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Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?

In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.

200 pages, ebook

First published June 5, 2017

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Mia Kerick

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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another at a dance conservatory, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-five years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people and their relationships. She has a great affinity for the tortured hero in literature, and as a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of tortured heroes and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to her wonderful publishing houses for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Her books have been featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine, and have won Rainbow Awards for Best Transgender Contemporary Romance and Best YA Lesbian Fiction, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, among other awards.

Mia Kerick is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology. Contact Mia at miakerick@gmail.com or visit at www.miakerickya.com to see what is going on in Mia’s world.

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1,789 reviews242 followers
May 15, 2017
2.5 Stars

I generally like this author's writing. I've never had trouble relating to her characters or their situations. All of us go through some angst during our teen years -- I'm not sure it's possible to not. Unfortunately, I struggled a lot with this book. The MC's, I liked just fine and I could relate to them, individually, but I never was able to relate to them as a thruple. And the secondary characters all felt really two dimensional. We never get to know any side of them that isn't stereotypical (the bully, the jock, the super-religious parents).

All three boys are from very different family backgrounds. Henry's family is super religious and conservative. They do not approve of Henry's friendship with Danny and Brody. Danny's mom is an alcoholic who doesn't care about anything - and that explains Danny's desperation for attention and love. And Brody's parents are very hands off. Of the parents, Brody's parents are the best of the lot. At least they give a damn about what their kid wants out of life.

I liked the premise of It Could Happen, but the execution missed the mark for me. It was easy for me to see their friendship, however, they rather abruptly decided to try for more and I just never bought it. Not once. Their reasons for trying for a romantic relationship were weak, at best -- it was all because of Danny's insecurities, rather than their feelings toward one another. I found that weird and wholly unsatisfying. And I get that kids often make choices for the wrong reasons, but I just never once felt a romantic connection between the three boys.

So I went through this story trying, and ultimately failing, to connect. I love polyamory stories when they feel real and genuine. It Could Happen just never did, for me.

ARC of It Could Happen was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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1,339 reviews1,477 followers
May 17, 2017

I've been agonizing for over a week to figure out a way to review "It Could Happen" without at least semi-directly comparing it to Mia's previous "Us Three" (One Voice series), but I simply can't. : (

I loved "Us Three" more than I can say, but this new story felt just too similar, like I'd already read it, with a few plot point changes. So a bit recycled, if you will.

In this new story, there is more diversity than in the first. One MC is African American and one is pan-sexual, even though he never seemed to find anyone overly interesting sexually. He really gave me more of an asexual vibe.

Another difference is that in "Us Three," the boys are strangers, thrown together for a class assignment, after which friendship, then romantic feelings began to happen organically, which I loved.

Here, the boys had already been best friends for years and Danny has horrible taste in (abusive) older men, so the other 2 friends just 'decided' that they should all become boyfriends to save him from himself.

There were no huge, romantic confessions of "I've always liked you 'that' way", "thought you were hot", longing gazes from afar or any indication that there was some type of lingering romantic spark that finally caught fire and ignited.

Then to compound that lack of convincing romantic feels, once they are officially boyfriends, there was initially no hand holding, cuddling or even kissing. They were boyfriends in name only, which sends a confused Danny right back into the arms of the last guy who beat him up.

I definitely got all of the friendship feels from this story, which were strong and utterly, unquestionably believable. However, from a relationship perspective, it felt very "I love you, I'm just not *in* love with you" to me.

Overall, I'd rate this one 3.25 stars for the solid and interesting story line, but wish it had felt more unique and less like "Us Three" while reading.


My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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379 reviews44 followers
May 13, 2017
4.5/5 - this book was hilarious and sweet and absolutely beautiful!

It Could Happen is so much more than I thought it was going to be. It’s a threesome friends-to-lovers story with split POV’s from each of the boys written as diary entries and poems. It’s been such a long time since I’ve read a book formatted like this and it kept reminding me of TV shows from when I was a kid.

It took me a hot minute when I first started reading to figure out who is who (I’m so terribly bad with names), so I gave them silent monikers in the back of my head, which I then couldn’t stop laughing about later in the book because they actually turned out to me semi-fitting.

Danny, the silent goth boy who wrote poems about his boys and wanted nothing more than to know what it’s like to be loved for real absolutely broke my heart. Danny wanted love so much that anyone willing to look at him and say they loved him was enough. It didn’t even matter if they meant it or not. He put up with abusive boyfriends and was ready to walk away from Henry and Brody if it meant that someone would just love him for who he was. He was a bit of a walking stereotype, but he represented so much more than just what he was at face value. Despite calling him Danny Phantom through more than half of the book and cracking a smile every single time, Danny’s character broke my heart.

Henry, aka Muscles because he was the only one of the three that actually had them, was Mr. Momma’s Boy, except he didn’t have a good mom. Henry had what so many people from the outside would want. He was athletic and studious, his parents came to his track runs, he was involved in church and prayed with his family every night, and he was on track to attend a pretty bomb school with an awesome track program. But he didn’t want any of it, and instead of having the kind of family that was understanding and just wanted what was best for their son, his parents were overbearing and belittled him for it. Nothing he did was good enough and nothing he wanted was good for him in his parents’ eyes. Henry wanted the kind of people in his life that would love him for who he was and accept and support his decisions no matter what. He found that in Danny and Brody.

