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Writing Her In

(Plot Twist #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  74 reviews
There’s room in a heart for more than one kind of love.

Dara and Adrien Valliere are soul mates and best friends…but they’re not lovers. Their marriage may be unconventional, but it’s satisfying and loving, and they’ve never needed anything or anyone else.

Until they met writer Stacia Leonard.

Stacia built a career on maintaining close ties with her fictional characters w
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 200 pages
Published March 11th 2019 by Carina Press
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K.J. Charles
A hot contemporary poly romance. Adrien and Dara are happily married except for their total lack of sex life. She hates the idea, can't do it. She gives him permission to sleep with someone else, he propositions Stacia, all goes well, but then Dara finds herself attacted to Stacia too.

This is very much a story of messy people. In particular, Dara doesn't even mention her attraction to Stacia to Adrien until after they've had sex twice. That felt uncomfortable given he was completely open to her
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two disclosures before I start this review:

1) I'm not sure I'm able to be objective about it since my response is so strongly emotional

2) There's a bit of a spoiler in the second paragraph but not really a spoiler? You'll see.

Writing Her In is a polyamorous romance with a married couple and a woman they both fall in love with. It is not a menage in a physical sense, but it absolutely is in a romantic sense. Adrien and Dara have been in love since high school. In her words, Dara's family is ess
Helen Kord
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, contemporary, poly
I really wanted to love this book. I really, really did. But there were just too many little annoyances that built up until I couldn't stand it.

Stacia, the author of a megapopular detective book series, currently in LA for a book signing, gets propositioned for a one-night stand by her cover model, Adrien, who is cheered on by his wife, Dara. Dara and Adrien have been together since high-school and married well over a decade, and they have a wonderful, healthy, honest marriage and adore each ot
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When best-selling mystery author and slight curmudgeon Stacia Leonard gets the chance to meet the super popular cover model she credits for helping launch her series into the big leagues, she hesitantly agrees. All she really wants to do is crawl into bed after a long day of book signing, but her publicist and she agree this is one photo-op she shouldn't miss, especially since her series is being optioned for TV.
Adrien Valliere has a bit of an ulterior motive in asking Stacia to visit him and hi
Dara and her husband Adrien are perfectly compatible in every way but one. She loves and trusts him unconditionally, but she’s never been able to enjoy being intimate with him. So she makes a proposal: Adrien can seek fulfillment elsewhere, with her blessing. There are a lot of ways this setup could go wrong, but remember, in romance all will (eventually) be well, and fortunately Adrien picks Stacia, a mystery writer with a sexy pair of glasses and a delightfully snarky streak. As they get to kn ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a seriously steamy read! It’s the story of an author who agrees to hook up with the handsome cover model for her most popular series. It would be a simple story - except the cover model is married, his wife encourages the hook-up - and there’s also a whole lot of chemistry between the author and her cover model’s wife. Whew. It’s all a bit complicated but I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters.

I enjoyed the w
Felicia Grossman
I thought this book was fabulous. I adored the relationship between Dara, Adrien, and Stacia, how the three of them came together to form a whole, how the three of them, as messy and imperfect as they all were found a way to fit together and make each other better, not just in the sex department, but in the life department. Stacia adds a the balance to Dara and Adrien's marriage that it was missing, while they add the acceptance and attention that Stacia only sort seemed to understand her life w ...more
Angelina Lopez
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve never read a polyamorous relationship where a duo is already married because it feels like it would be too uncomfortably like cheating for me to enjoy the book. Holley Trent made it totally work. She does such a great job of making 3-dimensional characters who intensely love each other and yet need this arrangement to live their fullest lives. I believed in their good intentions, their complications, and I enjoyed their brains, their humor, and the intensely awesome sexiness. Looking forwar ...more
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Dec 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqiap, 2021
This is a take on a polyamorous romance that I personally haven’t read before. Dara and Adrien are married, they’re best friends, they love each other… but they don’t have sex. They decide to open up their marriage so that their sexual needs can be met elsewhere. When both parties separately fall into bed with Stacia, will things become too complicated or can they find a way to make it work out?

