Author: AF Henley
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Aisha Akeju
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/01/2017
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Chicago 1982 is a goldmine for the construction industry, and Eric and his two business partners are thriving. Once nothing more than orphans in a Catholic boys’ home, they’ve overcome poverty and abuse to obtain success. Now living the lives they once only dreamed of, they’re sure of one thing: they will never look back.
Then the past returns, by way of a cheap polyester suit and a smile Eric has never forgotten—and all the dark memories come crashing back. Lucky for him, Jimmy has no idea who Eric is, or who Eric used to be…
First off, I am a big fan of AF Henley’s writing , the Wolf series is probably my favourite shifter series, and took it into different and thoughtful territory.
So I was quite excited to read a Henley novel that wasn’t paranormal. I was delighted.
We Three Kings is a story about change and forgiveness, Eric, Devin and Mark were all once in a children’s home together, and since leaving have changed their names, own a construction company and are successful and closer than brothers. Eric has a routine, lunch in the same place, saving half of it for a homeless man, who in return offer him insights into the world. Eric’s routine is a way of controlling the emotions and fears that were generated in the children’s home – and this further exposed when Jimmy comes to the construction company for a job.
Jimmy has retained his sweetness, and gentleness , and Eric who needs this in his life, struggles to reveal the shared history they had in the home. As Eric comes to terms with his feelings for Jimmy, that he has had for a long time, his emotional control unravels and he needs to face that he is not a monster, but a boy trying to navigate and survive a terrible situation. As was Jimmy.
It’s told relatively simplistically, but it’s very powerful – reading the same events from Eric then Jimmy’s perspective highlights how over time we manipulate memories, and also how important it is not just to forgive others, but also yourself.
I loved the period details, and the sense of time here was strong – I would have liked a less rushed ending myself, and more insight into Jimmy’s character , but an entertaining book well written.
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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