Author: Garrett Leigh
Series: Urban Soul #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: 3/16/2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Menage M/M/M, M/M Polyamory / Polygamy
Page Count: 277
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.
Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.
Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.
This book just hit me right in the heart and didn’t stop. From the love and strength that Tom and Cass had in their relationship to the burning passion between both of the boys and Jake, Misfits didn’t disappoint. This book had it all: the fiery passion, A+ smutty goodness, and all of the romantic love confessions.
The book really kicks off with a lovely encounter between Tom and Jake. The minute they see each other they’re drawn in and Jake knows he’s a goner. After one hell of a night together, Jake finds out that Tom is a little less than available when Tom tells him about Cass and the open relationship they have together. Needless to say, Jake was a little pissed off about that one. He didn’t understand how Tom and Cass could claim to love each other and yet still see other people.
For Cass and Tom though, their relationship fit them just perfectly. For a pair of guys managing many different restaurants, often working long hours without seeing each other, the open set up they had allowed them to lay everything on the table and just be honest with each other. They loved each other fiercely and compromised where they had to in order to make their lifestyle and their love for each other work together instead of creating conflict.
And despite Jake’s initial confusion surrounding Tom and Cass, he can’t help but be drawn to him. Even in seeing Tom exactly as he is, with flaws and all, Jake looks at him and still sees a man that he could learn to love. And Tom, being the Mr. Helper that he is, sees Jake struggling and can’t help himself. He knows he has to do something to help him, both professionally and personally.
I loved the romance between these three men because despite the instant attraction Jake and Tom felt for each other, there was no insta-love. Learning to love each other and understand each other took time and a great deal of effort from both of them. And Cass and Jake weren’t instantly jumping in bed with each other the minute they met (like some menage books). Cass and Jake got to know each other and over time, Cass saw Jake the way Tom did.
“I can see it, Tom…I can see what draws you to him, and it’s fucking beautiful.”
Definitely 100% A+ novel. The love between these three went so far beyond the typical menage “ok, lets fuck” kind of attitude. Leigh did one hell of a job developing these characters as individuals, and then developing their relationships with each other. I would certainly recommend this book (series, actually, because Urban Soul #2 is freaking gold as well) to any M/M or M/M/M readers looking for a meaningful novel.
Well done, Leigh.