Open Minds

Open Minds

Harrison and Taylor's Open Relationship

Two inseparable friends are about to face their profoundest challenge. Taylor is going away to a college twenty-four hundred miles away. She’s leaving her best buddy-slash-boyfriend behind. Harrison can't imagine a life without his Taylor, but she knows the distance will destroy their relationship. She has a plan. He has a proposal . . .



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Harrison’s making the best of his time apart from his beloved Taylor. Sure, she’s seeing another guy, but that doesn’t mean their love is diminished, right? They’re separated by thousands of miles, but he doesn’t think of her any less—sometimes he misses her so bad it hurts. If only she’d call and let him know she feels the same . . .

Taylor’s found a new guy friend in Santa Cruz; Tripp’s decent, popular, rich, and a lot of fun. They’re just friends, and being with him is about living life to the fullest during her college experience . . . Sometimes she wonders if Tripp feels the same way . . .

Kelsey Kay’s left in the middle, back in Michigan running defense for her best friend, Taylor, and making sure Taylor’s okay in California—at the same time she’s been tasked with making sure Taylor’s boyfriend, Harrison, is a good boy while she’s gone. Sometimes things are easier said than done.

When events come to a sharp and scary point between Harrison and Taylor, it’s Kay who’s working overtime to make sure everyone is happy and together . . .

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Series: Separate Schools, Book 3
Genre: Poly Romance
Tags: cuckold, ongoing series, poly
Length: 56,000 words
eBook Price: 3.99
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About the Author
KT Morrison

KT Morrison writes stories about women who fall in love with sexy men who aren’t their husband, and loving relationships that go too far—couples who open a mysterious door, then struggle to get it closed as trouble pushes through the threshold.

