Title: Out of the Blue
Author: Lila Rose
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary MMM Romance
Page Count: 382 pages
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
At forty, Lan Davis is looking for his damned picket fence and 2.5 kids. What he doesn’t expect is instead of a wife in the picture, his mind keeps conjuring up images of two men. One, his partner in the force, who is as straight as they came, the other an ex, who he’d hurt but never forgot.
After an incident leaves Lan injured, the two men rally around him… only maybe they shouldn’t have. It seems a medicated Lan is a truthful one.
Parker Wilding is pissed at the world. His anger builds when his partner refuses medical care after an attack. Instead, Lan entrusts his neighbour to take care of him—a guy Parker doesn’t trust. While he’s aware they share a history,
when the past is revealed, the truth shocks the hell out of him.
Being emotionally crushed ten years ago, Easton Ravel hoped he would never have to see the man who broke him again. Hope is a fickle b*itch. And now he’s not sure how to handle being face-to-face with the man he once loved. Add in the mix the annoying, testy Parker, and Easton finds his limits are pushed.
Just not in the way he thought they would be.
What happens next sure does come out of the blue.
I’m very conflicted about this book. On the one hand there were quite a few things that bothered me. But I still had this urge to continue reading and I couldn’t quite put it down. Because I did like all three men in this MMM, I have a hard time rating this. The issues I had were mostly with the actions of one of the men and the people surrounding the three guys.
Easton was a 19 year old college student when he met 30 year old cop Lan. They dated for two months and were pretty much in love by that time. When Lan hurt Easton deeply when he denied his existence to his friends, when Lan refused to come out, Easton moved out of town.
10 years later and Easton just moved into his dream house. When he hears a noise next door and his dog keeps growling, he goes to check it out. Turns out he is just in time to save his neighbor’s life. The neighbor who turns out to be Lan.
Lan just got shot and stabbed in his own home. He’s not happy about it, but he is happy to see Easton again.
When Easton, who is a paramedic, wants Lan to go to the hospital, Lan refuses. Lan’s partner shows up with some guys of the Hawks motorcycle club. Together they fix Lan up and have him recover at home.
Easton tries to keep his distance, but he didn’t count on Lan’s persistence to show Easton he has changed and wants to be with him now.
Meanwhile Lan’s partner, Parker, is worried about his best friend. But he’s also confused that Lan is apparently gay now.
When Lan kisses Parker when under the influence of his painkillers, Parker is very confused.
Lan confesses to Easton he kissed Parker, but Easton can’t be mad since he himself is attracted to Parker too….
Let me start off by saying that I had no idea this was part of a series. I don’t know if it’s a spin-off or just a new addition to a series, but it would have been nice if that was mentioned anywhere. There were so many people in this book I didn’t know and that was quite confusing. I also had the feeling Lan and Parker featured in the other books. I was mostly lost for the first 25% of the story. I did pick up on the story along the way and was slightly less confused for the rest of the book.
Second, I wouldn’t have read this if I had known this was a biker book. I absolutely loath biker books. There are so many things that I don’t like about motorcycle clubs. First the use of the words birds or bunnies for women. Just no… And then the whole handling things their own way, killing (bad) people and being above the law. For detectives Lan and Parker that was just not what I wanted for them.
I did like the guys of the club, but I’m so over names like Warden, Vicious, Gamer, Knife. Badass names? Maybe, but I just found them ridiculous.
With this whole tough guy biker atmosphere came the need for Parker to prove he wasn’t gay so he had to hook up with a woman (I refuse to call her a bird). This was at 62% and I was not happy with it. (There were several gay and bi people in the club so it wasn’t even necessary for Parker to prove anything)
But.. and this is a big but. I still liked this book. I quite liked Easton, Lan and Parker. Especially Easton was very endearing with his shy stuttering and nervous rambling. Lan was pretty great in his way to convince Easton about his love as well. And Parker was an ass at first, but he grew on me.
So even though I had a lot of issues with this book, I ended up enjoying it anyway and that was all because of Easton, Lan, and Parker. While this wasn’t a very romantic book, these guys were quite sweet with each other when they finally had everything straightened out.