Five-Sided Heart by Max MacGowan

Title: Five-Sided Heart
Author: Max MacGowan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 16, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance/Polyamory/Hurt-Comfort
Page Count: 230
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level:   4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


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.

I randomly see MMM and MMMM books pop up on my feed from time to time. And I just breeze right on past them. Why? Because I’m really not into pure erotica. I need feelings and relationship development in my MM romance. (And then the author can throw in all the sex he/she wants!)

So, imagine my surprise when my friend, Todd, starts talking about a fivesome story that has the feelz too.

This book was really good. I just loved how they met, and how the small island premise worked. (not in a secluded island and there’s no one else kind of way, but that’s where some of them live).

Each of the characters is dealing with life. But when they realize how much stronger they are together, as a team, it was really sweet.

I will go as far as to say there was less sex in this book than I pictured. It is definitely not what you would expect. This one was all about the character and relationship development.

Bravo to MacGowan for his ability to switch POVs smoothly – I was never left wondering who’s head I was in. And I never had to write down who was who in the beginning to keep it all straight.

My only niggle was that as much character and relationship-development there was (and there was!), it wasn’t enough to get me to believe in the HFN/HEA. We’re talking about five people! It will take a lot more development with five than with two. I think it could happen with future books, maybe? Just a thought.

I recommend you read this book. It was refreshing how much of a romance it really was.



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