Author: Jane Davitt & Alexa Snow
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Rating: 3.50 of 5 Stars
Vin’s a hot Goth, tattooed and pierced and the most popular bartender at the Square Peg. Want to date him or buy him a drink? Sorry. Vin’s body is a temple and he’s barely been kissed. His heart belongs to Riley, the guy he crushed on in high school and can’t forget.
How about Vin’s BFF Patrick? He’d let you buy him a drink and have your wicked way with him in the men’s room (shh, don’t tell Shane or Ben, the bar owners!) Okay, maybe Vin needs to loosen up and Patrick needs to calm down, but they’re set in their ways.
Enter Riley, looking for Vin, and suddenly everything changes. Vin’s handed a happy ending on a plate and Patrick’s free and easy lifestyle loses its glitter as he sees what Vin has.
But does Vin really have his dream guy or does he just have Riley? Maybe they’re not the same thing, after all.
Josie Goodreads’s View:
The Broken Triangle, book two in The Square Peg series, is a solid read and recommended for anyone who loves friends to lovers, and true love beating the odds.
Vin and Patrick are friends, both bartenders who work the same shifts at the Square Peg, a gay bar. Vin is celibate, waiting for the right man to come along, and it doesn’t help that’s he’s still in love with Riley, a guy he crushed on and can’t forget from high school. Patrick is free and easy, in every way that counts, one night stands, sex in the bar toilets, nothing Patrick won’t do, and often. Both men are complete opposites but they are perfect together as friends.
Then Riley comes looking for Vin, it turns out Vin wasn’t the only one crushing on at High School, Riley was also crushing over Vin, and now he’s been brave enough to come out as gay he’s come looking for Vin.
This is a very hard book to review without giving away spoilers but I’ll do my best, although I do think it’s quite obvious from the blurb the way this story is meant to play out.
I imagined that The Broken Triangle was supposed to be about Vin and Riley, but for me it’s far more about Patrick. I loved Patrick, he was slutty and outrageous, but also sincere and kind, he wanted to be loved, to be needed, and my heart ached for him. His loyalty to Vin was absolute and I could see how good they would be together, how they would complement each other. Both men are constantly looking out for each other, although for Vin it takes a while for him to realize exactly why he always seems to put Patrick first. Shane and Ben are the two secondary characters that spill over from The Square Peg, they own the bar and at the beginning Shane seems to have it in for Patrick, which made me ache for Patrick even more, but they turn out to be good guys after all when they are both there for Patrick when he needs them.
Vin was sweet, quite naïve and far too focused on the happy ever after he wanted with Riley than actually looking closely at the relationship he was building, and I didn’t like Riley, I can’t even explain why, just that he came across as quite shallow, I was worried he wouldn’t treat Vin right, and once the reality of their different backgrounds started to cause problems he behaved exactly as I expected him to.
I normally adore Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow’s books from the first page, but I’ll admit I struggled initially with this book, probably because I took an instant dislike to Riley, but once I got past the half way mark I started to like it, at that point it became almost impossible to put down as I so wanted to see how it finished. Overall this is a good book; it’s the age of story of friends to lovers but with a twist.
The Broken Triangle is a long book, at just under 100,000 words and although it is a follow on to The Square Peg; it can easily be read as a standalone as anything that is referenced to The Square Peg is fully explained. I also think it’s prudent to mention that The Square Peg is a BDSM story and The Broken Triangle isn’t, it also doesn’t involve a threesome or cheating in any way, by anyone.
This review was originally posted on Mrsconditreadsbooks.com which is no longer online.
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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