Title: Expanded Hearts
Author: Logan Meredith
Series: Heartland 2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 12,2016
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Page Count: 245
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Psychologist Victor Mascari and his partner, spa-owner Derek Jameson, have been together eight years, but their relationship is still evolving. Derek distrusts monogamy because of his parents’ messy divorce, but as marriage equality advances, Victor’s doubts about their open relationship are growing. He doesn’t necessarily want a legal union, but he’s increasingly concerned about how others view them.
When Victor comes home to find Derek with another new conquest, he’s annoyed… at first. As he gets to know Antonio, Victor discovers the young man is intelligent, self-assured, and charming. This time, it’s Victor who is intrigued by someone else and Derek who thinks Victor’s interest is crossing the lines they’ve agreed on. If Victor wants to keep Derek, he’ll have to let Antonio go.
But Antonio is in real trouble and has nowhere to turn. Victor and Derek take him in, and it soon becomes clear how well he fits into their lives and how strong the bonds between all of them are growing. A committed relationship between three men—all very different in age and background—is enough of a challenge, and then the horrifying secrets of Antonio’s abusive past emerge.
We first met Victor in Healed Hearts. He was helping Seth with his PTSD. Now this is his story. He has been with his lover Derek for about 8 years. They are in love and happy. Derek doesn’t believe in monogamy so they have an open relationship. It works for them until Derek brings home Antonio. Victor is drawn to Antonio and doesn’t know why. They seem to connect on some level and Victor is trying to figure out why. Derek finds himself questioning Victor when he feels he is falling for Antonio. Derek wants to give Victor what he wants so he goes to find Antonio. These 3 men are great together. Victor is older and Derek is younger but Derek is the caretaker of this couple. Antonio needs help and these men do their best to help. They fall in love with each other and needless to say there are problems. Victor is being accused of something at work that he didn’t do and that doesn’t help the relationship. Antonio is in trouble as well and they all pull together to help each other. Derek also has issues with his mother so they have a lot to work through. All in all I liked this story and how these 3 very different men find each other and fall in love. They want to make it work and they do.