I liked all the different dynamics of the characters together. However, I felt like there wasn’t enou
Leigh Kramer
3.5 stars. If you’ve ever wondered about the relationship between an author and their cover model, this is the book for you! Author Stacia doesn’t know her cover model Adrien but she sure enjoys looking at this Instagram photos and the way putting his photo on her book covers made her series really take off. But she doesn’t know much about him or his wife until she happens to be in town for an event and they extend an invitation.

I really enjoyed reading this story but it felt incomplete. It was
Nicole Field
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this book apart from the part that I was expecting something very different from the marketing. We have an author and non-monogamy as the main events of this book, which immediately put me in mind of The Siren by Tiffany Riesz.

The way that this was marketed said that this was a polyamorous book. I would agree so far that it was a book with non-monogamy in it, but it also had themes of don't ask, don't tell between the already existing relationship, and it
Maria Rose
I enjoyed this sexy menage relationship romance! Adrien and Dara are best friends who love each other and have a fulfilling though sex-less marriage due to Dara's lack of sexual interest. She's given her husband permission to find a sexual partner but he hasn't been interested in anyone, until a chance meeting with a writer for whom he's had success posing as a cover model for her books.

Stacia isn't sure what to make of the proposition from Adrien but with an understanding of the circumstances
Oct 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-nook
I should have been writing my dissertation proposal. I should have been working late. I should have been putting away my laundry. I should have been doing something other than reading this book. But at a mere 63,000 words, how dangerous could it be?

Yup. It put me into the bad decisions book club … for two nights in a row! There was just something about it that kept me reading. Even though, per the rules of the romance genre, the novel was guaranteed to end happily, there were times when it seeme
Claire Louise¤°.¸¸.•´¯`»
The premise of this story was super interesting but in places it fell flat for me between the three of them. The wife isn't interested in sex ( we never do get concrete confirmation if she's bi-lesbian or demi-sexual and for this kind of story I really needed to know ) so she gives permission to the hubby to sleep with someone. That part goes fine. But then the wife sleeps with the same woman and doesn't tell hubby for the longest time. And for a pair who are SO open and loving with each other t ...more
There's something very charming about this little poly romance! The relationships between all three protags are really sweet, and the bi, lesbian, and ace/demi rep is great. They felt like real people, with their own weird hangups and weird real lives, and that carried me through the story despite some issues.

Unfortunately, the book is riddled with minor errors and phrasing awkwardness that should've been caught by an editor. Typos and missing words abound, and the sex scenes are sort of painful
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romantical
It's an erotic novel but...not but...this is a by-three relationship with interesting and smart characters. Its brevity leaves me wanting more interesting things to happen between these 3, but maybe I'm missing the point but maybe not. Trent's writing is witty and self-aware, in a great way. I can't wait to read anything by her next. ...more
Ruthie Taylor
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

I read Holley Trent's new book in this series - Three Part Harmony" yesterday and had to immediately get hold of this book. I loved it just as much - and I have to say it was not a problem reading them back to front!

This is a really lovely read - it is sexy, moving and full of unexpected love. Stacia is an author who has had such a run of poor dates that she has decided she is better off alone. However when Adrien, the
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emotional Menage Story

I was reading a paranormal series written by this author a while ago, and in the back of the book was a preview of this book. I decided I had to pre-order it and completely forgot about it until it arrived in my library this morning. It was such a wonderful treat, I’m glad I forgot about it.

This is a contemporary romance written about the very successful mystery writer Stacia. She is in LA meeting about releasing her series as a tv series when she receives a message from he
Terri Jones
Mar 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Okay, so.

Love how it ended.

Love how things went once they finally started, you know, talking.