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This third book in the series is a difficult read from an emotional point of view. The first book was fun and games at a lakeside cottage with an undercurrent of something dark inserting itself into Taylor and Harrison’s relationship. The second, a transitional development of the relationship of the two main characters now separated by half a continent, explores how they cope, or don’t, with isolation, in the case of Taylor, and loss, in the case of the Harrison. Finally, in this work, the consequences of finally achieving an open relationship, the pain of stressing a near lifetime friendship and love, are revealed. In addition, a close female friend of both, Kay, becomes more intimately involved. Indeed Kay, colluding with Taylor, is almost Machiavellian in her manipulation of Harrison. Excellent writing, very believable, but it definitely is not a jolly sexual romp. All three books are compelling reads and are rated so. Be advised that this tale is not yet done.
– Boron
This author's oeuvre contains many more gems than duds, and Separate Schools is among the shiniest of the gems. The second book in the series felt a little flat, but mostly because it stood in the shadows of the first. While the first book felt like a complete and well-developed story, the second felt 'episodic.' That's true for this book (the third installment) as well. However, there is enough tension, character development, and genuine surprise in Open Minds to more than make up for that. Characters are complex and full of secrets and hidden motivations, which is hard to find in genres like this. I do have mixed feelings about drawing the story out into yet another volume, as it appears the story will continue. But maybe that's just me—I am not a fan of the everlasting series. Then again, if there is any story in this author's work that has the depth to justify expansion, it's this one. Here's hoping we get a Sopranos/Seinfeld ending that leaves us wanting more. I'd hate for this story to get "Lost."
– KindleGuy
I waited until finishing book 3 to write a review. In truth, I had a very difficult time finishing book 1. There were easily a half dozen times I nearly returned the book (I read them KU before buying them) because I was so disgusted with the way the MC Harrison was abused in this book. I still find it very unsettling, but I persevered through the to 3, and I now can’t get the damned books out of my head. First, let me say that I found the stories exceptionally well written. The characters came to life in ways many authors fail to accomplish. To me, at least, they each became very real and I attached an emotional bond, both positive and negative, to each. Even the minor characters. I have to take exception to the author’s description of this being a polyamorous relationship, however. I have been acquainted with people in polyamorous relationships going back to the late 60’s. Not many, but some. This story, through book 3, isn’t remotely polyamorous. At its base, it is a cuckold story with some seriously emotionally disturbed personalities. Especially Harrison and Kay. I took a strong liking to the MC Harrison, though much of his behavior makes me want to vomit. He’s a terrific kid, thoroughly likable, but emotionally stunted. The emotional abuse he receives at the hands of Taylor – and Kay – is appalling, and he is too immature and weak willed to break free of their hold on him. He rationalizes every single pain that comes his way from Taylor and Kay, each rationalization favoring Taylor and his unquestioned love for her. He can’t even bring himself to become angry at Taylor, or Kay, when their betrayals of his love, trust or friendship are laid before him. I truly despise what they are doing to this kid. He simply accepts it, though, with a very childish acceptance that he is making himself stronger by being “above” Taylor’s sadistic flaunting of her promiscuity. At the end of the day that’s just what is. Sadistic. If the author intended something other than sadism, she missed it by a country mile. Taylor … deceitful, lying, selfish, self-centered, gutless, immoral, disloyal, lacking integrity, has no concept of loyalty to anyone but herself, and no understanding of love. She is also quite sadistic in the way she treats the one guy, Harrison, whom she claims to love with all her heart and soul. Through 3 books she is nothing more than a self-serving tramp. That’s her finest quality. There isn’t a single redeeming quality to this girl that I could find. She wants to spread her legs to any guy she chooses, and couldn’t care less what damage she causes, or who she destroys. Yeah, the author gives significant lip service trying to justify her behavior, but there is no excuse for what she is doing. None whatsoever. She’s not made a single promise to Harrison in this “open” relationship that she has kept, or intends to keep. Taylor is entitled. She deserves to have whatever she wants, and to hell with anyone else’s opinion to the contrary. An “open”, or even a polyamorous relationship requires everyone’s consent to have sex outside the defined relationship. Taylor is certainly taking every advantage of her opportunities, but freaks whenever she hears that Harrison may be leaning toward having an interest in someone other than herself. It isn’t fear Harrison will give his heart to another that’s causing Taylor to freak out – it’s the thought she’s losing complete control of Harrison. In her mind he will always be her property, always there to allow her to behave as she pleases. She doesn’t love Harrison, as she often states. She doesn’t know the meaning of the word. She simply wants what she wants, and she wants Harrison to always belong to her. Because he allows her to be the tramp she wants to be. She needs his permission, if only to justify to herself that her selfish promiscuity is OK. She has no interest in sharing Harrison, though, and never will. This is where the author's claim of polyamory falls apart. I seriously disliked Taylor at the end of book 1. That ridiculous plan she enacted, what she put Harrison through – the humiliation, the shame … all because she was too cowardly to simply break up with him. Yeah, let’s incinerate the kid’s heart and masculinity in front of friends and family simply because you don’t want to “hurt him” by breaking up with him. Yeah, let’s bang some testosterone driven a-holes in front of him so he will break up with Taylor, saving her the discomfort of telling him she’s moving on. Good plan, that. Pretty stupid, I thought. I actually began skipping all the sex scenes involving Taylor. Each one in book 3 just turned my stomach. By the end of book 3 I absolutely despised her. I hope she does go surfing. And I hope a shark eats her worthless ass. That would be some serious justice. Kay – well, I kind of like Kay, even as emotionally disturbed as she is. She is pretty much duplicitous pond scum, though. She is quite clearly in love with Taylor and wants Taylor for herself, but she is also acting out an agenda of her own. Not certain what that