Even before she understood what all the thrusting meant, Stephanie Beck loved reading romance. When the stories didn’t end the way she wanted, writing her own was the perfect solution. From ridiculous humor to erotica, Stephanie loves being transported within a story. When she’s not elbow deep in words, her husband and three children command her attention. After they are sleeping she knits or bakes cookies…or squeezes in more writing.
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My Poor Husband
Contrary to the blog title, my husband is, for the most part, freaking blessed to be married to me. We’re approaching our tenth anniversary, have three gorgeous kids and still like hanging out together—I’m one happy chick and he assures me he has no complaints.
The ‘poor’ part comes in when he has to do his duty as the husband of a writer. Nurse husbands have to deal with the occasional icky body functions story. Teacher husbands have to hear about so and so’s demon spawn. Lawyer husbands have to listen to legal jargon and about screwed up clients. Romance writer husbands—at least mine—just never knows what to expect. Over the last three days our conversations have included me asking:
“Honey, do you know anyone who owns a semi truck dealership? I need to figure out what makes the cranky looking trucks look cranky and the sexy trucks look so damn sexy.” (My husband is a manager for a semi and tank repair company, so this one isn’t so farfetched, but I did get a look about trucks being sexy).
“Babe, what color shoes would you wear if you were covered in white fur and almost seven feet tall? I’m feeling orange, but don’t want my character to be a showoff.”
“Why the heck would my leading guy find camel toes (the yoga pants kind, not on the feet of desert animals) sexy?”
“If you hadn’t had sex in six years—from being too busy and away from females, as opposed to lack of trying—what would be your biggest concern when jumping back into the saddle?”
My honey, he’s a good sport. Not only does he answer my questions, he’ll get second opinions from his guy friends for me. He’s also on the lookout for characters for me. In his line of work he meets a lot of people and when he can, he finds a reason for me to meet the exceptionally different ones.
He has ulterior motives, of course. He has plans of being a stay at home husband when I out earn him. There’s also talk of a consultant’s fee. I’m curious to see what he’ll come up with…
All the best,
Two is enough, but three could be everything.
Kit and Adam Jacobs know what their marriage needs—Gavan Karik. He’s the one man they both want and the only one who can make their relationship complete.
Making Gav part of the family comes with a price. Family, infidelity and self-worth issues plague Gav, but Adam and Kit are willing to tackle those issues if Gav is willing to commit.
For every problem they conquer, another one pops up. Not only are the three adults working to meld a broken family into one, they’re also struggling with a blackmailer threatening to out the two men’s sexuality and issues with the kids being mistreated at school. With each battle all three have to decide if the vision each sees for the future can match and if the reward is worth the fight.
Content Warning: Strong language, graphic sex, and explicit incidents of laundry washing within.
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Adam knew this question had been weighing on the other man. Gav had played thirds in relationships before. Usually, the third was a plaything, in for pleasure, out for the intimacy.
"You'd be in our room. The 'our' would include you," Adam told him. "I'll steal your t-shirts to wear to bed, and we'll share the task of warming Kit's cold toes every night. We'll have amazing sex when we're all in the mood together. We'll have nearly as amazing sex in pairs if the third is in the mood to watch or sleep. There won't be favorites, but, because we've been together so long, Kit and I might slip up there on occasion. You'll have to be patient with us, Gav."
"And once our open relationship includes you," Kit said, "it turns into a closed one. We don't cheat or lie, and we tell each other if our needs change."
Adam watched to see what Gav's reaction to that big rule would be. It was one he supported wholeheartedly.
Within the terms of their relationship, he and Kit had never once cheated. They were open, honest, and made the decisions and compromises needed to keep them happy. But his heart was hers. Always. If Gav decided to take the plunge, Adam's heart would grow to include him, and he would never cheat on him either.
Loyalty and faithfulness in an open relationship seemed like oxymorons, but not the way he and Kit worked. They were a unit, a family. If Gav chose, he could be the piece that had been missing from the start.
Gav covered his face and rubbed much harder than Adam would have rubbed any place on his lover's body. He didn't like to see Gav being so rough with himself. He hated when the other man treated his body harshly. It was because no one else had cared for him. He saw himself as worth less than most and acted on that vision. If he'd quit being stubborn, Adam would try every day to prove him wrong. There would be fabric softener for Gav's clothes and something sweet for him when he wanted a treat. It was the little things Adam knew he and Kit took for granted that would make the most difference with Gav.
"I don't know." Gav didn't look past his hands at either of them as he spoke. "I'll think about it. There's nothing in there I don't think I can do, I just…I need to think."
"That's fine, Gav," Kit said gently. "Time is something we have, and we'd never rush you."
"I know that." His sigh was heavy and haggard. "I know all the good things about you guys, and Kit, it's nothing in you that's missing. It's me. You have to know that. No matter what happens, it's not you. It's me."
"But I love you just the way you are," she replied. "So that means there's something amazing in you if you'll let it out."
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