Author: Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/26/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, New Adult, Young Adult
Going to college gives eighteen-year-old Trey Porter a chance to experience the world beyond rural Alabama and his overbearing family. After staying in a motel due to a housing error at the school, Trey’s friend, Bryce, offers to let Trey stay with him. The fascination Trey feels with Bryce’s gorgeous, glamorous, and somewhat outrageous boyfriend, Co-Co, catches him totally off guard, because Trey’s never considered himself even remotely gay. At least that’s what he’s always believed. Trey prides himself on being tolerant, but it’s hard to handle the questions he faces about life and himself—and even harder to accept that there might be no simple answers.
This was an interesting book that still failed to really excite me all that much. It wasn’t bad, but not great either.
Crush features a polyamorous threesome of three guys who identify as a biromantic asexual; genderfluid; and gay. Talk about a mixture of sexualities, right? It can be hard to write a book and get just one of those identities correct, let alone all of them. The author didn’t get anything wrong with the book, but there’s also nothing groundbreaking or even anything very deep here.
The story is told in the POV of Trey Porter, a college freshman. He’s away from his overprotective parents for the first time and is looking to find out more about life. He quickly befriends the flamboyant and loud, Co-Co and his boyfriend, Bryce. Trey needs a place to stay and Bryce just happens to have a spare room.
The three men become close, first as friends then as more. I identified with Trey the most, but Co-Co and Bryce are mostly cyphers and we never really get to know them apart from their feelings for each and Trey. Trey’s journey straight to bi and asexual was interesting even if there wasn’t much conflict, except for the stereotypical, overwrought reaction of his parents who then cut off all contact with him.
While I applaud any author’s choice to deal with asexuality, gender fluidity or polyamory I wish it was dealt with more seriously than it was here. It was almost like the author wanted to write a book about characters with those identities and decided to put them all together.
Nothing in Crush was given much depth it was all pretty much superficial. I’ve read some really good books by Caitlin Ricci so I was expecting more.
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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