Married Sex: A Love Story by Jesse Kornbluth **Review**

When a husband convinces his wife to join him in a tryst with another woman, there are unintended consequences in this sharply observed erotic tale about the challenges of modern marriage

As a divorce lawyer for Manhattan’s elite, David Greenfield is privy to the intimate, dirty details of failed marriages. He knows he’s lucky to be married to Blair—a Barnard dean and the mother of their college-age daughter, a woman he loves more today than when they tied the knot.

But when seductive photographer Jean Coin asks David to be her lover for six weeks until she leaves for Timbuktu, David is tempted, reasoning that “it’s not cheating if your wife’s there.” A one-night threesome would relieve the pressure of monogamy without wrecking their marriage. What harm could come of fulfilling his longtime sexual fantasy?

3.5 "I've been loving you too long to stop now" stars

David and Blair are a couple in their 40s, enjoying their married life now that their daughter is off to her studies. Wine, books, music, dinners and sex are parts of their life. He's a matrimonal lawyer and she's a Dean in a college.

One day David meets Jean, a famous photographer/artist who asked him to be her lover for a couple of weeks until she's off to Timbuktu. He proposed another offer to her instead, since he had made an agreement with his wife long ago to bring the lover to them when they feel tempted to have sex with someone else.

What happens when theory is much different than reality? Things can get messy and complicated and with this threesome they will fall into a maze that won't be easy to get out of it.

I wasn't sick of Blair. I didn't crave a new thrill. I didn't feel that years of fidelity entitled me to a no-fault affair. I had success in my work and stability in my home and, most of all, I loved Blair even more than I did on our wedding day- I envied my own life... So why get involved with Jean Coin?

I have to admit that I had high expectations from this book and even though I enjoyed it, I can't say I loved it. I liked how realistic it was and it gave me the feeling of reading a memoir instead of fiction.

I appreciate the fact that it gave an unusual twist in the turn of the events, but not entirely impossible. Even though I wasn't a fan of the writing style, I still managed to feel for the hero, even though I wasn't fond of him at first and I truly believe he was the one to blame for the problems that occured to them.

Last but not least, I was also a bit disappointed by the ending, because it felt unbelievable to me, but I do believe many of my friends will probably love this book. I'm not married, so maybe I just didn't feel connected with the characters because of that.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher via Net-Galley in exchange for an honest review.


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