Diving In (Belen’s Review)

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: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 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?

If you’re grabbing this thinking it’s going to be chock full of sex, sex, sex, and more sex…while there are some pretty steamy scenes, there isn’t a ton of sex here.

Diving In is about a happily married couple and the man they meet who intrigues them both. Told in first person, multiple POV, with on page sex happening more than halfway through, it’s not what I would consider “erotica” but rather a menage romance with a HFN ending.

Personally, I wasn’t disappointed at all that it wasn’t cover to cover sex (though there is plenty of heat), the characters and their friends are interesting (if not well fleshed out), and yet, to my surprise, I just didn’t enjoy this. I usually love Kris T. Bethke’s books, but this one just didn’t ring my bell and I can’t quite figure out why.

Diving In is book two in the Family Found series and frankly I was hoping for a better establishment of Everett, Drew, Jackson, and Wade’s characters.

The two books in the series so far have been cute and fluffy with some heat, but I want, and need, some depth. So far, they’ve been too surface for me and I’m really hoping as the series progresses that the authors will take the time to really develop the characters.

Family Found Series

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Galley copy of Diving In provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future