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Cooper S. Beckett, host of Life on the Swingset: The Podcast now beginning its sixth year, author of the bestselling memoir My Life on the Swingset: Adventures in Swinging and Polyamory, and guest expert on Dan Savage’s Savage Lovecast, takes you back to the beginning with a novel about being a newbie in the swinging lifestyle. Believe it or not, repeating their therapistCooper S. Beckett, host of Life on the Swingset: The Podcast now beginning its sixth year, author of the bestselling memoir My Life on the Swingset: Adventures in Swinging and Polyamory, and guest expert on Dan Savage’s Savage Lovecast, takes you back to the beginning with a novel about being a newbie in the swinging lifestyle. Believe it or not, repeating their therapist suggested mantra “Today is the day we change our lives,” hasn’t made a whole lot of difference for Ryan and Jennifer. Their seven year old marriage has hit the wall, and they both yearn to experience the sexual explorations they never bothered to do in high school and college. Their therapy going nowhere, advice from friends unhelpful at best and detrimental at worst, they’ve resigned themselves to a long and steadily more sexless life together. Like everybody else they know. Their resignation is called into question when they meet Bruce and Paige at a Christmas party. This older couple is cool, worldly, and surprisingly…flirty. Over the course of a long evening of wine, confessions, questions and answers, Ryan and Jennifer both feel the tug of attraction for Bruce and Paige, knowing they could never actually do anything with that. Unless, that is, Bruce and Paige happened to not subscribe to traditional notions of relationships and monogamy. Unless they happened to be swingers. Now the door has been flung wide open, showing them a vast universe of possibilities, that all start at the front door belonging to Bruce and Paige. Today is the day they change their lives....

Title : a life less monogamous
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ISBN : 28403768
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Number of Pages : 316 Pages
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  • Tori Renaud
    2019-06-08 07:13

    I received an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Beckett’s first novel is a hit! Ryan and Jennifer are just like any couple you know; they love each other, but something is missing. This is the story of how they find what’s missing. It isn’t always sunshine and roses, sometimes it is painful; but in the end they grow stronger and more confident in their choices, their love, and their relationship. You’ll be enthralled in the sexy times, and brought to tears by the tough times. Comical, sexy, gut wrenching, hopeful, and tear jerking. This book has it all! It is a realistic and relatable expedition into the gratifications and agony of non-monogamy. I found the story to have reminders of my own challenges and triumphs in exploring an open relationship.

  • Leandra Vane
    2019-06-25 06:05

    This is my full review of “A Life Less Monogamous,” a fiction novel written by Cooper S. Beckett. I was sent an advanced copy for review. The review can also be found on my blog The Unlaced Librarian: http://theunlacedlibrarian.blogspot.c...Cooper S. Beckett is no stranger to writing about ethical non-monogamy. Readers of The Unlaced Librarian know I reviewed his first book “My Life on the Swingset,” which is a non-fiction book comprised of personal essay style chapters in the realm of swinging and polyamory. I highly recommend the book as a resource for people who are interested in swinging and open relationships.Considering almost everything I’ve read about open relationships, swinging, and polyamory has been non-fiction, I was interested to take in this offering of a contemporary fiction piece in which the married main characters open up their relationship.The central premise of the story follows the main couple Jennifer and Ryan as they begin exploring the world of swinging – encouraged after they meet a dynamic and attractive couple – Bruce and Paige – who happen to be swingers.The book brings up a lot of issues surrounding swinging and open relationships as Ryan and Jennifer navigate through the plot. It was refreshing to see these conflicts and wonderings play out on an emotional canvas, getting inside the character’s heads, feeling their reactions. Readers have a front row seat during the tribulations and challenges as well as the pleasures and victories.The narration of the book contains conversational wit, contextual humor, and a plethora of pop-culture references keep the reader engaged (though admittedly I’m not very hip and had to Google a couple of the pop-culture nods).I would classify this book as erotically entertaining and character driven.The book does at times possess a case of telling instead of showing where the narration consists of a string of actions rather than painting a scene for the reader. I felt some of the scenes were jumbled together – they started and began abruptly like cars on a train crashing into each other.A strong suit in the narration was the tension and build during romantic or erotic scenes – the pacing was balanced and the results were satisfying and complete scenes. The same tension was not utilized as strongly during conflict scenes. Things would be going along and then very suddenly something would go wrong with not much buildup to carry the energy. This made the scenes jarring and the progression of the plot feel jagged. Also there were several page breaks during chapters where the author would change to a different character’s point of view. While this at times progressed the scene in an interesting way, more often this sort of head hopping interrupted the flow of the scene.Ultimately, I did enjoy spending my time with the main characters and was empathetic to their story the whole time. I wanted to see them succeed and find out where their tale would take them.If you are interested in tagging along on their ride, pick up your copy of “A Life Less Monogamous.” The book is set to release on February 9th, 2016.

