by Brenda L. Thomas
Category: Fiction / General
176 pages; ISBN: 0743497058
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Brenda L. Thomas
Pocket, May 2005, $12.00, 176 pp.
In 1998 Philadelphia legal firm executive assistant Sasha Borianni has had an affair for several years with married Cole Allan when his wife Paulette arrives at Sasha’s home with a gun. Seeing the naked twosome sends Paulette over the edge; she shoots herself in Sasha’s bedroom. The police wonder if Sasha and Cole killed Paulette to get her out of the way. A contrite Sasha realizes the cost of her affair as it hits home that Cole’s child no longer has a loving mother.
The suicide ends Sasha’s relationship with Cole as if he blames her. The lingering guilt sends Sasha on a downward spiral of lovers until she leaves town for the glitter of the West Coast, working for NBA star and PR nightmare Phoenix Carter, which leads to high price sex, drugs, and depravity. That is until she meets button down collar Trent, but her past has caught up to her. Her father blamed her for the death of her mother in childbirth and Cole and his family holds her culpable for Paulette’s suicide. Ashamed of her behavior with Phoenix and others, a rueful and feeling unworthy Sasha sees no future with Trent.
Sasha is lonely though quite intelligent and performs her work duties at a superior level; she always seeks love in the wrong places because she needs men to confirm she is not worthy of their staying permanently. Thus she chooses “safe” males who are married until Trent opens her eyes, but abashed she feels he is too late or is he. THREESOME is a realistic character driven tale (most of the plot has Sasha revealing all in the first case) that looks deep at what drives the other woman.
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