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Kink Month: The Starving Years Audiobook by Jordan Castillo Price Narrated by Gomez Pugh

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Starving-Years-MMM-Dystopian-Romance-Audiobook/B01I1VAQSU/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1501112574&sr=1-1

Blurb

The chemistry between these three men is undeniable, but is it enough to save Manhattan?
Imagine a world without hunger.
In 1960, a superfood was invented that made starvation a thing of the past. Manna, the cheaply manufactured staple food, is now as ubiquitous as salt in the world’s cupboards, pantries and larders.
Nelson Oliver knows plenty about manna. He’s a food scientist–according to his diploma, that is. Lately, he’s been running the register at the local video rental dive to scrape together the cash for his outrageously priced migraine medication.
In a job fair gone bad, Nelson hooks up with copywriter Javier and his computer-geek pal Tim, who whisks them away from the worst of the fiasco in his repurposed moving truck. At least, Nelson thinks those two are acquainted, but they’re acting so evasive about it, he’s not sure how they know each other, exactly. Javier is impervious to Nelson’s flirting, and Tim’s name could appear in the dictionary under the entry for “awkward.” And with a riot raging through Manhattan and yet another headache coming on, it doesn’t seem like Nelson will get an answer anytime soon.
One thing’s for sure, the tension between the three of them is thick enough to cut with a knife…even one of those dull plastic dealies that come in the package with Mannariffic EZ-Mealz.
The Starving Years is a must-read for fans of dystopian romance looking for scorching M/M/M chemistry in a fast-paced, page-turning adventure.

Review

I’ve had this on my TBR list forever. I’m a huge fan of both Gomez and JCP and I know that this was likely to be amazing – but… I really dislike “dystopian” anything and I wasn’t sure this was going to be ….my sort of book.

Well, I was right and wrong.

First, the very surprising thing is that the dystopian part was really fascinating to me and the whole “mana/food” thing and poverty/poor rights and the conspiracy theory stuff was right up my alley! It was gripping and clever and really well done.

Second, the romance – in this case ménage/triad really didn’t work for me at all. It starts out as a love triangle (which I hate) and never really gets on good footing after that. I think I’d label this “romantic fiction” – if that – because the relationship stuff just sort of happens and doesn’t always make sense and isn’t the focus of the story by a long shot.

While there is some sex there isn’t a lot and it really felt like everyone agreed to the triad to get to the person they wanted and I didn’t feel a connection between all three of them – at all. We’re left with a vague HFN and I didn’t feel like this was a relationship to last.

Gomez, as usual, does an amazing job with this and I wanted him to speak using Javier’s voice – FOREVER! I loved how he handled the three male leads (as well as the other characters who were far from secondary) and managed to keep all of them separate and distinct.

I was glad I listened to this instead of reading because I may have been tempted to skim and I’d have missed out.  

So, I can definitely recommend this, but if you’re looking for a “romance” this probably won’t satisfy. But, if you’re interested in dystopian speculative fiction and love a good political/conspiracy thriller – this is for you!

4 of 5 stars

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