Book Reviews

3 by Jacob Z. Flores at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Menage MMM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 21-October-2012

Book Blurb

Justin Jimenez has loved his partner, Spencer Harrison, for ten years. He’ll do anything for him—including bury his feelings for a man he met while he and Spencer were separated last year. Justin never planned to fall in love, and he certainly never planned to tell Spencer about it—but when a phone call wakes them in the middle of the night to inform Justin that his former lover, Dutch Keller, has been in an accident, he doesn’t have a choice.

Justin’s revelation shatters the fragile relationship he and Spencer were trying to rebuild. The weight of his guilt—both for hurting Spencer and for leaving a heartbroken Dutch to find solace in a bottle—crushes him. But what Justin doesn't know is that Spencer and Dutch guard an explosive secret of their own. All three men are tangled in a communal web of lies, and unless they find the events in their lives that ultimately led them to friendship, passion, and betrayal, they won't see the love at the heart of the pain.

 

Book Review

This is one of the more unusual ménage books I have read. It is probably also the most realistic one, because three men trying to figure out how to relate to each other isn’t easy! It can’t be. Real life gets in the way, jealousy is bound to rear its ugly head, and personal preferences change over time. I really liked tat none of the disadvantages were sugarcoated, while the love between these men cam through (at least by the end). What I found really hard to deal with in this book, even though it fit the story perfectly, was the cheating.  I guess it is unavoidable since these three men didn’t get together in the beginning and said "let's have a three-way relationship". That made the book more real, but still. I also have to mention there are numerous flashbacks; I'm not normally a fan, since they always pull me right out of the ongoing story, but in this book they worked. They were a good way of adding some of the very needed background information and make it interesting.

 

I won’t go into analyzing all the convoluted back-and-forths of the relationships between Jimmy, Spencer, and Dutch. It really is too complicated to recount in a short review. The book does a much better job than I ever could. Let me just say that all three men have their faults, none of them is guilt-free and, in the end, my conclusion was that they truly deserved each other.

 

If you like complicated, gritty, real relationships, if you don't mind things becoming a little messy and somewhat confusing at times, and if you enjoy three-way relationships, you will probably like this book.

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 340 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-October-2012
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/3-by-jacob-z-flores-4892-b