Out of Focus

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Title and Link: Out of Focus
Author: L.A. Witt
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Publisher URL: Samhain Publishing
Amazon Buy Link
Genre: Contemporary M/M/M, BDSM
Length: Plus novel/ 244 PDF pages/no word count
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

Review Summary: An intense D/s threesome that wowed me!

 

THE BLURB

He’ll bend for them. But they may break over him.

For twelve years, Dom lovers Ryan “Angel” Morgan and Dante James have run a successful photography business, and satisfied their need for a submissive with the occasional sizzling three-way. On a wedding job, they both zero in on the bride’s beautiful brother, but as professionals, they keep their attraction on the down-low—for now.

Jordan Steele has no trouble establishing mastery over his stallions. When he hires Angel and Dante to shoot promotional photos for his stable, though, there’s something about them that calls to his inner submissive. After a little flirtation and a photo session that gets almost too hot to handle, Angel and Dante are happy to show him the ropes. And the whip.

Once they break the ice, their sexual chemistry burns hotter than a macro flash. Everyone gets what they need…until emotions come into play. Their power could develop into something permanent, throw everything off balance—leaving one of them the odd man out.

THE REVIEW

When Angel and Dante first saw Jordan at his sister’s wedding they immediately fell in lust with him. As business and life partners they had shared everything over the past 12 years, including the occasional submissive, and Jordan’s tells were obvious, which would make him the ideal fling. The only fly in the ointment? He apparently was already involved with someone. But they quickly figured out that Jordan’s ex Eli didn’t want to let him go because he wasn’t motivated to find a job, and he saw him as his meal ticket. The really bad news? He was living in Jordan’s house and wasn’t moving any time soon since Jordan was too kind hearted to kick him out.

Jordan was an astute businessman, a horse breeder and trainer, good looking, intelligent, fun, and just what Angel and Dante needed and they set the stage for his seduction which was an incredible scene. After they got together the problems started because this wasn’t their usual “have fun and move on when it ends and no one gets hurt” dalliance. Neither Angel nor Dante wanted to let Jordan go because they started having softer feelings for him and they fit together as a threesome. As the relationship progressed they fell in love, leading to jealousy and guilt rearing their ugly heads as Angel realized an important truth: Jordan could give Dante something he couldn’t, and it seemed to signal the end of their partnership since it was obvious that Dante wasn’t prepared to give up Jordan and therefore he (Angel) could end up as the odd man out.

Out of Focus has three 1st person points of view which is quite unusual and difficult to pull off, but after a while I began to like the changing perspectives of the main characters as this gave me more information about their thoughts than the usual glimpse of each MC if he’s not the narrator in a 1st person story. In this situation I could understand each character’s motivations and fears from the get go, and while this format lost some of the mystery in terms of how each person felt about the other and the complexity of their issues, it worked for me.

L.A. Witt has fast become one of my favourite authors and I have reviewed most of her books. I like her writing style, the fact that she takes risks, and while some work better than others, her characters are always vibrant and three dimensional and her prose and dialogue are better than most. Her protagonists have different types of jobs which are definitely not run of the mill, and recently she’s added wonderful backgrounds and places to her books. Her writing keeps me involved in the story and I’m never tempted to skim, even when she has lots of sex scenes, because they usually advance the plot and most of the time are about something other than just getting it on.

In Out of Focus Jordan’s business gave me an insight into horses and the horse breeding/training industry which was nicely interwoven into the plot as I met his prize stallions who had their own wonderful personalities. It was obvious that Jordan adored his horses – the fact that they provided his income was a given, but he treated them like his kids. Angel was crazy about animals too which made him bond with Jordan, and it was wonderful to see the tough Dom interacting with the horses and showing his caring side, which added another dimension to his character. Dante, who was as dominant as Angel, was a chicken around most large animals and Jordan had his work cut out to help him overcome his fears. The characters’ different personalities worked well within the context of the story and demonstrated that the D/s aspect, while it was important, was a very small element in this very complicated relationship. The intimate and intense scenes with Jordan involved 3 people even when either Dante or Angel was not physically present, and the tender touches that were part of the scenes when they were in their D/s roles were more about giving the other person pleasure rather than being solely about domination.

