Love Times Three (Trillium Creek #3) by Silvia Violet

If you love something let it go…
Brett thought letting Ryder go was the best way to show how much he loved him. Ryder would be free to find an omega and start the family he’d always wanted. Ryder doesn’t want anyone but Brett, and he will do whatever necessary to convince him they belong together.
If it comes back to you…
Cam is on the run from his pack. He’s not looking for love, but when he’s rescued by Brett, his childhood crush, he realizes those feelings he had for his former packmate haven’t faded. Then fate steps in when Cam meets Ryder, Brett’s alpha mate, and a bond is formed. Cam tries to fight his attraction to both men, but the pull he feels toward them may prove too strong.
It’s yours…
Ryder knows Cam is the omega he and Brett need to complete their dream of happily ever after. He’s their missing piece, and it will take them both to convince Brett the three of them belong together.

I think I mentioned when I started the Trillium Creek series that although I love PNR (it’s one of my first reading loves) and you may have noticed my love of M/M, MPreg is not one of my go-to sub genres. I’m not saying that’s going to change, but I definitely am falling in love with this series so far. ❤

Readers have watched Brett and Ryder dance around each other through the first two books in the series. Brett came from a very different background. In his previous pack, the head Alpha was the ruler, not the leader. What he said went and it was drilled into him from a very early age that there were no fated mates, omegas had only one role and betas couldn’t mate with either. That meant that regardless of how he felt about Ryder, a relationship with him wasn’t meant to be. Ryder knew better and so did the rest of the pack… deep down, even Brett knew it, but he loved Ryder too much to stand in the way of him finding his true mate. Then came Cam…

Cam ran from the same pack that Brett left years ago. It was obvious they had a special connection. Once Cam finally agreed to let Brett bring Ryder to meet him in hiding, everything changed. The connection between Cam and Ryder was too strong to ignore, and Brett was crushed. Crushed enough that he walked away from both of them. It’s a good thing that Cam and Ryder were just as determined to get Brett back as Brett was to leave them to their destiny. Because their destiny included all three of them.

I love the dynamic of the Trillium Creek pack. Their alpha is caring, reasonable and a true leader. Members respect him and look to him for guidance. The pack runs on the strength of everyone’s individual talents while still working together to keep things running smooth – and when it doesn’t, they all pitch in to help. It’s a good place and it’s quickly becoming a sanctuary for those who didn’t have that growing up. There’s a subtle lesson there somewhere I think 😉

The series starts with Love at Lupine Bakery, followed by Love at Long Last. There’s more to come, so stay tuned!

The Distance Between Us (Distance Between Us #1) by L.A. Witt

DistanceBetweenUsFrom money pit to windfall…or is it a pitfall?

After ten years together, Ethan Mallory and Rhett Solomon are calling it quits. They’re more than ready to dump their heavy emotional baggage. The only thing they can’t seem to unload is the house. They’re stuck living as roommates with a hefty mortgage hanging over their heads…at least until they can bring in some extra money to pay it down. Solution: rent out a room.

Enter Kieran Frost. Suddenly, the only thing Ethan and Rhett both want more than getting away from each other is getting close to their single, young, hot roommate. Complicating things is the fact that Kieran doesn’t mind the attention from both, and he certainly doesn’t mind sharing.

Their combined chemistry ignites something else that Ethan and Rhett had thought was long dead—the mutual attraction that drew them together in the first place. Except bitter jealousy over Kieran could only push them even farther apart.

I’m glad that I went back to the beginning of this series. It’s not that I was lost when I ‘accidentally’ picked up the 5th book, No Place that Far before reading any of the previous books. It’s just that once I read that one, I knew I had to get to know all the men in this series. The Distance Between Us is the first ‘official’ book in the series, but I recommend reading The Best Man as well, since it introduces Wildes’ bar.

I’ve said before that I don’t normally gravitate toward menage books, but once in a while I can see how the dynamic makes sense. That was definitely the situation with Ethan, Rhett and Kieran. In a strange, twisted way, Kieran turned into the go-between for Ethan and Rhett. I have to admit that I lost a little bit of respect for each one of these guys along the way, but they earned it all back. This story could have easily turned into a scenario where one of the guys was simply ‘used’ as a means to an end, and honestly, it almost did. You’ll have to read their story to find out how things were resolved. Yes, the outcome was pretty much inevitable, and more than once I wanted to shake some sense into at least two of them, but I still ended up loving their story.

