Thursday, July 7, 2016

[ARC Review]: "Hiatus"

Hiatus by L.A. Witt
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (July 19, 2016)
Genre: M/M Romance -- Triad -- M/M/M

Three’s a disaster when things come unraveled.

Rock star Nate Keller is on top of the world, but his headlining tour has one drawback. It keeps him away from his boyfriends, Theo and Cameron, for weeks at a time. Yet after four-and-a-half years—and a lot of hard work—the trio is still going strong.

But then Cam comes to visit with devastating news. After seventeen years together, he and Theo have agreed to a trial separation. Nate tries desperately to fix his lovers’ broken relationship, but there’s only so much he can do from the road.

At home, Cam tries to carry on, but feels like his whole life is spiraling out of control. Theo struggles to cope with the split as his depression worsens. They’re both spinning their wheels, quickly losing hope they can keep it together—and keep the man they both still love.

Desperate, Nate drops everything in a last-ditch attempt to pull their trio back together before they hit rock bottom. Except their love could already be shattered beyond repair.

Warning: Contains two men who must face how broken they are before they can fix their failing marriage, and the man who loves them both—but doesn’t know how to save them.



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Cam and Theo have been together for 17 years, and married for most of that. Roughly 5 years ago, they met Nate, and while it might have started off as a three-way hookup, it quickly turned into something much more committed and deeper – for all 3 men. Relationships are hard, and triads even more so, but things have been great for the trio. Until Nate gets sucker-punched by the news while on tour – Cam and Theo are doing a trial separation, and it doesn’t look good. Can Nate help his two lovers to find their way back to each other . . . without removing himself from the picture to do so?


First off, Hiatus has two things in large amounts: sizzling chemistry – between all three men – and emotions. I’m glad it did, because I loved those aspects of the story. Overall, I loved this book (solid 4 star). I thought that Witt did a great job with the chapter POV switches; the timing for each one was just right for the scene and it all flowed perfectly. I think the alternating 1st POV worked best for this story as well, allowing the reader to really get a feel for each of the heroes.


But there were a few small bumps for me.


When the story started, I was worried that by jumping straight into a committed triad having problems, the reader would miss out on a lot of the build up to their relationship. And for a few chapters, it did seem that way. But then I realized that Witt managed to weave in little moments – memories and such – that showed us what they were like in the early stages of the relationship, and why we should care for that relationship to survive now. I still think that having some more time actually spent showing the start of the triad would have added more to the story, but I didn’t feel lost and disconnected like I originally feared. Witt pulled it off well.


I said there’s a lot of emotions, and while I loved that about the book, it also irked me a few times, too. A large portion of the book – probably more than 75%, total – is devoted to Cam and Theo refusing to truly talk things out, refusing to seek help (even individually, since a marriage counselor that specializes in poly-relationships is a bit hard to find), and almost playing tug-of-war with Nate, even though they repeatedly told him they didn’t want him stuck in the middle, and they were sorry he was, etc., etc., etc. I wanted to slap them all and then make them sit down until they talked things out. But just when my irritation would rise, Witt would throw more heart wrenching emotions out, and I’d settle down again, just hoping they’d start doing something soon. And they do, though it takes until the 80% mark or so. Cam and Theo talk things over, they admit to one another about their mental illnesses (anxiety and depression, respectfully) and make plans to seek out help for themselves first before looking into help for their relationship. From there, they’d go to Nate, try to convince him to come back, and work on their triad together.


Which brings me to my last point: a lot of the time, I got the feeling that Nate WAS the third wheel, the one they put in the middle. I wasn’t completely sold on the idea that these three had an equal relationship going with each other because sometimes it felt like Cam and Theo’s longer history together (and legal marriage) took precedence over their newer relationship with Nate. And I’m not even sure what could have been done different to make the triad feel more balanced rather than tipped like that. Triads are hard, I get that. And yet I wasn’t completely disappointed in the triad relationship here, as I do think Witt does a good job with it (I’ve read one other m/m/m title from her); rather, I just wanted to note that as far as triads go, this wasn’t a completely perfect hit for me.  


To end on a high note: seriously, the chemistry is amazing and truly pulls you into the scene, as if it’s all playing out right in front of you. By that, I do NOT mean that it’s the most graphic sex I’ve ever read, though it’s definitely far from PG-13. The sex scenes aren’t some cheap porno or anything! Instead, it’s the way Witt writes the scenes, so that it’s as much about the characters as it is the smexy goodness and it’s just deliciously perfect and hot and UNF.



Hiatus tackles a lot of angst – angst over a relationship falling apart, angst over figuring out how to keep a triad strong when only part of the triangle is crumbling, personal angst as the men each struggle to figure out where things went wrong and what can be done next, as well as the struggle of depression and anxiety thrown into the mix. Again, there’s a lot of emotions flying in this book. There’s also a good amount of A+ chemistry, too. I might have had a few minor issues along the way, but overall I truly enjoyed this m/m/m romance and will still be back for more from Witt.


4 STARS! 


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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.


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Have you read many M/M/M triads? Do you have a favorite? How about a favorite L.A. Witt book?



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