Believing Blue by Nicole Colville ~ Book Review by Caroline

29853268Title: Believing Blue

Author: Nicole Colville

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/20/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Gay Romance, Menage/Poly

Blurb:

Is there a fated path we follow, or is it simply a series of coincidental events?

Police officer Kellan Howard is rumoured to have spent too much time in sub-zero temperatures, leaving him with a block of ice for a heart and women lining up to help thaw it. Mountain climbing is his only love, leaving no time for a relationship, and although meaningless sex satisfies his physical need, it’s empty. When he attends a fatal traffic accident, he didn’t expect his entire life to change. Along with a final message, Kellan is offered something else from the dying man: the chance to fall in love. Kellan’s never considered being with a man, but when he meets Valentino, he’s instantly drawn to him.

Suffering from crippling agoraphobia, talented Italian artist Valentino has a solitary existence, only experiencing life outside the house through his partner Stuart. When their relationship comes to an abrupt end, Kellan helps ease his suffering. A deep bond binds the two men together, and the sexual tension can’t be denied, but Valentino questions if the distance between their very different lives is too much, and if they can bridge the gap by themselves.

Ballet dancer Blue has a vibrant personality which demands attention, but his humour and courageous attitude are a shield. Blue’s good at making others believe in themselves, but what he needs is someone to believe in him. He could be the bridge both men are looking for, but Blue’s never allowed anyone to get too close, and when Kellan and Valentino enter his life, he desperately tries to protect his heart and his secrets.

When all three meet, the chemistry is undeniable, but each have fears about moving forwards. Together, they learn love comes in many forms. It can’t be restrained or labelled, and it doesn’t always appear in the way you first imagined.

**Blue is a standalone book, and although characters from previous books do make an appearance, it won’t spoil their stories if you choose to read them afterwards.**

My View:

Phew! This was a long one at over 500 pages but it didn’t feel that long once I got started – honestly I could have continued on with these three guys for a while longer.

Believing Blue. Dear old Blue – what a bloody drama queen this young man was! Honestly, he is not my favourite character and I think without Kellan and Valentino to balance him out a bit I would have probably ended up hating him!

This book starts out determined to make readers cry. My first update was at 6% at which time I was crying ugly tears for a man who was instrumental in setting up the story. His love, his worry and his concern for his partner as he lay dying at the side of the road is what sets the ball rolling for Kellan to not only find a man he will fall in love with but also find out so much about himself. Kellan, I think, is such an unselfish, loving and empathetic man that he is just the right person to break such devastating news to Valentino.

Valentino lives a solitary life hidden away from the world – literally. Over time his life has slowly developed to just exist within the walls of his home that he shared with his partner Stuart and his love of painting. Agoraphobia now controls his life with a strong leash and with Stuart no longer alive to bring the outside world to him along with everything he needs to live Valentino is in a scary place.
As Kellan barges into Valentino’s life, first to deliver the bad news but then later as someone who cares, Valentino suddenly finds himself living a nightmare. They become friends of a sort both enjoying their time together but neither really sure what they are doing. Months pass and a pattern is set but Valentino is plagued by guilt and depression and is honest with Kellan when he tells him his heart will always belong to Stuart.

As well as becoming friends with Valentino Kellan also becomes friends with Blue even though he tries his hardest to run in the other direction. Kellan and Blue clash with often funny consequences and Kellan frequently finds himself at the end of Blue’s barbed tongue. Blue is the type of person who says what he thinks regardless of the circumstances or his audience and some of it is cringe worthy! Whereas Kellan and Valentino were all about the passion Kellan and Blue are not, they don’t fall quickly into bed but rather build up a slow burn and concentrate on friendship first.

As couples or singularly these men are fragmented and don’t work. Together as a threesome, although not something any of them had given any thought to, they work well. Kellan is too soft for Valentino enabling his grief and solitude whereas Blue is like a bull in a china shop and does very little delicately including watching what he says to a grieving man. Blue has his own issues some of which are very personal and have prevented him from having a full relationship with anyone and again it takes two men to calm and reassure him. Kellan has fallen in love twice, he can’t imagine being without either man so the solution for him is perfect.

Prepare for a few more tears towards the end as Nicole adds in one more twist that will leave you with a tear in your eye.

Links

Believing Blue on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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