The Foster Family by Jaime Samms ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

20571570 Title: The Foster Family

Author: Jaime Samms

Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

eBook Release Date:
Audiobook Release Date: 11/25/2014

Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Growing up in foster care has left Kerry Grey with little self-esteem or hope for his future. A college dropout, Kerry scrapes by on a part-time job at a garden nursery. His friendship with his boss and working with the plants are the only high points in Kerry’s life. He’s been dating the man who bullied him at school, but when his boyfriend abandons him at a party, Kerry wanders down the beach to drown his sorrows in a bottle of scotch.

Malcolm Holmes and Charlie Stone have been together for fifteen years. Despite Charlie’s willingness to accept Malcolm’s unspoken domination in bed,something is missing from their relationship. Early one morning, they rescue a passed out Kerry from being washed away by the tide and Charlie immediately senses a kindred spirit in the lost younger man. When Kerry’s roommate kicks him out, Malcolm and Charlie invite him into their home. As Charlie and Kerry bond over Charlie’s garden, Malcolm sees Kerry may be just who they have been looking for to complete their lives. All they have to do is show Kerry, and each other, that Kerry’s submissive tendencies will fit their dynamic.

But someone is sabotaging Kerry at every turn. As he struggles to discover the culprit, he fears for the safety of his new friends. If Malcolm and Charlie cannot help, their lifelong search for their perfect third may not end with the happily ever after they imagined.

My View – Story:

This was just as good the second time round and is still a book I would highly recommend.

The Foster Family is a complex story about three individuals all searching for something, all with different needs and all coming into something that they are not sure about.

Malcolm and Charlie have been together for fifteen years and are still deeply in love but regardless of that love there is still something missing. That in itself is a huge difficulty for them as it leaves Charlie constantly feeling as though he isn’t enough and Malcolm feeling as though he wants too much. The problem is generally unspoken about but it still hovers like an elephant in the room. They have tried adding a third to their relationship numerous times but long term this has never worked and each time they lose someone the problem becomes that much bigger.

When they find Kerry passed out on a beach one morning their only thought is to rouse him and make sure he is well. Kerry is not in a great place in his life having lost his parents as a young child and then bouncing around the foster care system. He is currently having sex with a bully who doesn’t even acknowledge him outside of the bedroom. After being rescued by Malcolm and Charlie his day gets worse when he returns home to find out his house has been ransacked and most of his belongings destroyed. He is now also homeless and has to sleep on his friend and employers couch.

In the bedroom Malcolm is dominant and Charlie has always been more than happy to be the submissive in the relationship. Outside of the bedroom however Charlie is very much not a submissive and this is where the cracks appear. Malcolm needs more than just sexual dominance but knows that is a hard limit for his lover. This is where a third to their relationship would fit well and the more time they spend getting to know Kerry the more they both start to think they may have finally found the perfect person but with so many failed attempts in their past they fear it going wrong again.

Life doesn’t always work out as planned though as a family crisis pulls Kerry away and he leaves with mixed feelings about what Malcolm and Charlie want from him. Malcolm and Charlie also have a lot of hard thinking to do and are left feeling deserted when Kerry leaves.

This is a complicated look at ménage where the answer isn’t just to all fall into bed. The men have to work hard and think harder about what they want and how they can achieve it if they are to finally have the relationship all three of them desire.

My View – Narration:

Greg Tremblay did an excellent job and was a pleasure to listen to!

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Audible US
Audible UK

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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