ARC Two-fer Review – The Hot Floor by Josephine Myles

Two plus one equals scorching hot fun.

Dumped by his boyfriend and reduced to living in a grotty bedsit, Josh Carpenter has gotten used to expecting the worst. Now he lives only for his job as a glassblower…and occasional glimpses of his sexy downstairs neighbors, Rai Nakamura and Evan Truman.

Every time he overhears the diminutive academic and the hunky plumber having loud and obviously kinky sex, Josh is overwhelmed with lust…and a longing for a fraction of what they have.

To his amazement, Rai and Evan find his embarrassing tendency to blush utterly charming, and the three men grow closer over the course of the long, hot summer. Despite Rai’s charming flirtation and Evan’s smoldering gaze, Josh is determined never to break his new friends’ loving bonds.

On the night a naked Josh falls—quite literally—into the middle of one of Rai and Evan’s marathon sex sessions, the force of their mutual attraction takes control. But just as Josh dares to hope, he senses a change. Leaving him to wonder if the winds of love are about to blow his way at last…or if history is about to repeat itself.

Warning: Contains one well-endowed stud with a sexy accent, one improbably toppy bottom boy with an unfortunate owl obsession, and one blushing naïf who can’t believe his luck. Also, the occasional indulgence in mathematical spanking and some shameless armpit sex.

Charnel gives THE HOT FLOOR 5 Stars and A TRUE GEM Award

I found myself invested in where this relationship was going from the beginning. Poor lonely Josh wishing for a relationship like the one his neighbors have. It doesn’t help that his sexy neighbors, Rai and Evan, must be teasing him answering the door wearing nothing but towels.

I really like that although Josh fell through his floor, Rai and Evan’s ceiling, the three didn’t fall into a relationship without thinking of the consequences. The transition from two to three is natural. Rai might be the fun loving, sex on the brain 24/7 gut but he’s also intelligent and sensitive. Evan’s big and strong and the perfect balance for the relationship seeing all points of view; Evan loves the idea of starting a trio with Josh but concerned about Rai past jealousy issues.

This book is filled to the brim with sex, super hot man loving, Some good spanking action and a lot of innuendo to keep the reader’s mind interested in what’s about to come next.

There’s a scene that has me walking away from my computer, wondering if everything is about to end. I was so captivated while reading I literally had to stop reading and turn away, I couldn’t even read Evan’s response for fear the whole relationship would crumble. But throughout the entire book everything was talked about, misunderstandings weren’t left ignored, light on the drama, and II can appreciate that.

I had a really good time reading The Hot Floor; I smiled throughout the entire book.

Side note: Story is told solely from Josh’s POV and I did have to look up one word or two British words.

Slick gives THE HOT FLOOR 3.75 Stars

Where to begin…Josephine Myles says it herself in the dedication, “Huge thanks to my critique partners JL Merrow and Lou Harper for giving me great feedback on my early drafts, and for not telling me this book was too smutty! Well, okay, Jamie did try to, but I blocked my ears and started singing.” Holy hell this is one smutty book, but damn it is hot! Would I have liked a little more talk about the developing relationship with these three men? Absolutely, BUT I pretty much knew from the synopsis and the dedication what I was getting so I am not disappointed, not in the least.

Josh Carpenter has been single about 6 months. Dumped by his last boyfriend for being boring in all things, he’s now living in a small efficiency apartment in the same building as his good friend, Denise. He enjoys his job as a glass blower (doesn’t that just bring all kinds of images to mind) and is just trying to sort out his life. He secretly lusts after his downstairs neighbors but mainly he’s amazed and interested in their partnership, something he desires.

Rai Nakamura is a PhD student. He loves retro everything including owls and macramé and secretly dreams of having a garden. He also like sex and has some kinks he doesn’t mind exploring with his partner, Evan.

Evan Truman is a plumber who has quite the reputation. But he’s committed to Rai now and determined to stay that way. He has a sexy accent and his “equipment” is legendary.

These three men form an odd sort of friendship which then turns in to more when Josh literally falls through the floor and into their apartment. He ends up staying with them and their relationship grows. What I find interesting is they always discuss the changing “rules” of their relationship, but when they really need to talk they don’t. This of course leads to confusion, hurt feelings, and then some really great make-up sex.

Not that I’ve brought up sex, let me just warn you there is a lot and I do mean a lot of sex in this book. Josephine paints some really nice images with her words and these three together are combustible. I am going to warn you though, if you don’t enjoy M/M sex you probably should avoid this book because this is truly a story about these three men exploring and engaging in all kinds of sexual acts.

Things I really loved about this book:
1. Josh was really concerned about coming between his two friends. He was adamant that he didn’t want to mess up their relationship.
2. Rai and Evan’s relationship, these two very different men had such an obvious bond and are completely committed to each other.
3. Rai and Evan pulling Josh into their relationship and making sure his needs were met.
4. The three of them figuring out how they fit into each others lives and making it work.
5. Three guys exploring their sexual boundaries….yes, I really loved that.

I enjoyed Hot Floor by Josephine Myles and while I would have liked some more “talk”, I have no complaints about the “action”. My biggest complaint is that I never felt connected to any of the characters; I felt more like a voyeur looking in their window. Despite that it was a good read and I’ll continue to seek out Josephine’s work. One more thing I feel I need to note, Josephine is very British and it comes across in her books, if you aren’t familiar with certain terms you may want to have Google up and ready to help you through it. Personally, I love it and enjoy reading British authors. Of course in my head I hear it with a British accent, so it works for me!

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4 thoughts on “ARC Two-fer Review – The Hot Floor by Josephine Myles

  1. I love a good m/m romance and even more I love a good menage romance. I can’t wait to read this.

  2. LIke I always say, m/m/m spells “mmm” for a reason! And I’ve been wanting to read some Josephine Myles for the longest time…

  3. This sounds like such a great book ladies!!! Thanks for the reviews!! :).. I do love me some man love, so I am adding this one to the TBR!!!

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