Title: Finding Hope
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: Finding #5
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 3/2/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Menage M/M/M, M/M Polyamory / Polygamy, M/M Western/Cowboys
Page Count: 324
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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 stars- If you want heat plus a good story, look no further
Finding Hope is the fifth book in the Finding series but reads just fine as a standalone. Judging by the character connection graph included at the start of the novel and the many couples mentioned or playing secondary roles, there is a considerable overlap of this author’s series. Finding Hope happens to be the first book I’ve read of hers, but I found the intersecting characters an interesting touch. It’s always fun for readers when favorites revisit in other books, and Miss Kennedy does a fantastic job introducing them just enough to entice me to read the books these secondary couples starred in.
The opening scene was hot with a little intrigue, and I couldn’t wait to read how things unfolded with the three men. Ménages are always tricky, but each character had a sufficient backstory and a compelling personality to hook the reader. All three men were well developed and I didn’t feel anyone’s story was slighted and the resolutions weren’t glossed over. I liked how the reader saw character growth through the other main character’s points of view. This added value and depth to the relationship, while keeping the plot moving forward and engaging the reader. Often ménages get lost in gratuitous sex scenes, and based on the prologue, I was a little concerned that might happen in Finding Hope. However, that wasn’t the case. Though the scenes were ridiculously hot, the story didn’t suffer. The romance, connection, and plot were all sufficient to stand on their own and the sexy moments were simply a bonus.
I was pleasantly surprised with the book as a whole, but very happy with the resolution. Throughout the book, Beck’s painful history was skirted or hinted at, but never fully revealed. The final chapters address that in a satisfying and believable way. There was attention to detail but it progressed in a manner that resolved things with the characters, further developed Beck’s growth, and gave the three men a solid start to their future. I certainly plan to look into the other books from the Finding series and read the author’s connected series as time permits.