My favourite character in this book was Angel who was so multi faceted and nuanced I never knew which “Angel” I would get in each chapter. He was at the same time dominant as well as extremely sensitive towards Jordan’s needs as he fell head over heels in love with him  and  cared about him as much as he loved Dante, something that was unexpected and puzzling to him, and I thought that his vulnerability when he felt he would lose them both was touching.

Most of the time when I finish an M/M/M romance it’s clear that the relationship would not stand the test of time because that spark and love were not there between the MC’s, but Out of Focus was the exception for me as I thought that the characterizations worked really well and that the protagonists liked as well as loved each other. In addition, the excitement was off the scale which made all the difference. The difficulties of a three way relationship weren’t minimized and each protagonist worried about who was expendable if something should go wrong. Would their life and memories before Jordan make him the third wheel and therefore not as valuable? What about Dante – could he continue to satisfy two such different men? Angel couldn’t give Dante what he needed, so was he out?

I would have loved to rate this book as 5 stars but there’s a very good reason why I didn’t. Chapter 18 really threw me – not the content, but the fact that there were 9 changes in the points of view in 10 PDF pages, which confused the hell out of me. Most of the time I didn’t know whose head I was in! I understand that writers experiment to keep their writing fresh, but I had to re-read this chapter several times to figure out who was saying/doing what to whom. This was my only negative about the book, other than I wished Jordan had enough balls to kick loser Eli to the curb a lot earlier.

I think Out of Focus will really move you if you like stories about threesomes.

Highly recommended.

Out of Focus is available from Samhain Publishing on August 2nd but can be pre-ordered now. :)

 

 

 

31 thoughts on “Out of Focus

  1. feliz

    This is so totally up my alley. Thanks for the review Wave; from the blurb alone I’d have skipped this.

    1. Wave Post author

      I don’t know what happened to my earlier reply but I’m trying again.

      I loved the way the author handled the D/s relationship but most of all she didn’t insult my intelligence with the threesome aspect. The issues were all out on the table and the protagonists really had their their work cut out before they could achieve their HEA. You must let me know if you enjoyed this story. :)

    1. Wave Post author

      Finn
      I like M/M/M but most of them disappoint – this one was an exception and I think you will really love the characters.

  2. Diane NYC

    Thanks for the review Wave. I’m putting this one on my to-read list. I OD’d on BDSM books about a year ago and haven’t really touched them since, but this one might bring me back.

    Do the POV’s shift within all the chapters or just Ch18? I usually prefer the POV shifts to happen at chapter or scene breaks – especially with threesomes. The pronoun “he” is a harsh mistress when you’re trying to figure who’s saying what in an M/M/M scene.
    :???:

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Diane
      I think you will appreciate how L.A. Witt handled the BDSM in Out of Focus. As I said in the review, BDSM is important to the story since both Dante and Angel are Doms and they love to dominate their submissives, but they do so with a lot of sensitivity. BTW the sex is intense. :)

      Re the POV shifts – every chapter is told from a different POV during scene breaks. In Chapter 18 it was different because this happened in the same scene. Dante, Jordan and Angel each had 3 POV’s and there was no break except for an additional line break, which doesn’t really show in Kindle format. This chapter was very short (10 PDF pages) so you can probably appreciate my confusion. However now that you know you will be able to watch for the shifts. :)

  3. Daanquai

    I am not a fan of books with threesomes (when it’s just sex, I love them actually :wink: ) But if the book is about a 3 way relationship with 3 guys falling for each other, well that’s when I have a hard time getting into them.

    Buuuut, this is by LA Witt, and to me her books are must-reads, so I know I will be reading this and I know I will love it. Her sex scenes are so hot hot hot! :sex2:

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Daanquai

      This book is definitely about three men who love each other, although it didn’t start out that way. L.A’s writing is what attracts me to her books, not the sex, because for me less sex is better, but even with the amount of sex in her books I can’t resist them.

      What can I say? I think you will enjoy Dante’s, Jordan’s and Angel’s story and I really love the ending.

  4. Josephine Myles

    Thanks for the rec, Wave – I’ve been meaning to sample LA Witt’s writing for a while now (especially as we now share an editor at Samhain), and this sounds like the perfect book to start with. I’m on a BDSM binge at the moment, but finding really good books is hard work.

    Actually, if you have any recs for well written BDSM novels, I’d really appreciate it. I just don’t want anything that glorifies what amounts to abuse and rape – that turns my stomach. Mind you, reading the more romantic stuff, I’m starting to become sick of the “perfect” Dom who always knows what’s best for his sub. Can’t the Doms be flawed and human too?

