I’d been curious about the rest of Alisha Rai’s oeuvre since reading A Gentleman in the Street, a book that was funny and declaratively feminist. It’s also, you know, erotica — and quite an adventurous one at that — so its focus was much more on physical couplings than an emotional connection. Still, I liked Rai’s style, so I wanted to see which of her themes translated across her other books.
From that, I can’t say what prompted me to start with Glutton for Pleasure, as from the description alone, it’s possibly her most “unconventional” story, even including A Gentleman in the Street, depending on perspective. Where that book has a primary couple who swing for adventures’ sake, this book is a very sincere, heartfelt story about a woman and two twin brothers in a menage relationship. No kidding! The two men share her sexually AND romantically, and this is their preference, because they’re just that close.
It’s erotica foremost, so every sex scene — and there are many — is menage, and from the *ahem* deep connections formed there, the emotional intimacy is supposed to develop. It’s just… this is such a taboo, you know? And because the book is under 300 pages, and most of those are sex scenes, it’s really, really difficult to buy that a somewhat conservative woman, whose history with men gives her every reason to be wary of their intentions, is suddenly like “I love both of them!” inside of two weeks. Her hesitation is addressed only in the sense that she questions how she’s going to come out with her relationship to her family, but otherwise this is definitely a complete fantasy that I apparently lack the imagination to completely accept.
I admit to finding the love scenes pretty sexy in my lizard brain, despite the rest of me being kind of like “Brothers? Ew.” And if you’re not a chronic over-thinker when it comes to your porn, I’m happy to report that you’ll probably find this book quite to your liking. But yeah, this was definitely a left-field selection and now that I’ve found my way out of the deep end, I’m still motivated to regress back to Alisha Rai’s more vanilla work, which will probably still be pretty kinky but at least won’t have two brothers DPing a woman.