I had high hopes for this one, it seemed be to well written from the excerpt and had an interesting take on the menage.... unfortunately it fell shortI had high hopes for this one, it seemed be to well written from the excerpt and had an interesting take on the menage.... unfortunately it fell short.
The writing style was a bit.... wordy. It seemed like with each chapter someone said, 'Hey! You need to be more descriptive! Dump another 1000 words into it!'. My example to illustrate the point: In a somewhat tense moment between Justin and Spencer, Justin begins washing the dishes and looks out the window. You then get a two paragraph summary of EVERYTHING going on outside his window, you name it: kids playing, flowers blooming, dog barking, birds chirping, lawnmowers running, only to have him end it with.... “The world outside was somehow oblivious to the pain he and Spencer were feeling.” *thunks head against table* Can we get back to the angsty conversation between Justin/Spencer please? It was exhausting just wading through the metaphors and the overly descriptive prose.
My gosh, the flashbacks. The book was formatted to have every other chapter be a flashback to some point in the past of Spencer/Justin/Dutch's relationships. Interesting way to develop each character, but this format kept going until Chapter 40... that's right, that makes about twenty chapters of flashbacks giving different snippets of 3 different relationships, essentially a whole 'nother book. We are talking scenes from the inception, first sex scene, moving in together, the lulls, the initiation into 3somes, the lulls, the reconcile and that's just Spencer and Justin. Then you have Justin/Dutch flashbacks and Spencer/Dutch flashbacks. They got old. Frankly, I think the major reason for the flashbacks were to inject sex scenes into the story since the main present-day storyline didn't have many. And there seemed to be a lot of filler chapters in there that really could have just been skipped. For example: one where Spencer is just admiring the sense of belonging he gets from Justin's family. There were also just pointless trivialities that I really didn't need to read about in the flashbacks, like when Justin/Spencer first bought a house together Spencer really liked the kitchen cause he loved cooking and the setup was just what he wanted and there was also a claw foot bathtub in the house that he adored but no shower and Justin didn't like that but he convinced him it would be fun to take baths for two OH and they really didn't like these folding doors to a room but they were going to replace them with louvered ones. * takes a deep breath * The annoyance was that you are cutting away from the main plot to say this stuff and its just pointless!! Its like watching the season finale of a TV show and every five minutes they dump a clip show into it as a break. Completely messes with the story flow.
Combine the flashbacks that were sometimes pointless and the overly wordy writing style... I began to skim (reading only the first line of every paragraph, especially the flashbacks). Annnnnnnd that's when the book lost a ton of stars for me.
Finally, I just didn't like the characters. You have Spencer who either runs away from every problem or manipulates the situation. He has this metaphorical emotional armor and has long drawn out internal conversations with the voice of his homophobic, bully of a father (the man seriously needs a therapist). Dutch is introduced as person who crashed his car in a DUI following someone home for a one night stand. And you have Justin, the sex/cybering addicted, clueless guy who got them all into this mess who can't man up and control his urges for the sake of a relationship. They all become 'shattered' by the revelations about their partners and the 'other man' and go out an do something reckless or stupid instead of ya know, communicating. Plus, Justin and Spencer get scary violent when they get upset (pushing, punching etc).
So in short - angsty, heavy prose, pointless cut-ins to the main story and characters acting like 5yr olds stomping off whenever they have issues. And there was NO threesome between the main characters... in a book about a threesome *shakes head *. That's my take!...more