What's the perfect recipe for an emotional MMM romance?
One autistic coffee shop owner, one morose mug maker, and a mostly cheerful police detective.
Fie Morogh Russell goes off to war with a broken heart and returns with a shattered spirit. He hermits away in Bideford, Devon, making mugs, with his service dog, Haggard, for company. Post-traumatic stress turns every memory into a minefield, and life is dismal with one or two rare exceptions.
Davet Heuse drags his younger brother to Bideford for a new start. Both autistic, the two siblings have fought hard to enjoy freedom by the seaside. While Davet runs a coffee shop from his tiny house, his brother pursues his dream at university.
Detective Sidney Little has transitioned from military service to the police force easily. His unrequited crushes and his estranged father are the only points of frustration in his life. He hasn't quite figured out how to deal with either problem.
When a tragic accident brings Davet's world crashing down around him, can Fie and Sid help him through the pain of loss?
In this May-December romance with a twist, three men struggle through one obstacle after the other to somehow find themselves in love on the other side.
All the feels and then some! Poly relationships in books can be tricky to pull off under the best of circumstances without having an odd man out--someone who doesn't quite fit or isn't a necessary part in the relationship. Despite that, Dahlia Donovan makes it look like a walk in the park, and she does it with style, giving us a three-man relationship with the May-December trope as an added bonus.
AT WAR WITH A BROKEN HEART is a relatively quick read, but there is a ton of story packed into its just over 200 pages. Each of our three main characters has his own story to tell, each different from the others, but they become wonderfully interwoven as Fie, Davet, and Sidney become more and more important to each other. The book is filled with emotional ups and downs, and the angst level is high, but we also get some terrific banter and well-timed moments of levity to lighten the load.
One of my favorite things about this author's books is the richness of the characters. While the focus is on Fie, Sid, and Davet, all the characters come to life. Love them or hate them, and we get a mix of both, they feel so real that they practically leap off the page, and they bring an emotional roller coaster with them. I felt Davet's anguish and grief, Fie's struggle with PTSD, and Sid's hurt over a family member's betrayal. To sum it up, I absolutely loved these guys, and when they hurt, I hurt. When they were done wrong, I got mad.
This story is about the building of a polyamorous relationship, but make no mistake, it's so much more than that. It's a story of friendship, family, love and loss, seeing the world a little different than most, and finding those missing puzzle pieces to make our life complete.
❃❃ARC provided by The Romance Reviews and the author