Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: 244 Pages (Kindle)
Category: Contemporary, Menage
At a Glance: I will say that I enjoy this author and usually love everything I read by her. Unfortunately, not this one.
Reviewed By: Lynn
Blurb: Three’s a disaster when things come unraveled.
Rock star Nate Keller is on top of the world, but his headlining tour has one drawback. It keeps him away from his boyfriends, Theo and Cameron, for weeks at a time. Yet after four-and-a-half years—and a lot of hard work—the trio is still going strong.
But then Cam comes to visit with devastating news. After seventeen years together, he and Theo have agreed to a trial separation. Nate tries desperately to fix his lovers’ broken relationship, but there’s only so much he can do from the road.
At home, Cam tries to carry on, but feels like his whole life is spiraling out of control. Theo struggles to cope with the split as his depression worsens. They’re both spinning their wheels, quickly losing hope they can keep it together—and keep the man they both still love.
Desperate, Nate drops everything in a last-ditch attempt to pull their trio back together before they hit rock bottom. Except their love could already be shattered beyond repair.
Review: I’m a huge fan of this author and have read almost everything she’s written. After reading the blurb, I jumped at the chance to read Hiatus.
We first have Cam and Theo. An established couple who have been together for seventeen years. When the story begins, they’re taking a break from one another, sort of like a trial separation.
Then we have Nate, a budding rock star on the brink of worldwide success. He was brought into the relationship by both Cam and Theo a few years ago, and all seemed to be going so well. Or so he thought. It’s an “it’s not you, it’s us” kinda thing. As I started reading, I was really looking forward to how the author was going to work this all out. I made the assumption this was going to be an intense read with realistic relationship growth and discovery. Sadly, I was wrong.
I get what the author was trying to convey to the reader: the downward spiral of depression, OCD issues, anxiety, the repercussions of mental disorders. It was all there, but I don’t feel it was taken to the next level. To me, it seemed like it was all on the surface and not really dealt with. And Cam and Theo getting together to talk was painful—they never really talked to each other. In their heads, they talked to themselves about what they wanted to say, but nothing ever came of it. Now, this went on chapter after chapter and got a little monotonous, to say the least.
Nate, on the other hand, is literally stuck in the middle here. He wants to help but has no clue what to do or say. At first I felt bad for him. While his band is on tour, he leaves his bandmates to go try to help the men he loves, and this is where I think the ball was dropped. Instead of really helping Cam and Theo, who are beyond devastated at the thought of losing each other, Nate has sex with them. There’s almost no talking between the three men. What? Where’s the story? What I would’ve liked to see was more on-page scenes of their therapy sessions. Nothing about their issues was presented to us readers–it was all off page. Nate could have played a key role in this story; instead, he was just used for sex. So many missed opportunities here.
So, the sex is going on (there’s a lot of it), no one is really talking to one another, and at one point I was thinking that Nate is like a prostitute servicing his men. Then, after that goes on for almost the entire book, Nate’s out. He can’t take it anymore; he can’t help them. Dude, you didn’t even try to help!
Cam and Theo finally seek outside help. They discover what went wrong and get back together. Nate comes home and they’re one big happy family again. And this all happened in the last 10% of the story. Alrighty then.
I will say that I enjoy this author and usually love everything I read by her. Unfortunately, not this one. From other reviews I’ve read, it’s a mixed bag. Some readers loved this story, others, not so much. So take a chance, you may like it. No doubt, I will continue to read L.A. Witt’s books.
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