entails yet. On one hand she encourages Taylor’s behavior because Taylor is a woman, and women should be free to do as they please, when they please, with whom they please. All’s right in Kay’s world when a female does exactly what she wants to do, and damn the consequences. On the flip side of her duplicity she presents herself as Harrison’s best friend, always there for him, always coaching him through his depressions to become “stronger than the situation”, even going so far as participating in mutual masturbation with him. In reality, she is not Harrison’s friend. She is Taylor’s tool, her spymaster reporting to Taylor every word, thought and deed of Harrison’s back to Taylor. Kay’s assignment from Taylor is to keep Harrison on a very short leash, and keep him away from other females. Unlike Harrison, Taylor will not share “the love of her life” … because she doesn’t want to. And Taylor gets what Taylor wants. Kay has some small feelings for Harrison every now and then, but never enough to protect her “friend” Harrison from Taylor’s debilitating and destructive emotional abuses. This is probably the saddest parts of the books for me. Harrison trusts Kay implicitly, even when he’s told emphatically (by Kay) that she does not have his best interests at heart. She is on Taylor’s side. He’s just too stupid and emotionally controlled by Taylor to see what’s going on right in front of him. Kay is absolutely the most cunning of all the characters in this book. It will be interesting to see how things play out for her. I keep hoping that things are finally going to click in Harrison’s little pea brain, that he’s going to get seriously angry and assert control of his life and pseudo friends. Yeah, probably not going to happen now that Kay has him in a tight embrace. All in all, this is still NOT a polyamorous story. It is a cuckold story with a first class skank tramp in Taylor, an emotionally stunted simpering Harrison, and a screwed up “friend” in Kay. The author clearly doesn’t think much of males, which is fine, but I just can’t see any sort of happy ending in any form to this story. It’s certainly well written, though.
– Amazon Customr
This is the third book in the KT Morrison series which explores the lives of (currently) four people, Taylor, Harrison, Kay, and Tripp. Taylor is Harrison's high school sweetheart who needed to leave home for college in Santa Cruz, California. Harrison, Taylor's back home boyfriend who loves Taylor with all his heart and soul. Kay is Taylor's best female friend back home who has been tasked with keeping Harrison in line. Tripp is, for all intents and purposes, Taylor's boyfriend at college in Santa Cruz. Tripp is from money, drives a Porsche and treats Taylor really great. Now that the baseline has been set, we find Taylor's being away at school is extremely difficult for both Harrison and Kay. Harrison especially. Harrison is hurting, bad. Really bad. Kay does her very best to cheer him up and does so at the very boundaries of a promise she made to Taylor. Taylor, in the meantime, is engaged in a full blown sexual and budding romantic relationship with Tripp. Is she falling for the blonde, surfer, rich, Porsche driving young man? Does she truly love Harrison? Are her feelings changing? Some of these questions are answered in this riveting installment. KT, again takes great pains to describe the feelings of everyone involved, except of course, Tripp. Tripp does have feelings and we suspect they'll become better explained in future installments, but make no mistake, he's falling for Taylor. This is a complex book which deals with feelings (and sex) often in great detail. While not detrimental, we did not find this installment to be as erotic as previous installments. That's not a bad thing because the feelings this book inspired in us made eroticism a second thought. Some will find the sex scenes to be extremely erotic. One especially long scene set in Kay's family entertainment room comes to mind. So, are partners going to changed? Will Taylor come home for Thanksgiving? If she comes home will Harrison and she pick up their relationship and reconnect, or will there be another stake driven in Harrison's heart? You'll have to read this outstanding work to get clues to those questions! We, my wife and I, highly recommend this book! Five HUGE stars!
– DnD
Taylor and Harrison are now a couple months into their new relationship status, and both sides are still coming to terms with how it is going to work. Taylor, who ultimately forced Harrison's hand in this, now has to deal with two potentially challenging circumstances; how does she expect the person she is with in California to treat their relationship, and what if Harrison finds someone too? Tripp has Taylor's eye, but he is a standout of a man. Simultaneously wealthy, good looking, smart, and kind, at least from all appearances. He knows the circumstances that she is with him, and he is willing to be patient with her, but can she trust that? Harrison, meanwhile, is trying to achieve a goal of trying to satisfy all of what Taylor wants, as he perceived that to mean. In this story, we see Harrison trying to toughen up, and it leads to some trouble. He has an encounter with a bar fling that has Taylor and their mutual friend, Kelsey, angry. Angry, but they understand the circumstances, and can't get too mad as a result. Then we have Kelsey, who really takes more of a central role in the story of Harrison and Taylor than in the early parts of the series. Kelsey has to play reconnaissance for Taylor so she knows everything Harrison is up to, while at the same time being supportive and helpful to Harrison so her friend doesn't spiral out of control. But what about Kelsey? Does anyone care how Kelsey is doing? Her best girl-friend is thousands of miles away and her one male friend commutes an hour and a half to university every day, her heart is broken, too. It's her birthday, maybe Harrison can put his problems aside and show her a good time. This story is an emotional drama about three friends, two of whom are past lovers, dealing with that transition from high school to college. We understand more about how each of the three really cares about the other, and why they are making some of the decisions they're making. We learn a little bit more about Tripp, Taylor's California boyfriend(?), but he still seems to be on the periphery of the story line, which might change considering what is revealed at the end of the story. It's kinky and a little dirty, but mostly this is exploring what these characters are going through, so for that it is a good read to me. Putting my literature reading glasses (as opposed to my erotica reading glasses) on, I really liked the depth of care that was given to each of the three main characters, and I especially felt like a lot of depth was provided to Kelsey's character. I thought the dialogue was cleverly done and entertaining, but not necessarily that erotic. This is a slow burner, there's no question, but I appreciate that sometimes.
– Rudimental
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