Title: Here For Us
Author: A.M. Arthur
Series: Us #1
Publisher: Briggs-King Books
Release Date: 3/17/2017
Genre(s): Menage M/M/M
Page Count: 332
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Cris Sable doesn’t walk into popular gay bar Big Dick’s expecting to find more than a casual hookup, so he’s surprised by his instant attraction and intense chemistry with go-go dancer Jake. Jake’s sexy as hell and a firecracker in bed. The sparks between them are undeniable, and what starts as a hookup evolves into something deeper, possibly permanent—until Jake dumps Cris flat on his ass for no good reason.
Angry and confused, Cris finds comfort with his longtime friend and employer Charles “Chet” Greenwood. Cris’s emotional state stirs up Charles’s long-buried feelings for Cris. Feelings he’s denied for eight years, because Cris is his employee and therefore off limits—not to mention two decades younger than Charles. Cris admits he has feelings for Charles, too, but he’s still getting over Jake and both men agree nothing can happen between them while Charles is still Cris’s boss.
Jake Bowden knows he doesn’t have anything to offer a guy. He’s a go-go dancer with no degree and no real career aspirations. He’s also used to everyone who loves him leaving, so it makes sense to cut Cris loose before things get too serious. Cris is kind, passionate and totally deserves a guy like Charles—wealthy, owns a home, successful businessman. Jake can’t compete so why bother? They’re better off together. But when Jake has a serious personal crisis, Cris and Charles unite to pull him back together, and the three men discover it’s possible—maybe even inevitable—to fall in love with more than one person at a time.
So, this is a M/M/M story featuring guys who are in some respects very different from each other and in other ways, so alike. We start off meeting Cris, he’s taking a little time out from his porn career and focusing on his IT business. A night out to Big Dicks night club finds Cris faced with Jake, one of the Go-Go dancers. Their attraction is mutual, instant and the chemistry sparks off of them and they get to know each other a little better after the club closes. Unfortunately, Cris finds himself confused when he wakes up after a night of mind-blowing sex, to an empty bed and a missing wallet.
Jake has been through a lot in his 23 years and his way of coping is to push everyone away before they leave him. The problem is that he really liked Cris but he doesn’t know how to act any other way. He’s a high maintenance guy and it’ll take a very tolerant man to put up with his nonsense – a man he doesn’t believe exists.
Cris and his good friend Chet (who owns Mean Green Boys, the porn company that Cris works for) have had feelings for each other for years but they’ve kept these to themselves due to their boss/employee relationship. Both men are determined to keep it professional until such times as their working relationship changes.
With three hot guys and a whole lot of lust, Cris can’t stay away from Jake, Jake is jealous of Chet and we end up with a threesome waiting to happen. With the age difference between Jake and Chet (who is 48) it seems an unlikely mix but since Cris wants to be with both men, they’ll have to work something out.
All three guys are likeable and once we find out a bit more about Jake and his behaviour, you have to make some exceptions but geez Louise, I’m not sure I would’ve put up with Jake long enough to find out his story. My tolerance only goes so far and really, he drove me nuts so how the other two put up with him, I have no idea!
Despite how much these men want each other, because of Jake’s issues, it takes most of the book for their relationship to become a threesome. They shared great chemistry and putting their obvious differences aside, they just work. I like the fact that they didn’t just jump into bed in one crazy pile-up, that they only get together when the time is right for all of them. My only wish is that we got to hear a bit more about the men once they’d become a threesome and see how they get on, rather than the story ending so quickly after they become official boyfriends.
This is an easy read with an interesting storyline which brings some unexpected elements that add more depth than your average romance contains. If you can tolerate Jake’s shenanigans, you’ll enjoy the book.