We all come to a point in our lives where we finally ask the ever-looming question, "Is this all there is?"
And most of us coast along afterwards, just accepting that the answer to that question is probably, "Yes, this is it." Sometimes, though, we're lucky. Sometimes we run into the right people at the right time.
Ryan and Jennifer are at that point in their marriage, asking that question. Luckily, tonight at a friend's holiday party, they're about to run into those very right people at exactly the right time. Bruce and Paige have successfully crossed the Rubicon into the realm of "what else there is." They've discovered delights and a way of living that Ryan and Jennifer have only ever dreamed about.
Their secret? Bruce and Paige are swingers
. And very soon now, thanks to a chance meeting and a new friendship, Ryan and Jennifer will close their eyes, clasp hands, and jump into the deep end of life, exploring the untold wonders of sexuality. Hedonistic pleasures that they can't even fathom yet, threesomes and sex parties and a deep connection with friends and with each other. The swinging lifestyle.
Today is the day they proclaim: "There is more." Today is the day they change their lives.
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.
"With A Life Less Monogamous
, Cooper continues the tradition set by his memoir My Life on the Swingset
, sharing even more insights about the real challenges in relationships of all kinds. Cooper teaches, titillates, and bares his soul, showing how a life less monogamous can keep sex between couples flourishing."
- Betty Dodson, Author Sex For One
"Your life is yours to own. Cooper shows us how two people, or even more than two people, can design their relationships to be exactly what they want them to be. With authenticity, sensuality, and a sharp edge, A Life Less Monogamous
lets you peek behind the curtain of a modern marriage adventure."
- Ginger Bentham, Intellectual Foreplay
"A good writer makes the reader feel, and that's what Cooper Beckett does here Kick back and enjoy all the wining and dining, and yearning and learning that takes place "
- Kendra Holliday, The Beautiful Kind
"If you're looking for a realistic "high stakes" story about love, sex, desire, and the mistakes that go along with asking for what you REALLY WANT (even if you never want to swing or open up your relationship), Cooper Beckett has captured something that can teach all of us a thing or two. If you just read one chapter, make it Chapter 47 "
- "America's favorite sex geek," Reid Mihalko
"Cooper's debut novel provides an intimate look at the emotional life of one couple as they contemplate the leap from comfortable (but dull) monogamy to non-monogamy. For anyone wondering how and why couples open up their marriages, this book is a compelling account of the appeal, the struggles, and yes, the sexiness of what non-monogamy can mean to its practitioners. For swingers and non-swingers alike, this is a delightful, fast-paced read that follow's one couple's fantasies, adventures, and conflicts, with an irresistible blend of sensuality and angst."
- Dr Jeana Jorgensen
About the Author
Cooper S. Beckett is the founder of Life on the Swingset, a website about swinging, polyamory, and open relationships from the trenches, and host of its titular flagship podcast for the last six years. On both the site and podcast, he tackles sex, relationships, and their accompanying accouterments, and what it means to be open sexually in a world that's often closed. He spent much of his life afraid of sex, sexuality, his bisexuality, his true interests, and global thermonuclear war. Today, his work is as eclectic as it is eccentric. He travels to speak on sexuality and non-monogamy, has been a guest expert on Dan Savage's Savage Lovecast, and his is the voice that welcomes you to Tristan Taormino's radio show/podcast Sex Out Loud. He has taught classes all over the US on pegging, swinging, and play parties. He has written two books. My Life on the Swingset: Adventures in Swinging & Polyamory was released in January of 2015 and collects essays from his first five years in non-monogamy. A Life Less Monogamous, a novel about newbie swingers finding their way in a big scary hedonistic world, will be released on February 9, 2016. He is a graphic & web designer, photographer, and voice over artist, co-hosts Eat The Rudecast, a podcast about the NBC television series Hannibal, and the upcoming Damn Good Podcast about Twin Peaks with Miko Technogeisha and Ophilia Tesla. He is a knitter, and has proudly knit three Gryffindor scarves, a Freddy Krueger/Christmas scarf, five fourteen foot Doctor Who scarves, three "Very Fine" Jayne Cobb hats, and vows to someday figure out mittens. He is an avid board gamer, and can often be found playing Catan, Firefly: The Game, and his all-time favorite Zombicide, into which he has inserted himself as a playable character: a naked man, wearing Chuck Taylor All Stars and a Doctor Who scarf, holding the nJoy Eleven aloft. He collects Stephen King first editions, and has almost every book in hard cover with two-thirds being first editions. He vows to save the world from mundane sexuality, even if he has to do it one person at a time.