The Theory of Deviance, by Rebecca Grace Allen
Series: Portland Rebels, Book 3 (Stand-alone)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Painful shyness isn’t the only reason Mikey Pelletier is a twenty-five-year-old virgin. Between working for his parents and volunteering at his church, he neither has the time nor the inclination to admit his bisexuality to the world—or to himself.
A visit from Krissy Porter will hopefully fix everything. After three months of chatting with her, Mikey’s got one carefully planned week to win her heart and lose his V-card. He’s hoping he can pull it off, even with her roommate along for the ride.
Krissy has been drawn to Mikey for a while. He’s so easygoing, she thinks he could be the calm in her storm. But there’s an extra complication when she comes to visit: her friend-with-benefits, “hetero-flexible” roommate, Rafe.
During a week of revelations, intimacy, and kink, Krissy and Rafe become the angel and devil on Mikey’s shoulders, tempting him in different directions. And all three of them discover that a week of pure deviance can lead to the most uncontrollable emotion of all: love.
Recreational Drug Use
Tropes that I really love seeing in books:
- menage relationships
- bisexual characters
- characters who are never made to feel ashamed for having a mental illness
- sexually confident women and virgin men (so rare that it’s a goldmine when I find it!)
In case you were wondering, The Theory of Deviance has all of the above.
This book honestly shouldn’t have worked. Krissy is hyper and bouncy, the kind of too-adorable, too-over-the-top character that normally drives me crazy. Mikey is the shy, stereotypically religious young man, ashamed of his virginity. And Rafe is the bad boy, the sexy and sexually confident BFF-slash-rival love interest.
It’s a giant bucket full of stereotypes. And yet it totally works.
All three characters balance each other out into an equilateral triangle, a relationship that never feels too uneven. Krissy is loud emotions while Mikey is subdued calmness; Mikey and Rafe are linked through shared religious backgrounds; and Krissy relies on Rafe to ground her, while Rafe needs Krissy’s optimism and comfort.
And yeah, it’s not perfect. There were times that I rolled my eyes because it was a bit too much. I also thought the ending was a huge let-down (no spoilers), and desperately wanted more resolution to this romance.
But if you’re looking for a menage romance with a sexy lady and two sexy men, look no further. The Theory of Deviance is seriously hot and a crazy fun read!
Rebecca Grace Allen writes sweet, sexy and soul searching romance, emphasis on the sexy! She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, as well as a Master of Science in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish.
You can find Rebecca on her website at http://www.rebeccagraceallen.com/
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.