Title: Discovering Dalton
Series: Manchester Ménage Collection, #2
Author: Nicole Colville
Genre: Contemporary MMM Ménage
Length: Novel (300 pages)
Publisher: Hidden Pleasures (August 28th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts
Blurb: At fifteen, Troy and Liam were fostered by the same family, and although hating each other at first, they gradually became solid friends. As adults, the two foster brothers live together. Both experience tough times, each being a rock for the other, but their love had never been anything other than brotherly.
That is until they both fall for the same guy, and things get… complicated.
Dalton is fresh out of a ten-year marriage. Feeling lost, he concentrates on the only thing he can control—his body. Developing from a chubby, unfit police officer into a lean, mean inked one, Dalton has never looked better, but inside, he’s never felt worse.
That is until he meets two men who change his life forever. A relationship is far from his thoughts, and one with another man makes Dalton even more confused. He takes time to get to know Troy and Liam separately, but Manchester isn’t that big, and sparks fly when fate throws the three together.
Together, these three fight it out between them. Both Troy and Liam demand Dalton choose between them, but what if he didn’t have to choose? What if it could work between three?
The things in life worth fighting for are never the easiest, but they’re the ones worth holding onto forever.
Review: Liam and Troy are foster brothers, best friends and roommates. The only constant in their lives since they were barely teenagers has been each other. Neither of them have ever had a successful relationship, partly because they keep choosing the wrong guys, but mostly because they make each other’s dating lives impossible by disapproving of any guy the other dates.
You see, almost as long as Liam and Troy have known each other, they’ve loved each other far deeper than just brothers or friends. The problem is, neither is willing to admit that to themselves, much less to the other.
Dalton is an aging, overweight cop in a bad marriage. Intimacy and passion are words that are absent from his dictionary, hence the reason he is going through a divorce. Trying to get his life back on track mentally, physically and emotionally for his personal and work well-being, Dalton crosses paths with both Liam and Troy separately and enters into a tentative relationship with both. A tug of war or sorts ensues when the three men realize what is happening.
But what if the only way for these three decidedly different men to be happy is with each other, all three together?
After first meeting Dalton in Saving Samuel as a secondary character, Milo’s best friend, I was anxious for his story. I really enjoyed seeing how he went from depressed, lonely, overweight and generally just miserable in his life to someone who was happy, passionate, hopeful and caring. He grew by leaps and bounds as the story progressed and it was the most prevalent aspect of this story for me.
I’m also a HUGE fan of throuples, especially when the reason they are together is valid. Liam and Troy are miserably, secretly in love with each other but refuse to admit it. When Dalton is unknowingly thrown into the mix, the lion’s den for lack of a better term, Liam and Troy have to face the reality of possibly no longer existing in the bubble they’ve created if they don’t face their mutual attraction to each other, as well as Dalton.
I also enjoyed the circles that overlapped, all three men completely clueless. You have Dalton and Liam, Dalton and Tony, and Liam and Tony. Each relationship is its own circle and the three overlap but never meet in the middle. When they finally do, the outcome is unclear for a while. The pace of the story was fantastic, everything slowly revealed at the appropriate time.
And though you knew there was a confrontation coming, you didn’t know when or how and I thought that was written nicely as well. Mostly, I enjoyed the character development of Dalton as an individual and the three of them as a throuple. The Liam, Troy not sharing their feelings with each other aspect of the story was a stretch for me, but aside from that, I really loved this book.
A kaleidoscope of emotions… Love, passion, angst, fear, anger and anxiety just to name a few, but it’s all nicely woven together by the author. I cannot wait for Blue’s story! More threesomes!!!
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *