Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Book Review: Five-Sided Heart by Max MacGowan

Five-Sided Heart
Blurb:
Noah Trevelyan has lost his moorings. Disowned over his sexuality as a teenager, he hasn’t been back to his home on the Outer Banks since his fisherman father kicked him out. But when he returns for the Old Man’s funeral, he discovers his father left him the house and boat in his will. Noah must choose whether to stay or go, but he won’t be alone. There’s Ian, working to overcome the emotional scars left by a domineering ex-boyfriend, and Ty, a cheerful housekeeper who’s struggling to take care of his Alzheimer’s-stricken aunt. There’s Joshua too, running from the destruction of his old life, and Gabriel, who was once beaten and left for dead, and doesn’t know how to survive on his own.

Will they find in each other the strength and courage to keep living—and learn, together, how to love again? A polyamorous relationship is the last thing any of them expected to find in the Outer Banks, but it might be what they need most, and it might even be their redemption—if they can keep their group from breaking apart under the pressure.




Jewel's rating:



Five-Sided Heart was such a lovely surprise. I enjoy a good polyamory story when I can find one. All too often, though, they are more porn than plot, which is fine if erotica is what you're looking for, but I prefer a bit more depth, in general. Five-Sided Heart delivered, nicely. As many reviewers have mentioned, Five-Sided Heart isn't just 200 pages of sex. And thank goodness.

Noah Trevelyan came back to the Outer Banks for his father's funeral. He left 10 years ago when the Old Man threw him out after finding out that Noah was gay. Noah was happy with his life and had no intention of staying longer than it took to bury his father. A chance meeting with Ty Lockner, and then Ian Walker, Joshua Brown and Gabriel di Rosetti set in motion something all five of them desperately needed and didn't even know they were looking for.


I really enjoyed the writing and how we got POV's from each MC. I never had trouble keeping up or keeping track of who was whom. The smexy scenes, while plentiful, were never overdone and I found that these guys just made me smile. Our five men have very different backgrounds and come with different sets of baggage. Life has left some scars -- some physical and some not. But each one of them found something worth living for and worth staying for. Or, four somethings. Also, the angst is low without being entirely absent.

What I would have liked would be to get to know the men better. With five MCs, that could make for a really long book, but I admit, I wanted more. What we do learn only scratches the surface. Even still, there was enough for me to connect with the MCs, I'm just greedy, you see. Still, I loved Five-Sided Heart and I look forward to seeing what else this author has available.

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Review copy of Five-Sided Heart was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.


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