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The Art of Three

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Jamie Conway has a charmed life. At 24, he's relocated from Dublin to London to star in his first feature film. Unfortunately, he also has one very big problem: He has a huge crush on his happily married costar.

British heartthrob to middle-aged women everywhere, Callum Griffith-Davies should have better sense than to flirt with his new-to-the-business colleague, but good
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Published March 2020 by Avian30 (first published March 28th 2017)
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Xan West
One of the best things I did for myself today was read this book. It's a beautiful polyamorous romance, & such a lovely story; so full of heart. It's a beautiful story in so so many ways. I am incredibly glad that it exists in the world, and not only because it felt like a quiet cup of tea while cuddling on the couch with a loved one on a day I deeply needed that. Also because I really need rep like this to exist.

I cannot measure how much I appreciate getting to read polyamorous romance

This book sticks with me, even months later. It's real and emotional and funny and on-point and extremely well-written. Best of all, it shows that poly relationships can be real and romantic and loving have all the family drama and high-jinks as monogamous relationships.

I especially enjoyed that the focus was on the relationship--and not the sex. Now, I like a good hot menage romance with open-door sex, don't get me wrong. But poly romance is more than partners getting it on. It's about the
Skye Kilaen
A wonderful age gap polyamorous celebrity romance between two bisexual men and a woman. If you've never read a polyam romance, this is a great one to start with. Their tagline for it is perfect: "Two men. One woman. No love triangles. Who says you only get one happily ever after?"

Famous British actor Callum Griffith-Davies and Spanish artist Nerea Espinosa de Los Monteros Nessim have had an open marriage for almost thirty years and raised three daughters to adulthood. When Callum meets 24 year
Tamara Lush
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's taken me all day to figure out what I want to say about this book. Normally, I'm not drawn to stories about polyamory. I have nothing against it, it's simply not my go-to storyline in my romance novels. I suspected this would be well-written, however, and was blown away by the first few chapters.

This is a stunning novel because it's about a married couple and their lover -- but it's also about love, and how love changes over time, and how love needs to be nurtured, scheduled, tended to and
Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 40-plus-lead
I'm glad to see a book with an older heroine - she's 48 - and a book about a throuple. Both are rare enough, especially the older heroine, that this is to be celebrated.

It's also frankly nice that the book isn't erotica or erotic romance. There's no explicit sex. The focus is on the relationships and not on ménage scenes or m/m scenes and as such it's clearly not made for fetishizing. The same is true of the wealth and fame - although two of the throuple are wealthy and famous, it's seen as
Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound
Reviewed for From Top to Bottom Reviews.

When I first heard of this I knew I had to read this sooner than later so when it was up on Amazon I pre-ordered immediately.

Then I found it browsing through Netgalley but didnt request because I had preordered after all and what were two more weeks anyway? Apparently too much because I did end up requesting. And Im SO happy I did because this book is truly fantastic!

My absolute favourite part of The Art of Three was the development of each relationship.
Sarah Meerkat
The entire last 20% of this book is so fucking UNNCESSARY. The entire baby plot line is so stupid and unneeded it makes me want to scream. Younger hero is a gaslighting asshole who threatens to leave the much older heroine if she decides she doesnt want the magical surprise baby because of the chance it could have downs. Because his sister has downs and he is just in general awful about it. This book is fine up until literally the surprise pregnancy which is not resolved at all and pretty much ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely romance about how a polyam married couple and their new boyfriend fall in love and manage their relationship and families.

Content warnings include: various age differences (from 7 years to 32 years) though all relationships feature consenting adults, polyamory, unplanned and planned pregnancies, big families featuring a lot of drama, casual ableism and sexism that are challenged immediately, a bit of toxic masculinity; mentions of unprotected sex, references to off-page sex.

I quite
I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review. (This isn't going to be a very flattering review, so don't read if you don't want to hear it.)

Oh, boy. Where to start. The blurb sounded so good! And it has good ratings. Is it me? It must be me because I couldn't finish this one. The book started off okay, slow and kind of hard to get into but still okay. And then - *sigh* - then Callum and Jamie "talk" about Callum being bisexual and how he has been flirting with Jamie. When Jamie points
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I'm familiar with the work of one of the authors (Racheline Maltese) I thought it was a good place to begin to see how a polyamorous romance might work. (I read plenty of monogamous romance of various sexualities & gender identities and levels of descriptive sexytimes, as a point of reference).

This was quite sweet. (I mean that as mostly a categorization. All of the sex in this romance happens offscreen, so if you are expecting hot MFM action, this is not the book for that.)

Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, romance, 2019
*3.5 stars.

Loved a lot about this, and as an aro/ace/poly person I especially enjoyed the rep in this without the focus on smut. But I did feel a lot of this was rushed and jumped over important milestones. A lot of it felt like being lectured to or very direct in its commentary, which I don't mind, but when it kept happening as a form of plot I started to disconnect a bit.