And Brody, aahh Brody, he was my favorite (and not just because he totally reminded me of Bodhi from Point Break). I loved Brody because he was the glue. Yeah, he was wild and a little crazy at times when he was trying to chase that adrenaline rush, but he was the one that held the three of them together. He also had a seemingly perfect life, with parents who were practically rich, he could’ve gone to any school he wanted to or had any material item he could want for… but he wanted the things you couldn’t own. He wanted to live life on the edge and he chased that adrenaline rush, maybe because it was fleeting and he could never own it or buy it the way he could anything else. He had a deep love and connection with Henry and Danny despite not really knowing if he could be with them romantically. But he wanted to try, because what could be better than spending your life with your two best friends, right?

The friendship these three had was bittersweet for me. I loved that what they had, their unyielding love and loyalty, was so innocent that for a moment I thought it was unrealistic. And then I remembered what it was like in high school, looking forward to the rest of your life but not really knowing what was ahead of you or how hard it would be, and I just, I loved this book. There were little to no sexy times (they are 18 after all), but there was a lot of hand holding and playing footsie.

This book broke my heart and then put it all back together in front of a fire with a blanket and some hot chocolate. The ending was, I would say, happy for now, not really happily ever after. They’re still young, and had just overcome their first set of obstacles in this book. I’d actually be interested in reading more about these three, maybe with some college adventures and seeing how they handle the road ahead of them.

I would definitely recommend this book, but beware of warm feelings and a lot of nostalgia!

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Reviewed by Jordan at Alpha Book Club.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the author or the publisher in any way.

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Author 96 books769 followers
June 7, 2017
Merriam-Webster defines a triad as “a union or group of three”, and in relationships it refers to a lasting, committed relationship between three partners, different from a more temporary three-way. Triads are rare for more than one reason: our society is set up to expect and accept couples as “the norm”, two people’s needs are hard enough to match, and the chances for misunderstandings, even jealousy, to develop between three partners are much higher than with two. But to take this complicated premise into a setting between three eighteen-year-old high school seniors, only one of whom has come out as gay, is a daring undertaking. The idea had me fascinated from the moment I read the blurb for ‘It Could Happen’, I dove into Henry, Brody, and Danny’s story with about as much curiosity (how is Mia Kerick going to pull this one off) as anticipation. As it turns out I was not disappointed on either count!

Henry has strict religious parents who have planned a future for him that he does not want. For Henry, getting an athletic scholarship is the only way out of his parent’s restrictions. He is gay but has never admitted it even to himself, and is always full of questions, doubts, and ready to blame himself for any of their problems at any time.

Brody is quirky, also a good athlete like Henry, but not interested in a structured existence. He is an adrenaline junkie unsure about his place in the world and tends to run when things get tough. He isn’t even sure if he is gay or straight, but he does love his two friends enough to give it a try. Brody sorts out his thoughts in a diary – which he is desperately trying to find a “cooler” name for – and I loved following the mostly convoluted path of his reasoning as he goes through the budding relationship and everything it entails.

Danny is gay and out, and with an alcoholic mother who doesn’t notice him most days, being loved and accepted is a deep emotional need for him. He falls for an abusive older man before he realizes there is a better way of getting what he needs – and his two best friends are ready to give it to him. Danny needs to feel emotionally secure, and it was beautiful to watch as he, with two guys by his side, begins to come out of his shell.

While these three guys have been friends for a long time and know each other pretty well, entering a romantic relationship is on a whole new level for them. Their commitment becomes clear fairly quickly, but the reality of what they are attempting throws many obstacles their way and “freaking out” becomes a way of life for them. They have to deal with internal issues and conflicts, as well as the risk of losing their friendship if things don’t work out. But the external threats and issues are far more difficult to deal with. It’s a good thing their foundation as friends is secure and the trust they have developed over many years is solid. Without that – it might not have worked. Taking all of that into account - as the title says – it could happen.

If you like multilayered characters who find themselves in a difficult situation, if living the way you need to live your life, never mind the objections, sounds like a worthy goal to you, and if you’re looking for a read that explores what it takes for three young men to become a committed triad before leaving high school, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s unconventional in theme, deeply emotional, and contains well developed conflicts of all sorts. Oh, and the ending? Perfect!

NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.
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Author 34 books431 followers
May 22, 2017
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

3 Stars

Mia Kerick is a new-to-me author. This isn't listed as a young adult novel, but it features 17-18 yo seniors in high school, in a high school setting, and minimal, mostly fade-to-black sexual content. It would be suitable for 16+ if the parent is okay with a triad relationship.

I have to be honest with my thoughts on It Could Happen. I struggled. I found the story itself to be a beautiful one with a beautiful message, but the delivery is what I struggled to come to terms with. The way in which it was written was jarring, pulling me from the story every few pages, to where I'd have to find my reading pace again, only to have it happen again. Eventually, way after the halfway mark, it became smoother, but was still jarring nonetheless.

It Could Happen is told in three points-of-view, two of which start as journal entries, and the third as random poems strewn throughout the novel. Why was this a struggle for me? While the poems were beautiful, and I enjoyed them and appreciated them, it left me with a disconnect with Danny. I didn't get to delve into his head as deeply as Henry and Brody. I also felt, in the beginning third, Henry & Brody's 'voices' were too similar, I had to use dialogue to keep who was narrating the section straight, or I'd have to back click to see whose name was a top the journal entry.

