Ménage happy endings? Ménage scenes? There’s a difference – vive la différence!
Both have become extremely popular in erotic romance. Technically, the French term ménage is defined to mean a committed relationship, and not just a series of scenes: “Ménage à trois: an arrangement in which three persons (as a married pair and the lover of one of the pair) share sexual relations especially while living together.” Merriam Webster
In contemporary erotic romance, the definition has expanded somewhat to also include romantic and sexual connectedness across all three partners, some or all of whom are bisexual. To qualify as a ménage romance of this type, a story must deliver the growing attraction, conflict and eventual HEA of three persons as they navigate the push-pulls, potential jealousies and ultimate resolution of their mutual chemistry. Readers love these stories for the emotional intensity of the evolving multi-party romance as much as for the excitement of three-person erotic scenes.
Ménage scenes, on the other hand, imply nothing about this type of long term commitment, though they may take place in very loving relationships. The very label “ménage scene” may not be an accurate use of the French term, but it has come to be applied to erotic scenes involving more than two persons. Thus erotic romance books are often said to include ménage à trios scenes, ménage à quatre scenes, or more.
My husband and I write Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More under our pen name, Adriana Kraft, and we write all of the above varieties of ménage-related stories. We love the erotic possibilities of scenes and relationships involving more than two persons, and we’ve found that our readers do, too. We’re excited about our upcoming release, The Best Man, which will launch our new indie imprint B&B Publishing with its arrival on June 1. Buy links will be available at our website and at Amazon as of that date.
The Best Man turns out to be a sort of hybrid ménage story, if such a thing exists. It definitely delivers highly charged three-way erotic scenes. Turns out our bad-girl heroine, Kitty Paige, is especially fond of man sandwiches, among other things, and both she and Jared are full of surprises as the heat rises and each of them tries to keep the upper hand. We really can’t say very much about Kitty’s HEA, though, without giving away some of Jared’s secrets and what we think is a satisfying surprise ending. We hope you’ll agree!
Bad boy meets bad girl – is that all there is?
Passionate, hard working and every inch a business woman, Chicago realtor Kitty Paige likes her sex raw and edgy, and sees no reason to limit herself to just one man. Never married and not quite forty, the striking blonde has successfully raised her daughter, Susan, and is already pushing her new-found freedom to the limits.
Wealthy commodities middle-man and race horse owner Jared Jacobs is father of the best man at Susan’s wedding. He is smitten by the vision in yellow who exudes sex as she escorts her daughter down the aisle. Also single, the handsome mustached California ranch owner with mischievous eyes views his sex life as a series of splendid love affairs, and sets out to make Kitty next on the list.
Together and apart, their chemistry is explosive, and their sparkling repartee and steamy sex catch both partners by surprise. Jared is first to recognize he’s fallen in love. When Kitty panics, can Jared finesse his every move and reel her in?
Leaning against the banquet room wall, Jared Jacobs surreptitiously studied his prey one more time. The tall shapely blonde in the canary yellow dress and yellow stilettos had drawn his attention from the moment he’d seen her walking her daughter down the aisle.
She’d escorted the bride with her chin up and with a satisfied smile on her ruby lips. Apparently she and her daughter didn’t mind thumbing their noses at custom. Unlike many mothers of the bride he’d seen, this one did not carry a Kleenex in her hand. She probably didn’t have any in her tiny clutch purse, either. Tears wouldn’t come naturally to the fair-skinned female exuding confidence at the chapel and here at the reception.
She appeared to laugh easily enough with acquaintances at the table where she was seated. But a careful observer would note that her laughter seldom reached her eyes. Like him, she was a sharp observer. She’d assessed everyone in the room, particularly the men. When her gaze had settled on his from across the room, she’d lingered ever so briefly before moving her attention to the person standing next to him.
The small band began to play in earnest. Considerable banter and movement was occurring at the head table, where the groom helped his bride to her feet. Jared smiled. The traditional first dance was about to begin.
He glanced back at the woman in yellow. Why hadn’t she sat at the head table along with the wedding party and the groom’s parents? He liked a woman who did things her way—to a point. He welcomed a challenge of most any kind. He had little doubt the woman in yellow would be a challenge.
No one had bothered to introduce him to the mother of the bride. He’d made a point to find out what he could about her. Kitty Paige lived in Chicago. Never married, she’d raised her daughter by herself. To her credit, Susan had done well in school, in her profession and now in marriage. Her mother had little formal education beyond high school and apparently had no need for a husband. She certainly had no need for a husband’s second income. According to his sources, Kitty Paige was acknowledged, grudgingly by some, as one of the top ten most successful realtors in the Chicago area, specializing in high end residential and commercial properties. She could likely buy and sell anyone in the room.
He smiled to himself. Well, most anyone. Jared combed his narrow mustache with his fingers and pushed away from the wall. The dance floor was already getting crowded.
ABOUT ADRIANA KRAFT
Thank you so much, Mary, for inviting us to blog about this book! We’ve been writing erotic romance together for nearly a decade and have been published authors for seven years, with over thirty novels and novellas available and more on the way. Readers can find us on the web at the following links:
Midnight Seductions http://midnightseductionsauthors.blogspot.com/
Sapphic Planet: http://www.sapphicplanet.com