Note: I received this review copy of The Glass Knot for free from the author in return for an honest review. The opinions and thoughts I share in this review are my own.
Please also note that this book is an erotic threesome (containing MMF/MFM/MM/MF) romance book and is not (in my opinion) suitable for under 18’s. Adults, please use your discretion to make your own decision.
The Glass Knot is the third book I have read by the British author Lily Harlem and I am more in love with her work after reading this story than ever.
On a working holiday in Marbella, photographer Laura is taken with a very handsome man she sees coming out of the water and up the sand towards her. Her hopes are shattered however after noticing his wedding ring. After buying her a drink and striking up a conversation, Josh tells Laura that there is no wife waiting for him but a husband instead and they are on holiday celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. Shocked and disappointed that this hunk is taken, Laura is surprised to be invited to dine with them that evening but she agrees.
At dinner, Laura meets Nick, Josh’s very attractive husband. Leaving early, Nick tells Josh to take his time; with Nick’s permission, Josh – who has never been with anyone else but Nick and wanting to know what it is like to be with a woman – and Laura spend one night together and make their separate ways back to England, positive that they won’t see one another again.
One day though, a delivery of flowers brings an invitation from Josh for Laura to come to his and Nick’s house in the Cotswolds. Unsure of her decision but wanting to see him again, Laura agrees. With Josh away from home when she arrives, she finds Nick to be aloof and cold. Knowing though that it was Nick’s choice for his husband to have a night with her, Laura shrugs it off and explores their home. Finally, after a confrontation by Nick, Laura understands how his relationship has changed with his husband and how Josh now can’t get Laura out of his head. Promising to leave, Laura is stopped by Josh and she ends up staying. It takes another mistake and a confrontation to see how she is harming this marriage though and Laura quickly leaves.
Unfortunately, it takes a major accident for Nick to realise where his priorities really lie and for Laura, Josh and Nick to come to terms with what they really want and what they have to fight for.
As with other Lily Harlem books (though not all of them I hasten to add) this is a threesome erotic romance. There is male/male romance as well – for goodness sake, Josh and Nick have been happily married for 10 years! – along with male/female scenes. If you don’t like love and sex, don’t bother reading it.
I mentioned before, the word romance. There is heaps of it. So far all the books I have read by Lily have been filled with love and romance and these are the ones which hit at the heart and make you feel all warm and mushy. There are always hindrances and questioning and those moments when you think the whole thing is over but this marvellous author carries straight through them all and gives you a massive hug and a sloppy wet kiss with her writing. The story explores many difficult parts of relationships; attraction to somebody outside the relationship, loving someone besides your partner and trying to come to terms with the whole thing in a way which doesn’t hurt anyone.
With emotions aplenty and enough love, romance and sex to fill a (very big something) this is the perfect weekend read and one I am privileged to have had the chance to read. Thank you!
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ – Bl**dy brilliant