Title: Diving In (Family Found #2)
Author: Kris T. Bethke and Nell Iris
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: March 30th 2019
Genre(s): Erotic Romance (MMM)
Page Count: ~114 pages / ~34,000 words
Reviewed by: Bob-O-Link
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Preston and Sawyer Waters need a vacation in the worst way. Life stressors have gotten to be too much, and they need to reconnect. A month-long vacation at a cabin in the woods is perfect to remember how to enjoy each other. But they never expect to meet the man who would fit with them so perfectly.
Wade Johansson loves his life. Running V Wilderness Adventures with his best friends, spending his life on the water, and being surrounded by nature is his dream come true. But he’s missing one key element: someone to love.
The three men find an instant connection and are quick to explore the attraction. It becomes clear immediately that they want a relationship lasting longer than just a vacation. But with Preston and Sawyer living in another town and Wade worried about how he fits, can they find the courage to dive in head first?
The job of a reviewer would be so much easier if each romantic, gay book on offer was either roaring hot or merely as tepid as old tea. What do you do when the story is really nice, but easily reminds you of a made-for-TV movie?
Preston and Sawyer are on a month-long vacation at an LGBT+ friendly country camp grounds, the owner-managers of which are four gay friends. Preston and Sawyer are really good men, long-term lovers, now married for five years. The author assures us of the depth of their love, which is said to be obvious to all around them. As an example, when Wade, one of the owners (a very hunky Scandinavian demi-god, living on a lake boat with his two dogs) first spots them, he immediately notes that they …”were so obviously in love that even a blind person would have been able to see it.” He is strongly drawn to their deep devotion to each other.
As for Preston and Sawyer, the couple’s response to Wade Johansson is an instant attraction, and they quickly acknowledge to each other the possible expansion of their own close relationship to include Wade. While they have played with others before, they seem to feel something more serious with Wade.
Once the reader realizes that this story will be elevate to “sweet,” rather than dive into eroticism, we can sit back and quietly enjoy the flow of events. The catalystic effect of Wade’s sexual spark on our original couple’s relationship is nicely drawn. It finally blooms into a “throuple,” which, though fully expected, in no way diminished the pleasant trip to the satisfying HEA.
The story is fun, the writing is easy on the reader, and the sex is probably sufficient for this genre (which explains why vanilla remains a popular flavor). Enjoy.