Title: Believing Blue
Series: Manchester Ménage, #3
Author: Nicole Colville
Genre: Contemporary/ MMM Ménage Romance
Length: 525 pages
Publisher: Nicole Colville (April 20th 2016)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Is there a fated path we follow, or is it simply a series of coincidental events?
Police officer Kellan Howard is rumoured to have spent too much time in sub-zero temperatures, leaving him with a block of ice for a heart and women lining up to help thaw it. Mountain climbing is his only love, leaving no time for a relationship, and although meaningless sex satisfies his physical need, it’s empty.
When he attends a fatal traffic accident, he didn’t expect his entire life to change. Along with a final message, Kellan is offered something else from the dying man: the chance to fall in love. Kellan’s never considered being with a man, but when he meets Valentino, he’s instantly drawn to him.
Suffering from crippling agoraphobia, talented Italian artist Valentino has a solitary existence, only experiencing life outside the house through his partner Stuart. When their relationship comes to an abrupt end, Kellan helps ease his suffering. A deep bond binds the two men together, and the sexual tension can’t be denied, but Valentino questions if the distance between their very different lives is too much, and if they can bridge the gap by themselves.
Ballet dancer Blue has a vibrant personality which demands attention, but his humour and courageous attitude are a shield. Blue’s good at making others believe in themselves, but what he needs is someone to believe in him. He could be the bridge both men are looking for, but Blue’s never allowed anyone to get too close, and when Kellan and Valentino enter his life, he desperately tries to protect his heart and his secrets.
When all three meet, the chemistry is undeniable, but each have fears about moving forwards. Together, they learn love comes in many forms. It can’t be restrained or labelled, and it doesn’t always appear in the way you first imagined.
**Blue is a standalone book, and although characters from previous books do make an appearance, it won’t spoil their stories if you choose to read them afterwards.**
Product Link: http://amzn.to/1NuFeV6
Review: Officer Kellan Howard spends all his time not on the job climbing mountains and hiking, he is very much an adventurer at heart. It’s this experience that has Kellan out assisting stranded motorists during a bad snow storm. When he stumbles upon a bad wreck, the last thing he expects is for the man in the car to ask Kellan to take care of the partner he will be leaving behind.
Valentino hasn’t left the home he and his partner Stuart share in years, a strangling case of agoraphobia keeps a tight rein on the Italian painter. When Kellan knocks on his door with the news of Stuart’s death, even then, Tino can’t bring himself to step foot across the threshold of his prison disguised as a home.
Blue Parr-OT is lightening in a bottle! Young, vivacious, and frightening, the adorable little blonde pixie that reminds Kellan of Tinker Bell on crack, has no filter and no problem putting all six foot four inches of Kellan Howard in his place. The ballet dancer has more energy than ten grown men and does a fantastic job of hiding his vulnerability beneath a smart mouth and quick wit.
As Kellan fulfills Stuart’s dying request, looking after Tino, the two develop a bond that blurs the lines between friendship and romance. When push comes to shove, Tino pushes Kellan away, certain he will never be able to love Kellan the way he deserves because his heart still belongs to Stuart. Enter Blue. From the first glance and accidental shove, the two go out of their way to make the other miserable.
The banter back and forth is hysterical and in an odd way, it causes them both to let down their guard and genuinely begin to care for each other. Blue is young and he’s been hurt by a man he trusted and loved, so he is understandably hesitant to move too fast. Kellan refuses to let him go though, he lost his chance at happiness with Tino, allowing the man to shut Kellan out of his life, he will not let Blue do the same. In a strange twist of fate, the three men end up tied together and trying to figure out how they can move forward without one of them winding up alone and broken hearted.
This book was a roller coaster ride of emotions let me just tell you. Laughter, tears, angst and love all woven together to create the perfect triad for these three men. Each one has their own distinct, individual personality that, when joined, strengthens their relationship as a throuple. There are some kinks to work through first though and lord if Blue doesn’t make it come across as hysterical insanity.
Seriously, the banter back and forth between Blue and Kellan will leave you in stitches, and it never stops. Tino is a lover not a fighter. However, Blue could test the patience of a saint. What I found very intriguing was that every time Blue went off on a tangent about something vital or important, he was usually right and though his men cussed, yelled and gave just as good as they got… they knew their young, inexperienced partner only had their best interest at heart.
There was an amazing twist toward the end of the book that blew me away, the circle of life, that’s all I’m gonna say. If you are a fan of ménage stories, characters with attitude and flair and/or hard fought for happy ever afters, you simply must read this book.
Start at the beginning though if you haven’t read any of the previous books. Each story is about a different throuple, yes, but it’s a continuation so to speak.