Title: Us Three (One Voice #1)
Author: Mia Kerick
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: April 3, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary M/M/M
Page Count: 180
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
In his junior year at a public high school, sweet, bright Casey Minton’s biggest worry isn’t being gay. Keeping from being too badly bullied by his so-called friends, a group of girls called the Queen Bees, is more pressing. Nate De Marco has no friends, his tough home life having taken its toll on his reputation, but he’s determined to get through high school. Zander Zane’s story is different: he’s popular, a jock. Zander knows he’s gay, but fellow students don’t, and he’d like to keep it that way.
No one expects much when these three are grouped together for a class project, yet in the process the boys discover each other’s talents and traits, and a new bond forms. But what if Nate, Zander, and Casey fall in love—each with the other and all three together? Not only gay but also a threesome, for them high school becomes infinitely more complicated and maybe even dangerous. To survive and keep their love alive, they must find their individual strengths and courage and stand together, honest and united. If they can do that, they might prevail against the Queen Bees and a student body frightened into silence—and even against their own crippling fears.
I really liked this MMM YA story. The romance was very sweet. The story was a bit tough to read since it focusses on bullying, but I loved how these guys dealt with it in the end.
Casey, Nate and Zander are 16 years old and attending Benjamin Franklin High school, where the popular kids rule the school (isn’t that always the case in high school?).
Casey is the one being severely bullied here. It got so bad when he was 14 that he left school for 18 months after a terribly upsetting incident. And what makes it even worse is that the school is not that helpful in this case since the bullies are girls. And we all know girls can’t really harm boys, right? Well, wrong.
All Casey ever did was just be himself with all his fabulousness on display. He just doesn’t have any other way to be. And why does he keep trying to be friends with these awful girls? All he wants is to be accepted.
So when Casey is forced into a project group with druggie outcast Nate and popular jock Zander, he just knows the bullying will probably get worse. What he didn’t expect was to become friends with Nate and Zander, who each have their own problems at home, and in school…
These boys were incredibly sweet together. I loved how tenderhearted Casey was, despite that not being helpful with the bullying. And I loved how protective Nate was of Casey and how gentle hearted despite him coming from an abusive home. And Zander.. at first I wasn’t too sure about him, because he was too passive with the bullying (he was aware of this himself), but he ended being the one person to take action to make their school a safer place.
There are some sweet sexy scenes in this, appropriate for 16 year olds. Not too detailed, but no fade to black either. It was perfect for this story.
This is quite the angsty book, but I was happy that there wasn’t a lot of relationship angst. These guys become fast friends and the love follows pretty soon, but they never hide their feelings from each other. These guys talk things through.