Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Garrett Leigh
Heroes: Tom Fearnes/Jake Thompson/Cass Pearson
Genre: MMM Contemporary
Length: 265 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 16, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.
Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.
Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.
Review: Misfits puts a new spin on a menage relationship, and in many ways, made the story feel more realistic. Tom and Cass are committed but in an open relationship. They are firmly and undeniably in love, but have zero issues with their partner having sex with other men. In no way did this take away from their love, and in many ways showed just how much they truly loved and trusted the other. This will no doubt bug the crap out of some people, but for me, I got it and I loved it.
Jake is the new third, one that neither Cass or Tom knew they were missing in their little family. Jake isn’t the typical twink or trophy boy, but the missing link that brought closure to both Tom and Cass. Jake is also disabled. his Tourette’s syndrome has caused him to be alone, lose jobs, embarrass himself, and uncontrollably abuse his own body. Your heart breaks for Jake but rejoices when Tom first meets him and sees beyond the curses and tics to see the man beneath. It was, at first, a two relationship story…one with Tom and Cass, and one with Tom and Jake. This was pivotal to learning more about Cass and his past which in turn explained his need to be distant. But when the pieces fall into place, and Cass and Jake form a friendship it makes the story one I couldn’t put down.
I never once felt that Cass or Jake were being played by Tom. Tom just happened to be the man who was, initially, the common denominator. This is not a sexfest, in fact, it was very in depth and quite the story. Watching the growth of a new “normal” for Tom and Cass, which included Jake, felt like it was all coming full circle and meant to be. The jealousy that many find in a menage was not an issue for the most part, but the guys had a lot to work out before they could finally believe that their fairy tale ending was within reach.
I’ve read quite a few books by Garret Leigh, and I am never disappointed. I recommend this story to those who are open-minded enough to believe that open relationships and menages are just as valid, and sometimes more loving and truthful than the traditional monogamous relationships…different, but not wrong.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*