My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Dominick is one of the winged Phae race who suffers with a severe stutter. At his friend’s wedding, he meets Lysander and Zachary, two foreigners who are instantly attracted to him and allow him to communicate with the Drachus sign language to remain at ease. Believing their affair is just a casual arrangement. Dominick fears their leaving, but Zachary has a surprise for both Dominick and Lysander that could bring them together forever or drive the trio apart.
I haven’t tried M/M/M romance since my fanfiction days, where I dabbled in reading some and decided it simply wasn’t for me. I may have been a little hasty in that decision, though. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’m older and can appreciate the idea of three people in a relationship, or perhaps I was just searching for the right kind of story to convert me. Either way, after reading this story I’m definitely interested in reading more.
Dominick, Lysander and Zachary have a definite chemistry. The trio really feels incomplete without any one of them, which is something I thought I would never say. In M/M/M romances I’ve read, I always felt that two of the characters had a greater connection, leaving a third in the cold, but all three felt evenly important to the relationship even though Lysander and Zachary met first. Dominick never feels like the third wheel.
I liked the world that Arden builds here as well. The wedding ceremony is a great backdrop for this meeting, and Dominick’s friend Buttercup is very supportive of her friend’s happiness, never being judgmental in any way. We get to learn about the rituals of a Drachus wedding while Dominick sorts out his feelings and builds his self-confidence enough to approach Lysander and Zachary. They, in turn, are patient and never push him beyond the limits of what he finds comfortable, whether it be sexually or vocally. The level of patience and understanding they give each other really speaks of love more than any grandiose declaration of feeling.
I love the way this story ended, too. It was happy for all of the characters involved and never pushed any of them to change their personalities or ways of life. I really believe their relationship will last while giving each of them the space to be themselves. I found this realistic approach to be more romantic than some of the more stifling happily-ever-after endings I’ve seen.
This is a free read from Storm Moon Press and I absolutely recommend it, even if you’re usually shy of M/M/M pairings. This is a great introduction to this kind of relationship as each character is patient with the others and there’s a real emotional bond between the three that never feels like it should be just M/M and never feels abusive or pushy. All three of these men clearly want this relationship and it shows. A great read.