Inside the strange, jealous world of a married swinger couple

On New Year’s Eve in 2005, Christy and Mark Kidd — six years into living in New York City, but still lonely — found an ad in Time Out for an all-you-can-drink bash. Despite several dubious specifics, including a Garment District location, house music and a $100 admittance fee, they went.

It was sleazy setting replete with red-velvet curtains and moist air. Down a hallway, they came upon an empty room lined with wall-to-wall mattresses.

“It was a relatively normal party,” Mark says. “Except we realized everyone in the back room was having sex.”

They wanted in. It would take longer than you might think.Their new book, “A Modern Marriage,” is a chronicle of Christy and Mark’s lives as swingers: the group sex, the jealousy, the secrecy, the STDs and hygiene issues, the emotional and psychological dangers.

“The whole situation caught us off-guard,” Christy says.

“We were very naive,” Mark says.

Christy is now 43; Mark is 42. They’re native Texans who describe themselves as otherwise square: conservative accountants who live in Kips Bay, whose preferred drink is Dr Pepper and who didn’t know what constituted an orgy.

Both had unstable childhoods — Christy’s mom has been married five times; Mark’s, four — and say they’ve spent their lives searching for the stable relationship they share.

They’ve been married for 14 years, and swinging, they insist, has made their marriage that much stronger.

“This is a love story,” Christy says. “We’re normal. We have the same issues other people do.”

Until today, their friends and family have had no idea — but the time has come, they say, to share it all.

“We’re by no means trying to get people to become swingers, but there’s another way to live that can be amazing,” Mark says. “I would like to think we can touch people’s lives.”

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