Three young men as roommates, misunderstandings, complicated relationships, and hormones …
Author: Michael War
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Danny has decided it’s time to make his life drama free, and he’s going to start with his living arrangements. The strife caused by a previous roommate is not something he aims to repeat. His plans are neatly shattered, however, when the new roommate arrives. Javier is exactly the kind of temptation he was hoping to avoid—and with him comes a whole new set of problems that leave Danny helpless as to who he really wants.
Danny is gay with a straight roommate Patrick, who seems to be intolerant of any gay shenanigans. When gorgeous Javi becomes their new roommate, Danny tries to stay away from him lest he upset already grumpy Patrick with his gayness. Javi has other ideas, and he and Danny soon begin a clandestine and hot affair. Life is soon complicated further by an unexpected revelation by Patrick that causes Danny and Javi to question their relationship, as well as changes the way they see Patrick.
Roommate Adventures starts out as a sweet story of Danny and Javi’s new and caring relationship. The dynamic of this relationship changes when Patrick asks Danny for a personal favor that Javi is unhappy that Danny is considering. This portion of the story is very good – there is a nice chemistry between Danny and Javi, and Patrick’s character is revealed to be much more than his intolerant facade. I love character development within stories, and Patrick’s story line is a bit surprising and is pivotal to the evolution of Danny and Javi’s characters and relationship.
Then I feel the story loses its footing …
I believe I reveal nothing unexpected when I say that there is a menage relationship (the publisher advertises Roommate Adventures as a M/M/M story). Patrick and Danny grow much closer, and Javi and Danny’s relationship is increasingly fractured. The story is progressing along nicely … And then suddenly Javi has an idea … A threesome!
Say what?! A threesome? Where did that come from?! There is no hint of Patrick and Javi being attracted to each other prior to their joint sexual escapade, and all of the sudden they’re all three getting naked? I actually really, really like unconventional relationships in stories and a good menage dynamic can be awesome, but this isn’t what happens in Roommate Wars. This menage is not in keeping with the characterizations of Danny, Patrick, or Javi throughout the story, and it is feels oddly out of place.
The portion of the story before the strange ménage is actually a good story about young men exploring love and relationships. However, I feel the menage between the three men at the end of the story is so unauthentic for the characters’ portrayal that it detracts from the story overall.
I would like to thank Less Than Three Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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