Book Blog Tour: M/M/M ~ Triple Play by Sloan Johnson ~ (Book Review + Giveaway)
Triple Play by Sloan Johnson
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Drew Jackson seemed to have it all. He has a family who loves and supports him, a tight circle of friends, and is a rising star with the Milwaukee Mavericks. Then, it all begins to unravel. Cam, the only man he’s ever loved, falls head over heels for Drew’s teammate. He makes a critical mistake in the playoffs that he’s not sure he’ll be able to recover from. And then, his world really crashes around him…Eric Sapp may no longer play for the Mavericks, but he’s still one of the guys. No one could have imagined how much his life would change when he agreed to help his former teammates mourn the end of their run for the pennant. After stopping a brutal attack, Eric is forced to face the feelings that’ve been growing for his roommate, Drew. That’d be much easier if Drew wasn’t hell-bent on pushing everyone away as he recovers. Neither of them were counting on Bryce Shaw. He and Drew enjoyed the one night they spent together, but knew it was unlikely they’d be anything more since they lived in different parts of the country. After Bryce is relocated to help a failing LGBT homeless outreach, he wants to explore something more with the Mavericks’ short stop. As much as Eric wishes he could be the one to help his friend, he knows Bryce holds the key to Drew’s recovery. Will pushing the two back together be the biggest mistake of his life or will they all learn there is strength in numbers?
This wasn't a badly written book at all. I'm not sure Sloan could write a bad book. The book flowed well and moved at a good and steady pace. There was some steamy sex, but this book just wasn't for me. I didn't feel the cohesive blending of the characters. I felt the connection between Eric and Drew, but some things didn't sit right once Bryce was added to the mix. I really didn't care for his character. I can't even put my finger on it, but I just didn't like him. I felt like he intruded in on the relationship. I just kind of wished he would go away.
I'm conflicted as to how many stars to give this book, because I loved the storyline and backdrop of the story, being centered around the youth LGBT shelter, and I also adored the guys' interactions with Cody, one of the teens from the shelter. As far as the romance side of the story, I'm sorry, but I just didn't feel it.
As I much as I want to love every one of Sloan's books, because she is one of my favorite authors, I'm sorry to say I just didn't love this one. I will be sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for Cody and Nick's story though!
So to sum it all up, I loved the story, just not the romance portion with Bryce involved. I just didn't connect with him. If you have loved the other books by Sloan, you'll most likely love this one as well. This is a series, and the other characters do appear in each of the books, but I don't think you'll be lost reading any as a standalone, but I wouldn't recommend missing the first two!