Crisp, sharp and sometimes wickedly funny, readers might find themselves tuning in for the potential hotness in Married Sex (Open Road), but this isn’t F51HKhsRWCZL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_ifty Shades of Grey. Not but any stretch.

Though Married Sex is Kornbluth’s debut, he’s proved his mettle on some pretty hot projects. He’s been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and New York. He is a cofounder of Bookreporter, the author of four works of non-fiction and he’s written screenplays for Paul Newman and Robert De Niro.

As hot as Kornbluth’s previous projects were, Married Sex is — well, I’ll just say it — it’s hotter. Kirkus Reviews nailed it when they said, “If you like your sexy books soft-core, highbrow, and bi-curious, here’s a hot couple hours for you.” And, okay: all of that is true. But, aside from the highbrow mention, it misses what, truly is the very best part: despite its hotness, Married Sex is smart. It’s funny. And sometimes? There is even charm.

A Manhattan lawyer embarks on a torrid three-way tryst with the longtime wife he loves, and the hot photographer who’s asked to be his lover for six weeks, until she leaves for Timbuktu. (Yes, the actual Timbuktu. Not the figurative one.) None of them get the results they expected. (But you probably already knew that.)

Kornbluth has said that Married Sex “is a love story that focuses on the power sex has to deepen or destroy love.” He has also said he learned a few things writing the book. Among them:

“Sex: It must be very important, because no one I know ever talks about it. Marriage: Every marriage is unique, but as a general rule, the more you like one another, the better it works.” ◊

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