Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hiatus by L.A. Witt

Three’s a disaster when things come unraveled.

Rock star Nate Keller is on top of the world, but his headlining tour has one drawback. It keeps him away from his boyfriends, Theo and Cameron, for weeks at a time. Yet after four-and-a-half years—and a lot of hard work—the trio is still going strong.

But then Cam comes to visit with devastating news. After seventeen years together, he and Theo have agreed to a trial separation. Nate tries desperately to fix his lovers’ broken relationship, but there’s only so much he can do from the road.

At home, Cam tries to carry on, but feels like his whole life is spiraling out of control. Theo struggles to cope with the split as his depression worsens. They’re both spinning their wheels, quickly losing hope they can keep it together—and keep the man they both still love.

Desperate, Nate drops everything in a last-ditch attempt to pull their trio back together before they hit rock bottom. Except their love could already be shattered beyond repair.

Warning: Contains two men who must face how broken they are before they can fix their failing marriage, and the man who loves them both—but doesn’t know how to save them.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Nate Keller was just playing a small show with his band one night and decided to stay behind and have a drink. Meeting the married couple, Cam and Theo, in the bar changed his life from that day forward. But now he's out on the road while his triad lovers fall apart, and he is stuck in the middle between both men. I found the premise really interesting and the three men very sexy, alpha, and quite hot. Cam develops horrible OCD and anxiety while Theo ends up with a dark depression. Coming to terms with their relationship issues and with Nate on the road, they decide to separate. The emotional rollercoaster is a great story and you really feel for Nate being out on the road while the men he loves fall apart before his eyes. That being said, the story went on just a bit too long for my liking with some humdrum everyday life stuff that could have been left out. I found myself skimming at times.

All in all a good story and definitely worth 4 stars.

I'm just going to be straight-up honest about how this book read and the effect it had on me, and it will probably do the same with the majority of readers. Anyone who has been in a long-term relationship for more than five years will no doubt be able to empathize with one, if not both, of the characters.

Nate is on tour when unexpectedly Cam – one of his lovers – informs him how the other two-thirds of their triad are separated. This isn't what he signed on for, picking and choose who he is to see, when and where, while knowing it felt like picking sides. He also didn't need it when he was suffering through an exhausting yet thrilling time in his career that is finite.

Cam and Theo looked selfish from Nate's eyes, yet they waited to tell him because they truly aren't selfish. One-sided, unable to see the part they play in their own relationship, but not doing it on purpose.

Hiatus is the time Nate took off from his tour, but most importantly the time Cam and Theo took off from their relationship. It is a journey to highlight how both halves in a relationship will believe themselves to be not only right, but also the victim, and this mentality will dissolve a marriage even faster, and it will follow them into their next relationship, and the next. Because even in cases of abuse and addiction, (don't get your panties in a wad, I'm speaking of my own broken marriage) both parties still play a part in the destruction, and both parties must admit their faults, at least to themselves, in order to either fix what has been broken or move on and be mentally healthy.

I thought LA Witt did an accurate portrayal, and I'm glad the novel was written from all three viewpoints. Nate was both right and wrong. Cam was both right and wrong. Theo was both right and wrong. There was a lack of communication, where the husbands weren't only lying to their partner, but to themselves about some heavy topics, and this transferred to not caring and nitpicking.

I will be honest about Hiatus. I felt it was written perfectly, yet I found no entertainment value in it. I felt as if I were Nate (or the child of the couple). The reader is placed in the middle of a squabbling couple, being inundated by all the bitterness and resentment and feeling frustrated because your hands were tied, unable to fix it, when the fix is within them both, not the relationship itself.

However, I did feel Nate to be an enabler. Why he came home yet didn't inform those he loved how their other half had depression or anxiety issues. He just left them without a support system, leaving them to guess why their marriage was broken when he had the answer but kept it to himself. I'm not blaming Nate for the issues, but I felt this was odd, a way to draw the book out in length. To have the key and not use it... that was baffling. Cam and Theo were 'in' it, so close to the problem, wallowing in it, that they couldn't see the forest through the trees. Nate saw it all, yet never spoke up about the real problems.

Lying to oneself, to each other, not self-reflecting and seeing the truth, and a breakdown in communication was the total of the issues. The reader gets to suffer through this as if in real life. Maybe it was too real, and I never thought I'd say such a thing about a book, when it's exactly what I beg for. But this was too real in the way that I didn't want to suffer in their self-created misery with no entertainment value to be had. Even the between the sheets action felt out of place for me, too many scenes, taking away the emotional impact.

While I feel the book was written with accuracy, and shows me that the author is mentally and emotionally mature by being able to see all sides of the relationship, leaving the readers to empathize with everyone, it just left me feeling exhausted.

Oh man, this book just made me cry! Theo and Cam are married and have been together forever. They brought Nate into their relationship several years ago. Now things are bad between Theo and Cam and Nate has no idea until out on tour with his rock band. OMG. Even writing this review I am getting teary eyed. You could feel everyone’s emotions in this book and my heart hurt for all three of these guys. This book shows what people go through when things get rough, and what it takes to get back to each other. Being in Nate’s position sucked and the author did a great job with showing all three sides of this story. As much as I cried while reading this, I still loved it and recommend it.

Characters: Well written
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: No
Genre: M/M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Theo and Cam decide that maybe a trial separation is exactly what they need. There is still love between them, but the fighting all the time is getting to be too much. The problem with the separation is that they both still want Nate. They don't want their separation to impact the relationship with Nate, but how can it not?

How long can Nate be in the middle of the two men he loves? He can't choose between them but he can't be without them either.

L.A. Witt takes you on an emotional roller coaster. The leaving, fighting, healing...it's a ride that shouldn't be missed. Three men is a very unconventional relationship, but with Theo, Cam and Nate, it may be the best thing to ever happen.

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn't lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don't tell Lauren. And definitely don't tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut...

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hiatus by L.A. Witt to read and review.

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