Three people who’ve given up on love…
After a brutal, late-night attack in his restaurant left Chef Hudson Richmond too traumatized to even enter his restaurant again, he escaped to Snowcroft. Now he’s trying to find a new normal when the reality of his world is a man’s touch makes him sick and his dream has become his nightmare.
Leigh Vaughn lives in a man’s world running Vaughn Construction with her brother, Jamie. She’s tried to be feminine and failed over and over again. Growing up with only her brother, father, and construction crews to guide her, Leigh has no idea what a feminine wile is, much less how to deploy them. But when Jamie and Trevor begin to research finding a surrogate to carry their baby, she knows this is something she can do. Hell, it’s not like those parts are getting used for anything else.
When this small town came looking for a new police chief, David Warner jumped at the chance. After a traumatic betrayal by his partner on the police force, he’s burnt out and jaded. And his love life has been even more depressing than his work life. He’s made one true connection in the last five years, but she disappeared without a trace the next morning.
Three people who have given up on love, may just find a new beginning where they least expect it…in Snowcroft. But love is only supposed to happen in twos. How can they make it work with three intertwined hearts?
Trigger warning: This book features story-lines that involve past assaults and betrayals, but has a guaranteed HEA for three people who couldn’t deserve it more. male/male/female.
I’m typically not reading m/f romances and I’ve never been a big m/m/f fan because the dynamics always feel … off to me… but there are some good ones out there and I know it’s mostly just my own prejudices. In any case, I would have avoided this as well, except I really love books 1 and 2 in this series and was really curious to see how this was handled.
There were many things I loved and a few (big) things I didn’t care for.
I thought Leigh’s character was great! I was attracted to the idea of an m/m/f with a tom boy and was curious to see how that played out sexually. It was hysterical at times and really hot at others. There was also some sweet in there (some of which you’ll see in the Disliked portion of the review.)
I really loved the chemistry between Leigh and David and Leigh and Hudson and Hudson and David. I thought the author did a very good job of convincing me that Hudson could “go straight” and how his attraction to Leigh made sense given his recent and past histories.
David’s character was consistent all the way through and he absolutely made up the glue in this story. He was well-developed and really helped to make the ménage possible.
I found the realistic portrayal of post partum and surrogacy really great and was so glad to see the negative side of pregnancy/surrogacy shown. (More on this later.)
In the end, I believe in this triad’s HEA and though I have some issues with parts of their story, I was really glad to have read it and think that the author did a great job with a unique situation. I loved the epilogue and thought it was really cute and sweet!
The beginning of the book is so well done with the slow burn and the sizzle between all the characters as we learn everyone’s back stories that it was such a shock when we get to the 75% mark and the story seemed to jump the tracks and go off-roading.
(Some of this might be spoilery ….)
I also really wanted to see how the dynamic worked with Leigh NOT pregnant because there was so much made about her “lush, curvaceous, womanly body” as she was pregnant that I wanted to see and believe that she held that same appeal without being pregnant. This was especially important for Hudson who seemed to really get off on her pregnant self.
So, for the majority of the book I was loving this – but the last 25% just wrapped things up too quickly and left some pretty big plot holes that I’d have liked to seen filled.
All in all, I really liked this, and found it to be a nice addition to the series.
4 of 5 stars
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