Author: M Crane Hana
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/08/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Menage/Poly
Gay and happily married, Leo has helped manage a large, influential nonprofit arts foundation over the past ten years. He has built a friendly rapport with the elderly billionaire who began it, but he has enemies within the foundation.
Leo’s birthday is on February 13, and that has always meant candles on heart-shaped cupcakes and birthday cards with “Happy Valentine’s Day” crossed out. To celebrate, Andrew, Leo’s mystery writer husband, arranges a tryst for Leo with Mel, a gifted violinist who is one of Andrew’s biggest fans.
What started as mere pleasure becomes a three-part harmony as Leo, Andrew, and Mel explore the ways their kinks and needs mesh—until Leo’s enemies attempt to use evidence of the liaison to force him out of his job.
Having never heard of this author before Maestro came as a nice surprise to me. Mostly I really enjoyed the story, I felt a few parts could have been better fleshed out or better explained, but Mel, Leo and Andrew’s romp felt a little naughty but with a chance for more.
Leo works for an art foundation and his role there comes with conditions. He has always been honest with him employers regarding his sexuality but there are those within the foundation that frown upon his lifestyle and seem determined to shout loudly about anything they see that isn’t to their liking. Leo’s husband’s birthday gift is definitely one of those things.
Andrew and Leo are married but it hasn’t always been a bed of roses. Andrew’s wandering eye and high sex drive led them to an open relationship for a while, which Leo appeared happy with providing Andrew always came home to him. Latterly Andrew has had to adjust a lot of things in his life due to illness, at the start of the book he seems to be just coming out the other side, his libido is returning amongst other things, but then he throws a curveball when he gives Leo his birthday present.
His birthday gift is Mel. For one night or more isn’t clear and this was where it got slightly awry for me. When the three men get together for their tryst it is entirely consensual and pretty hot but Leo quickly sinks into a submissive state that came out of nowhere. It worked for them on page but I was completely blindsided as there had been no prior discussion or anything to suggest that this was the norm for Leo and Andrew.
Overall it works out well although I can see it not being everyone’s cup of tea. The ending is left with a slightly open ended feel as Leo quiets the nay sayers at work and the leaves the opportunity for more hanging in the balance.
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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