Friday, April 3, 2015

Book Review: Misfits by Leigh Garrett

Misfits Blurb:
 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.




Todd’s rating:




Ménage books are a tricky prospect, if the author is actually trying to write a believable romance, as compared to only a piece of dirty, hot erotica.

I loved how Leigh wrote this story, where the sexy bits were in much less focus than the actual relationship that the three men develop.

Tom and Cass have been together and in love for nearly a decade, but as they met at 20 and 19 years old respectively, they still had wild oats to sew, so they've always slept with other people.

Their open arrangement always worked for them, because feelings for those other guys never came into play. Ever.

However, when steady, dependable, workaholic Tom meets snarky, withdrawn, Tourette’s sufferer Jake, something just clicks between them. And Tom is immediately torn between his intense attraction to Jake and reconciling those feelings as to where they could (or should) fit in with his current relationship.

And after Tom's partner, the similarly-snarky, ex-con Cass, sees the broken, lonely, 24 y.o. Jake alone in their bed, the morning after Tom and Jake meet, Cass also recognizes that Jake is someone special.

Tom is a fixer and Cass knows, first hand, how skilled Tom is at helping others get their lives back on track, so he urges Tom to spend time with Jake, to help him.
“What are you saying?”

“I’m saying, stay here and be what he needs. You’ve got a big heart, babe. There’s plenty of you to go around.”

Tom grabbed Cass as he started to turn away. “I love you.”

Cass smiled. “I know. That’s why I’m totally cool with this. I can see it, Tom . . . I can see what draws you to him, and it’s fucking beautiful.”
So Tom begins helping Jake put his life back together, first by offering him a job, then by helping him realize his own self-worth.

But it's actually Cass who rides to the rescue when Jake loses his apartment and is having a severe Tourette’s breakdown, literally banging his head against a wall in the rain.

Cass loads Jake into his car and brings him home to live with Tom and Cass. And their evil, also-snarky cat, Souris.

Watching the three men bond, once they're all under the same roof, if s true thing of beauty. I'd have read the book for those aspects alone.

Neither Jake nor Cass had easy lives growing up, having many things in common, so the two form a close friendship while getting to know about one another's pasts. Then those feelings turn into something much more and they connect on an even deeper level.

Jake smiled. “You don’t remember the sun?”

“Fuck the sun, Jake. I only saw you.”
But Cass still can't, and won't, talk about the most painful aspects of his past, not even with Tom, which has always caused the majority of the couple's problems.

And just as Jake begins to work his way past some of Cass' defenses, news is revealed to Cass regarding his most painful event from his childhood. So he runs. From Tom, from Jake, from everything.

Self-sufficient, take-charge Tom eventually leans on Jake to help bring Cass safely home, which I found fitting, as all three of them men were all in for making their "three-lationship" a go.

As I mentioned before, the book is *not* sex-centered; however, of the 5'ish on-page bedroom scenes, which were CRAZY HOT, my favorite was the last one, where all 3, finally, fully connect as one.
It was best for everyone if he let Jake take charge. Sex between them all was sometimes too hot to handle. Often, Cass got rowdy and people fell over. Then Tom got cross and Jake laughed, and no one got to come. A bloody shambles, that’s what it was unless Jake called the shots.

And it wasn’t about who put what where. It never had been. It was about holding Tom and Jake in his arms and loving them for everything they’d done for him.
But this long excerpt, where Cass reveals how he really felt, and why, when Jake first entered their lives... Simply beautiful.
And the gesture that Tom first did with Cass, when their businesses were first starting out, then Cass and Tom once again did for Jake, to help him know that he had options, even if something happened to their relationship? Just wow. Very sweet and touching.

So, yes, if you hadn't guessed, the boys do get their "H3A" and they all live happily, yet snarkily ever after.

Three end. : )

4 1/2 highly-recommended *him-and-him-and-him-too* stars.

My copy of this book was provided by the publisher for a fair, unbiased review.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23312554-misfits
 
Get the book:

http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/misfits
 
http://www.amazon.com/Misfits-Garrett-Leigh-ebook/dp/B00UR1XRJ8





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