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Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn. Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom's bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom's explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom's helping hand, he finds himself between two men who've lost their way. Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn't much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass's past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it's time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he's grown to love.
Okay, I will admit that I picked up this book because I saw it was ménage and I was in the mood for smut. Egg on my face! If you want PwP (Porn without Plot), you should probably keep walking because this wasn’t it. What I ended up with was a story with a good couple, who were in an emotional rut until a bad waiter came into their life.
Tom Fearnes and Cass Pearson have been a couple for nine years. They love each other and are committed to each other but they have fallen into a routine without even realizing it. Tom met Jake Thompson, his waiter at a crappy diner, and he just had to have Jake. So then Tom took Jake home. But one taste of Jake was not enough, so Tom had to figure out why he still wanted Jake and then how Jake would fit into the life he shared with Cass.
Thus began the peeling away of layers of protective coating encasing both Tom and Cass from years of hurt. By embracing Jake, the couple had to address old wounds they had been suppressing with work and other distractions. It felt to me like grabbing a cloth and wiping away dust covering your favorite silver until it was polished nice and shiny.
I related most to Tom because he had so much love to give. He was consistent and almost fearless. I saw Cass as the most broken and afraid, and he often made others work harder to love him. Jake was the light that drew both Tom and Cass. I didn’t think there were big holes in the couple’s relationship until Jake started shining light on them. I liked the honesty that Jake brought.
This was a nice story. It wasn’t fast paced novel, but it wasn’t slow either. I was drawn in immediately and found myself trying to figure out how these 3 pieces were going to fit together. I want to thank the author for not relying on sex as a crutch. I started the book looking for a smut fest, it would have ruined this book as this was about the inner turmoil of three guys. I’ve read this author before and I was thankful that the angst factor wasn’t as high in this book. While I experienced various emotions, I didn’t cry in this book (yay me!). I did smile as it was an HEA so things were made right in the end.
**Special Thanks to Riptide Publishing via Netgalley for the e-ARC.