Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pre-Release Review: Sound of Us (Us #2) by A.M. Arthur

Sound of UsTitle ~ Sound of Us (Us #2)

Author ~ A.M. Arthur

Published ~ 21st April 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Jake Bowden didn’t expect to be settling into a strong, loving relationship with another guy at only twenty-three years old—never mind with two. His chemistry with Cris is as strong as ever, while things with Charles are more like a simmer than a heavy boil. Charles says he’s perfectly content to go at Jake’s pace, but Jake isn’t sure slow is what he wants anymore. And when Jake wants something, he isn’t shy about going after it.
Cris Sable is head-over-heels in love with the two men in his life, and he’s vowed to do everything he can to protect the fragile, three-way relationship they’re cultivating—even if it means lying about his past. A dark past that resurfaces in an unexpected way and forces Cris to make the difficult choice between shielding Jake and Charles from it, or trusting them enough to help him face it head-on.
Charles Greenwood had forgotten what it felt like to be loved, until a feisty go-go boy and an ex-porn star fell into his bed, and then stole his heart away. He loves both men equally, but differently, slowly stoking the fire of the chemistry he shares with Jake, while passionately pursuing Cris—both in and out of bed. Their lives are entwining in the very best way…until Cris starts to pull away, distancing himself from the loving support of their triad. And after Cris disappears one night on a drunken bender, Charles vows to do whatever it takes to prove to Cris that he can trust them with anything—mind, body and spirit.
Three separate hearts will finally beat as one.
Note: This is the continuation of an m/m/m romance begun in Here For Us and is best read in order to fully enjoy the character and story development. The book also contains mild BDSM elements, including spanking.

 

Debra’s Review

If you enjoyed Here for Us, the first part of Cris, Jake and Charles/Chet’s story, you’re going to enjoy this one as well. The books need to be read in order as this is a continuation of their story, building upon issues raised in the first book.

There are two main plotlines outside of the general furtherance of triad: there’s Cris dealing with the past he thought he escaped and Jake trying to become more independent before fully committing to the triad. Both men fall back on old destructive behaviors and the others are there in full force offering support. With such different personalities and histories between them all, Charles has his work cut out for him here.

Cris’s story had me yelling at my kindle. I’m not going to give anything away other than what the blurb says, but I loved the way Cris dealt with his past. I’m pretty vengeful when it comes to characters that I like who have been wronged and are manipulated, but A.M. Arthur balanced out Cris’s long held feelings of pain, hatred and anger with the ability to not necessarily forgive, but to come to peace with things, without having him make a complete change in his feelings. The end result was something that felt real and very satisfying.

Jake’s story is a direct continuation of his fears in the first. One of his main concerns is wanting to know that if things don’t work out, he can handle his bi-polar on his own since Cris and Charles have been with him throughout his diagnosis and treatment. In addition, Jake still harbors plenty of self-doubt, especially when he thinks of how much history Cris and Charles have together. He’s just waiting for the day that they realize that he has nothing to offer and they don’t need him. Jake makes great strides in this book, dealing with his bi-polar and setting up a path for his future outside of his go-go dancing job, without losing that spark that makes his character so appealing.

The age gap in the story shows in Charles’s maturity, stability and ability to read the two men he loves so well and do what needs to be done to help them. His story revolves around his love for Cris, Jake and his nephew Dell. He has overcome his difficult past that helps him work with all three men, but I would really like to see him face a challenge and have to rely on Cris and Jake. I love the scenes where he is starting to let loose and open up and not worry about being the old guy of the three.

Where the first book was fairly light on the sex, this one focuses on the physical relationship quite a bit more. There are several new levels that the men explore. First there is Jake’s readiness to move forward physically with Charles and resume things where he left off with Cris. While Jake’s mind and heart is willing, other parts of his body are still adjusting to the medication he is taking to control his bi-polar. There is also the introduction of spanking woven into Cris’s story as both a form of discipline and pleasure. I have to say that Charles’s Dom side is very appealing.

Even though there is a lot of drama and emotion going through the book, it’s still not overly angsty. The men are really working on communication and any missteps in the relationship are not drawn out. While the triad has become a more solid unit, I’m glad that the men still have their individual relationships with each other. They are sexy, sweet and everyone has something to offer the other two whether they realize it or not.

I am thrilled that A.M. Arthur has said there will be more books in the series, including another focusing on the triad as well as Taro and Dell’s story. She has set up a very interesting story between the demisexual Taro and homoromantic asexual Dell that I would love to see explored.

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Cris Sable doesn’t walk into popular gay bar Big Dick’s expecting to find more than a casual hookup, so he’s surprised by his instant attraction and intense chemistry with go-go dancer Jake. Jake’s sexy as hell and a firecracker in bed. The sparks between them are undeniable, and what starts as a hookup evolves into something deeper, possibly permanent—until Jake dumps Cris flat on his ass for no good reason.
Angry and confused, Cris finds comfort with his longtime friend and employer Charles “Chet” Greenwood. Cris’s emotional state stirs up Charles’s long-buried feelings for Cris. Feelings he’s denied for eight years, because Cris is his employee and therefore off limits—not to mention two decades younger than Charles. Cris admits he has feelings for Charles, too, but he’s still getting over Jake and both men agree nothing can happen between them while Charles is still Cris’s boss.
Jake Bowden knows he doesn’t have anything to offer a guy. He’s a go-go dancer with no degree and no real career aspirations. He’s also used to everyone who loves him leaving, so it makes sense to cut Cris loose before things get too serious. Cris is kind, passionate and totally deserves a guy like Charles—wealthy, owns a home, successful businessman. Jake can’t compete so why bother? They’re better off together. But when Jake has a serious personal crisis, Cris and Charles unite to pull him back together, and the three men discover it’s possible—maybe even inevitable—to fall in love with more than one person at a time.
"Here For Us" is the first in a brand-new m/m/m menage romance series that explores the March/May/September relationship of three very different men.

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Meet A.M. Arthur 

No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships and "bromance" (and "The Young Riders") with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments

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