Is this a taboo subject? Am I breaking all boundaries of blog etiquette by talking about this?
Apologies to anyone who may get offended. I politely suggest you go away if the idea of twincest is offensive to you.
So, Tam suggested that I read a twincest book (hee, getting you into trouble Tam. It's all your fault and has nothing to do with me being a filthy pervert). In fact she suggested a particular one Gemini by Chris Owen. This actually came out of the comments about the review of 911 I did earlier in the week. So I read this piece of
I have read a twincest story before but it was only a short and didn't contain any sex. It was part of the Cherry anthology which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. The story was well written and, although I felt a little uncomfortable, I wasn't overly horrified by the twin aspect.
Gemini is a menage book taken from the first person viewpoint of Gent. He works as a tattoo artist and meets Paul who comes in for his nipples piercing. There's an instant heat between them and Gent gives Paul his number. A few weeks later, much to Gent's surprise as he's convinced himself that Paul wasn't interested, Paul turns up at the parlour and they arrange a date. The date is a success overall until Paul drops the bombshell that he's in a relationship with his twin brother Jamie. Gent doesn't quite know what to make of this. On one hand he's turned on but on the other he's also a bit squicked out. After meeting Jamie and seeing Paul and Jamie together, Gent's dick makes the decision and they form a three. The book is then a sex fest with some plot thrown in about coping with menage relationships and also the difficulty of having to pretend that it's just Gent and Paul together and not all three of them.
I enjoyed it. I did. I had some issues that I felt didn't work but as this isn't a review I'm not going into that here. The main question though is how did I feel about the whole twincest thing?
When Tam recommended this book she told me that it's one of the easier twincest books to read because there are three characters. I have to agree that there were many aspects of this book which lowered the squick factor.
1. It's from the pov of the non-twin. This means we don't get the lustful thoughts of the twins towards each other we only get their actions and facial expressions. This meant that actually you could almost set aside the fact that they are brothers during the sex scenes as they just become another body.
2. The way that the twins entered into their relationship was through another man in their past so they have mostly only been with each other as part of a menage. This means that they haven't been doing each other ever since they were young teenagers and for some reason this made me feel better about it.
3. Although the brothers look alike they don't do anything too weird like dress the same. They also have very separate personalities so the whole narcissistic 'we are one and the same' thing didn't come into play at all.
4. The book is more focused on Gent and his troubles than it is on the twins so it's easier to take a step back from that side of things.
I finished the book and didn't feel overly uncomfortable with what I had read. I would have preferred it if two of the men in the menage hadn't been twins, but I accepted that this was part and parcel of the whole book. I'm not sure I'd race off and buy another twincest book, but also I'm not going to be put off if I come across a well written story involving twins either.
I'll throw it open to you now. Have you read a twincest book and did you enjoy it? Would you recommend any for someone who is curious and may want to give one a try?