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There are some editing flaws, both typos and logical. I hope some day the latter are seen to. But meanwhile, I recommend this one for people wanting to understand how polyamory might work, (there are as many ways as there are people attempting it), and to people who would like non-eruptive conflicts. All three of these characters are new to lasting love relationships. But they trust each other, even when hurt, even when separated, and that is a hallmark of the basis of polyamory. Arguments and upsets are just hurdles if you can remember, sooner or later, that you're all on the same side, fighting for the same thing.
I imagine there are readers who think this resolves "too easily" but take this from a 36-year veteran of polyamory, in one stable six-person family all that time; yes. If you are able to love more than one person, it can happen this easily. It happened for me.
Ian is devastated and is not sure where to put these feelings now that he cannot show Mitch how much he cares. Ian instinctively dislikes Dusty, even before they meet and has no idea how a friendship with his best friend will survive.
But as Ian and Dusty get to know each other a bit, though he doesn't expect to, Ian starts to thaw towards Dusty a bit and he can see that Dusty is drawn to him the same way. And all the while, there is Mitch, who they both love, right there in the middle of all those feelings.
What follows is a wonderful story that is very believable and heartwarming, as all three men carry baggage that they are afraid that they cannot get past. They slowly come together as a new idea of relationships emerge that eventually leads to the hope of more.
This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
The story starts off with Ian. He's been in love with his best friend Micah for years. Ian's a bit shy, but he's decided that tonight, he's going to confess his feelings and then he and Mitch will be in love and everything will be great. Unfortunately for Ian, this is a dinner where Mitch decides to tell Ian that he has a boyfriend, Dusty. Meanwhile, Dusty can't deny that there's something between Mitch and Ian. Dusty and Mitch are good together, but there's a history between Ian and Mitch that Dusty just doesn't have with Mitch.
This book is told in first person from all three of the characters' perspectives. And it does get confusing from time-to-time whose perspective you're reading if the other two characters aren't mentioned. Each chapter is short, so there's a constant switching between POVs that I'm not sure I'm a fan of. It doesn't give enough time to really get to know a character before you're already reading a chapter from another character's perspective. The upside is that all chapters do have the character's name labeled so that does help a great deal to let the reader know who the chapter POV will be.
So, the thing about this book is that even knowing that this book is a MMM ménage, there's still that ick feeling starting out, and leading up to the three men being on that same page and wanting a relationship together. And what I mean by that is that on that one hand, Mitch and Dusty are in a relationship and then circumstances bring Dusty and Ian together and they start developing feelings for one another and kiss without Mitch's knowledge. They fess up to it later, but it's this huge mess. I don't know if it's because it seems like Ian and Dusty are sneaking around talking to each other behind Mitch's back, but I feel like they have better chemistry together than Dusty/Mitch.
The biggest issue I had is just what the catalyst was that brought Ian and Dusty's feelings towards one another to light. Ian was jealous of Dusty and Mitch's relationship, so he decided to go out with a guy called Trevor again (after a failed date where said guy gave him the creeps). After the second "date". Trevor, who was very pushy even though Ian was hesitant about hooking-up, decided to give Ian a blowjob, but wouldn't stop even when Ian said stop twice and made efforts to push Trevor away. Thankfully, Ian was able to get away, but he felt bad for what happened and never recognizes what happened to him as sexual assault even when Dusty tells him outright that it was a little bit later in the story. This is the moment where Ian and Dusty connected when Dusty went and picked Ian up after. They bond and grow closer after, but it does bother me that sexual assault was the event that kind of brought them together, as it were.
The book has a lot of angst with the characters worrying about who is in a relationship with who and who might be cheating. There's some family drama, but I do like the characters and seeing their respective lives. When the three characters clicked together, I think they worked well. The story has an ending that certainly wrapped everything up and even a touching moment in the epilogue that I liked.
Mitch is a baseball player and we see him interact with his teammates a bit, especially his friends Alex and Theo. I wouldn't mind seeing more of them in future books, even as secondary characters if they don't get their own books. I am interested in how this series will play out and which characters the books will focus on, assuming Ian/Mitch/Dusty's story is done. This is a good debut novel by Nicky Spencer and I look forward to reading more books by the author!
***Thanks to IndiGo Marketing & Design for providing me an ARC for review***