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Willaful Review: The Space Between Us by Megan Hart

Published by Mira. Sensuality rating: Blistering, physically and emotionally

In a genre that seems to be becoming heavily focused on specific kinks, Hart’s erotica is notable for covering a wide range of human sexuality and emotion. Our narrator here is coffee shop employee Tesla, someone whose co-workers and customers think of as sexually adventurous, “wild,” a characterization which makes her somewhat uncomfortable. Although her background is unconventional and her sexual preferences varied, she just feels ordinary, like herself. “I’m not a straight girl. I’m not a queer girl, either. I guess you could say I’m sexually fluid. Love comes in all shapes and flavors, and I just want to be able to taste them all.”

What some people don’t realize is that Tesla’s openness toward sex doesn’t mean she’s either unprincipled or unfeeling. And what Tesla doesn’t realize is the fact that people “really don’t know me at all” could make her very vulnerable to being hurt.

One of Tesla’s favorite customers is Meredith, a beautiful and charismatic married woman who’s constantly after stories of Tesla’s “wild, crazy” life. When Meredith tells Tesla that she and her husband want to live out a fantasy about him with another woman, Tesla is more interested in being with Meredith. Her previous experience with a threesome did not end well: “The three of us could’ve made a circle, soft and smooth, but what had happened made us into a triangle with sharp, stabbing points.” But Meredith’s husband Charlie turns out to be an attractive, adorable man, making the possibility of being with both of them an apparent win-win.

In the past, I’ve sometimes thought that Hart’s books were negative towards polyamorous people, but I didn’t feel that here. I don’t think I’m giving anything away by saying that serious problems arise in the threesome, but it’s not that the situation itself is inherently bad, more that the motivations behind it were. I really like how Tesla is depicted here, as someone who simply accepts her varied enjoyment of sex without feeling odd or out there. It’s also not the only important aspect of her character: she is also loyal, sensitive and kind, deserving of the love of someone, or several someones.

My main problem with the book was that I never liked Meredith or found her remotely attractive, which made it hard to understand Tesla’s feelings for her. (Or Charlie’s, for that matter.) From her first introduction, she seemed superficial and insincere. I also found the ending of the story a bit abrupt and unsatisfying, almost tacked on. But I love Hart’s quiet yet tension-filled writing, which gives tremendous power to her sex scenes. The story was compulsively readable; I give it 4 stars and would recommend it to anyone who wants to read erotica that is really about who people are, not just what they like to do in bed.

Review copy provided by netGalley.  You can order the book from Amazon here or from B&N here. Since it’s a Harlequin title, most other ebook retailers will also carry it.

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  • I’ve only read one book by Megan Hart and seriously, there was too much sex in it for me to enjoy. I felt the sex overpowered the emotional arc.

    I’m reluctant to try more although the writing was good.

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