Shayla Black Shares The Menagé Romances That Have Stuck With Her
With several menagé romances under her belt, Shayla Black knows what it takes to write a strong threesome. But what menagé romances have inspired her? We asked the author to share why she loves writing menagé and which erotic tales of three are worth reading:
Reading and writing ménage romances can be a delight. It’s so much fun to see three or more of your favorite characters become emotionally connected. In my latest Wicked Lovers novel, Theirs to Cherish, two men who neither like nor trust one another find themselves in love with the same woman. They also quickly discover they have a common goal where she’s concerned. Watching them learn to get along and foster mutual respect and trust were some of the most interesting parts of writing this book for me. But making the relationship strong enough to last was also one of the most challenging aspects.
Convincing readers that three or more have genuine, abiding feelings for one another is very complex to write. Instead of two characters with emotions, baggage, and needs, you’ve got more. These characters have to be willing to compromise and work for the greater good. They have to remove ego a lot faster. It’s also imperative they believe in the relationship and put their all into it, so they can get the fulfillment and belonging they crave out of it.
Writing the journey to a happily-ever-after ménage relationship is never easy, but the passionate sex and raw emotions are worth any angst on this author’s part. It takes particularly strong heroes and heroines to make a ménage work and that’s exactly who I strive to write about. I know I’ve read some characters that have been burned into my memory for years. I’ve read many wonderful ménage romances, and picking my favorites was really tough, but here are a few:
1. Triple Play by Rhyannon Byrd is the story of how a best friend pushed his buddy to confront his feelings for a woman he’d loved for a long while. Gabriel’s raw emotions, coupled with the sheer steam factor of these three, made the book so memorable. I empathized with all the characters completely and cheered for them to find their version of a happy ending. It may not be what you’d expect, proving that love can be unpredictable.
2. Calista’s Men by Jory Strong revolves around a family of private investigators and their capers. Actually, I have to give a shout out to some of Jory’s other ménage titles in the Fallon Mates series. But I loved the push-pull between the three characters in Calista’s Men in particular, along with the bit of mystery!
3. Lastly, The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton is not a traditional ménage, but it’s a worthwhile, deeply moving read—probably my all-time favorite poly tale. The emotional upheaval of these characters and their struggles touched me deeply. I screamed. I cried a lot. Ultimately, this is a story of devotion that’s truly beautiful.
Ménage romances may not be conventional, but they’re complex, give the writer a deeper range of emotions to explore, and allows the reader to take a walk on the wilder side. Win-win!