Jack Mason—graphic designer and unrepentant player—has never been interested in monogamy. He certainly isn't looking for romance when he meets Professor Colin Sloan.
Newly single and not looking for anything serious, Colin is intrigued by Jack's offer of a physical affair with no strings attached. Becoming friends wasn't part of the plan, but as accidents go, this one's pretty great.
Peter Mason is Jack's identical twin. In a long-term relationship himself, Peter tells no one that he's falling for his brother's newest favorite, even as the secret creates tension with his girlfriend.
When Peter's relationship falls apart, he seduces Colin, fully expecting Jack to forgive his transgression. But Jack is keeping secrets too—he hasn't told even Colin that he's fallen in love. Suddenly the twins are feuding, and Colin is caught in the middle, blindsided by the revelation that he doesn't want to choose between them.
Now all three must find a way to share, or they'll tear each other apart.
Less a romance than an exploration of a pornography trope, Kleinn's debut novel examines the desires of three men, two of whom are identical twins. Jack Mason is a playboy marketing professional who haunts and eventually seduces professor Colin Sloan, loudly declaring that they are no-strings friends with benefits. Jack's twin, Peter, snubs this as an "unorthodox arrangement," though he dreams erotically about Colin himself. After his own romantic relationship falls apart, Peter then decides to pursue Colin, too, much to Jack's displeasure. Most of the loosely linked episodes can be categorized one of three ways: obsessive but silent analysis of social interactions, refusal to speak about emotional issues, and repetitive sex scenes featuring the word "slotted" (many of them unsettlingly heteronormative dominance scenes, la 1980s bodice rippers, in which Colin is "yielding" and "docile"). The few attempts to characterize the men beyond their erotic desires are often ridiculous Colin, a language arts instructor, hates Shakespeare because of "too many rhyming words" and the ending is far from happy. This effort is flimsy and forgettable.