My thoughts on this book are hard to wrap my head around, but I'm hoping to gain some clarity as I type it out.
Obviously there is sex in this book - just look at the title. And there is a lot of sex in this book. Sometimes I felt as if the sex scenes were a bit... disconnected. I think that's the word I'm looking for. It was kind of like - "Hi - have sex - bye" That's not my sexual style, but I know it is for some people. I don't have issue with that - to each their own. I guess the issue I had with it is that I expect to see that kind of approach with one-night-stands rather than in long term relationships - even one as messed up as this one was.
The other disappointment I had with this book was that, for me, there was a complete lack of love between the characters. Oh, they said they loved each other and I believed they were telling the truth. It's just that the author didn't show me that. I had more of an understanding of why Madison and Paul loved the ocean and Stewart loved his job, more than I had reasons for why Madison loved these men and they loved her. Other than the sex. That was clearly explained. But that's lust, not love.
What I did like about this book was the fact that the author could present me with a love/lust triangle where I didn't hate any of the characters or their actions. Sure I was frustrated with Stewart and his job. I wanted Paul to be more concerned about himself sometimes rather than just bending to whatever Madison wanted. I hoped Madison would make a choice. But I didn't hate any of them. I didn't feel any one was leading someone else on.
Well, at least not until the very last chapter. It did explain Madison's reaction (or lack of) when she learned the news, and it helped satisfy my questions of 'how could she not know, how could she not even once accidentally mention one of their names..' However, it actually made me dislike her a bit for keeping the relationships going once she knew the truth. Maybe if that chapter had been a bit longer and we saw more of a struggle from her on if she should choose or not and why she decided to keep things as they were. She had to know there would be consequences. She got lucky in the end - I suppose it's good that her story exists in a fiction novel :-)