Monday, February 18, 2019

Book Review ~ Heart Of Us (US Series Book #4) by A.M. Arthur

Book Review ~ Heart Of Us (US Series Book #4) by A.M. Arthur

Heart of Us (Us #4)

A.M. Arthur


Charles “Chet” Greenwood has everything he’s ever wanted: a home, a stable business, and strong, loving relationships with his two boyfriends. In the year since he’s been with Cris and Jake, they’ve always agreed on one thing to keep their triad strong: communication is key. Which is why it hurts that lately Jake seems to be hiding something. Before Chet and Cris can find out what, a tragic phone call forces Chet and his nephew Dell to return to their Georgia hometown for a funeral—and to finally confront the bigoted family they left behind.

Jake Bowden never imagined he’d go from an exotic dancer to a professional cook in the space of a year, but here he is. He’s also secretly looking at top culinary schools, but the requirements are way beyond Jake’s abilities. And going to school could take him away from his boyfriends—which might actually be for the best. Chet and Cris have so much history together, are always in sync, and when Jake can’t get time off to support Chet, he feels even more like the odd man out.

Cris Sable knows something is going on with Jake, and he hates leaving Jake behind for two days to attend a funeral, but Chet and Dell need his support—especially with Dell’s own boyfriend unable to make the trip. Cris checks in with Jake constantly while they’re away, and even after their trio returns home, Cris knows something is still wrong. But it gets lost in the aftermath of an unbelievable secret reveal.

While in Georgia, Chet received shocking news about his own past that will change everything about his future, and it rocks their triad to its core. But Cris loves and believes in his men, and he will do everything in his power to keep their three hearts beating as one.

AUTHOR NOTE: This is an m/m/m romance with kinky three-way sex between consenting adults. The “Us” series is best read in numerical order.

4 Stars!

So we are back with our throuple, Jake, Cris and Chet as well as couple Dell and Taro for what is to be the conclusion of the Us series. Again, this part of their journey is filled with the ups and downs of a polyamorous relationship between three men at different stages of their lives and navigating how to make it all work, Communication and facing one’s insecurities and obtaining long needed closure.

For me, I found myself loving parts and feeling frustrated with others. I love angst and drama but after a while I just want my characters to finally get their HEA without having to endure more or revisit the same dramas I thought were past them or worked through. I guess sometimes I just want “easy” and that’s not the case here, at least when it came to Jake. Now, in all honesty, Jake is not my favorite character and that may have played to my opinion.

I totally feel the connection between Cris and Chet and the chemistry is off the charts. I always feel as if something is missing though in the connection with Jake and it’s something that nags at me even though their scenes are still perfectly steamy and sexy. I love Chet and he probably is my favorite. I always find myself feeling completely engaged whenever we get his POV and his trip back home with Dell was what I loved the most.

Overall, however, I found this to be a highly entertaining and enjoyable read with that signature AM Arthur style I enjoy. I loved the way I easily felt the range of emotions as I was pulled into not only Chet, Cris and Jake's world but Dell and Taro (who I adore) as well. This is definitely a story I’d recommend but only after reading the entire series as this is not a standalone.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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