Blurb: “I never thought I could want anyone as much as I wanted Nash, then I met you”~Royal
When I was sixteen I was afflicted with a terrible curse…I fell in love with my straight best friend. I never thought I’d move past my feelings for Nash and find someone who could love me in return, until the day a gorgeous marine plopped himself down in my chair and asked me to ink him. I’m falling fast for Zade, but my feelings for Nash are still very real. When life starts getting complicated and Nash speaks the words I never thought I’d hear, the only thing I want is for us to find a way to make this work…together.
“What if I told you, you’d never have to choose?”~Zade
I thought I’d stay in the marines for life, that was the plan. But after a traumatic event I couldn’t make myself re-enlist when my contract was up. Confused and unsure what to do next I called up my best friend for a place to stay. What I didn’t count on was my best friend’s boyfriend practically throwing a sexy tattoo artist at me to keep me busy. Royal is everything I’ve ever wanted and his roommate, Nash, is starting to grow on me, too.
“A few weeks ago I thought I was straight. Now I’m sandwiched between two sweaty men. Can’t say I do anything half-assed.” ~Nash
Of course I’ve noticed that my best friend, Royal is crazy good looking. I have eyes, that doesn’t mean I’m into guys. Although, when I start to notice that his new boyfriend, Zade, is pretty hot too, that makes me start to question things a little. Not to mention the dreams I keep having of the three of us together. I’m willing to try if they are.
**This is NOT a love triangle, just good old fashioned man-on-man-on-man love
**Every book in the Heathens Ink series can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s way more fun to read them in order.
Book Review by Anna:
(Book reviewed here previously)
K.M. Neuhold was a new to me author, but I will be looking at her back catalogue after reading this very enjoyable installment in her Heathens Ink series.
Royal is in love with his best friend since childhood, Nash. Unfortunately Nash is straight, so Royal needs to move on, instead of having threesomes with him and women, just in order to get a chance to suck Nash’s dick.
When he meets Zade the attraction is instantaneous and the two hit it off, both in and out of the bedroom and for the first time in his life, Royal actually sees himself getting serious with someone. And wouldn’t you know it, the first time Royal finds himself in love with someone who can actually return his feelings, is also the time Nash realises he may not be as straight as he thought!
The guys are hot and heavy together and the sex is steamy as all get out **fanning myself**. The transition from two to three is enjoyably smooth and problem free with out any angsting and hardly any outside conflicts about the arrangement either.
Personally I would have preferred the societal biasses against such a set up being explored and more on Zade’s past instead of the Liam side plot, but the author’s choice still made for an enjoyable read. The writing flows nicely and the prose is easily read and very engaging. It’s a lovely little story, with very little angst, which is quite impressive as some very heavy topics are touched upon.
My only other niggle was the character names. All of the Heathen Ink employees and partners have maddeningly similar ‘stereotypical alpha male’ names: Nash, Zade, Gage, Thane, Madden… But that is just me, and I got over it pretty quickly.
All in all I would recommend this book and I will be looking up the first one in the series too and will definitely want to read Adams story when that is released.
Overall Impression: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Book Review by Morgan
I’m going to have to agree with Anna here on almost every point!
I thought the lack of angst was both a blessing and a curse. I think Nash’s “conversion” felt natural and didn’t need a lot of fanfare, however – I think the link between Nash and Zane could have used some fleshing out to be a bit more “believable”.
While I absolutely LOVED the addition of Liam to the story, there was way too much brushed under the carpet in a way that made things look way too easy. With such weighty subjects like youth and transgender and runaways or even bisexual bias and issues of being in a thouple– I felt more time spent on any or all of these as issues would have made for a more complete story. Definitely would have added to my “heart strings” moments.
I also wasn’t as pulled into the “throuple” as a success by the end of the book. Part of me wished that this was either about Nash and Royal or Royal and Zane first…. Then a more involved book that showed them opening up the relationship to the other. It was just a bit too easy and fast to be anything but superficial and while I still enjoyed it – I didn’t “believe” it as much as I could have.
Another thing that bothered me was the total wishy washy way in which Nash’s mother addressed Liam and Nash in her kitchen. One moment she’s preaching about women’s influence and being responsible and then it’s dropped to never be an issue again.
What absolutely MADE this book for me was Royal and his inner dialog – he’s hysterical! One thing he does with regularity is thank God for things like “making beautiful men like Zane. Love Royal. Amen” Or when he sees Nash and Zane kissing “Dear God… Seriously, good job. Love, Royal. Amen.” Royal is a fabulous character and he made this book easily go from a 3 to a 4+ star book.
I was glad to see there are more books on the way and I hope Owen’s story is soon!
Highly recommended to fans of the author and this series, definitely for fans of ménage, this can be read as a standalone easily.
4.25 (rounded to 4) of 5 stars
It’s hard to juggle a ménage when it comes to narration and I think Cooper North does an admirable job keeping everyone separate. His voice is really husky and suits the overall theme of this series and I like listening to it. Though he could do more to add differentiation to all the MANY characters, I think it’s easy enough to know which person is speaking.
I like his pacing and the emotions he infuses into the narration and think this is a great way to enjoy this story!
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars
Copy Purchased for Review