So my issue was two-fold, with the first the way in which the story was told.

Henry is an athlete with strict parents who are uber religious. His life is structured to the point he isn't allowed to make his own choices, even though he is an eighteen-year-old. Brody is a free-spirit, a menopause baby, with retired parents who are done raising their children and treat 'Little Brody' more as their grandson (I enjoyed the parents, to be honest). Danny is the son of an alcoholic single-mother. These three best friends struggle to form a relationship, and keep their friendship alive after they breach the point-of-no return.

I'd stated my issues were two-fold, here is the other. First it was how the story was told, now it's the story itself. I need to reiterate, I loved the premise, but not the execution (across the board)

There was no romantic evolution, where it was a fluid bridging of their relationship into a throuple. Out of no where, on a whim with no buildup whatsoever, Henry & Brody decide to be intimate in order to protect and keep Danny away from an abusive boyfriend who is old enough to be his dad.

I enjoyed Danny's poems, understood the character, but he was not ready to be committed to anyone, most of all people who love him, where he could manipulate and then bail on them. Danny's character didn't work for me, didn't give me confidence to believe in the story the author was selling, because of the way it was delivered.

As our narrators, I connected the most with Brody & Henry, but the most with Brody. He was the glue, the giving, caring, empathetic friend in the triad- stable, always there for his friends. I could feel the connection between Brody and Henry during Brody's narration, and Henry and Brody during Henry's narration.

While I enjoyed Danny's poems, it left him by himself, not connecting to me as a reader, or to his two best friends. No matter what was going on in the book, Danny bailed. I understand the character development and his traits, but at the end, while Henry struggled, Danny bailed on Brody for no reason whatsoever, other than 'If Henry doesn't want you, neither do I'. Brody recognized that Henry still wanted to be there, but even the reader recognized Danny NEVER wanted to be there, judging by his actions/reactions.

This made me feel as if, in the future, Henry and Brody will weather all storms, but Danny will be off cheating to satisfy whatever emotions/insecurities comes his way. This didn't have me rooting for the triad whatsoever, because it didn't seem plausible at their age or in the future, not with Danny in the mix, & I feel bad for Henry and Brody because of it.

All in all, I enjoyed the premise, but I felt the execution (writing) and choices the author made (scene-wise, especially dealing with Danny) made the story unrealistic and distanced me from the characters as the reader.
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Author 28 books310 followers
June 5, 2017
Henry, Brody and Danny have been friends for a while and somewhere along the way, realize that they could be so much more. But their families and friends aren't as supportive as they should be, not to mention what the outside world thinks of not just a gay relationship, but a relationship that involves three men.

I struggled with this book I'm sad to say. I liked the three young men fine, thought they were strong as individual characters. My problem with the relationship is that they didn't fit together that way. At least not for me. I'm a menage snob I readily admit, but the key factor to a strong, menage relationship is the three parts when put together making a stronger whole. Henry, Broday and Danny definitely had a strong, stable friendship... but the romance felt forced and unbelievable for me. I also had a feeling of dejavu a few times, as this story read eerily similar to "Us Three" another menage story by Kerrick.

Sorry, I tried so very hard to like this book but I wasn't crazy about it in the end.
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3,131 reviews24 followers
June 16, 2017
This is a great coming of age book.

Henry to me grows the most. He is the one I felt for the most. He was a pleaser. Wanting to please his parents and keep their love. It’s sad that in his world he felt the only way to get his parents affection is to do and be what they want. In It could happen it is Henry who finds himself and his way to being his own person. He stands up to all he fears and accepts himself for who he is. He does stumble along the way but comes out stronger than ever. He is the boy who doesn’t get in trouble, does good in school and doesn’t care about popularity. His friends are from all walks of life but love him and are loyal as well. A great coming of age character who grows and gets strength and support from his friends even when he felt alone.

Brody is the boy that is daring and bucks the system. He has Danny and Henry to keep him from going to far in his adventures. He is also one that hides his feelings unlike Henry. the story is told in his diary with Henry’s life playing out as well. When you read Henry’s struggles you just feel for him. When you read Brody’s account of things your perspective is opened to all around them. I hated to see them always battling something but it is this battle that makes them stronger and love each other more fiercely. Brody’s parents are awesome in the end with how they rallied around Henry and were loving to him even when he felt no one would. They accepted him, Brody and Danny with open arms. It was Henry’s situation that brought Brody and his parents closer together.

danny is the artist. the one who is expressive and marches to his own drum. He is also the one with the feelings that no one will care for him. So when someone shows an interest he latches on. He does learn from this and see what love is from Brody and Henry. In the end even his mom changes and they get close.

this is a sweet tale of three friends who are there for each other no matter what. they are all going through something different and in this story we see them work through insecurity, acceptance of who they are, finding love and seeing what family is. These friends explore their feelings for each other but it is not an easy ride. they all must take this journey to one another in different ways. they learn that without each other they feel alone and lost. Together they can conquer anything. Their love is pure and sweet. and it is in their journey to becoming more for each other that we see them mature and blossom even if it is a hard and windy road to that HEA. they learn about one another and grow as individuals and a couple. they are tested throughout the book and sometimes their love is detoured but it always triumphs. For me Henry is the one that triumphs the most. It took him awhile and a scare from Brody but he sees that he has to be who he is or he will never be able to live with himself. So glad Brody’s parents were there for him at this time or who knows what would have happened.

