Not as Easy as it Looks by Jaime Samms ~ Book Review by Caroline

18659385Title: Not as Easy as it Looks

Author: Jaime Samms

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/01/2013

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Menage/Poly


Don Jenkins will do anything for a happy, thriving family and home. When he discovers that Griff McAllister, his life partner and love since high school, seems to be losing faith in him, he’s at a loss for how to mend the relationship. Then Howard Campbell is added to the mix, a man Don and Griff both love beyond words, and jealousy and mistrust threaten not just their bond, but even Don’s ability to keep his farm viable.

Nearly losing Howard in an accident serves as a wakeup call. They begin to pull their relationship out of the muck and work to remember why they came together in the first place. If they can figure out how to help one another and make sure each man gets what he needs, the trio might build the loving future they’ve dared to hope for. They have to be brave enough to commit every resource they can muster—especially trust, understanding, and acceptance—and realize true love is never as easy as it looks.

My View:

I am a big fan of menage stories but often I find that the nitty gritty parts of the relationship are smoothed over and it all seems too easy. Not As Easy As It Looks is the exact opposite – it does what it says on the box as they say because the relationship between Don, Howard and Griff is anything but easy.

The story is set over a decade in the lives of these three men from when they are in high school and just figuring things out until the present day when really they are still figuring things out.

If life had been meant to be easy Don and Griff would have been together as teen sweethearts and that would have been the end of it but Don kissed Howard first and that changed the way things worked out. Although Griff and Don end up together Howard is always around and the three of them slip into an on again off again relationship. When Howard is left devastated and on his own Griff and Don are there to help pick up the pieces and in reality things were never going to go back to how they were.

There is jealousy in this book, there is a feeling that no one quite knows what their role is, there are hard times and not enough money and it all adds to the stress of their reality. I loved that there was acceptance from their families – it was as though they were expected to be together and everyone was unsettled when they weren’t.

If you are going into this expecting a lot of sex between three men you will be disappointed. There is very mild BDSM but again it’s more about the reality of how that works between the three of them than it is about gratification. You can’t have two people doing something in a relationship of three!

There are a lot of flashbacks as the story unfolds and although they leave you feeling like you are jumping in and out they are necessary and they explain so much about where the men find themselves today.

Jaime Samms this was great! For whoever put it into the suggestion box on Prism…thank you!


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One thought on “Not as Easy as it Looks by Jaime Samms ~ Book Review by Caroline

  1. I enjoyed this one but would have liked more story in the now rather than the bias towards the history. Don seemed such an alone character – though the combine deserves its own credits!

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