I really enjoy writing male/male erotic romance, but every now and then, along comes a group of characters who want to be a threesome (and occasionally a foursome, but that’s a post for a different story.)
When I began to write Three of a Kind, Zane showed up first, hurt and scared and getting the hell out of Dodge. He was driving as hard and as fast as he could to get away from an abusive ex. He’d finally fought back and when he managed to knock the ex out, he’d grabbed the keys to the guy’s beat up truck, thrown his meager belongings into a trash bag and just gone.
So I’ve got Zane telling me his story in my head and I’m waiting for his white knight to show up and rescue him. (My characters live in my head and dictate their stories to me and often, at the beginning, I just have one of them show up.) So poor Zane has just broken down in the middle of the night, only about halfway to his destination. Butch showed up to claim Zane as his almost right away, but I didn’t know yet, that it was going to be a story about a threesome. In fact, Butch rescued Zane off the side of the road and was driving Zane back to his place when Butch said, “I got a roommate. So you know.” Well, now Zane knew, and now I knew too – this was going to be a threesome rather than a couple. And suddenly, living in the brain right beside Butch and Zane was Randy.
I do love writing a threesome. You’ve got different dynamics than you do with just a couple, and there’s more to think about. How do three as opposed to two make it work? Well, frankly, very much like how two make it work. Communication is key, whether that communication comes verbally or physically. As with many of my characters – they communicate through action, often through sex, far more than they do with words. For instance, Butch doesn’t tell Zane he’s one of the good guys, he shows him by bringing him home to crash for the night and then tending to his wounds, taking care of him, putting him to bed and not jumping his bones until later in their relationship.
Which brings us to writing sex for three guys. Not only is that a lot of limbs and appendages, they all belong to guys, so you have to watch out for pronoun confusion as much as you have to watch out for making sure nobody’s missing a hand or has three all to themselves. It’s a fun challenge, though, making sure to get the choreography right, making sure no one gets left out. Just like the guys themselves have to find a balance and make sure no one feels excluded or pushed aside within the relationship. And when it works, it’s a beautiful thing – love trebled.
Smut fixes everything
Three of a Kind blurb:
What’s better than a pair? Three of a Kind of course!
Zane is about to give up by the time his truck breaks down in Arizona. All he has in the world is the truck, less than fifty bucks and more bruises than any one young man should have to bear. That’s when he meets buff giant Butch who takes Zane in, helping him get his life back together.
Problem is, Butch already has a lover, an artist named Randy. Or at least Zane thinks it’s a problem. Turns out, it’s not the kind of trouble Zane thinks it is when Butch and Randy both take a romantic interest in him.
Can Zane let go of his troubled past and let Butch and Randy teach him that love doesn’t have to hurt?
Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”
A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.
Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.
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