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.
- ISBN-13: 9781626492479
- ISBN-10: 1626492476
- Publisher: Riptide Publishing
- Publish Date: March 2015
- Page Count: 244
- Dimensions: 7.99 x 5.24 x 0.55 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.62 pounds
Series: Urban Soul
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-01-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Fabulously successful restaurateur Tom is swept off his feet by Jake, a fragile, masculine beauty who’s a terribly clumsy waiter. The two share an intense sexual connection, and soon they’re sharing secrets as well: Jake explains that he has Tourette syndrome, and Tom reveals that he’s in an open relationship with his partner, Cass. When Tom hires Jake to work on a new restaurant project, Jake and Cass unexpectedly hit it off. Leigh’s absorbing story pivots on the palpable tensions among the three men as the apex of the romantic triangle keeps shifting, especially when Jake moves in—and into bed—with Tom and Cass. Leigh makes salient points about the challenges and joys of threesomes, and how sex changes relationships. There are numerous tastefully erotic passages, but the book is more smart than smutty. Jake’s tics are incorporated well, even if they are sometimes gimmicky signals. Unfortunately, the story suffers when a character is blindsided by a “big dark secret” that comes out of nowhere. It’s meant to provide a dramatic last-act catalyst, but this otherwise fine book would have been better off just staying on its course. (Mar.)