A wonderful coming of age story about love, friendship, acceptance and family. All three boys will tug at your heartstrings as you read Brody’s diary on how they find their way to being a couple and mature as individuals.
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1,457 reviews29 followers
May 27, 2017
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

The angst! I guess if teenage romances are notoriously emotional and angst fuelled, a high school triad relationship was going to be even more fraught. And while I came to like all three boys, there was so much drama and so little communication between them that there were times I wanted to shake some sense into each of them.

It took me a long time to get into this story. It is told from all three perspectives which meant it took a while for me to feel familiar with each of the boys. It also took me time to realise that the narration was moving between characters. The three voices are more distinct at the start - by the midway point I found myself flipping back to chapter starts to remember which boy was narrating the section I was reading.

I liked all of these boys but their abrupt decisions to get together, break up, get together… The behaviour of all three boys was irrational at times and for boys who had been lifelong friends, they just didn’t talk to each other. About anything. There are some incredibly sweet moments between these three but I was left with questions. Brody seems to agree to a gay threesome either to save his friend, or to avoid losing his best friends. I’m not sure I was ever convinced that he was genuinely attracted to Henry and Daniel.

Despite the threesome idea and the suggestive cover, this is a fairly low heat story. Brody, Daniel and Henry are teenagers in high school and most of their sexual activity fades to black.

The supporting characters felt one dimensional. The homophobic jocks are the school bullies. The Christian parents will disown their child if he doesn’t agree to conversion therapy. The nice parents are okay with everything.

I really liked the idea of this story but there were times when I found the teenage angst overwhelming and the pacing very slow.
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1,906 reviews7 followers
April 13, 2018
Rating: 3 stars

This is a YA book about a group of three boys who are high school friends and in their senior year decide to start a three way relationship.

I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. I liked it okay. I liked all three of the main characters. I think my main problem with the story was they never really jelled as a threesome.

All in all it was an enjoyable read. I just wish that the relationship between all three of the MCs felt more cohesive.
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469 reviews53 followers
June 5, 2017
Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?

In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.

Rating: 3/5 Penguins
Quick Reasons: cutesy contemporary; loveloveLOVE the love happening; not much depth overall; endearing, though not real complex, characters; believable romance, though the butterflies didn't take wing for this read

Huge thanks to Mia Kerick, Dreamspinner Press, and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a free egalley of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

This was a super cute, contemporary LGBTQ+ read. The characters were endearing and entertaining, and face some realistic and difficult struggles in the course of their journey. I really adored watching their relationship blossom from friends into something closer; the connection between them was believable and so super easy to root for. I particularly loved watching them face and overcome the odds together--there was a lot of strength written into this relationship, and I really admire that Mia Kerick wrote them first and foremost as friends, as that helped make their connection even more realistic for me as a reader.

Before I bare my soul on paper, I'd like to set the record straight.

1. I'm not a ten year old girl.

2. My journal isn't pink and fuzzy with a heart-shaped lock.

3. I don't make daily entries with a magenta gel pen.

4. There's nothing simply about bromance.

However, while there are some nail-biting moments, overall I didn't feel as if there was much depth to this journey. The characters don't really grow much apart from their discovering the inner turmoils of their feelings for one another, and nobody outside their circle really does much in the way of growing or accepting. Which, on one hand, is probably realistic...but on the other hand, made me, as a reader, just a little bit angry. I suppose I went into this book looking for more than I got in the end, which disappointed me. So while I'm super happy with the love that happened, and the relationship growth between the boys... I wasn't entirely convinced with the rest of the characters, or the rest of this read. Unfortunately, it just fell a bit flat for me personally.

So, to recap: I LOVE the relationship between the boys--it's super realistic and endearing. The story and the rest of the characters, unfortunately, fall a bit flat for me--possibly because I went into this read looking for something deeper than what I received. I'd recommend this to lovers of diverse romances, contemporary fiction, and journeys with a few slight bumps along the way. Keep your eyes open, penguins; a love like this? It could happen.
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215 reviews3 followers
June 6, 2017
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It Could Happen was a surprisingly sweet and emotional coming of age story about three 18-year-old high school best friends—Brody, Henry and Danny—who decide to take a chance to see if they can build a three-way relationship from the very close friendship that they have.

Brody’s the blonde-haired All-American boy. He’s the youngest of seven boys, and his conception was not planned. His parents are older and tend to live their own lives and leave Brody to get on with his. He gets anything he could want from them without question, except the love and attention he craves. Brody is a risk taker and loves nothing more than getting his adrenaline pumping by pulling some crazy and often dangerous stunts.

Henry’s one the very few African-American kids in the school. He’s 6′ 3″ of muscle and looks like the typical jock. He takes part in almost every sport in the school, but his specialty is cross country. His parents are fanatically religious and extremely strict. Henry has to obey their every rule, and is rarely allowed to think for himself or make his own decisions. But he has a very kind and sweet heart which makes him want to please everyone, even if it means denying himself of something.

Danny’s the only out gay kid in the whole school. He’s also the stereotypical emo-goth. With his long black hair, black clothes, love of art and brooding but fiery personality, he often gets picked on by his not-so-pleasant classmates. His mother is an alcoholic who usually puts her latest boyfriend before him, so when he meets a guy who seems interested in him, he clings to the relationship because he just wants to feel that there’s someone who wants him and who will care about him.

