Title: Finding Hope
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 3/2/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Menage M/M/M
Page Count: 388
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
At 19, Beck Barretti is living two lives. To his family, he’s a young man trying to find his way after years of battling a mental illness that nearly cost him everything. But to the rest of the world he’s just another privileged kid with problems. The truth doesn’t even lie somewhere in between because Beck’s entire life is actually about keeping secrets.
From the people he loves.
From the ones he doesn’t.
Spending a summer in Dare, Montana with family friends isn’t about starting fresh – it’s about escaping the crippling darkness that threatens to consume him.
Until one encounter that was supposed to mean nothing ends up changing everything…
Quinn Donovan had the life he’d always dreamed of until a brutal act of violence ripped it all away. Even though he’s found a new future working at the CB Bar Ranch in Dare, Montana, he’s not interested in trying to get back what he once had. All he wants is a quiet life that includes a job that’s worth getting up for each morning and hanging out with his best friend, a black and white Paint stallion named Koda.
But nothing prepares him for the strange twist of fate that brings not one, but two men into his life…
Brody Wilder is done hiding in the closet. As the son of a political scion, he’s spent his entire life hiding the truth about who he is just so he could inherit a legacy he never wanted. But those days are behind him and he’s starting a new life in rural Montana where he’s saving lives as a paramedic and building a successful construction business that would surely horrify his old-money, society-loving family.
After years of denying himself, he’s taking advantage of his newfound freedom by indulging in random, meaningless sexual encounters that are about pleasure, not emotion.
So no one is more surprised than him when one night in the back room of a sordid gay club leads to something more…
Can three men who came together by chance find the hope they need to build a future with each other, or will they end up letting their fears determine their destiny?
**4.5 Heartbreakingly Beautiful Stars**
This is book five in the Fonding Series and does touch upon some triggers. Go in with caution but be forwarned that attempted suicide and depression are discussed as well in this story.
Sloane Kennedy is one of my m/m go to authors. I love this book. I have never, not once, been let down by Sloane Kennedy. I feel like I am being sucked in right from the get-go, with no breathing room and I was totally on board. I loved the writing and pace. The writer really makes these people work at the relationship. There is so much going on. It was slow and torturous, in that slow-burn kind of way. Now I need to explain that. It starts fast and down and dirty. Then the floor falls through and we get to see what is truly going on between these three and what drives them. I would like to also add that this has people crossing over from another great series The Protectors.
My heart broke for Beck. He simply doesn’t know what to feel. He is just hurting inside. Brody is running from his family and Quinn is still reeling from an event that took place two years ago. They are all struggling. I was right there watching them grow and bond and it was simply all the feels. I was rooting for all three and I never gave up hope that they would pull through. I found myself on the edge wondering what the hell was going to happen next.
I liked how it wasn’t rushed and they had to work through everything to get together. Then when things are going great it changes on a dime like I said. The author touched upon some really sensitive issues as I have said previously and I liked how she handled it. It wasn’t rushed, they talked and helped when they could. I also enjoy reading May/December romance. Those are some of my favorites as well. I was so connected that I felt like I was right there on that ranch with all three of them. What it all boils down to is love. You simply just love who you love.
It is so hard for me to write reviews. I just want to keep going, but then I give too much away. So go read and enjoy. Get ready though for a heartbreakingly beautiful, from the soul read. I can’t wait to read more by this author.