Three very different young men meet at St-Frederick’s University.
Francis, haunted by his past and seeking a new life.
Andrew, the introverted football jock.
And Sebastian, the charismatic and confident hockey star.
Francis, wary and troubled, didn’t count on meeting anyone he could care for.
Andrew, closeted and lonely, didn’t think anything would matter more than his football career.
And Sebastian, content to float from conquest to conquest, never believed he’d meet someone who could hold his interest.
An encounter with a journalist causes consequences for all three.
Will they be able to take what they need from one another in order to cope?
I'm just not having the best luck with ménage stories, lately. I was hopeful with this one, the plot reminded me somewhat of Playing for Keeps, which I loved. Unfortunately, Love Cubed didn't really come close.
The story certainly had potential, being as how the 3 MC's were young adults and just starting to come into their own. Their world is wide open. However, the characters, MC's and secondary characters alike, were two dimensional and the story just was not believable.
Francis, who has been through a very traumatic experience quite recently, is singled out - by school officials - more than once because he is different and frankly, it was inexcusable. The first time, on day one at the college, during the mandatory dorm meeting, everyone is told that even though Francis is a freshman, he was given a single room due to special circumstances, but not too ask about it because it's no one's business. Really? It's ok to put a target on the back of an already traumatized kid like that? And that was not the last time it happened.
The whole book read a little too much like an After School Special. The dialogue wasn't anything like I would expect anyone under the age of 60 to use. They referred to each other as young men and were always so very reasonable and their pet names for each other made me roll my eyes, and eventually throw up a little -- Water-Bug, Song-Bird, Lover-Boy, Adonis ... and they actually used these pet names in conversation. Um, no.
The villains were too villainy. From Marco, who was so closeted, I think he lives in Narnia, to the photojournalist who was breaking a court order and following Francis around, to Andrew's parents who took his coming out news poorly - all of them were just surface. No real substance.
I liked the idea of this story a lot. I love coming of age stories, especially when one or more of the characters succeeds in overcoming adversity. Sadly, this one just fell short. I didn't believe that Francis had been the victim of such a heinous crime or that any of the situations were remotely real. It just wasn't.
So, unfortunately, Love Cubed just wasn't for me.
Review copy of Love Cubed was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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