RELEASE DATE: August 28th, 2015
BLURB: At fifteen, Troy and Liam were fostered by the same family, and although they hated each other at first, they gradually became solid friends. As adults, the two foster brothers live together. Both experience tough times, each being a rock for the other, but their love had never been anything other than brotherly.
Until they both fall for the same guy, and things get… complicated.
Dalton is fresh out of a ten year marriage. Feeling lost, he concentrates on the only thing he can control—his body. Developing from a chubby, unfit police officer into a lean, mean inked one, Dalton has never looked better, but inside, he’s never felt worse. A relationship is far from his thoughts, and one with another man makes Dalton even more confused. He takes time to get to know Troy and Liam separately, but Manchester isn’t that big, and sparks fly when fate throws the three together.
Together, these three fight it out between them. Both Troy and Liam demand Dalton choose between them, but what if he didn’t have to choose? What if it could work between three?
The things in life we fight for are never the easiest, but they’re the ones worth holding onto forever.
Great story that will make you think, laugh, cry and feel… hot!!!
As the blurb describes, this book tells the story of Dalton, Liam and Troy, how they find their happiness together. The story is also about self-discovery. Not only does Dalton discover himself, but Liam, Troy and the reader as well. We all live in some kind of a denial. Most of us often ignore parts of ourselves to keep a certain type of balance in many different areas of our lives be it home, work, family, relationships… It’s much easier to ignore than change them, which would mean tipping a fragile balance we got used to. Dalton is ready for a change. He decides to listen to his heart and live his life honestly, trying to find who he really is, who he really loves. His journey is not an easy one, full of questions, full of what ifs. Getting to know ourselves is a life-long process. Understanding and accepting who we really are, separating our real self from the image we have of ourselves is the first step. Dalton is taking this first step and finds two wonderful men to help him on the way. Liam and Troy are foster brothers, who live together, share everything in their lives except sex. They love each other too much to risk the consequences of a failed attempt to something more. They both have their own passion. Liam works in his own gym as a personal trainer and Troy is a tattoo artist. They both meet Dalton and feel a strong connection to him. We get to see how their separate relationship with Dalton is forming, how much they bond. The first half of the book is mostly getting to know Dalton and his relationship with Liam then Troy appears in the picture. I love the build-up and the structure of the story. This long foreplay works beautifully, giving something new to experienced menage readers, and also gives a slow introduction to new ones. We get to know all three of the MCs, their past, their motives, their fears, their inner struggles, clearly understanding that none of their pairings work on their own, their dynamics as couples being off… The connection between each pair is established but the harmony they all hope for is only present when they are together as a threesome.
Nicole Colville is a new author to me, but I fell in love with her style. She has an amazing way of using the perfect words and phrases to change the mood from serious or funny to sizzling hot and back.
Discovering Dalton is the second book in the Manchester Menage Collection, but it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first book yet but I will remedy that mistake shortly.
****I would like to thank the Author and the Publisher for the opportunity and privilege of reading this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book****
Liam chatted with Milo, but Dalton was too busy trying to stop hyperventilating and not staring at Liam’s body, seeing it as he last saw it—wet and tense, excited and looking sinful in that shower cubicle. Those types of thoughts weren’t going to help him calm down. Why oh why did that have to happen?
Blue leaned in, calming strokes running up and down Dalton’s back, sweetly spoken words whispered against his neck, and Dalton’s tension eased a little. “Is he an ex or something?”
“No,” Dalton choked out.
“Oh, I just thought there was some history there.” Blue’s glossy red lips curled into a smile.
“There’s no history of that kind.”
“But there is some to speak about?” Blue opened his green eyes wider and nodded. “It’s obvious. Maybe it’s time you resolved this tension between the two of you somehow.”
“What?” Dalton stiffened.
“Well, there’s obviously something happening between you two.”
“Yeah, but not what you think.”
Blue bit his lip while he thought. “Hmm, there’s a few different things going on from where I’m sitting.” He nudged his thigh against Dalton’s dick, and for the first time, he realised he was excited. “Or is this for me?”
Dalton truly had no idea. He was confused by his own body, not understanding why he was reacting at all. But it had happened in the showers while he watched Liam. Maybe it was those moments replaying in his mind which caused his cock to stiffen in his jeans.
Maybe it was the fact he had someone sitting on him, caring about him, someone with long legs and big heels, who was wearing make-up and who was confusing Dalton’s body by being more feminine than he was used to in a man. But then, Dalton was close to Samuel. He was beautiful and more feminine than Blue and this had never happened, and hadn’t Samuel been sitting on his knee earlier? Maybe he was losing his mind. Maybe he’d already lost it.
“I don’t… I really don’t know,” he whispered into Blue’s hair. “I just… I have to go.”
“Wait, sexy.” Blue pressed his body more into his, meeting his eyes, those black lashes coated thickly in mascara. “Don’t run off just yet. There’s no need.”
“I’m not gay,” Dalton rushed out as low as he could make his voice, darting his gaze to Liam, his tight V-necked vest showing off those big muscles, jeans encasing his firm arse, that bottle hanging in between his lips.
This time, when Blue rubbed his thigh over his cock, Dalton grabbed Blue’s slender calf running up his leg and just held it, not moving him away but not pulling him closer—just frozen, not knowing what to do.
“You don’t have to label yourself with anything, Dalton.” Blue took hold of his chin, fingertips gently caressing his skin and making Dalton shift his gaze from Liam back to him. “I think…” He eased closer still, his thigh now pressed against the rigid length encased in Dalton’s jeans. “If your body needs something, it lets you know. If your eyes find something pleasing, they look more. If your heart beats faster for someone, then you follow it. I’m not gay. I’m a person. A human being. That’s the label I want to be tagged with. Hashtag Human.” He clicked his fingers with a bright smile.
Dalton smiled through his fear and understood what Blue was saying. He just wasn’t ready to think the same way. “That’s nice.”
“It’s the truth. The truth is always a good thing. I always think our brains confuse us. They have all this bullshit ‘learned’ behaviour which they pick up over the years and it tells you to think one way, your body saying another. It takes time for those two to work together and come to some sort of an agreement, but we all get there eventually. Just don’t pressure yourself, hon.” Blue leaned in, kissing the corner of his mouth, Dalton’s cock now crushed against his thigh. “Of course, I would like to think this is for me, but I know better.” Blue pulled back with a heavy sigh. “If you change your mind though…” He winked with a chuckle.
“Blue.” Samuel was beside them, looking between them both. “Dalton’s a bit…” He drifted off, worrying his bottom lip with his teeth, obviously not wanting to spill too much personal info about Dalton’s bad day and emotional state.
“Confused, sweetie?” Blue offered brightly.
“Yeah.” Samuel looked to the sky, then took hold of Blue’s hand. “You go get some air, Dalton.”
Tour Dates & Stops:
14-Sep: BFD Book Blog. Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance
15-Sep: Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My
16-Sep: LeAnn’s Book Reviews, Jessie G. Books
17-Sep: Amanda C. Stone, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
18-Sep: Kimi-Chan, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews
19-Sep: MM Good Book Reviews: Love Bytes
21-Sep: Inked Rainbow Reads, Velvet Panic, Mikky’s World of Books, Three Books Over The Rainbow
22-Sep: Molly Lolly, Happily Ever Chapter
23-Sep: Multitasking Mommas, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
24-Sep: Rainbow Gold Reviews, Foxylutely Book Reviews
25-Sep: TTC Books and More, V’s Reads