Author: Lauren Gallagher
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Everyone’s bringing baggage to this baby shower.
After her divorce, Carmen James is still trying to get back on her feet when fate pulls the rug out from under her. She’s pregnant—and she’s not sure who’s the father. Just one more thing for her impossible-to-please family to worry about. On the bright side, there are only two candidates: her best friend, Donovan, and Isaac. His boyfriend.
A little too much wine and the desire to comfort lead Donovan and Isaac to a night they both hope Carmen doesn’t regret. When she drops the bomb, though, Donovan’s plate, already crowded with a teenage son and a disapproving father, gets fuller. And Isaac, who’s still coming to terms with his bisexuality, wonders how he’ll handle fatherhood at forty.
Above all, both men worry that whatever the answer to the ultimate question—which of them got her pregnant—it will forever alter their longstanding friendship with Carmen. While they’re waiting for that answer, though, continuing their casual sexual relationship with her feels natural. But when emotions get involved, the cracks in their logic begin to drive Isaac, Don and Carmen apart just when they need each other the most.
This book contains three people in one hell of a pickle (anyone have any ice cream?), parents who suck at parenthood, parents-to-be who think they’ll suck at parenthood, a relationship-friendship-sexual-kind-of-thing that keeps getting more complicated, and a Chuck Norris joke.
I am not usually one for stories that have an established couple bring in a third, but I enjoyed this story because the bringing in of the third had a more natural feel than most. This was not a case of the two men being happy but feeling like something, a woman, was missing. This was not the case of needing that third to “make them happy and whole.” This was a case of playtime going wrong and turning into love through shared stress and emotional experiences.
For the most part, this story was the slow and steady progress of three people becoming a family. An accidental pregnancy led to lives changing in ways no one could foresee. This story took the read through the journey Carmen, Don, and Isaac shared as they figured out how to make things work. It was their journey navigating through societal and familial pressures. It was their journey from the established to the unknown.
The author did a great job giving the reader insight into all three characters as a natural part of the story. I could feel their emotions and their uncertainties as all three of the characters had to reestablish their wants and desires in life. While sometimes things fell into place a bit too perfectly, most of the time, the story’s progression felt natural and touched on many things that I felt were realistic. Like Don and Isaac worrying over what a baby means for them as a couple. Would the other stay once paternity was established or would things be too difficult? Or the way they both worried what it meant that they were falling in love with another person while still being madly in love with each other.
I do wish things would not have been resolved so easily sometimes. Like the way the three of them were always on the same page. Or the way the sisters instantly were accepting of Carmen’s situation without a blink. Or the way each argument was perfectly resolved after a single conversation (minus the Ryan situation, that one was well done). And I felt the ending of the story was very rushed. Things just ended abruptly after the Ryan incident and and epilogue was inserted to show the baby being born. The whole point of the story seemed to be the way the three of them struggled to become a threesome and come to grips with a baby in an unconventional situation. I didn’t feel like things were really resolved after they became a threesome. There was no real look into their lives once they started living together to show how they struggled to adapt or were we as readers just to assume that everything was perfect? There was a bit mentioned in the epilogue to smooth this out, but I felt a bit cheated. I know this story was already long, but I was really enjoying the read and would have gladly read more if I could see more of their lives as a threesome.
Finally, I have to say the sexual nature of this book was well done. I never once felt that Carmen intruded or took away from the men’s sexual relationship. I would have liked more from the men alone, but I really enjoyed all the encounters the characters had in any combination. They felt realistic while still being extremely HOT.
If you are a fan of bi-sexual polyamory, pick this one up. The angst level is low and the story is entertaining. Instead of having everything always be perfect, this story focused on the consequences of actions that are often overlooked in favor of romance. I enjoyed this one and think you will too.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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