The boys have made a plan to all attend Prospect University together. Brody knows his parents won’t care which college he picks, while Henry knows his parents won’t approve because it’s not one that they have chosen for him, and Danny doesn’t believe he’s got enough talent to get the scholarship he needs to be able to attend in the first place. But they send the applications anyway because they know that they want to do it together. When Henry suggests what they have is more than just a friendship and he thinks they should try being in a relationship together, at first he’s met with some scepticism from Brody and Danny because it’s not something that’s normally done. Especially amongst people of their age, but after a discussion they decide what they have is worth taking the chance on to see if they can find love and happiness with each other. It’s not all plain sailing though. They have to deal with a violent ex of Danny’s who seems to still have a hold over him, Brody trying to keep them together even though he has a few moments of uncertainty himself and Henry’s parents being their overbearing and controlling selves.

I enjoyed this story a lot. I liked that we got the points of view of the three characters, but just wish that there was more from Danny’s point of view than just his poetry. I would have liked more of an insight of what he was thinking and feeling, and I felt that the poetry just didn’t get this across a lot of the time unlike Brody and Henry’s parts. This was the first time I had read a NA book involving—as Brody would say—a threelationship and I’m pleased to say that I hope it won’t be my last. It was beautifully written, and I really felt a connection to the characters and their emotions, especially Brody. NA isn’t normally a sub-genre that would be my first choice, but I think that this book has shown me that it’s worth taking the risk, even when you have doubts. And I don’t mean just with choosing a book.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***
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143 reviews5 followers
June 16, 2017
Let me start with a little heads up for those of you who might get offended. If you've checked out the synopsis, you already know what you're expecting. This book revolves around the ins and outs of what is basically a homosexual poly triad. It's gonna be weird for some people and if you're not into that, you're probably going to be uncomfortable. Beyond that, though, it's a pretty good book. Personally, I jumped into this one out of sheer curiosity. I've read straight romance. I've read gay romance. I have not read anything with a poly ship of any kind and I just wanted to see how it would play out. It's a complex idea and the story is no less complex than expected. It covers all the bases, if a little awkwardly from time to time, and that awkwardness really is expected. After all, with teenage/young adult characters who are just beginning to understand their own sexuality and needs, some things are just a little difficult to navigate.

I have a love/hate relationship with books that tell a story through different perspectives. Sometimes, it can be really hard to keep track of whose story is being told when. In this book, though, I thought the author handled that aspect incredibly well. Each perspective came along with a different style or approach to writing that made it easy to keep track of whose perspective the story was being told from. The change in dynamic there also gave us a lot of unexpected insight to the individual characters. Personally, I loved Danny's poetry sections. Maybe it wasn't as detailed and drawn out as Henry's narratives or Brody's journaling, but it gave us a totally different glimpse of who Danny is at his core.

The thing I always worry about with LGBT+ books is honesty. Straight romance has a tendency to fall into the happily ever after category, sometimes with a pit stop in the romantic comedy crisis department. A lot of the gay romance I've read before does the same thing, building up confidence and assuring queer readers that they can have a happily ever after, too. While that's nice to think about and can be encouraging, it's not altogether honest. Sure, straight couples have their challenges, but gay couples (and traids and whatever other organization of relationship you'd like) have totally different troubles. This is one of my favorite honest depictions of how hard it can be to come to terms with your own sexuality and then to live your life as who you actually are rather than who you've been told to be. All three lead characters had a totally different experience in that area, which was refreshing because not every queer individual has the same upbringing. Not everyone recognizes their sexuality at the same time and different family situations can make it incredibly hard to live as yourself. There's a lot of difficult honesty in this book and I cannot begin to express how much respect and appreciation I have for the author for addressing those very real factors

For the most part, I loved this book. I devoured it in less than 24 hours because I pretty much couldn't put it down. For all of the awesome in this book, though, I will say that I would've liked a little more development with the characters early on. They felt a little flat to me which made it hard for me to get invested in their story for a while. Honestly, I was nearly halfway through the book when I felt like we were really getting to the meat of who these boys were. I'm not sure if that was a conscious decision on the author's part (because I really could attribute it to the idea that maybe the boys themselves weren't sure who they were and what they stood for until then), but I personally would've liked a bit more earlier on. Obviously, it wasn't enough of an issue to put me off of the story and I really did enjoy it as a whole. If you're open minded and not easily offended by these topics, I definitely suggest giving it a read. It's an interesting concept and a love story that leaves readers proud of the boys, even if it did make me want to scream at them a few times throughout.
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1,274 reviews14 followers
June 4, 2017
What an amzing read about three young men who are completely different in every way but together the three of them are unstoppable. Mia Kerick did an incredible job on writing this book about three young men who are best friends but they are also so much more to one another. Or at least they can be of each of them can learn to let go of the negative things in their lives and reach for what is amazing and right in front of them.

Three young men. Three very different up bringings. And best friends. Can they manage not only their families, but their senior year, and the new feelings they have for one another or will it all explode in their faces and leave each of them with nothing?

Henry is the good boy. He does not cause any waves with his parents when it comes to church and school. He does cross country running because that is what his father wants. He goes to church and does all things church because that is what his mom wants. The one thing he will not do is give up his two best friends, Danny and Brody. Nor can he let go of the feelings he has for these two guys either even though he may lose his family because of it. Henry is going to have to decide once and for all what he wants out of life. Is it the life his parents want for him or is it the life that he wants for himself? It is not an easy decision for him to make and if he does not man up he may end up losing it all.

