Review: Hiatus by L.A. Witt


Note: This ARC was provided by Samhain Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Whenever I go into a book that's about a polyamorous relationship, there's a hint of reservation and not because of the unconventional nature of the relationship that exists among the main characters. It has more to do with that kernel of doubt in my head that the love is equally given to each of the people involved in said relationship. In author L.A. Witt's M/M/M standalone, the story revolves around Nate Keller, lead singer for rock band Alien Emissary, and married couple Cam Haines and Theo (whose last name isn't mentioned and I'm not sure if he shares "Haines" with Cam). But from the get-go, whatever reservations I had were swept away by the author's unique take on the usual three-way relationship. By the time I was done, I had to admit that Hiatus was the rarity that made me believe that the love was equal.

Life on the road is something Nate loves, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't look forward to the times that his boyfriends, Cam and Theo, are able to make their way to his latest tour stop to spend time with him. But Nate is in no way prepared for the news that meets him at the hotel room: Cam and Theo have separated, no longer living in the same home, and contemplating where their relationship leads to next. The one thing that the married men reassure Nate that they both love him and will continue to see him when they can, albeit separately. But can a relationship that began with the three of them together survive if they become two distinct pairs? Nate wants nothing more than for Theo and Cam to reconcile. But by the time they do, will Nate decide he needs his own hiatus from them and the very love they once shared?

I liked how L.A. Witt was able to give equal attention to all the relationships going on in the story. There's the polyamorous one shared by Nate, Cam, and Theo, and then there are the respective relationships each pair has (i.e. Cam and Theo, Nate and Cam, and Nate and Theo). I felt for Nate because as much as Cam and Theo didn't want to put him in the middle of their marriage woes, that's exactly what they had ended up doing. Cam and Theo had their own individual issues that they had going on, issues that they didn't want the other to be privy to, and it's no secret that honesty and openness are vital in any relationship, what more a marriage? This was more than about how sex works in a three-sided relationship. Hiatus was about love and acceptance and how you need to recognize a problem in order to find a solution. 4.5 stars. ♥

Release Date: 19 July 2016

Date Read: 18 July 2016

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