Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Last Call
Authors: Christina Lee and Felice Stevens
Genre: MMM Contemporary
Length: 282 Pages
Release Date: November 29, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Quinn Monahan and Grayson Page have been friends since high school. Despite their differences, they’ve been there for each other through thick and thin. Opening Last Call together, a bar tucked away in the small town of Heartsville, PA seemed a natural progression—even if it makes it harder to live with the secret longing they’ve always had for each other.
Hoping to score an easy buck and a place to sleep, unemployed circus roadie Emery Woods chooses Last Call to run a few bets and enjoy a decent beer before moving on. When he finds himself stranded, the unexpected kindness Quinn and Gray show him leads to temporary work and a couch to lay his head. Sensing unresolved history between Quinn and Gray, he squashes his immediate draw to the men, opting to avoid trouble. But as days turn into weeks, denying the attraction is easier said than done.
When the men finally give in to the simmering sexual tension, it quickly develops into more than a way to pass the lonely nights. And as they begin to lean on each other for emotional support, it becomes nearly impossible to think of one man without the other two. But while Quinn and Gray are afraid to cross the line of friendship between them, Emery fears once they do, he’ll quickly be cast aside. A real family is finally within their grasp, but unless the men can learn to trust each other, they just might miss their hearts’ last call home.
Review: This is the story of two men who are best friends and co-owners of a bar named Last Call. They have been through a lot together over the years, and while both are gay, they have never been together for fear of changing their friendship. Neither really knows how the other feels though, as they have both kept that info to themselves but for the same reasons. Then comes Emery, the drifter trying to find his way after the circus closed down, the only life/job he’s really known. Circumstances leave him somewhat stranded at Last Call, and Emery ends up doing odd jobs to pay his way and make repairs to his car.
Both Gray and Quinn are attracted to Emery, but knowing Quinn is, Gray won’t stand in his way. Emery is also attracted to both Gray and Quinn, but refuses to get in between Quinn and Gray, even though both are adamant they are nothing more than friends.
Little by little, Emery gains their trust, and vice versa. One thing leads to another, and eventually, they are all on board, but it takes some time. They are very clear on how things should work between the three of them, as Emery is a bit gun shy about being the third wheel, something which ended badly for him in the past. He doesn’t see how it could be any other way given Quinn and Gray’s long history, so they have to work pretty hard at times to keep Emery from fleeing.
I loved watching these guys work things out. Gray and Quinn are a family, and they definitely have room in their hearts for Emery, who truly needed the same. Sometimes a story loses a little wind for me when the characters spend too much time in some type of denial. There was just enough of that here to make this not blow me away. However, it was a really enjoyable threesome relationship that centers around trust and love, and I can totally see these guys lasting. Emery becomes an integral partner, not just in the relationship but in the business as well. He was just what Gray and Quinn needed to push them together and to make their bar more successful in the process.
These authors painted a nice picture of the somewhat small Pennsylvania town, which made me want to go right out and find Last Call to become one of their regulars. I’ll definitely be looking out for more in the future from this writing duo!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the authors in return for a fair and honest review.*