Danny is what some would say a goth kid. His favorite color is black. He is the artist type. He is also openly gay in a high school that does not accept his sexuality but he has his two best friends by his side, Henry and Brody. Without their help dragging him out of the dangerous situation he has gotten himself in, he may not have realized the potential that he has for his life ahead. Danny does not see that he has much of a future but he does not want to let his best friends down so he applies for the same college that they do. Will Danny be surprised by his own talent and can he get over his fear of what might happen in order to find his path?

Brody is an adrenaline junky. The crazier, the better. More dangerous something is the more Brody loves it. But Brody leashes his crazy tendencies for danger to keep Henry and Danny from worrying about him too much. When things seem to become out of control for the three young men Brody finds ways to come up with more and more dangerous situations to see how he will and can handle it. But will Brody go to far or will Henry and Danny be able to pull him of the ledge that he seems to be on.

This was such an amazing read about three young men coming into their own lives and figuring out what will make each of them happiest. It is not an easy journey for any of them because they each put themselves in bad situations when they feel out of control but the journey is part of what they have to go through in order to come out on the other side. No matter where that will lead them. I truly enjoyed his read. Mia did an amazing job on this book.

Was given this galley copy for free for an open and honest review
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157 reviews1 follower
June 5, 2017
It Could Happen by Mia Kerick
4 Stars – Review by Dawn Honeycutt

I was given an ARC for an honest review.

Henry Perkins, Brody Decker and Danny Denisco have been friends throughout high school. They’re now seniors and they’re changing. They’re thinking about college and how to stay together.

The three boys have very different lives. Henry is a star athlete who is being raised by religious fanatics. His parents don’t care what Henry wants from life. They only care that he lives is life in a Godly way and does exactly what they want and plan for him. Brody’s parents are wealthy and retired. They do what they want, go where they want and give Brody anything he wants. No one expects anything from Brody. Brody is also an adrenaline junkie. He loves doing anything that could potentially put his life at risk. Danny is one of just a couple of openly gay students at their high school and as such is often the target of bullying. He’s an artist and goth and lives with his mother who is more often than not drunk or stoned. Danny expects to get a job after high school and that’s it.

The three confront their feelings and decide to embark on a relationship. They know that it will take all three of them to make it work. They know that without all three they’ll have nothing. Danny is the only one of three that is out at school. Brody comes out and it’s wonderful and I love the dynamic between Brody and Danny at school and around town, but at the same time Henry feels like the outsider because he isn’t out. Henry’s story is painful, but far to true even in this day and age. I wish that I could take in every single teen that isn’t accepted at home for being gay or different.

I have made no secret in my past reviews how much I love Mia’s work. I think I’ve given every book I’ve read of hers a 5 star rating. Honestly? This book just didn’t do it for me. It’s a good story. I love reading stories of polyamorous relationships. I think that all of the obstacles these three boys faced in this book are very true to what teens go through every day in real life. But still, I just couldn’t connect with the characters like I usually do with Mia’s books. That’s okay though. This is a good story and worth reading.
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252 reviews18 followers
June 12, 2017
This book follows three best friends on their journey of self-discovery. Henry is the jock of the group with strict parents, Danny is the gay goth kit, and Brody is the loaner looking for an adventure. The book is told between all three points of view for the boys, although Danny’s is told in poetry format.

I loved how the author developed each of the characters to have very different personalities. The author took her time to make each person separate and make them work together. Henry has a large part of the book because his parents are so strict with him. Henry needs to figure out what is the most important to him and take charge of his life. Henry does grow during the book and figure out what is important in life and what is not as important.

Brody is my favorite character in the book. He has a clear picture of what his life is like and what is important in it. He tries very hard not to take anything for granted and I think that makes him more enjoyable in this book. I love to read about Brody’s need for adventure since that is a big part of his personality. The author does a great job also displaying Brody’s weaknesses and what he needs to work on within himself.

I would have loved to get more of Danny in this book. He seemed to have a few issues that arose during the book such as previously abusive relationships and an absent mother that I would have liked to get depth on. I sort of felt like Danny had a lot going on and through his poems we weren’t getting the full picture. I would have loved to read more of Danny’s emotions and what was going on in his head. Danny probably has the largest issues and they weren’t fully developed.

The romance was done very well with this book. I can totally see how the relationship blossomed for the characters in the book. The author doesn’t make it to sexual, but more of a deeper level relationship. I liked that we get a lot of emotions coming through the characters and how we get to see these emotions being acted upon. I also enjoyed how the story flowed naturally.

My one major complaint was I was left hanging at the end of the book. I wanted more and to know what was going to happen to these three after high school. I wasn’t ready for the book to end I felt like it never hit the big climax I was waiting for.

I would suggest this as a nighttime read. The book did read quickly, but I felt like there were very natural stopping points that I could put the book down and pick it back up.

I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours to provide an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book.
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3,438 reviews93 followers
July 24, 2017
It Could Happen tells the story of three friends, a misfit triad who really, according to High School's rules, shouldn't have anything to do with each other. You have Henry, the jock, who above all else is a pleaser. You have Brody, an adrenaline junkie/rich boy. And then there is Danny, emo dude with bad taste in men.

