Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 16, 2015
Received From: Bought from Riptide Publishing
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.
TROPES: love triangle that’s actually polyamory, friends to lovers, unresolved sexual/romantic tension, broody hero
TAGS: contemporary, foodie romance, polyamory, disabled main character, existing relationship, multiple partners
WARNINGS: ableism, parental death
He knelt on the hardwood floor, a hand on each of them, and in awe of the men who made his life complete. Cass was the love of his life, and Jake . . . Jake had taught them to love each other better.
Jake had taught them to live.
This book slam dunked my heart through a basketball hoop onto the hardwood floor, drop kicked it into the net of a soccer goal, and punted me through the goal posts of a football end zone, all whilst screeching “GET WRECKT” into my face through all 200+ pages.
To be honest, I’m not even sure how to articulately express how much I love this book. All three main characters are phenomenal in their own similar but different ways, and I adore all of them to bits. (Though I will admit Cass is my favorite, with Jake in a very close second. Poor Tom is third. What can I say, I’ve got a thing for the broody, broken ones with hearts of gold.)
I cried, I laughed, I cried some more, I got impatient for kisses, and then I cried a little bit more. Watching Tom and Cass’ open relationship slowly, organically close to include Jake, their missing piece, was incredibly soothing to the soul. At times it was utterly heartbreaking, but these three men carefully, tenderly pieced it back together through their deep, abiding love and care for each other.
The relationships in this novel are utterly breathtaking, and they were so incredibly realistic. My favorite part was the fact that they talked to each other and were honest, even when they didn’t want to share. All three of them care about each other so much–there’s an obvious give and take that very rarely gets caught in the potholes on the road they’re on.
My only complaint is that I wish we’d gotten more than one chapter from Cass’ point of view. It was lovely to see him through Tom’s and Jake’s eyes, but I would have loved more time in Cass’ head. This did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the novel, and I am looking forward to reading the next in this series, as well as more from this author.
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.
Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.
Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.