Disclaimer type thingy: This is of course how I approach the subject. I’m not an expert, I just write books. Other people write books in different ways so of course, your mileage may vary and all that jazz.
I like writing ménage books. Still, they’re certainly not all I write by any stretch. Only five of my novels are full ménages (as in – the relationship focus is on a triad). There are reasons for that of course, generally I just let the story go where it wants to and sometimes it wants two heroes, sometimes not.
Ménages are fun to write because they’re rife with all the great emotions a romance novelist can use only to an extra power. And yes, if one hot guy is good, two are even better. But not always! It still takes some work to pull me in as a reader. Maybe I’m jaded because I write sex and read it a lot but just because something is the new/hot/now commodity, doesn’t mean every story is right for a ménage or that the added person in every sex scene can overcome a storyline that doesn’t make sense.
For me anyway, an effective ménage isn’t easy to create and not every story can support one in a realistic fashion. And by realistic, I don’t mean the absence of werewolves or spaceships. The single most important element in a ménage is an explanation of how the threesome would work.
In other words – as I’m reading along and there are these two very alpha guys and one woman, you’d better tell me why a triad would work in their case. Why? Because it wouldn’t in real life. Yes, yes, there are people who have poly relationships and those that work are ones that take a lot of negotiation and communication. So tell me why this combination of people works. Is it mystical? If so, how? Are they negotiating? Show me some of that. I don’t need every discussion, but at least let the reader know they’re all working on it. If a couple needs to work, a threesome does even more.
So sure, there’ll be the prerequisite DP scene and lots of hotness with two nekkid dudes all focused on the woman (and sometimes on each other, which I find hot as well). But it all falls apart if I’m thinking, “and these two guys don’t get jealous?” or even “why? Why are these people even together other than a DP scene?”
Other elements I like? I don’t want every sex scene to be a threesome. I like variety. I like one-on-one time with each person so I can get to know them as a character. Also, don’t make the men two of the same guy or one of the men so much stronger a character that the other just fades into the background. And don’t neglect the emotions! Sometimes a story is all about sex, and whatever, that might be a preference for some people but the strength of adding another primary character is that you give the reader another person to care about. I can’t if all I get to know is his Johnson.
So tell me what you all think? Do you like ménages? If so, what are elements you enjoy most? If not, why? Any favorite authors and or books?