  • C.P. McClennan
    2019-06-18 08:21

    This review also appears on my blog: Stranded in TorontoI was given a copy of Cooper S. Beckett's new novel in exchange for an honest review. Now, I'm no literary reviewer, but let's see if I can make this puppy fly, shall we?It is a story of Ryan and Jennifer as they being their journey outside the traditions of monogamy. A new friendship with a swinging couple, Bruce and Paige, who offer our heroes a way to spice up their marital experience.This couple, given my lifestyle, I felt strong empathy for as they begin exploring the hushed lifestyle of swingers and swinging. Don't kid yourself; the population is estimated to be about 10% non-monogamous, and swingers only make up a portion of that. It is very hushed.Having been through some of these scenes, myself, the author knows of which he speaks. Mr. Beckett hosts a podcast, "Life on the Swingset", so this comes as no surprise.He even uses some similar references that I would..."She's not Selleckian, you doof!"I enjoyed the book. Recognized a lot of errors that are common in the lifestyle that Ryan and Jennifer work to wrap their heads around. One aspect I did like, in particular, is that they are a couple looking to expand their relationship rather than fixing it. The story is humorously erotic and has some real tension as the excitement mounts with their movement towards experience and deal with realistic newbie swinger conflicts that arise.I would recommend this book, not only for entertainment but also for those curious about the lifestyle. It offers realism that my own sci-fi swinger tales just don't get to due to...oh, I don't know...distracting space ships and succubuses or something. It also is a good lightish hearted way of showing some of what goes on when first dipping those toes into the pool rather than trying to find it through the drier realms of blogs and non-fiction.

  • Sam Stone
    2019-06-01 02:06

    Ryan and Jennifer are a couple who’s monogamous marriage is growing sexually stale. They meet a swinger couple and decide to do something bold. In the process they discover themselves.This is the story line in A Life Less Monogamous – a novel about swinging by Cooper S. Beckett.When people ask me about opening up their marriage, I advise them to imagine what it’s going to be like; then be prepared for the experience to be unlike anything they have imagined.For Cindy and I, like Ryan and Jennifer in the book, ethical non-monogamy was an amazing journey of sexual as well as almost spiritual discovery.Cooper’s book is very human. It touches on the raw feelings and yes, emotions, that are often brought up by the various forms of non-monogamy. If you are already non-monogamous, read this book and be prepared to ask yourselves new questions about your experience. I know I did.If you are monogamous, considering non-monogamy, this is a must read. It’s a great book even though it’s not a how-to manual.If I have one minor nit is there seems to be an emerging narrative of non-monogamy stories embracing non-monogamy as a cure for relationship bed death. Yes, it can be that. I am concerned that this may emerge as building a use case for non-monogamy as a prescription, rather than non-monogamy being seen as an opportunity for fulfillment and discovery and authenticity as I believe non-monogamy can be.Thank you Cooper S. Beckett, this is a great book. I think we need more ethical non-monogamy fiction. Stories like this build a case for ethical non-monogamy not only being possible, but also for ethical non-monogamy providing an opportunity for growth.

  • Marla-Marie Dean
    2019-05-31 08:15

    Finally, a book about the mistakes we all make as new swingers! Cooper S. Beckett writes about the whirlwind that you get caught up in at the very beginning of any new relationship and the lows after something goes wrong as if he's writing his very own story, word-for-word. The sex scenes, while not as graphic as I write, are descriptive enough to make you feel like you're there watching everything from the side lines. It's not a romance or erotic novel, but it still gets to you like one.I highly recommend this book to everyone, not just swingers. It's informative, seductive, funny, sad, and (most of all) truthful. By far, one of the best books I've had the pleasure to read in recent years. Thank you, Cooper, for showing this lifestyle to the world.I was honored that Cooper allowed me to read as he wrote this wonderful novel. It was inspiring to be a part of something like this.

  • Wetlandia
    2019-06-04 06:09

    I received a copy of "A Life Less Monogamous" in exchange for an honest review.I can't tell you how transformational this novel is. It's not a guide to consensual non-monogamy, and yet, you will still have breakthroughs, you will learn a ton, and you will get really attached to the characters. They're so human, so vulnerable. You are going to be able to relate to their fears, emotions, their confusion and their own limitations and possessiveness. We've all experienced jealousy. We've all been frightened and hurt. You will probably not put this book down until you finish it. I also want to give credit to Cooper for self publishing the book and doing an amazing job at it. It's also very fairly priced and I hope this will allow people to dip their toes into this scary and challenging topic.

  • Jarime
    2019-06-05 03:21

    This is a interesting tale of a couple that goes from a boring predictable life to jumping deep into the pool of swinging. Complete with a scene that could have easily been taken from Eyes Wide Shut. It explored some very interesting realities that should be considered if you are contemplating this Lifestyle. I won't go into more detail because I would rather you bought the book and experience this story for yourself.

  • H
    2019-06-22 06:59

    This book is a pretty damn entertaining one. They author, Cooper S. Beckett, can be a little too clever for his own good at times. However, there is a charm present in his mixing of smutty situations, pop culture references and $10 words. Overall... As sexy and as it is entertaining.

  • Megan
    2019-06-25 09:01

    I was so excited to read Cooper’s novel, and once I got started I couldn’t put it down! It follows a couple starting out in the non-monogamous lifestyle and all the ups and downs of that adventure. This story was an emotional roller coaster in the best way, and I wasn’t sure it would all work out in the end… (Moral of the story: do your research or at least talk to people who have some experience! Or listen to the On the Swingset podcast.) Sexy, funny and definitely something I’ll want to read again and again.

  • Cooper Beckett
    2019-06-25 05:57