Natalie and James hook up with handsome actor Gage in a wine-induced threesome which flouts Natalie's fantasies of being in the middle. While Gage and Natalie pair off, Gage also lets James take him.James’s bisexuality doesn't change Natalie's love. The adventure ignites their sex life for weeks, until it's clear Gage is not going to call. Then James starts trying to get hNatalie and James hook up with handsome actor Gage in a wine-induced threesome which flouts Natalie's fantasies of being in the middle. While Gage and Natalie pair off, Gage also lets James take him.James’s bisexuality doesn't change Natalie's love. The adventure ignites their sex life for weeks, until it's clear Gage is not going to call. Then James starts trying to get his wife to let him do what Gage did, and Natalie refuses.Things are already rocky when Gage returns, full of apologies. Still, they strike a temporary balance. Each Gage and Natalie are willing to perform one sex act the other won't, and James has what he needs. But when a contrite Gage finally goes to his knees for James, trouble rains down. And if they want this threesome to work, they’re going to have to rebuild it, brick by brick....
|Title||:||Brick by Brick|
|Number of Pages||:||371 Pages|
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Brick by Brick Reviews
Ménage with a triad where it's m/m/f is truly delicious. Sometimes, one person gets left out and when it's the woman, there is hell to pay.Natalie and James are a happily married couple who are doing their best to get by. James is a customized bricklayer who is putting in long hours to keep his company afloat. Natalie is a good housewife who takes care of her husband.The two of them meet movie star Gage and their life turns upside down. Both of them are attracted to him and he wants them just as much. Sometimes, too much isn't a good thing. The threesome starts out a bit awkward and quickly goes into a honeymoon phase. Before this new relationship can bloom, it withers as Gage never calls Natalie and James back. To bring it back into a second bloom is difficult.Ms. Blackburn does a good job of showing the pitfalls of a threesome. She also show how things fall apart as well as how a happy marriage can tear apart. Basically, jealousy will eat a person through.I'm honestly mixed about this story. I liked the ménage. The sex between the men is very hot. The sex with Natalie is not so hot. I think the problem for me in this book is that Natalie is too down on her body. She feels as if she is a 5 and both her husband and their lover are 10. She competes with Gage for her husband's sexual attention and it makes her look needy and petty. She also behaves in some ways which I categorizes as crazy woman logic. At the end of the story, I didn't like her and really felt the threesome should have ended and have Gage drive off into the sunset with James. The two of them have amazing chemistry. Natalie thrown in should have kicked the heat up. Instead, she brings it down and is kind of a dud.The emotional baggage of this story is also a bit of a drag. Characters are flawed and that's okay. The way these three are designed, it makes them all seem shallow and insecure. When I'm not as fond of the characters, it makes for a difficult read. The sex between Gage and James carried the book. Recommended for ménage lovers who enjoy watching men getting rough with each other.
I have to be honest, maybe it is because I am mostly a m/m reader, and only for ménages I don't mind a woman in the story, but I often hate the way woman are portrayed in stories. This story was totally ruined for me because of the female main character Natalie.I think the story could have been good, and the way the author tells the story makes me want to give a next book a chance, but this story suffered for me because of the first-person narrative. You only get to see everything from the perspective of Natalie and because I couldn't stand Natalie, I couldn't stand the rest of the story. In my opinion this story wasn't sexy at all. She was not totally okay with the guys getting together, and because the story is from her view, that ruined the portrayal of the relationship between James and Gage. I also could have done with less information about her period. For me there were too many bloody scenes, and she ruined great phone sex between James and Gage, because everything was from her view, and I don't want to read about cramps, having to throw up etc. while they are having phone sex and she is listening in while having her period. She also didn't feel really mature to me. They have a financially bad time, and even though James doesn't mind being the provider, I really think the subject of her working should have been addressed more. Also she seemed really insecure for someone already ten years in a marriage.You don't really get to know a lot about the problems James and Gage face, because you don't get their narrative. That also really bothered me, because in my opinion, they faced some real interesting problems in this ménage.So I really give the next books of this author a chance, but for me this story was ruined because I did not like Natalie or her thoughts, and because of the first-person narrative, I had to put up with her the whole story.
BRICK BY BRICK will give you "the feels," and not always in a good way. Anger, arousal and happiness will surround you from page one and wrap you quickly into the world of this trio's ménage. Even after ten years of marriage, James and Natalie Bedwell are still very much in love. Still, inviting another man into their bedroom has been the number one fantasy for both of them for a long time, though neither thought it would happen. Enter Gage Strickland.The sexy actor is more than willing to help the Bedwells with their fantasy, but none of them anticipated the "MORE" that happened between the three after just one night together. Even though it takes Gage a while to get up the nerve to call them, James and Natalie welcome him back into their bed with open arms...and legs. Natalie has always felt confident in her husband's feelings for her, but it's not long before Natalie begins to wonder just how strong her marriage to James really is. After all, Gage gives him something that Natalie doesn't. With the loving glances and lust-fueled touches between the men, Natalie starts to question whether she's even necessary now that Gage gives James everything he wants. It'll take more than just sweet words to heal the wounds they each inflict on one another. James and Natalie will have to repair their marriage, including the permanent addition of Gage, before any of them can fully heal. BRICK BY BRICK is the debut novel by the talented Ms. Blackburn, and it starts off amazingly hot, with Natalie and James going for Gage like they pick up men all the time. They take him home and blow his mind, making them all want a whole lot more. I really disliked James pretty much throughout the entire book. He was arrogant and pushy and downright rude a lot of the time, especially to Gage. But the way he went hot and cold with Natalie too just ticked me off. James avoided having any meaningful or romantic time with Natalie even when they were alone. The men were totally into one another and Natalie did seem like an extraneous part of their relationship for most of the book. I wished that she would've expressed her concerns to James, but instead she let him walk all over her until she snapped. Like James, the sex ran hot and cold for me. When Gage was involved with both James and Natalie, the scenes were terrific and super hot. When it was just the two of them...not so much. I think that Ms. Blackburn did an incredible job writing in the first person as Natalie; it made my emotions run higher than they would have if she switched perspectives. I appreciated the realistic dialogue and inner monologue of Natalie, from the frustration of stinky-stained sheets to the pain of her menstrual cramps. The author didn't shy away from adding huge doses of reality into an erotically charged ménage novel. Whether it was Gage discussing the abuse of his past, James' frustration that Natalie wouldn't let him do anal on her or Natalie feeling left out of the men's growing relationship, BRICK BY BRICK definitely gave me "the feels." And any book that runs the gamut from arousal to anger to excitement is a well-written book to me. This book wasn't all sunshine and unicorns and rainbows...it dealt with a lot of the more personal emotions that someone goes through when they bring someone else into their marriage. BRICK BY BRICK was just awesome and I can't wait to read more from this really excellent author.
