Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome S.L. Armstrong today.
I’m a huge fan of all kinds of romance. I’ve been reading it since I sneaked my mother’s Harlequin novels at fourteen. Throughout my life, I’ve viewed romance in all its forms as a wonderful way to detach from life for a little while and lose myself in someone else’s journey.
As I’ve gotten older, though, I’ve found something I don’t like about romance. Maybe it’s because I’m big on tolerance and open sexuality, but the menage stories I’ve come across have struck me as problematic on several levels. It always ruins my experience, and typically sours me on an author. What’s the biggest problem?
Two men who become the sexual plaything of a women. She becomes their utter focus, and they don’t touch each other at all. Hell, sometimes? They don’t even want to acknowledge the other guy is even there. I’m not sure if other readers or authors find that upsetting or not, but it really rubs at me. It makes it seem like bisexuality—because that’s what’s going on when two guys and a girl get together—isn’t acceptable. And I know it’s a common theme.
I don’t find those stories interesting, and the erotic scenes wind up disappointing me rather than holding my interest. I’ve never been one for sexual relationships where one person is often the entire focus of multiple partners, and so I’ve been shying away from menage stories altogether now. It’s a little depressing. I’d rather see men with a women who also enjoy being with one another! Maybe I’m just grabbing the wrong books, but I’ve found so few M/M/F titles that delve into true threesome fun.
So, maybe readers here can give me some suggestions! Show me your full contact menage, where authors don’t shy away from bisexuality and sexy fun. I’m eager to pick up some awesome reads that don’t let me down anymore.
(And if there are any authors reading this, Storm Moon Press is very keen on acquiring full contact menage stories, be they M/M/F or F/F/M, so if you have a manuscript languishing, send them our way! Give me what I’m craving!)
S.L. Armstrong is the co-author of Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley and Catalyst, and is one of the co-owners of Storm Moon Press. She can be found at http://www.slarmstrong.net/ or on Twitter @_slarmstrong.