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3.35  ·  Rating details ·  127 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
What's the greatest sacrifice you would make for love?

Maya and Ilan have an unusual marriage: Maya will tolerate Ilan's chronic infidelity as long as he includes her in the affairs. Initially, Maya finds these unorthodox threesomes as arousing as they are disturbing - but when her writing career takes off and she becomes more independent, Ilan feels threatened, and opts fo
Published September 27th 2012 by Constable and Robinson (first published July 29th 2003)
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Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I have always wondered when reading a book that indulges in some sexual gymnastics or kink or whatever, just how much the author separates him or herself from the contents. Is the activity something they have experienced, always wanted to, frowned upon?

So when I saw this book mentioned on Julie Hilden’s bio on her column at, a very interesting blog related to court decisions, my eyebrows shot up and I had to scrape them off the ceiling. Hilden graduated from Harvard an
Oct 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book is both beautiful, and disturbing. I will tell you up front that this is definitely not for the faint of heart. Most of the depictions are extremely graphic, which makes the gut-wrenching scenes even more so.

There are two central themes here, and they are sex and obsession. The title implies that the central focus is threesomes, but this subject actually takes up a negligible amount of the book. Actually, threesomes are only the beginning. Soon, the intimate life of the main characters
I've just finished and 5 stars is the only rating i can even consider.

The blurb on the back of the book more or less tells you the storyline, but what it doesn't tell you is this is written in first person POV which makes everything starkly intimate. The writing is lyrical and sparse not over laced with decription, but this makes it also lush and emotive. As the relationship between Maya and her husband Ilan unfolds the reader is taken on a dark and dangerous journey filled with obsession and co
May 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, erotica
Page 35: "I believe people betray themselves." So here: to our flaws, the beginning of our own little tragedies, our fractured lives.
Libre Paley
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
‘Three’ by Julie Hilden is disturbing yet erotic. As the central couple, Maya and Ilan, travel through and negotiate the sexual rules of their marriage, the power balance queasily shifts. Newly-wed Maya sets out to please her husband physically, he being the more sexually experienced of the two, and finds within herself a need to be controlled. She becomes a participant in Ilan’s philandering through her involvement in the threesomes he arranges (on condition the women involved resemble Maya her ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
From the book’s description, I anticipated a potentially engaging story about an open marriage. I did not expect a complex, gripping story about sex, obsession, and threesomes within an unorthodox marriage relationship.

Julie Hilden creates interesting and multifaceted characters that pull the reader into this intriguing story. Successfully using a first person voice, Hilden tells this story through Maya’s viewpoint and presents the reader with a fascinating look at her relationship with her husb
Apr 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
It wasn't so much dislike that made me give this only one star. It was more disinterest. There was an interesting hook to start the book: a woman catching her husband with another woman. Okay, I'm intrigued. And back cover copy told me that said wife would agree to an "open" marriage of sorts. That's why I picked it up! The author has already won me halfway over because I picked up the book. But, it takes more than that to keep me interested.

The prose was written well. The book had a literary l
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
the American "Story of O," Hilden's work, transported to upscale New York City and Yalies, is tightly written and demonstrates an artist's ability for twist of plot/narration. representing a year's work of effort and refinement through the generally-regarded as rigorous MFA process, 'Three' is a return on investment for time and money on the part of the reader. not everyone reads erotica, but if you are a reader willing to read a book in the genre, Hilden advances her specialty, and the stepping ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was good enough to get me through an hour-long wait at the doctor's office, but I didn't think it was worth much more than that. The characters are easily to dislike and not easy to understand (and I say this as someone who enjoyed The Story of O). The reader doesn't ever fully understand the female character's obsession with this man, who frankly sounds obnoxious, controlling in a non-sexy way, and doesn't even come off as very intelligent. The woman comes off as weak and totally help ...more
Rashad Raoufi
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
its a good read very easy and open. its at times alot self asbsorbing, the maya character is greatly explored but she is very confused, and needy. it kidn of sums up the scars that are left from broken childhoods that this modern society has to suffer in the forms of dperession,slef abuse and sexual excess. ilan tries to fulfill his need for intimacy by sex, where he can control women, to compensate for the utter lack of control he felt when his mum was ill. maya in turn craves the devotion that ...more
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