I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. The description had caught my interest but with each chapter that went by I found my disgust at James and the way the story was unfolding grow. I think this could have been a wonderful story had a few changes been made in character development and personalities but this is what we have so I have to accept and be honest in saying I wasn’t overly thrilled. James and Natalie Bedwell appeared at first to be a happy couple. They had talked about adding a third to their romance but never really found a man who they felt would fit it. One night at a party they meet Gage, a very sexy actor and the spark was there. They slip out of the party early and go purchase some wine and go back to their house to do the deed. It came across very quickly that James was more into having Gage than Natalie was. I felt she was used as a prop in the scene between the men. So after that Gage leaves and they don’t hear from him for a few weeks. We watch and this so called loving couple begin talking about being too tired to have sex and the intimacy isn’t there. I was rather confused by this because it read to me like after only one night Gage was now the glue that kept this married couple together. Gage eventually comes back and we get to hear about the horrid childhoods of the three characters and once again they go at it again. James was clearly the leader of the three and dictated who did what and to whom and that turned me off. Natalie was also portrayed as just a tool for the men to get off and her feelings were not considered. When James demands of Gage were not met this caused what I thought would be a split in the group but no, Gage gave in to James and tried to make him happy to the point of injury.It is at this point life happens and the ups and downs take over. Wrong gifts were given, accidents occur and conversations were overheard. Finally Natalie acts on her feelings that she has lost James and leaves. So then we go through the repairing phase when everyone loves each other and starts communicating clearly. My strong dislike comes strictly with the characters not the plot. James was too much of a demanding creep who made me angry. His lack of concern for Natalie in this threesome was frustrating and his dominance over Gage was extreme. He didn’t even bother asking Gage why he didn’t feel comfortable doing certain things, he was only concerned with his own satisfaction Gage acted like an abused puppy who was unable to have a thought of his own. For a sexy actor he was a follower who didn’t appear to have any desire to stand up and when he did those few times he backed down quickly and focused on how he could make up for his mistakes. Natalie stood by as a martyr to many times for my taste. She watched as she was ignored or used by the men and didn’t do anything to bring attention to her concerns until she ran away. I just felt like we had three irritating characters that could have really been explosive and dynamic if given a chance. It was a great plot; I loved the extra twists such as their past and current issues outside the relationship. The scenes were well developed but all was diminished by the characters personalities. Reviewed by Tbird for Crystal’s Many Reviewers*Copy provided for review*
I am surprised to admit that I didn’t enjoy Brick by Brick as much as I expected to. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it, but it fell more into the category of a good read than a great read. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure why. It had all of the right elements – solid writing, seriously hot M/M/F ménage scenes, even hotter M/M sexual interactions, and great characters. Ms. Blackburn even threw in a great plot twist that forced Natalie, James and Gage to reexamine their priorities and expectations. See? It has everything, but for some reason it just didn’t break that barrier into great read for me. James and Natalie have been married for ten years. They have a great marriage and love each completely. Gage is an actor who they meet at a business party and they help him “escape” some fans and agree to go back to their place and enjoy a couple bottles of wine. As the wine flows and inhibitions loosen, James and Natalie find themselves doing what they only fantasized about – having a ménage with another man. It was HOT (and not because they were in front of the fireplace). Gage has to return home the next day for work and one thing leads to another and weeks have passed without the couple hearing from him. Natalie feels like James has withdrawn from her and fears that she is no longer exciting enough for him sexually. When Gage returns unannounced and the trio tries again, the bedroom activities become more intense again – and definitely makes for some great reading. The interactions between James and Gage seem to focus more on the duo, causing Natalie to feel like a third-wheel and worry that she is losing her husband. While her reactions are completely understandable, Natalie’s constant self-doubt regarding her place in the relationship is likely what made Brick by Brick a good read instead of a great read. As I said, I enjoyed the book. It’s solidly written, the characters are well developed, and the sex scenes are hot – it was just missing that little extra oomph. That said, I will have to add Ms. Blackburn to my watch list as I enjoyed her writing style. If you’re in the mood for a M/M/F ménage, be all means check it out because it is an enjoyable read. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
Lacking someI could have liked the story more except for the fact that it made Gage out to be an emotionally troubled younger man that James, a real hard-ass, controlled. That sort of turned me off. Just my opinion.