Thankfully, Kieran’s story is next in The Closer You Get. I think I’m going to enjoy watching this playboy get tamed. 😉

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Misfits by Garrett Leigh

MisfitsRestaurant 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.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I can honestly say that I had no idea what to expect from this book. I also have to admit that there has to be something special about a menage to make me leap into reading one. It pretty much has to promise to be funny or emotionally intense… Misfits falls into the intense category, but it’s also very sweet. Even though I understood exactly where Jake’s reluctance to continue any sort of relationship with Tom came from, it didn’t take me long to fall in love with all three of these guys and gain a new understanding.

Even though Cass and Tom were totally devoted to each other, the fact that they had an open relationship proved that there was something missing. From the very beginning, open relationship or not, both Cass and Tom knew that Jake was different for both of them.

There was so much to love about this book. I loved Jake’s fierce independence. I loved Tom’s sense of protectiveness toward both Jake and Cass and I adored Cass’ devotion to Tom that allowed him to see exactly what Jake needed and call Tom out when he didn’t step up the way he thought he should. Sounds confusing, I know, but it worked.

This story also touched on a disability that I never really thought about, but will never think about in the same way. Jake had Tourette’s Syndrome. He dealt with it the best way he could and the more I got to know him, the more I admired him. The amazing part of Misfits was how Tom and Cass accepted it as just a part of him, yet in very different ways. True to his personality, Tom wanted to protect him. Cass took the ‘head on’ approach. Jake needed and appreciated both and unwittingly brought them even closer together.

Beyond the story itself, I loved the writing. Descriptions like these made me smile…

There was a scrabbling noise at the back door. Tom wandered over and granted entrance to the lean streak of feline attitude who fought him for Cass’s affection.

There weren’t a lot of supporting characters, but the ones that were introduced were important and said a lot about the kind of characters Tom, Cass and Jake were. It was also refreshing to find a family who not only supported each other, but loved them unconditionally…

Rich rolled his eyes. “You don’t have to be diplomatic , Jake, about any of it. I don’t get to see my little brother as much as I’d like, but I know him, and I know when he’s happy. Cass too. No one around here is ever going to argue with that.”

*sigh* So yeah, menage’s aren’t my ‘go-to’ when it comes to romance, but I’m definitely glad that I took a chance on Misfits. It’s one of those books that proves without a shadow of doubt that love is love and if you’re lucky enough to find it, don’t question it. Don’t deny it, or run from it. Just hold on to it as tightly as you can.

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Three the Hard Way (ACRO #7) by Sydney Croft

ThreeTheHardWayLovers Taggart Brody and Justice McKinney possess special abilities that make them valuable to agencies who employ—or enslave—people with extraordinary talents. When tragedy tears them apart, Justice finds purpose working for the good guys: ACRO, the super-secret Agency for Covert Rare Operatives. But he never forgets Taggart or the past they once shared.

Heartbroken, Taggart runs from who he is . . . right into the arms of Ian Bridges. But Ian, battling his own demons, betrays Tag to the terrorist organization Itor. After months of torture, Tag manages to escape, but kills an ACRO agent in the process.

With nowhere left to turn, Tag disappears into the Alaskan wilderness, but it’s only a matter of time before his enemies track him down. He reaches out to Justice, and somehow Ian finds him too, hoping to right his wrongs. With ACRO and Itor both bearing down, the three men must figure out how to forgive, how to work together, and how to love each other—or the coming battle will destroy them all.
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The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them. Visit their website for more information and to find out how you can get involved.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1This turned out to not only be my first Sydney Croft book but it also took me totally by surprise. Since I’m familiar with one of the writers in the Sydney Croft duo, I was expecting to enjoy it. I just wasn’t expecting these guys to pull me in the way that they did.

Basically, Three the Hard Way was a book centered on misunderstandings. Taggart, Justice and Ian each had reasons for what they had done. Taggart felt betrayed by both Justice and Ian. One had deserted him and the other had betrayed him. Honestly, when the characters were introduced I wondered how I was going to be able to wrap my head around them being together. They had so much to overcome to even be civil toward one another, much less become lovers. Once I got to know them, I fell in love.

Justice worked for one agency. Ian worked for the opposing agency and Tag was the common thread that brought this trio together. They all had reasons for the choices they had made. They all had regrets and they all had doubts. Watching them come together as both allies and lovers wasn’t forced. It was inevitable and I loved every minute of it.

The authors did an amazing job of changing my initial opinion of each of these characters in a very short amount of time. This book also convinced me that I need to start reading the ACRO series. There are characters that were introduced that I really want to get to know better.

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