One Plus Two Minus One

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Beth thinks a casual encounter with a stranger at a college party is a one-time thing, but he seems to have other plans. He turns out to be one of her students, but she wants him anyway, attracted enough to him she doesn’t care.

Unfortunately, Beth is also in a long-term, long-distance, very off and on relationship that suddenly turns on again, and now she has to chose between two men. More
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Words: 61,080
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301200702
About Tess Mackenzie

So first, thank you to everyone for all the support. I’m really pleased and flattered and grateful that people are actually interested in reading what I write.

Just, thank you!

So without further ado, hi, I’m Tess and I write smut. And sometimes other things.

But mostly I try to write slightly thinky, realistic, character-driven erotica. That’s what I think I’m doing, anyway. People do kinky stuff, but hopefully in the way real people might, when they’re having an especially good day. Which is to say, I write about people in strong relationships trying new things, like bringing in new sex partners, and sometimes about their relationships getting complicated and ending, too, but usually in ways that mean its for the best. So people change, and develop, and live their lives, and that’s connected to the sex they’re having. And they have a lot of sex.

Some of what I write is about women and men, and some of it is about women and other women, and this should be clear from the blurbs.

So anyways. Here’s the new plan. I’m going to start putting everything I write up for free as soon as it’s done.

Yep, that's right. Everything I ever write. All of it. Free.

I should probably write that as FREE!!!

Then, every so often, I’ll also make anthology collections and put them up for a price. Because then it can be like a weird validation thing, with the getting paid. But without actually stopping anyone from reading.

So that all sounds a bit weird right? Everything’s free except it isn’t? Well, I really like this place, and I also like people reading what I write. So it kind of makes sense, at least to me. And yes, it is kind of part of a devious plan to, um, I don't know, win you over, I guess, and guilt you into one day eventually buying things. But really, really mild guilt, I completely promise. So don’t worry if you ever end up buying anything. Read all the same!

Because, yeah, I want to sell billions of books one day, but I also want people just to read what I write, and I don’t want people to feel pressured to pay, and this all seems like it might work.

So just to be really, completely clear, so no-one is upset when they realize later on. The anthology books collect stories into an actual book, and an ebook is probably easier to read, and if you would like to buy it, I would really appreciate it, and that would be fantastic. But on the other hand, if you’d rather try reading a little first, or would rather not pay at all for whatever reason, then please don’t!

Because the stories in the books are the same stories as are already up for free as stand-alone ones. And the ones that aren’t, those are on my website, and are usually the shorter or less smutty ones.

So if you’re already paid for stuff, please don’t feel like you’re getting tricked here or something, because paying has always been only if you wanted to, and you didn’t have to. This is just trying the same idea on a bigger scale. And if you have paid in the past too, you really don’t need to pay again, there isn’t anything new you can’t get elsewhere.

I mean, except the new stories as they appear, which I’ll keep putting up as free, like I have been for the last month or so anyway.

So basically, there’s no need to pay for anything unless you want to.

So right. We’re all clear on this?


And also, um, thank you. Really, just thank you all heaps for reading what I’ve written until now, and wanting to read other things, and just for everything, really.

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Review by: A.V. Roe on Dec. 02, 2014 :
Read this book on a recommendation. Glad I did. It's very different, in a good way, at least to my kinky mind.

I'm left brain, over the top analytical with a degree in math, so I identified with Beth. Liked her uncouth character and that she's an unapologetic nymphomaniac. Interesting combination since she uses sex to depressurize from the constant stress of living in her mind doing number theory research. Been there. Not sure about other mathematicians but I love, wet, messy sex, especially oral and am visually fixated when it comes to the female anatomy, especially breasts. Just like Ethan in that respect. So the plot resonated on a number of chords. On top of everything else, this is an older woman / younger man trope, which I love, and against all the pressure of our western cultural norms, her pussy wins out and she chooses to be with the younger man. God how I love a nymphomaniac. Sure wish the English 101 teacher I had a crush on in college was like Beth.

And then along comes the prose, rough hewn, slashing syntax and punctuation, like carving a log with a chain saw. At first it was mind jarring. Ms. Mackenzie's style is a combination of Hemingway spare, with few adverbs, short, staccato burst sentences, and the repetitive style of a high school student writing their first fiction. I'll admit my first impression was somewhat negative. But for some odd reason, the prose seemed to fit the plot and the minds of the protagonists and I ended up enjoying it a lot.

Some reviewers have criticized the breakup between Beth and Robert with some justification, because it's tedious and illogical, considering who's involved. But the reality is, breaking up with someone whom you've had a long term, close relationship, is very difficult, messy and tedious. It defies logic what you'll do for the other person if you cared about them and the one jarring thing about Beth's personality is her inability to think logically about either of the people she cares for. As a detached observer, I couldn't understand why she didn't make a clean break. By the same token, I've been in that same situation and I handled it just as poorly. Hindsight is always 20/20.

I'll read more stories by Ms. Mackenzie, especially since most of them are short, graphic, erotic stories, the genre I enjoy most. And did I mention? I loved the non-stop, wet, sticky, messy, kinky, graphic, fuck anywhere sex!
(review of free book)

Review by: Jack Hanna on March 10, 2014 :
My first review. Beth is really f@&ked up. Never knowing what she want most in life. I was pleased when she finally realized that Ethan was what she wanted and got rid of her crutch Robert. I enjoyed the read and look forward to reading more of Tess's stories.
(review of free book)

Review by: CALVIN MAY on Feb. 16, 2014 :
Tess knows how to tell a story and knows how to build up to emotional peak. The stories flow nicely and are HOT. Tess stop giving them away you have a great talent and should get paid. You will be a great author. I haven't read all your stories but I have downloaded them because I see you talent. Good luck.
(review of free book)

Review by: Amanda Parker on March 26, 2013 :
Awesome read !! Really enjoyed it !!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Amanda Parker on March 26, 2013 : (no rating)
Awesome read !! Really enjoyed it !!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Ashlee Revealed on March 24, 2013 :
This is a very unusual but intriguing novella. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and could feel my emotions being taken on a roller coaster. Throughout the novella, I felt quite agitated at her unwillingness to take action over her life until the very end.

There were a few errors here and there, grammatically and spelling wise. Overall, very very nice. :)
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Myriam Vézina on March 08, 2013 :
I do not usually write review for books, but I just loved this one. The setting is pretty unusual for a romance novel, no cowboy, no vampire (or lately, werewolves), no billionaires ;o)

The style is not incredible, but I was feeling as the author were telling me the story, orally.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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