Growing up in foster care has left Kerry Grey with little self-esteem or hope for his future. A college dropout, Kerry scrapes by on a part-time job at a garden nursery. His friendship with his boss and working with the plants are the only high points in Kerry's life. He's been dating the man who bullied him at school, but when his boyfriend abandons him at a party, Kerry wanders down the beach to drown his sorrows in a bottle of scotch.
Malcolm Holmes and Charlie Stone have been together for 15 years. Despite Charlie's willingness to accept Malcolm's unspoken domination in bed, something is missing from their relationship. Early one morning, they rescue a passed-out Kerry from being washed away by the tide, and Charlie immediately senses a kindred spirit in the lost younger man. When Kerry's roommate kicks him out, Malcolm and Charlie invite him into their home. As Charlie and Kerry bond over Charlie's garden, Malcolm sees Kerry may be just who they have been looking for to complete their lives. All they have to do is show Kerry, and each other, that Kerry's submissive tendencies will fit their dynamic.
But someone is sabotaging Kerry at every turn. As he struggles to discover the culprit, he fears for the safety of his new friends. If Malcolm and Charlie cannot help, their lifelong search for their perfect third may not end with the happily ever after they imagined.
©2014 Jamie Samms (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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"What Makes A Family..."
Apprehension settled as I began to read/listen to this book. See, I am not much into the idea of 'third's so I was a little leery with this tale. But, as with most times I allow preconceived notions to rule, I was wrong. I enjoyed this story, a lot! OMG, Kerry's life was almost too much. His middle name was 'bad-luck'. Then the cast of characters enters and you get a sense that some of Kerry's bad-luck may be self-induced. Meeting with Charlie and Malcolm, Kerry begins to seek and discover what it is that he has been looking for, what he is deserving of...love and happiness. A great story that was only enhanced by the vocal talents of Greg Tremblay. Definitely recommend...
"So much angst and some sweetness"
The characters and relationships were all portrayed in a very realistic way, in fact, so much so that I would say this reads much more like literary fiction with sexy bits than the romance I was expecting. That might not be everyone's cup of tea, but to me, it was a very good thing.
Captures the emotional content of the story without being at all over done. The voices of all the main characters felt very real and distinct. One of the best audio performances I've encountered to date.
"Not my cup of tea"
I think the gist of the story is pretty well laid out in the blurb.
Let me start by saying that I took a long time to finish this book and write a review because I feel pretty conflicted about it.
I really wanted to like the triad, I don’t generally have a “problem” with them as a concept, but in this case the relationship felt really unequal. I never felt that Kerry was a full partner in this relationship.
I also really don’t like BDSM – esp the Dom/sub thing and I struggle to keep that bias free from clouding the story. I totally understand that for some this dynamic works – but it goes against my personal “equality” issues so – again – this partnership just felt out of balance.
Kerry’s coming of age story was really well done and I almost think that if it had been the main thrust of the story it would have had been a better story overall.
I can’t fault the writing and I think the characters were really well developed – people not so hung up on equality will probably really like this story – it’s very touching.
I love Greg Tremblay and he just does amazing things for this or any story he reads. He is so good at adding emotion to a story that you feel made part of it. His narration is why I even took this story on – otherwise I would have let it lie, based on the description.
For the book and the narration as a sum total I give it 3.5 stars
"multi layered manage"
A lovely, intense, and complex M/M romance. This story feels more real than many written about the same topics. [DS, triads, abuse, coping behaviors, parenting, health etc] It focuses on the emotional complications of three men raised in various foster care experiences and the impact this has on their relationship[s]. Their sexuality is a constant part of the story but there is actually very little sex. [You can decide if that is a good or bad thing according to your taste] Greg Tremblay's narration is reliably good. There is a lot stuffed into this story, yet I wish parts of it had been filled out more. These are characters worth spending a credit on.
I purchased this in both audio and electronic book form. We meet Kerry Grey, a lost, lonely, young man who was orphaned as a baby and never quite could find his place in the world. This is his story about finding his way through life, navigating relationships and getting past a troubling childhood. With the help of two men and a family forgotten, he just may get his HEA if only he can take that first step in the right direction. A very good read.
"One of My Favorites!"
This story is so much more than what the publishers note says. This is a very touching story of three broken men who find happiness & healing as a threesome. Yes, the Dom/sub sexual relationships play a part and all three grew up in the foster-care system, but the story is so much more about finding oneself, getting honest, and having the courage to get what you need.
Mary Calmes "A Matter of Time" is my all time favorite m/m romance, but this is a close second and well worth the credit.
over all, a little too much angst for my taste. well read, though. I look forward to another
Yeah, the ending.
Again, the ending. After everything that happened in the book, how Malcolm and Charlie fought so hard to help Kerry learn he was worth it, the ending was a huge let down for me.
Yes, his performance here was fantastic as always. No issue with narration, my issue is with the last third of the book/story.
I liked this because it shows how a Sub & Dom & a 3 way relationships go.
"Unexpected story line and character developement"
The realization that this story had greater depth and emotional development than I expected.
When I realized that Malcolm and Charlie had also come from foster families and they were in a position to understand and support Kerry with his lack of self esteem and fears of abandonment.
Greg Tremblay is an incredible narrator and actor. His character portrayals are superb. I actually search out books narrated by him because I know they will delightful to listen to.
I could not put this book down. I related to the characters in a very personal way. I felt great emotion in finding how the characters solved each of the emotional scars left by foster care.
This book has so many levels. I expected a gay romance novel and was surprised to find that sex, although present at appropriate places in the story, was not offered gratuitously, but rather as a very important part of the emotional evolution of each character. In addition, the book explores poly amorous relationships in a very positive way.
"don't buy this trash"
after struggling through the first chapter I have given up early into the second chapter I can no longer listen to this awful voice.. I feel sorry for these authors who have there work ruined by Amazon allowing the narration to be done by amatures. .. I intend to ask for a refund on this
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