I think Sweetest Taboo breaks new ground in romance. First of all, it's about two bisexual women in a committed relationship who, after discovering they both have deeper feelings for their best friend, take a bold risk and invite him to be a full partner in their relationship.
The risks might feel minor, but they aren't. Not to them. They don't know how he'll answer. They can't be sure if their close relationship can survive the test of being together with him. Then there are the outside factors to consider - acceptance by family, friends, and society itself.
While writing Sweetest Taboo I had to examine the very word relationship. There are so many out there: parent and child, sibling, extended family, friendships, and lovers. Not all are good. Some are downright unhealthy - even toxic. Yet even a toxic, monogamous relationship would be judged more socially acceptable over what Angie and Kavita have proposed to Lance. How come?
What can ruin any relationship? Here are some answers: selfishness, hurtful words or actions, neglect, deceit and dishonesty, manipulation, callous indifference, and jealousy. Any relationship can be vulnerable to those behaviors.
Whenever one person puts themself first - their wants, needs, happiness - ahead of the relationship, the relationship suffers. Love can't be selfish and self-serving. Commitment demands we stop thinking primarily of ourselves and think collectively.
So why couldn't a committed trio work? Like Kavita said in the story, there aren't limits on love. You can love many people at the same time, and in a variety of ways. Openness, honesty, trust, and being sensitive to the feelings and needs of each party are essential. Provided these intelligent, mature, and loving individuals are willing and able to talk things out and respond to concerns as they arise, they have as good a shot as any at making their relationship work.
Anyone can feel neglected sometimes, even in a traditional marriage. A trio would have to be proactive and sensitive to the possibility one might feel excluded on occasion. If they're honest, and truly committed to one another, I say, "Viva la difference!"
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Intimate Strangers, Tarnished Hero, Dark Storms, and Sweetest Taboo.
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