From the first paragraph I knew I would enjoy reading Shared by Lilly Harlem. Harlem's prose and phrasing is artfully wrought and shocker... Shared is written in the rare for this genre first person. I personally adore first person narratives, but surprisingly many romance publishers, erotic and otherwise, will not even accept a first person perspective manuscript.

On the surface, Shared is an erotic tale of a woman, a whistleblower on the run from her ex-boss and miserably down on her funds who suddenly finds she is rooming with two handsome studs with minds bent on finding the perfect threesome situation.  But dig a little deeper and Shared is a tale of sexual awakening and polyamoury told from the heroine's deeply personal point of view.

There is love and affection between all parties but Harlem does a nice job of not overblowing it with sappiness, focusing most intensely on the sexual escapades, experimentation and the intense pleasure of the heroine, Ariane, as she explores all aspects of this edgy situation.  One gets a sense that Araine becomes lost in a pit of desire (with these two men all too willing to relentlessly stoke the flames) and yet the carnality allows her the freedom to find herself at the same time. 

Although the two male leads are hetero, they share a genuine and loving bond with one another and you can't help but smell the scent of homoeroticism during some of the threesome scenes.

There is a nagging bit of sub-plot involving the ex-boss which I thought missed the mark a bit and detracted from the main point of the story, but overall I found Shared to be delightfully naughty with a roller coaster of very well-written sex scenes that did not drag or sag in the middle and a lovely example of an alternative lifestyle which works beautifully for all partners.

Shared is a keeper and I eagerly look forward to more works from Lily Harlem.

Book Blurb for Shared

Struggling artist Ariane Arlington flees the Welsh valleys after exposing her corrupt boss. But when the sun rises she finds herself jobless and homeless in Cardiff city with barely a penny to her name.
She responds to an advert in the local paper—Room to let, wanted, girl to share. What she doesn’t realize is that the two insanely gorgeous guys who live in the penthouse apartment really do want a girl to share, in every sense of the word. Fortunately for Ariane, rent is the last thing on their minds.
She discovers the men are bound together by a turbulent past. Liam, a computer whiz, keeps a painful secret hidden beneath his buff exterior, whilst Quinn, a pioneering neurosurgeon, wonders if he’ll ever meet a woman who can live with his controlling ways. They admit the one thing missing from their lives is a woman just like Ariane, who can handle them both in and out of the bedroom and who, together, they can keep satisfied, loved and most of all, safe.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 5.00