Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Like Breathing by Tia Fielding

A love as easy as breathing.

Life started out rocky for Devin Rice, but it’s turned out pretty well. He has adoptive parents and a brother who love him, and he works as a coder for his dad’s video game company. Romance is scarce, but a chance encounter leads to more than he ever expected.

While dropping off an assignment for his sick brother, Dev meets his mentor. Art history professor Seth Kent is brilliant and gorgeous, just what Dev has been looking for. Except that he’s in a long-term committed relationship.

Seth’s partner, Leaf, is older and sees the world differently due to his unusual upbringing. To him, the clear attraction between Seth and Dev isn’t a problem, it’s an unexpected gift. After all, Leaf is often on the road, going wherever rescue dogs need rehabilitation.

When Leaf meets Dev, all the missing pieces fall into place, and three men from different worlds and at different points in life fill each other’s empty spaces. For them, building a future together is the most natural thing in the world. But their unconventional love causes waves in their careers and family dynamics, and each man has his own doubts and fears to overcome.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This poly romance is both sweet and sexy. It is the story of a young programmer who falls hard for his brother’s professor – and then equally as hard for the professor’s older husband.

I really loved all three men in this book. Devin and Seth are easy to love. Both cerebral and somewhat introverted, the chemistry between them is instant and the relationship that builds makes sense.

Leaf caught me by surprise and initially the relationship between him and Devin felt awkward and forced. In their first conversation, Leaf comes across as a creepy old man and I didn’t understand why Devin agreed so readily to explore a relationship with him. But Leaf won me over almost as fast as he won over Devin. I loved the overlapping interests of all three men and I enjoyed the way Devin makes Leaf and Seth stronger together. I love a good dog in a romance and this one has three brilliant dogs – and a stray kitten.

While this is definitely a poly romance rather than erotica ménage, there are some wonderfully electric sexual scenes that are all the more beautiful because of the emotional connections between the men.

My review isn't going to do this book justice because I'm not great at expressing how I feel in words, but holy flipping hell this book was good. M/M/M books are one of those books that can go really good or really bad. This one was really good. Just like the title, the lives of Dev, Seth, and Leaf are so smooth and natural, just like breathing. There is no jealousy, no awkwardness, and no unease at all. All three just fit so well together. Each man brings something different to the table and Dev completes Seth and Leaf like no other. Add in some amazing dogs and a little kitty and this book will melt your heart. I found myself putting the book down several times because I didn't want it to end. Amazing men and a beautiful love story.

This is a very enjoyable, romantic, and thoughtful story. It involves three people with very different lives, and yet somehow, they all find their role in completing each other. There is always a bit of a pause when a newbie joins an established couple, but here the acceptance from the start makes that easier to envisage. Acceptance from others is less immediate, but they are confident in what is right for them.

Possibly in part due to the dogs and the kitten, this has far more of a romantic, family feel than many trio stories may have, but never fear, you will get to read about the intensity of the chemistry between them as well. As the title says, their relationship is like breathing, natural, meant, and life affirming. Delicious, thank you!

TIA FIELDING is a thirtysomething Scandinavian who is a lover of witty people, words, cats, sarcasm, autumn, and the tiny beautiful things in life. Tia struggles with stubborn muses and depression, but both are things she has learned to live with.

Tia identifies as genderqueer, but isn’t strict about pronouns. Why? Because luckily, in her native language there aren’t gender-specific pronouns. Being a reclusive author living with her fur-babies is another fact of life for Tia, among the need to write that seems to be a part of her psyche by now.

In 2013 one of Tia’s novels was recognized by the industry’s Rainbow Awards in the Best LGBT Erotic Romance (Bobby Michaels Award) category..

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Like Breathing by Tia Fielding to read and review.

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