vanilla as you get. Which is partly why she broke up with him the night before her wedding. Her sex with a stranger outdoors and up against a wall meant more to her than her enti
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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The title of this book sums it up nicely. Whatever your inklings in erotic romances and erotica, this story has a little bit of everything. It starts with a bang, no pun intended, and we’re quickly introduced to the main character who, refreshingly enough, is running away from her wedding and not being jilted.

I can't pinpoint exactly why but I didn't quite connect with Kara as much as I did with Ric and Zach in this story. Maybe it wa
Dec 30, 2013 added it
Shelves: read-2014
I'd never read erotica before this book. Written porn is not really my thing, first off, but as importantly, I'd always dismissed it from a literary interest perspective as being exclusively for pent-up conservative suburban housewifes, reinforcing tired cliches about how women only feel safe in the arms of manly men who will ravish them and protect them in eternal heteronormative bliss. (Not that there is anything wrong with that -- all literature exists to reinforce our self-actualization, whe ...more
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Another great free download :)

I would seriously NOT recommend this book if your idea of MMF is where the s*x centres around both men pleasuring the woman at the same time. This book is predominantly MM (and in lots of detail!), some MF and a little MMF. It also features mild BDSM, dominance, all sorts of "toys" exhibitionism and almost every other kink you could think of as well as maybe some you haven't. This story is NOT for younger readers or those of a nervous disposition that's for sure.

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Madelynne Ellis is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic romance. She stared writing on a whim, after a friend suggested she give writing a "Black Lace" novel a go. The rest is history.

Madelynne writes focuses on a mixture of contemporary and Regency-set novels, and has been translated into a variety of languages.

She's a decaf drinker, has a healthy obsession with a certain Ja

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