|Ghostwriter Kayla Morgan has a dilemma. Her boss has asked
her to finish writing the manuscript of a famous romance
novelist who was injured in a car crash. Not realizing what
she was agreeing to, Kayla jumps at the chance only to
realize that in order to finish the manuscript, she will
have to research the novel exactly as the author would be
doing. Not just that, but the author does not write from
imagination but from real life experiences. Kayla thinks
this will be a piece of cake. When she learns this
particular romance novel is a ménage a trios, something
Kayla doesn't think she will ever be able to experience.
Agreeing to the job despite her reservations, Kayla returns
home to get started on the manuscript. Turning into her
driveway, she sees her neighbor, Shawn MacKay…Shawn of the
golden hair and gleaming muscles MacKay. The one man she has
had a crush on for the last year.
Shawn MacKay has been attracted to quiet, unassuming
Kayla Morgan since the day he moved in next door to her
duplex. At wit's end since his last girlfriend insulted his
manhood, he decides to go for broke and asks Kayla out to
dinner. She agrees and they have a wonderful time. Things
get better when sparks fly afterwards and Shawn spends the
rest of the night making love with Kayla.
When morning comes, both are ecstatic to realize that
they want things to proceed further. When Kayla tells Shawn
of her ghostwriting chance that she is going to give away in
order to see him, he halts her and lets her in on a little
plan. A plan that involves his brother Ryan…a plan that
Shawn hopes will keep Kayla and Ryan with him forever.
Just the title, Manwich, gave me shivers. I
imagined all sorts of lovely encounters between the three
characters and for the most part, was not disappointed.
Exquisitely written with careful, erotic love scenes, Ms.
Guillone delves into her characters and their feelings for
each other in Manwich. She takes their fears
and makes them important and real. However, in doing this, I
felt like the eroticism suffered. When reading a ménage, I
adore when the characters come together as one being, and in
this case, that did not happen. I felt at times as if Kayla
was just an outlet for the male characters and that
disappointed me and made things a bit dirty in my eyes.