Hated everything before that having to do with feelings because no one talked to anyone. In fact, there was active secret-keeping and sure, part was an earlier agreement. But things changed. That means you talk. So this couple together a decade sucked at communication when it really counted, which means their relationship wasn't what it was claimed to have been, and that threw my trust in any of it out
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-ten-author
This is a great series opener and one of my favorite books from this author. The characters are very likable, they are at their core caring and thoughtful, which is what leads to their dilemma. Adrien Vallieres is the cover model for author Stacia Leonard's hit book series. His wife, Dara, is a reclusive portraitist. They have been together since high school and moved to California from Arizona to pursue his acting career. And though they love each other deeply and wouldn't do anything to intent ...more
Rhode PVD
Aug 30, 2019 marked it as not-for-me  ·  review of another edition
DNFed at 9%. The single f heroine is very petite, doesn’t appear to realize that she’s incredibly beautiful, and at 28 is already mega-bestselling author with personal assistant and a publisher’s rep handholding her book tour. None of this appeals to me for various reasons including improbability and overtly gendered physicality.

The married m/f couple who she’s never met and only has a thread of an Internet acquaintanceship with are also physically beautiful. They push to meet her for the explic
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Kristen Westfall
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2020
The relationship in this one isn't one that I've seen repped before, and is super close to my heart. I need more stories like this! And I liked the overall set up and plot. Buuuuut, the characters were extremely thin and one dimensional, the sex was mediocre, and there was some extremely offensive "othering" going on. ...more
Reese Ryan
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story with a unique premise.

I loved the dialogue in this story. I also enjoyed the unique premise of a couple who loved each other undyingly, despite their lack of physical connection, and the woman with whom they both deeply connected.
I genuinely don't know how to rate this book. Wildly entertaining, utterly ridiculous. So I won't rate it. ...more
Lauren loves llamas
I’m a big fan of Holley Trent’s Jekh Saga books, so when I saw she had a new contemporary coming out, I had to read it! Having never read one of her contemporary menages before, I was curious to how it’d work (what works for me in a paranormal or scifi doesn’t necessarily work for me in a contemporary), but I was pleased with how it turned out.

You read my books.”
He couldn’t tell if she were asking him a question or not, but she seemed to need validation. He was happy to provide it. “Yeah. Every
N.G. Peltier
I enjoyed the start to this series. The characters were so intriguing. My faves were definitely Dara and Stacia. Adrien was there but the ladies stole the book for me.

So i initially thought Dara was not into sex/sex-repulsed. She is presented as such, and this is the catalyst for Adrien reaching out to Stacia since Dara feels she cannot satisfy her husband in that regard, so they both agree to explore things with other ppl if the opportunity arises. side note: I did feel like Adrien being all n
Isabeau Delaunay
If I'm honest, this is a 2.5 for me, but I rounded up because poly story by a POC author? I'm appreciative just for that. I only wish I could have liked the main character better, and found the story a little more relatable.

So the story: Stacia Leonard, successful multi-book mystery author, is a bit of a misanthrope despite having an active online presence. Part of the success of her books has to do with the male cover model - based in real life on an actor/model named Adrien Valliere. Who she
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtiq, romance
Well-written romances with poly relationships (other than the MMF menage sub-genre) are quite rare, and this one does a great job of it.

Dara and Adrien are married and love each other deeply, but Dara seems to be asexual, and worried that Adrien is missing out, gives him permission to be with other women. The other woman in this case is Stacia, who has a professional connection with Adrien. Stacia and Adrien do get together, but Dara is blindsided by attraction to Stacia as well, something her c
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Holley Trent is a romance author who spins campy yarns set in North Carolina. She has a wicked sense of humor and regularly puts her story characters into unexpected situations.

When she's not writing, she's reading or eating Twizzlers.

Her contemporary and fantasy romances have been published by Crimson Romance, Calliope Romance/Musa Publishing, and she has work due for release by Lyrical Press.


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