Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Five-Sided Heart
Author: Max MacGowan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 16, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Noah Trevelyan has lost his moorings. Disowned over his sexuality as a teenager, he hasn’t been back to his home on the Outer Banks since his fisherman father kicked him out. But when he returns for the Old Man’s funeral, he discovers his father left him the house and boat in his will. Noah must choose whether to stay or go, but he won’t be alone. There’s Ian, working to overcome the emotional scars left by a domineering ex-boyfriend, and Ty, a cheerful housekeeper who’s struggling to take care of his Alzheimer’s-stricken aunt. There’s Joshua too, running from the destruction of his old life, and Gabriel, who was once beaten and left for dead, and doesn’t know how to survive on his own.
Will they find in each other the strength and courage to keep living—and learn, together, how to love again? A polyamorous relationship is the last thing any of them expected to find in the Outer Banks, but it might be what they need most, and it might even be their redemption—if they can keep their group from breaking apart under the pressure.
Review: This was a really sweet story about five guys who are brought together by fate and ended up being what each of them needed most.
Noah returned home to find his estranged father left him his house and boat. While on his way there, he meets up with the other guys, Ian and Ty, who also live on the island and whom Noah has met before, and Gabriel and Joshua, two guys drifting and trying to run from ghosts of their own.
This seemed an unlikely possibility at first, but quickly changed to something that just worked and was needed by everyone involved. They each played an important role in the relationship as a whole, and all (even if some needed convincing, felt they wouldn’t be whole without all five of them being a part of it.
There are little side stories with each of the guys – Noah and his issues with his father and now sister; Ty with taking care of his sick aunt, Ian getting over his abusive ex; Gabriel with his suicidal tendencies over his past abuse/injuries; and Joshua running from his past of being wrongfully accused of murder. As I said previously, each guy just seemed to step in where needed, and even though there were different levels of trust earned at different times, there wasn’t really ever a feel of two men being a couple. They all just grew to care about the others, always caring about the feelings of all. It just worked.
I really liked how it all played out. The side stories were interesting but never took over the overall story. While there were some dark issues at play here, the story was also light and full of hope as each man came around to accepting the situation of how they could all actually be together. I’d love to read more about how these guys are getting along now that they’ve all made it back to the house ready to move forward past their own issues and work toward their relationship and future together.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*