walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

_It's Raining Men_, Crystal Jordan (kindle) (shorter than a novel)

I never quite know, in this sort of situation, whether the title should be between underbars or between quotes. Just know, if you buy it, you're not getting a 200+ page novel; you're getting a novella or a long short story. Also, SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS. Possibly NSFW, altho I'll try not to freak you out too much.

I'm not going to explain _why_ I've embarked on this particular reading exercise -- I'm not even going to explain why I'm not going to explain why. But I will warn you that this is the first in a series of at least two reviews of MMF polyamory novels.

What does that mean? From the wikipedia entry for poly: "Polyamory (from Greek πολύ [poly, meaning many or several] and Latin amor [love]) is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved." MMF means "male-male-female", that is, this particular poly relationship includes two men and one woman. To get marginally more technical, this particular MMF is a full triangle, a "true" triad, rather than a "V": that is, the relationship between the men is as important as the relationship between each man and the woman. It's an important distinction; the second in this series of at least two reviews is of a novel depicting a "V".

Both this and the next book are also romance novels in the emotionally-satisfying-ending sense (and more specifically, in the HEA or Happily Ever After sense). These are not erotica novels with a series of sexual engagements but no developed relationship outside of sex, nor are they twosome romance novels in which the characters hump a variety of people in a variety of configurations but stabilize on a dyadic intimate relationship (possibly while continuing to hump other people).

_It's Raining Men_ is (at least) the second in a series of supernatural stories that include the usual kind (viz vampires vs werewolves) politics and, inevitably, cross-kind Mating. I use the capitalization to indicate this is a universe in which supes (but not humans) Know their True Mate either as soon as they encounter them, as soon as they touch them, as soon as they have sexual contact with them, etc.; this one also has the can't-get-interested in anyone else after finding True Mate bit. For the record, I hate hate hate hate hate this particular idea. Hate? Get it? Really don't like.

Candy (shudder) is turning 31. She is an orphan and a werewolf. Her BFF, Cyn (double shudder) apparently hooked up with a vampire in the first story in the series (haven't read). Candy has met her True Mate, Cyn's brother IIRC, followed him by scent back to his home and saw him there humping another man. She has concluded from this that he is Gay. Poor Candy has never heard of bi guys, apparently.

Anyway. Cyn keeps trying to hook them up; Candy is avoiding. There's a whole Thing at a bar, with a Siren (supernatural creature, wings that are sometimes tucked away and sometimes not, when they sing, well, they're Sirens) which is remarkably well written -- Jordan did a great job of conveying bar/nightclub. A really great job. When the Siren is done singing, he comes over to see Cyn's bro and it is clear they have Something Going On. Oh, and Cyn realizes he, too, is her True Mate. And remember, Cyn is unaware of male bisexuality.

From here on, it's more or less pizza boy at the door, and reasonably well executed. Because it is short, it hovers on that distinction between menage [ETA: I now better recognize that using this word this way is controversial. Probably threesome would be better] for titillation (and thus straight up erotica) and developing the triadic relationship, which the concept of True Mating presumably expedites for some people but mostly just annoys me.

Given that I hate (hate hate hate?) True Mates and I am not really a big fan of the Big Mis (there would be zero plot without Cyn's inexplicable ignorance), I could have hated this. OTOH, Jordan did _not_ go down the magic hoo ha route (that is, the guys are already interested in pussy; Cyn isn't a lone exception), for which I am deeply grateful.

Mostly on the basis of the Truly Excellently described bar scene, altho partly just because it _really and truly is_ a poly story, not just a menage hookup, if this sounds like the kind of thing you'd enjoy, you probably will. I'll read more Jordan, in all likelihood.

[Want more MMF novels? I reviewed Mari Carr's _Sweet Thursday_ in September 2010. It's a "V", and is, similarly, a true poly novel: http://walkitout.livejournal.com/622537.html ]

[Also, Ann Heerendeen's _Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander_, which I reviewed May 2007. http://walkitout.livejournal.com/107323.html It's a "V", with one of the men at the vertex. It's even more clearly a poly novel, with no three-in-bed-at-once -- well, not much -- in the three main characters.]
Tags: bisexuality, book review, paranormal fiction, polyamory, sexuality

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