RELEASE DATE: 16th May 2016
BLURB: Noah Trevelyan has lost his moorings. Disowned over his sexuality as a teenager, he hasn’t been back to his home on the Outer Banks since his fisherman father kicked him out. But when he returns for the Old Man’s funeral, he discovers his father left him the house and boat in his will. Noah must choose whether to stay or go, but he won’t be alone. There’s Ian, working to overcome the emotional scars left by a domineering ex-boyfriend, and Ty, a cheerful housekeeper who’s struggling to take care of his Alzheimer’s-stricken aunt. There’s Joshua too, running from the destruction of his old life, and Gabriel, who was once beaten and left for dead, and doesn’t know how to survive on his own.
Will they find in each other the strength and courage to keep living—and learn, together, how to love again? A polyamorous relationship is the last thing any of them expected to find in the Outer Banks, but it might be what they need most, and it might even be their redemption—if they can keep their group from breaking apart under the pressure.
I enjoy books with controversial topics, about relationships that push boundaries or the social norm. That being said, this is the first poly book I’ve read. I love Max MacGowan’s writing style and after reading Taking the Long Way I couldn’t wait to read Five-Sided Heart. The writing is flawless with intriguing characters, a unique, heartwarming plot, and some amazing portrayal of the beautiful area of the Outer Banks.
Five strangers meet on the edge of the Sound and begin their adventures, forming a unique relationship together none of them expected. Each of them is broken one way or another, and they all carry some heavy burden. However, each of them can provide a kind of understanding and acceptance to the others they couldn’t find before. They slowly form a unique connection, each of them adding different layers to the relationship to make it whole. The build-up is very well written, real and believable. Each character is truly lovable and I couldn’t say who I love the most. Every one of them wormed their way in my heart and I was rooting for them to find a way to make their lives work together.
It’s an alternating third person point of view throughout the book and it takes a little while and a bit of patience to get to know all five MCs. It’s totally worth it though as this way we get to see the events from all sides. Although we learn quite a bit of all their pasts, I would have liked to read a bit more background story, especially of Gabriel and Noah. The sex scenes were hot, fun, and sensual. However, I missed the safe-sex talk before ditching the condoms, but it never came up.
Five-Sided Heart is a wonderful story of finding love at the most unexpected way, forming true relationship with people who rock your world and make you feel loved and whole again. Highly recommended!
**** The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in Exchange of an honest review.****