A Lovely Triangle of Love Triangles: Angst, Sex and Love
Love Triangle Romance is a special one. Just like Enemies to Lovers (check out my favorites here), this trope isn’t for everyone.
But every now and then, I need a story that is so full of angst and longing that it makes me feel all wound up tight.
One woman being torn between Mr. Right and Mr. Oh So Wrong. Between the perfect partner and a man who makes her burn with desire. Between feeling wanted and feeling awful.
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Arsen: A Broken Love Story
Written by Mia Asher, Narrated by Mackenzie Cartwright and Roger Wayne
Arsen is one of those stories that you won’t forget.
This is the sequel to all the other Happily Ever After romance novels where the sensitive heroine finds her Mr. Perfect. In fact, Katherine’s and Ben’s beginnings are told in the “past”-chapters. In the present, they are married, just not so happy anymore. Life happened and killed their passion.
After several miscarriages, Kathy is in a dark, dark place and it seriously endangers her marriage. That’s when she meets Arsen: Young, cocky, beautiful, who pursues her without much care for her relationship status and makes her feel other things than just pain again.
Writing and Story
Mia Asher is a fantastic author and takes the reader along into the complex world of Kathy’s (and Ben’s and Arsen’s) feelings. None of the three main characters is two-dimensional. They all have good sides and bad sides, strengths and weaknesses and we learn about their multi-layered motivations, thoughts and feelings. The author really does each of them justice (at least in their portrayal, not necessarily in the outcome) and she doesn’t let the reader get away with just picking a team, painting one man as bad, the other as good. She also shows how a solid relationship between two good people who love each other can fail when issues accumulate and aren’t talked about.
Mackenzie Cartwright puts all of Kathy’s pain into her narration, all the grieve, sadness, and emptiness.
The book is mostly from Kathy’s point of view, but we also have a few chapters from Ben’s and Arsen’s PoV. They are both narrated by Roger Wayne who captures the atmosphere of the story very well and pulls you into the sorrow those two men have to go through. And if you aren’t at least sniffling after listening to the epilogue… well… you’ve got a damn thick skin!
I wholeheartedly recommend this book when you feel like cry porn. But you should be aware that this book is absolutely not for everyone and also not for everyone at any time. When you feel like dark and truly painful, really well written, and heart-wrenchingly narrated, then Arsen is the absolutely best book!
Black Swan Affair
Written by K.L. Kreig, Narrated by Ava Erickson and Tad Branson
I’ve already written a full review of this book, so I’ll keep it short.
“And he destroyed me the day he married my sister instead of me. So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do. I got my revenge. I married his brother, Kael. Now we’re one big happy f–king family.”
Writing and Story
This story is most deliciously angsty! Despite the impression you might get from the publisher’s summary, I found it extremely easy to like Mavs. She was faced with a really shitty situation and is searching for a solution to deal with all her feelings.
K.L. Kreig’s story is constructed extremely well. There are a lot of jumps between past and present, slowly resolving all the plot lines surrounding Mavs, the two brothers,
I simply love Ava Erickson’s voice. She does great intonations, has a fantastic set of voices and is an absolute pleasure to listen to. The same goes for Tad Branson. Both of them manage to transport the emotions in this book in a way that made my heart hurt for these people. The woman who lost the love of her life to her sister and doesn’t even know why. And the man who knows that the love of his life wants someone else.
I’ve been recommending this book left, right and center because it’s a must-read for anyone who likes darker and
Sex Love Repeat
Written by Alessandra Torre, Narrated by Hollie Jackson
One of my favorite narrators tells the story of a woman in two relationships.
Madison is insatiable. So she finds herself in two relationships at the same time. And both men know there is another.
Writing and Story
I’m not an Erotica reader and I’m rather surprised about this sticker. For me, this is definitely still contemporary romance, the dark and steamy kind. There aren’t even that many sex scenes. There’s most certainly lots of storyline going on. And the writing is absolutely fantastic! I was instantly drawn into the story and got all excited for finally having found my third in my lovely love triangle romance collection.
This audiobook is fantastically narrated by Hollie Jackson. She is one of my favorite narrators. Her voice is very pleasant to listen to and I like her calm style of voice acting. Meaning, she really acts things out, like laughing or sighing, but not in an “in your face”-way that would sound fake or hysterical.
If you want something a little less angsty than the first two stories, this one is
I hope you enjoyed my collection of love triangle romance stories and will listen to all of these. They’re all absolutely worth reading!