NOW, there is a hint at the beginning that Henry is having 'thoughts' about these friends of his, but he doesn't say anything as he doesn't want to upset the status quo. Brody is the one who never thought of them as anything other than friends, but once he makes his mind up, he's willing to give it a go. And Danny - Danny is the one they do it for, to save him from himself and his inability to stay away from people that are 'bad' for him. However, he is usually the first one to disappear, even though he is the only one who was actually "out". Henry and Brody weren't out, in Brody's case they didn't even consider that they liked males that way, but Brody doesn't have any issues with showing public affection. It is Brody though who ends up alone as Henry deals with a personal crisis, and Danny is of the opinion that if Henry doesn't want you, neither do I.

The premise of this story is a good one, and one that I thought I would thoroughly enjoy. I think the thing that detracted it for me was the lack of connection or why are they doing this with the main characters. Apart from looking after Danny, there seemed to be no other reason, really. And, I'm afraid to say, the second thing for me was the style of writing. For me, Brody's was the only clear 'voice', whilst Henry with his My Life just became annoying. Danny you didn't really hear much from, apart from a few lines of beautifully written poetry. On the whole, I did enjoy this book, but it felt a tad disjointed to me. A lack of cohesion between the main characters.

If you are looking for a three-way M/M/M story, and you want something that is a bit different, then I heartily recommend you give this one a go.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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144 reviews38 followers
July 28, 2017

It Could Happen is written in an interesting style, with the story coming to us in three different styles of writing; Brody's journal, a general form from Henry, and poems from Danny. It was a quirky and creative way for the story to be delivered, and was something that I greatly enjoyed.

Even though I generally loved this book, I need the two things that really let me down off my chest. Then I promise to gush about what I loved.

(1) Danny is such a useless character. He both manages to be a main character and a background character as the same time - a truly remarkable feat. I think part of the reason I view him as useless might have something to do with only getting sporatic poems from his POVs, while you get full chapters from the other boys. I mean, sure, I felt for what he went through, but his only real purpose in the novel is to serve as the catalyst for, and third member  of their threelationship. Personally, I think the novel would've been 10 times better without him in it.

(2) The writing is a little all over the place. Like bits that are meant to be from Brody's POV have a random bit from Henry's, and it's a little wordy in places which made it difficult for me to follow the story at times.

I went into It Could Happen with an open mind - kind of a requirement when it's a gay threesome. Yet, I still found the concept of three people being in a relationship a really weird concept. This may have been due to my dislike of Danny, or possibly that I'm not sure if I believe that you can love two people equally at the same time. I feel that there's always going to be one person you love more than the other, and that it would most likely vary from day to day. Plus three people kissing each other on the mouth at the same time is a super weird mental image . . . but, I guess, as the title says, it could happen.

The novel hits on some hard issues that are sadly very common at the moment. With Henry, we have  him dealing with being gay in a super religious family. Honestly, this kind of situation always makes me super sad when the parents and the rest of their church flock aren't accepting of them - especially when I thought that religion is meant to be about love and forgiveness. We have Brody coming to the realisation that he is bisexual, and learning what that means for him. Then there is the bigotry  that all three of them have to face from some people in their community. Honestly, it just makes me both very sad and very angry at the same time.

I love Brody. So much so that I wish he were a real physical person so that we could be best friends. His POV was my absolute favourite with they way he thinks and his approach to life. I mean, he's not without his issue, but what bi teenager in a gay threelationship wouldn't be? There were just so many layers to his character with his home life, friends, and trying to understand his sexuality. I really just found myself being able relate to him on so many levels. Also, he calls Henry Perkins, Perky, isn't that just the darn cutest thing ever?

It Could Happen is awkward, weird, sweet, heart wrenching, and funny. Basically everything you would expect a book about a gay threesome in high school to be. It's a book that needs to be approached with an open mind, and hits on some very topical points.

Want to see more of my reviews? Check out my blog, Rolling with the Moments.
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7,385 reviews418 followers
July 26, 2017
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

I enjoyed this contemporary, menage YA romance because it felt realistic.I liked the three POVs here, because they all hold something different. Danny’s thoughts mainly come through as poetry, while Brody uses journals a lot. Henry is mostly a confessional type of character and he’s got the most to lose throughout. His parents aren’t willing to accept his friends, at all, and less so when Henry makes attempts at identifying as gay publicly. It’s a hard battle for him, and the crisis comes when he’s finally ready to walk his own path. I liked how all three boys grew into their manhood, and how their relationships with their parents changed with them.

The story has a little bit of steam, but mostly it’s chock full of conflicting emotions, realistic challenges, and the desire to be independent. By the end, Danny’s emo attitude is improved, Brody’s daredevil antics wane, and Henry’s search for identity is resolved. They have the kind of love they’d sought, even if it meant building a family of just themselves—and that was kinda sweet. I’ve long been a fan of this author, and this book met all my expectations from the blurb.

