Clothing Optional, by Virginia Nelson, tells the tale of Brie, Andy and Murphy. Andy, an open bisexual, is attracted to Brie but is living with Andy. Andy and Brie have been best friends for ages. He has been attracted to Brie but never acted on that attraction, because he just doesn't swing that way. When the trio head to Florida for some much needed R&R, the attraction between the trio explodes. With that attraction, feelings of jealousy, inadequacy, and fear abound. Since this is a shorter tale, I appreciated that Nelson created a friends-first concept. The sexual components wouldn't have worked for me otherwise. I did enjoy the realistic approach that was used by Nelson to create a relationship between the three.
On the rebound, Brie is thrilled at the idea of a vacation on the beaches of Florida. It will be especially great since it is with two men who are absolutely irresistible…and equally unattainable. Murphy and his boyfriend are offering the escape and maybe, if she spends enough time with them, she will be able to resist wanting to strip them every time she sees them.
Murphy has always been oddly attracted to his best pal, Brie. But he has never touched a woman in that way. When his lover and boyfriend Andy suggests they make love to her, that she is perfect for them to experience a ménage, Murphy wonders if he is not enough somehow.
But the temptation of having them both…When they get to the resort and find out that “Clothing Optional” should have been in bold print on the brochure, the three of them are in for the weekend of their lives.