Review: Double Trouble by Sierra Cartwright

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Double Trouble by Sierra Cartwright | Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

 As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

I wanted to like this one. Really, I did. The concept of a love story/ménage relationship in erotic fiction has always been a fun and indulgent dive into the genre. (Which for me, admittedly, started in the days of Twilight Fanfiction. Don't tell.) Not to mention, Sierra Cartwright is rightfully admired for her steamy reads. Alas, Double Trouble just wasn't for me. At the end of the day, it was simply not my cup of tea. Sigh.

In all honesty, I'm surprised I was able to even finish Double Trouble to begin with. In spite of it being well written, with an abundance of smutty goodness, and quite short in terms of length, I found myself--on more than one occasion--struggling to focus on the story at hand for many reasons. 

Before you ask--no, it wasn't the BDSM aspects of the story. It wasn't the fact that the relationship at hand was of the previously mentioned ménage variety. Double Trouble had the makings of a pretty decent threesome lovestory but just didn't measure up to what I'd hoped. 

Allow to explain what I wasn't overly fond of when it boiled down to things. And, to make it clear, I am not trashing the author or fans of the book itself. This is all subjective to my point of view. You do not have to agree with it, and you may not. 

  • The characters. I didn't feel compelled or interested by any of the lead characters. I wanted to but the problem with the characters was that they were underwhelming in development. I had a hard time remembering the name of the main character because she was, for me, forgettable. Her name is Bridget. The two men who are her love interests were just as lackluster and even a bit stereotypical. What I struggled with most in the story was that the three of them--the ones we were supposed to be rooting for or against--felt like nothing to me beyond their chemistry. 
  • Which leads us to: the love story at hand. Let's start with Love Interest #1. Ah. Well. It starts as an obsessive (ish) lust between Daniel and Bridget. They have a bit of a past that isn't really a past but more of an acquaintance between the two of them that typically led to Daniel asking Bridget out and Bridget consistently rejecting him. Though, gasp, she is attracted to him. Then, one fateful night, things change and Daniel wins a date with Bridget. I'll be honest--the whole biding on someone thing does nothing for me, even if it is for a good cause. There's something about this being their beginning that put me off. 
  • Enter Love Interest #2: Daniel's identical twin Jacob. Now, okay, when it comes to ménage in fiction, I'm down with it. I've read--and enjoyed--this sort of relationship in the past. Just, ah, not between relatives. Granted, Daniel and Jacob aren't romantically/sexually involved with each other, there's something very... no, about twin brothers sharing the same woman and engaging with said woman at a time. Maybe that's just me. (Then again, maybe not.) 
  • While the pacing wasn't bad, it wasn't great. It was very rushed at times (cramming the timeline together in the way that it did; how quickly things progressed between the three of them all the way to a wedding) and a lot of it felt like it was just missing something. 
  • Ugh.
I'm definitely going to look into more of Sierra Cartwright's work in the future. However, this book was not--and will never be--for me. Double Trouble could have been so much more with a few more subtle changes and development, but it was more trouble than it was worth for my personal taste.

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