Review: Breaking Perfect by Lydia Michaels

breaking perfectReviewed by Shelly

You know when you have to do something to get your head out of the last dumb thing you read? Well, that might not have happened to you, but that’s how I ended up this story that would have not normally crossed my to-be-read list. I was just on the verge of giving up this category of stories when I decided to give this one a shot – thanks goodness for reading group recommendations. This is the second m/m/f I have read where there’s a married couple, the first one was years ago and that one didn’t work for me because of the way the third was introduced into the relationship – I absolutely abhor cheating and will not willingly read a story where that’s indicated in the blub. So that being said, I read this one and hoped for the best. Hallelujah, my hopes were not wasted.

Mason and Liberty Davis have been married for 5 years. He’s a trauma surgeon at the locale hospital while Liberty is a stay at home wife. From the outside looking in, everything is perfect with this couple. Mason is the young, dark, handsome physician. Liberty ‘Libby’ is his beautiful younger wife with her pretty white blond hair and petite frame. Sounds pretty ideal doesn’t it? Things are not always as they seem. Libby’s and Mason’s married life have been stagnated by her OCD – it’s constant, it’s terrifying and it’s debilitating. On Mason’s birthday, Libby takes a phone call from his college friend Sean O’Malley then the next thing you know – Sean’s at the door.

It’s rare for me to find a ménage story and like all the characters. Usually there are two people who have the chemistry with a definite vibe on who the third is. Somehow, Michaels made me like everyone and everyone had their own place; even though Mason and Libby were married and Sean came into their lives as a couple, there was an equality between them.

These three are jammed full with dysfunction. Libby’s got her OCD. Mason’s got Libby. Sean’s got a dead father he’s still trying to please. In spite of all these things these three work and they work well. There’s wonderful chemistry between the three and the sex is hot and plentiful.

I had a hard time writing this review because I don’t want to give a spoiler so bear with me as I try this. The story starts with Mason and Libby’s relationship and giving us a glimpse into her daily, at home, life and Mason’s part in. We see that theirs was a marriage that is very set in routine – from waking up to going to sleep; even the sex was based on prediction. It’s in this routine that Libby finds her comfort. Along the way there are glimpses of the triggers that set her off on self-hurting episodes along with those incapacitating inner thoughts. I couldn’t help but feel for her. The thing about Libby is that she knows that there’s something not right about her but the feelings aren’t going away just because she wants them to. There’s a lot that I can say about her but that would spoil the fun.

My feelings for Mason are ambivalent; he’s one of those guys who has his cake and wants to eat it too. I mean that specifically about this wife. I had so much trouble with him because he came off as nothing but a cheater to me. He tells Libby he loves her but as soon as Sean shows up he’s fornicating with him – never once mentioning to his wife of his past relationship with Sean. Back to my reason for not reading these type of ménage, I really had a big problem with Mason and Sean’s actions behind Libby’s back and even worse was that Mason justified his behavior by saying that there just wasn’t or isn’t time to tell Libby because she doesn’t deal with change well. I call bullshit on that because you find time for everything else but you can’t find time to tell your wife of 5 years that you were in love with a man and when that same man shows up on your doorstep after 13 years apart you still can’t find the time to tell her?

Sean, I liked a lot better than I did Mason. He had his own issues in trying to win his dead father’s affection all stemming from his inability to wrap his mind around being in love with a man. But what made him likable was the blossoming friendship that developed between him and Libby. I’m not sure I’m on board with the way the he so easily jumped into Libby and Mason’s sex life and I definitely didn’t buy Libby’s easy acceptance of an outsider in her marriage bed. In keeping with what Mason kept saying about her not liking change – that’s one heck of a change to accept with no questions.

There were a few things that didn’t make sense to me but outside of that the story was good and the characters were interesting.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: B-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Breaking Perfect
by Lydia Michaels
Release Date: May 9, 2013
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing

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