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Josephine

      Out of Focus is definitely one of Lori’s best books. Her sense of humour is evident throughout and I love her writing. I have been reviewing her since the first M/M that she wrote, Rules of Engagement, and she’s come a long way since then. What I like about her is that she loves to experiment and her book Static demonstrates that in spades

      I’ll get back to you with a few recommendations for BDSM books that I enjoyed and I’ll post them here. :)

      One book that comes immediately to mind is Soft Focus by Jaye Valentine and Reno MacLeod and here’s a link to Cole’s review.

      http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/2011/03/12/soft-focus/

      I hope you get it. Jaye and Reno are supposed to be writing a sequel to this book sometime soon.

      1. Josephine Myles

        Thanks Wave – that one looks great. I look forward to more recs!

        I’m planning on writing a novel involving one character who is into the lifestyle, and I’ve ordered several non-fiction books to help me research, but some well written fiction would be a nice diversion from the whipping textbooks – LOL

        1. Wave Post author

          If you need to talk to someone I would highly recommend James Buchanan who has written many books about the lifestyle.

          James wrote a post almost 2 years ago on BDSM which is the most popular post on the site with almost 23,000 hits. Here’s a link to it:

          http://tinyurl.com/46qpm7a

          I regard James as an expert. This is his email address

          eroticjames@gmail.com

          Tell him I recommended that you contact him – he’ll be happy to help.

          You should check out some of James’ books, most of which are reviewed here.

          PS: He loves rope play. lol.

          PPS: I should mention that in his post James gives not only advice, but many links to various sites and books that you will find of interest if you want to write a book about BDSM.

          1. Josephine Myles

            Thanks Wave! I know I read that article ages ago, but it was great to revisit and find all those links. I was pleased to see I already have one of the non-fic books James recommends :smile:

  5. Leslie S

    Thanks for the review Wave – usually I don’t like threesomes but this one sounds like it really works. I’ll definitely be buying this on Tuesday!

    1. Wave Post author

      Leslie

      You won’t regret getting this book. There’s a lot of emotion as well as high intensity sex here, but the best part is that the relationship is believable. I really hope you enjoy Out of Focus.

  6. Enny

    Girl, you’re killin’ me with your reviews for books I can’t buy yet and desperately want to read. Now I’ll spend all Tuesday refreshing the publisher’s web site. :grin:

    1. Wave Post author

      What about me Enny? I have had some of these books for over 3 months before I can review them. It’s harder for me to shut up about a book I really love that I can’t review for months. lol. :eek: Check this out – I have Josh Lanyon’s latest Mummy Dearest which won’t be released until some time in October. Don’t you feel sorry for me? :wallbash:

      BTW the publishers love to have these books reviewed WAY in advance so they can be pre-ordered, but I would never do that to you. lol.

  7. Enny

    Poor Wave: :hug: Yes, I do feel sorry for you. Shutting up about exciting news it sooo hard for us girls :wink:

  8. LindaC

    Based on your review, I fast tracked Out of Focus to the top of my TBR pile. I absolutely loved it. I would give it 5 stars. Thanks to being forewarned regarding chapter 18, I was able to ride it easily so the pov changes did not bother me. Thanks for the review.

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Linda
      I’m so glad you enjoyed Out of Focus. :) I loved the characters and as I said in the review, Angel is my absolute favourite. This book would have been 5 stars for me, but I couldn’t overlook chapter 18 which confused the hell out of me. At least the warning worked for you. :)

  9. orannia

    Wonderful review Wave! I’ve only read one LA Witt book to date – Static – and that blew me away. I’m trying to find more BDSM books (just finished Concubine and loved it) and think I’ll be reading this next :)

    1. Wave Post author

      Orannia

      I really hope you enjoy Out of Focus as much as I did. If you’re looking for another BDSM book, I recently read Soft Focus by Jaye Valentine and Reno MacLeod which was reviewed by Cole. Here’s the link to the review

      http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/2011/03/12/soft-focus/

      There are many other excellent BDSM books such as the Deviations series by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne. I reviewed Submission, the first book and I’ve been meaning to review the others as well here’s a link to that review:

      http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/2010/07/30/deviations-submission/

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