So just to completely clear! Evie’s Job, Touching Mia, and Tasting Mia are romance or erotica or whatev between two women, and One Plus Two is a man and a woman.
Natalie and Evie are very different people. They are very different in age, and in income, and at very different stages of their lives. Natalie is a partner in a large law firm, and Evie is a law student at university. They meet at a work function of Natalie’s, where Evie is working as a waitress, and begin to talk. Natalie is lonely, and has been single for several years, and is intensely attracted to Evie. On impulse, she offers Evie money for sex.
Evie is surprised, and unsure whether to accept, or be offended, or quite what she should do. In the end, the simplest thing seems to be to say yes. She isn’t sure why, and is a little surprised at herself, but it seems like it she might as well, since – although Natalie doesn’t know it – she is attracted to Natalie too and probably would have ended up sleeping with her anyway.
From that beginning, Evie and Natalie become closer, overcoming the slightly odd way in which they met. They begin to deal with the problems their different ages and lives pose to a relationship. They disagree, but cope when they do, and gradually become closer. In the end, after obstacles and misunderstandings and confusion, everything ends happily.
This novel was originally written as serial fiction, writing and publishing a little each day, every day.
Ellie has been not-quite-flirting with her housemate’s friend Mia, and not especially thinking what that might mean, until one day, unexpectedly, Mia offers to follow through on the flirting.
Ellie is startled, but willing. She hasn’t been with a woman before, but she likes Mia, and decides she ought to try. She does, and it’s good. It’s very good, so they do again and Ellie begins to discover just how wonderful and confusing sex with another woman can be. It’s exciting and unexpected and oddly tender too, and Ellie enjoys it far more than she expected.
She enjoys it, and begins to get close to Mia. Closer than either intended. In between the sex, almost accidentally, Ellie and Mia are becoming friends, and perhaps becoming more. Something seems to be happening between them, something they both try to resist. Mia insists that all she wants is sex, and Ellie says the same, but Ellie, at least, isn’t sure that they are both being completely truthful.
Ellie isn’t sure, but in the meantime, the sex is good, and that is probably enough.
Ellie has been having commitment-free hookup sex with her housemate’s friend Mia. She is having fun. She likes the sex, and likes Mia, and whatever it is they have, it seems to be working for them both. They are becoming friends as well as enjoying the benefits.
They are becoming friends, but they never actually talk about what it is between them.
Ellie isn’t sure if she wants a relationship with another woman, and she doesn’t know whether Mia wants one with her at all, even assuming Mia could stop insisting she doesn’t do relationships long enough to try and have one.
Suddenly it seems as though they are both thinking too much. As though the unspoken possibility of a relationship is about to spoil perfectly hookup sex. They might be about to wreck something good for the sake of something else, something which neither of them actually wants, and Ellie doesn’t know what to do.
She doesn’t know, so in the meantime she keeps sleeping with Mia.
This novel is the second in a series about Mia and Ellie.
One Plus Two Minus One
Beth thinks a casual encounter with a stranger at a party is a one-time thing, but he seems to have other plans.
She is a brilliant young mathematics professor, and he turns out to be one of her students. Sleeping with him is against her college’s rules, and may have a grave professional cost, but Beth is attracted enough to Ethan that she simply doesn’t care. She breaks the rules, and sees him again, and begins to realize that she has become too lost in her work and forgotten how wonderful such moments can be.
No-one is getting hurt, she thinks, and no harm is being done, so she sees no reason not to have her fun.
Unfortunately, Beth is also in a long-term, long-distance, very off and on relationship that suddenly turns out to be on again. Robert is moving to be near her, to live with her, and although she doesn’t want to give up sex with Ethan, she owes Robert something too.
She can’t simply tell Robert they are done.
She decides to be selfish and keep everything secret. Because she wants to put herself first, and because what Robert doesn’t know won’t hurt him, and because by keeping secrets she may, in the end, hurt everyone less.
But mostly because she still wants Ethan, and doesn’t seem to be able to make herself stop.
One Plus Two Minus One is a novel of lust and desire, of the sensuality and confusion of meeting someone new, of the chaos and harm that secrets can cause, of avoiding choices, and making choices, and of foolishly hoping things will work out for the best.
Science Fiction and Fantasy
There are also two SFF books, which are talked about here with linkys. They have their own page so as not to shock passers by.