Sybil sent out an email request asking why threesomes in erotic romance seem to be so popular...
Honestly, I think she answered it herself...
You may have noticed that erotica/erotic romance/romantica is all the rage right now. And threesomes seem to be hotter than hot.I've spent days trying to come up with some sort of deeply philosophic reason. But, really can there be any other real explanation? They're hot, they push boundaries, they fulfill fantasies and they turn the reader on--deep isn't it--LOL.
But my question is... are they really necessary to most stories? So much depends on the plot of the book, if the plot is sex and pleasure driven, or if the threeway is some how important to the storyline it would make sense to include scenes that may push the envelope. I'm not sure very many erotic romances need a threesome to reach the book's HEA, but if the scene is included simply to titillate, can't it be considered superfluous or gratuitous? Or do most erotic romance readers not really care?
Renee and Kat both mentioned Emma Holly's Menage in the comments from my original post. And they're both right, it is a sex and pleasure driven story with a threesome that is completely intricate to the story--they are the story.
I reread Blackmailed by Annmarie McKenna when Sybil emailed me, because it was the most accessible, still a shortcut on my computer, I'd have had to dig for Menage or an Anya Bast, with a mmf relationship. I probably should have dug out one of the other books. I find it somewhat debatable that a threeway HEA is truly achievable.
Threesomes in romances aren't really all that new. Bertrice Small was including them in her historical romances back in the 90's. And, in her book Hellion she actually does use the scene to move the story along.
The Power of Three--what do you think??