Joely Sue Burkhart On Menage Romance
Have you ever wondered what would have happened to Camelot if Guinevere had managed to work out a relationship with both King Arthur and Lancelot? Would Arthur have died at Camden if his best knight of the Round Table had been at his side? I think about that Kiss (I capitalize it because it was so wow *fans face*) in First Knight between Lancelot (Richard Gere) and Guinevere (Julia Ormond), the look on King Arthur's (Sean Connery, swoons!) face, and I can't help but wonder...
What would have happened if he'd taken her into his arms and kissed her soundly too?
Why does the lady have to CHOOSE?
I guess that's why I like to write the ménage a trois where the lady doesn't have to choose between the men she loves. As a reader, my least favorite trope (even worse than the widowed virgin) is the love triangle. If I'm going to believe that the heroine is really torn between two men who equally love her, then I'm going to hate it when she picks one over the other in the end. Without fail, I'm always upset that she chose the WRONG man.
I still rage at Christine for leaving the Phantom alone in the catacombs beneath the opera house. I grieve at that look of shock and dismay on King Arthur's face in First Knight. I'll even admit to a few fan fiction daydreams about Captain Kirk and Spock finding a woman who loved them both. *blushes*
So naturally as a writer, I find myself playing with love triangles a lot...and the lady always gets her men. Both of them.
Not to say it's always easy. Half of the appeal is figuring out how two very alpha men -- who would normally kill to protect the woman they love -- could possibly work out such a complex relationship. From my first novel, The Rose of Shanhasson, to my latest release, Lady Doctor Wyre, I've often explored how such a relationship might work. In some ways, I think that's one of the greatest tests of love (at least in my mind). Does this man love her enough to give her everything she could possibly desire...even if it's another man?
In Lady Wyre's case, she decides fairly quickly that she'll have both men. She just has to figure out a way to keep them all alive. From the very first page when Gil Masters proposes and then apologizes for his audacity, you learn that although the basic customs of the people are recognizably based on the Regency era, the women call the shots. In her universe, ladies rule both Society and government, and the most powerful queen of the most technologically advanced nation wants her dead.
I call it "a universe where Jane Austen reigns supreme" because the women rule their Houses and their nations. The lady proposes, not the gentleman. The gentleman is expected to remain chaste until marriage, while the lady is free to love as she wills. After all, it's her body...her child...her bloodline. She chooses the man to sire an heir for her bloodline, and she'll pray for a daughter to inherit her House and title.
All while wearing the most exquisite gowns.
The Duchess of Wyre refuses to settle for inferior tea or sub par silk. Why would she even consider giving up one of the men she loves?
So tell me: What famous love triangle has always bothered you? Who would you like to see get both her men?
If you're intrigued about Lady Wyre's universe, a short prequel and many other free reads can be found on my website. You can also follow me on Twitter and friend me on Facebook. Lady Wyre and her men are also participating in Romance Trading Cards, so drop me an email if you'd like to add them to your collection!
- Joely Sue Burkhart
You can download your own copy of Lady Doctor Wyre now and keep your eyes peeled for the author’s next story, Golden, which she describes as a "fantasy erotica based on Imperial China" coming from Carina Press in late August!