Read Kirsty’s review in its entirety here.
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549 reviews10 followers
July 27, 2017
This is my first read from Mia Kerick. I chose to read this book because the storyline seemed unique and different and I wasn't disappointed! First a warning, this is a story about a relationship between THREE young men and although there's not a whole lot of sex scenes, the premise may not be for everyone. That being said, this story is so much more than just sex. Henry, Brody and Danny embodied the typical social misfits that can probably be found in most high schools. Henry, the African American jock (one of only two African American seniors), Brody, the adrenaline junkie free bird and Danny, the emo goth who's also the only "out" gay boy in school. It seemed like Ms. Kerick wrote these characters so blatantly stereotypical on purpose, maybe to make a point about how easy it can be to "label" people? Regardless, I loved how these three boys with pretty much nothing in common found a wonderful friendship and eventually a romance together. I was thrown off a bit in the beginning by the three POVs since they're told in such different styles but surprisingly, I came to really enjoy Ms. Kerick's unique approach. The only reason the book wasn't a five star for me was because although I loved Danny's poems, I wanted MORE from him. I wanted to feel more of a connection with him like I was able to feel with Henry and Brody. Plus, I would have liked an extended epilogue, maybe something a little later in their lives like college. Overall, it was a good coming of age story about learning to love who are. Told from multiple POVs with a happy ending. I received, read and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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1,243 reviews141 followers
July 23, 2017
Amount of sex 1.5 / 5
How explicit 1.5 / 5
Story 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

It Could Happen is an incredible story from author Mia Kerick.  I love reading MM romances and couldn’t wait to dive into this story!  I thought it was going to be spicy being a MMM romance, but it wasn’t and you know what? I loved it!  This story is beautiful and so much more than the typical MM romance!

The story line was refreshing and gripping and the characters were complex and genuine.  This coming of age story revolves around three best friends (Danny, Brody, and Henry) during their senior year of High School.  A lot of the story is told by way of Brody’s journal entries, but it was also told in Henry’s and Danny’s POV.  I don’t want to spoil it… so I am going to leave it at that.

I completely recommend you reading this wonderful book!

*Voluntarily Reviewed an Advanced Copy*
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Author 2 books28 followers
November 24, 2017
It is rare that I read a threesome story that I find to be completely enjoyable, but Ms. Kerick pulled this one perfectly. No, the characters are not perfect, far from it, but the writing is so good it works and I got to appreciate, love and admire these three young men. We get to feel and enjoy each character separately as each has their own POV. This was well-written and I'll definitely come back for more of Kerick's stories.
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94 reviews
June 11, 2017
Teen/Gay angst

This book was well written, as I mentioned in my title, basically the trials of teenage gay boys, the twist is this is a triad(as I think they call it) yes three. The extra added kick, one seems to be white then a black and finally an emo goth of sorts .It did make me cry. It was a quick, easy read.
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189 reviews21 followers
May 27, 2017
I can't really rate this one here because I'd say it's more of a 3.5 for me, and I don't want to go up or down on that. Anyway, not a bad read! I liked the relationship between the three guys and how they truly became family for each other. I felt that their parents all spoke in a weird, not entirely realistic way - but other than that, it was a good, quick read!
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Author 62 books374 followers
July 28, 2017
If you are expecting your typical gay romance or MM story, then you are sorely mistaken. It's a story about coming of age, finding yourself, being true to who you are, and living your life for you.

Three teens are friends and love each other, but they've found themselves at a crossroads. It's time to decide if they are going to cross that line and be more than friends or not. It won't be easy and it will test their relationships more than they ever thought before, but if they could make it through to the other side, they may find something more than they ever expected.

The book is well written and I loved this book. There were a few parts that were slightly muddled, but for the most part, the author did a great job of telling the story of Brody, Henry, and Danny. I'm not sure what I was expecting reading an MMM book, but it was great. It was full of emotion and the characters each stood out on their own, together they were even more. I highly recommend this book and give it 4 stars.
6 reviews1 follower
June 1, 2017
What an amazing coming of age story! Brody is great, he's my favorite-- a combination of wild & crazy and sweet! I loved the use of poetry for one of the boys' perspectives- I've never seen that before. Great story, highly recommend!
7 reviews
June 1, 2017
OMG Mia Kerick is a pretty decent poet!! It provides a unique point of view!
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808 reviews16 followers
July 27, 2017
Let's be honest....this is an angsty book written about 3 teenaged boys coming of age in a world where there is some acceptance and some not. You have parents who are laid back, parent's who are religious, and a mom who could just care less. You have three boys who love each other as friends, but can they love each other as more?

You have one boy who is out, one boy who is not, and one boy who is straight. They are best friends, and one day, one of them decides he wants more-only, he's the one who is not out. How can you have more when you won't acknowledge what you have in public?

There were times in this book that I honestly didn't know how to take the character's but I had to remind myself that they are just kids, so, I had to acknowledge that they are not the most mature individuals.

My favorite character was Brody-while being the straight one, he was the most protective of what these boys were working towards, and I loved his personalty and loyalty and protection of Danny. His parent's were welcoming to whatever their son wanted to do, and had no judgements. Henry had a harder time since his parents refused to accept him if he was anything other than a god fearing man. And Danny, the emo artist who just wants to be loved, often times and the sake of his own heart.

All in all, it was a decent YA, MMM novel. I have it 3.5 stars.
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961 reviews
June 18, 2017
I love a well done m/m/m. I love reading about boys/young men finding themselves and falling in love. I got both in this story. These three boys are so different from each other, from their family backgrounds, to how they wear their clothes, and yet they develop friendship and forge a very unique bond that gradually turns into love. What Henry, Brody and Danny all go through are real, challenging, full of mistakes and struggles, pain, and ultimately a happy for now. I haven't read any other reviews, and I am sure there are those who say no way, young men cannot know what it means to fall in love, and be in a three way relationship. I say, yes they can. They can know their hearts and minds, and make it work.
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