{Review} Hiatus by L.A. Witt

{Review} Hiatus by L.A. WittHiatus by LA Witt
Also by this author: After the Fall, On the Clock, Running with Scissors
Published by Samhain Publishing on July 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Erotica, M/M Romance, Ménage, Sobfest
Character(s): Celebrities, Rockstars/Musicians
Pages: 244
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Three’s a disaster when things come unraveled.

Rock star Nate Keller is on top of the world, but his headlining tour has one drawback. It keeps him away from his boyfriends, Theo and Cameron, for weeks at a time. Yet after four-and-a-half years—and a lot of hard work—the trio is still going strong.

But then Cam comes to visit with devastating news. After seventeen years together, he and Theo have agreed to a trial separation. Nate tries desperately to fix his lovers’ broken relationship, but there’s only so much he can do from the road.

At home, Cam tries to carry on, but feels like his whole life is spiraling out of control. Theo struggles to cope with the split as his depression worsens. They’re both spinning their wheels, quickly losing hope they can keep it together—and keep the man they both still love.

Desperate, Nate drops everything in a last-ditch attempt to pull their trio back together before they hit rock bottom. Except their love could already be shattered beyond repair.

Warning: Contains two men who must face how broken they are before they can fix their failing marriage, and the man who loves them both—but doesn’t know how to save them.

Erin: A ménage book starring a rock star is soooooo my thing, so it was with great excitement that I picked up L.A. Witt’s newest novel, Hiatus. She’s a bit hit or miss for me, so I knew going in there was a chance I’d wind up disappointed, and unfortunately I was right. Too much drama, too much angst, too much miscommunication, and not enough movement forward made this book more of a chore than a delight.

It isn’t often that you come across a ménage book where two of the members have been married for 17 years. Reading a book with any established couple together that long is a rarity (and that’s truly a shame, I think) so right off the bat I was intrigued by Cam and Theo and their willingness to bring in a third person into their marriage bed and relationship. The book starts out with a bang though when Cam shows up at one of Nate’s tour stops to tell him that he and Theo have separated. They’ve been having problems for months, if not longer, and have finally decided that a trial separation is needed. Nate is shell-shocked because he had no idea there were problems, and Cam assures him that nothing will change between Nate and the other men. Um, what? You’re in a committed relationship and you don’t talk to the other guy you supposedly love? You hide your problems? In a marriage between just two people, communication is paramount, but when there are three people involved, that becomes even more necessary.

I found the whole book, well up until about the last 15% to be tedious and depressing. Nate tries everything he can to fix things, while not taking sides. Cam and Theo refuse to talk, to acknowledge any wrongdoing on either person’s part, and continually pull at Nate. The whole mental health issue where Theo is concerned was done rather well, though. Seeing Theo suffer was difficult at times and made an already heavy book even heavier.

While this might not be your typical romance, Hiatus does end with a satisfying HEA at least. It took these three men quite a pit of pain and hurt to get there, but in the end, they manage to come together and it really was beautiful.

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