I did really enjoy this and it's a great read for healthy and dynamic relationships.
Les Joseph
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 stars rounded up*

There are some books that when you read them, you know when you've finished they will stick with you for a long time. Whether it's the characters, the writing, the story itself--or a combination of all or some of those things--something will resonate deep in your soul and make its mark. Such is the case with the gorgeous and emotional, The Art of Three written by the duo of Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese. I finished this book over a week ago and still find myself
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mfm
This was a very light and fun, angst-free mmf story telling of an established mf couple and how they add a third, younger man, to the mix. It helps that everybody is very successful in their careers and that they are all pretty cosmopolitan. I especially liked that Jamie was very careful with consent issues (view spoiler). The dialogue is snappy and smart, the tone ...more
Angala Fox
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This was a great book about a love and family. Definitely worth a read.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, this was not at all what I was originally expecting and I am glad I picked this up to read. I thought this was going to be another steamy triad relationship, but this was completely different. If you're looking for more steam, this is not the book for you. The book focuses more on the relationships between Callum, Jamie and Nerea. How to fit three together with their own family dramas and busy lives. Balance and commitment. Well worth the time and very well written.
Michelle Osgood
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read THE ART OF THREE based on the premise and the authors alone, and it did not disappoint. This book is achingly lovely, with heartfelt characters and an earnest depiction of a polyamorous relationship. At times it felt too real, in that the authors portrayed elements of poly that are rarely depicted in art, and it was a shock to see my lived experience echoed back at me. Though Maltese & McRae's Love in Los Angeles series contains several poly relationships, it's not the ...more
Joyfully Jay
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

2.75 stars

This book really only focuses on the logistical and emotional aspects of long-term, open relationships and the development of a ménage. If you are looking for steam, you will be seriously disappointed.

Despite Jaime, Callum, and Nerea sharing homes, flats, beds, and a life for nearly twelve months of the book, all we get are a few scattered kisses on the page. For me, that was a let down. I did like the way the partners all talked, and how Callum and Nerea really
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, ebook, arc
I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

Jamie, darling, Callum said, pressing a kiss to Jamies temple. Im afraid complicated is what life and love is.

The Art of Three brilliantly covers a lot of topics that are still considered taboo in todays world: bisexuality, open relationships, open marriages, polyamory, bigger age differences in relationships. The authors do a great job incorporating the emotional and logic that goes into poly-amorous, open relationships,
Terri Jones
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED how this ended.

I say that first because, although this is a well-written story, the first two-thirds were too slow for me, a 36-year veteran of polyamorous living and a member of the PolyTampa discussion group. But if polyamory's a new concept to you, that's perfect! Not only is everything carefully spelled out, (not tediously at all, just carefully), but also, the authors don't shy away from complications, upsets, mistakes, and the critical need for self-honesty. Plus, the three people
I was really looking forward to reading a book with a poly relationship, but this was pretty much hit and miss for me.

It felt like the author(s) said let's throw all this sh&t at it and see what sticks.

So let's see what we can do to make a poly triad more dramatic.
I know, throw in the age-gap. The kids will have a fit.
Hey, but if the youngest daughter becomes involved with a much older man, a best friend no less.
Let's introduce a we have the issue of 'I'm too old, what if
Elisa Rolle
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Art of Three Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese
1) I was smitten by this book and couldnt put it down. The authors are fantastic storytellers, navigating the reader through complex emotions, varied landscapes, jet-setting life-styles and the social minefield of colleagues, family, neighbors, and the Church. The plot races on, slowing down for the tender parts where love and affection blooms unfettered by extra words, and by extra physical descriptions of
Crystal Lacy
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic poly romance with good relationship development

This is my first poly romance read and it was so good. The authors explained the poly lifestyle pretty well without it ever feeling like exposition, and I always felt grounded in the reality of the evolving relationships. I like the way Callum and Nereas history is given weight without making Jamie feel excluded and unequal. I love how much family and commitment is emphasized in this story, and how our characters seem to get the HEA they
Jul 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I was so rooting for this book. sadly the unaddressed power differential was WAY outside my comfort zone, I felt that the married couple treated the bf like a child (fair, I guess, since he's younger than their kids, except then maybe DFTG?) and the husband was unappealing in the extreme.

I failed out when the woman's given reasons for not wanting to have a (4th) child were fear of down syndrome (which the bf's sister has, a generally positive portrayal) & not wanting to get fat.

At this
Felicia Davin
This is really sweet. There's no sex scenes, it's just a story about three people falling in love and making a family and working out what that means for them. I loved all three main characters, especially Nerea. They're flawed but human and you root for them to work things out. This book has some conflict, but it's pretty low angst overall. Everyone learns to talk about their feelings.

And isn't it fun to imagine that a movie star and a brilliantly talented painter might sweep you off your feet
Cat M
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, queerness, poly
A sweet, relatively low-drama poly romance.

I liked the characters and their relationships, but everything felt a little too easy; the conflicts resolved too simply and the victories not really earned.

I did appreciate that this book pays a lot of attention to the nitty-gritty of poly relationships. There's a lot of coordinating schedules, planning time together in different configurations and telling the families. All of which is very real, but doesn't necessarily make for the most scintillating
Jul 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love this book to begin with but I was going to make some comment about how it's good to push myself to read outside of my preferred very small niches. And then the woman was surprise knocked up which automatically knocks a couple more stars off of any book for me. The characters kept saying they were happy, but no one in this book ever acted like they were happy and no one had any fun. I thought it was marketed as romance, but it read a lot more like literary fiction with it's slog ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I usually really like their work (disclaimer, I know Maltese in real life), but I bounced off this one. If you want to sit through the mostly-amicable complex negotiations of a poly triad, the characters are charming enough. But I didn't really feel like there was a whole lot of plot here, and didn't buy that the emotional revelations would stick.
Bookish Ames
I was in a two week reading slump and kept putting every book I picked up, down. Nothing was grabbing me right off the hop except this book. I loved the characters and the writing kept me engaged. This was a sweet read about a younger man falling for an older couple. Ill definitely be reading more by this duo. ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a well written book with defined characters and a detailed plot. Poly is not a subject that I usually read but felt that this book was more about the complexity of the characters and their emotions and depth rather than the sex. Humorous at times and it was a well thought out plot. I voluntarily reviewed an arc copy of this book.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This is an unconventional yet sweet romance story that provides an insight into polyamory. The plot is intriguing and characters portrayed with skill and understanding. It isn't often that a polyamory romance is this good.
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