MENAGE A SPIES
by Fletchina Archer

October 2002
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If you lived through the 1960’s it’s said that you probably don’t remember them. If you don’t remember them, you might want to read this eBook to get a sense of what you missed. I kept hearing the subtle strains of a Jefferson Airplane song suggesting that I “go ask Alice”!! Granted there are no illegal substances in this story, but it is pretty much a hymn to the sexual revolution.


The somewhat redundant plot concerns a South American brother and sister who are under surveillance by the FBI. This fascinates the two women who live nearby and who are lusting after the brother, Alberto, the sister, Francesca, and pretty much everything else that has a heartbeat.


Enter two uptight FBI agents and their female partner. Add beaded curtains and a lava lamp... no sorry, different time. Add Thai food and Thai Chi and a yoga instructor... well, let’s just say that no stone is left unturned, or fly unzipped.


This is a rather puzzling tale on first read through, there is a beginning, a middle and sort of an end, but it’s more a glimpse into the lives of these people than a complete story. Then the subtle message starts to emerge, one of empowerment, and the way in which love can open the human spirit to new ideas, concepts and experiences. Most everybody involved changes in some way, and as the tale draws to a close, everyone has moved to a better place thanks to the help they’ve received.


Okay – subtext discussed and characterizations analyzed. Now for the nitty gritty – the sex. This book most certainly lives up to its NC-17 rating. The central lovers are women, and their sexual interactions are vividly and colorfully described. The heterosexual couplings are not neglected however, and are treated with the same attention to detail. If you feel that such details might not be your cup of tea, then do not read this book. For without a doubt, sex is the catalyst here, and it occurs a lot. Between just about everybody. And not just two at a time, either. The fact that it always occurs with love and enjoyment, however, helps this book stay out of the erotic category and places it firmly into the ‘romantica’ genre, even though it’s hotter than many erotic novels currently available. By all means try this tale, but not as a first look at a romantica. This book is an advanced course – take the introductory courses first.


Reviewed in November 2002 by Celia.

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