Book Reviews

Like Breathing by Tia Fielding at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Students/Teachers/Professors / Menage MMM / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-July-2018

Book Blurb

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.

 

Book Review

While the title implies that the three men in this complicated romance feel a “love as easy as breathing”, this is true only up to a point. Yes, falling in love is easy for them because the attraction is there from the start, but trying to figure out how they all fit together is much more difficult. Not that this is a surprise: Seth and Leaf have been together for ten years when they meet Devin (Dev), the age differences between them are significant, and meshing personal and professional lives between three men is, by definition, more problematic than finding a balance for two. Then there are the problems with acceptance of their unconventional relationship from others, both family and friends, and you have quite the situation.

Dev is twenty-five, the youngest of the three, and while he is a successful game developer now, he has not always had it easy. His adoptive parents are very supportive, but his brother, Angel, is not as easy to convince that Dev becoming involved with Angel’s professor is a good idea. Dev quickly figures out that Angel’s issue is mostly about fear of Dev getting hurt, but their relationship is quite rocky for a while. Dev’s initial problem is the fact that he is interfering with what is clearly a loving relationship, but careful exploration and an understanding of his unique place in the developing triad helps him overcome his fears.

Seth is thirty-six, an art professor with tenure, and madly in love with his life partner, Leaf. He has gotten used to Leaf’s absences when he travels for work but being alone a lot of the time is not easy. And as compatible as they are in most areas, there are things Leaf just can’t give to Seth, and vice versa. Then there is the fact that Seth is not an overly emotional man, so he looks at the entire situation, and any potential complications, in a very rational way.

Leaf is fifty-one, has grown up in a commune/cult, and has a very different view of the world than people raised in a more traditional situation. He is very close to his sister, even though they now live in different cities, but escaping from the cult together when she turned eighteen has formed a very deep connection between them. There are a few issues Leaf still has to deal with, and finding Dev is the catalyst for him finally getting the professional help he needs to become truly free and happy.

Tia Fielding does an excellent job developing the characters and showing how they deal with everything they encounter. Taking it slowly and step-by-step is part of the success but turning the differences between the men into a strength turns out to be the secret ingredient in the mix. As they explore the emotions between them it becomes obvious that they each have a unique contribution to make, and that things that are missing between Seth and Leaf, both physically and emotionally, can be provided by Devin. I really liked how Tia carefully develops all aspects of this evolving triad – it gives an interesting, ever-evolving peek into a true three-way bonding.

If you like character-driven stories, if you want to see how three men figure out a complex relationship while facing multiple external and internal issues, and if you’re looking for a psychologically fascinating and emotionally intense read, then you will probably like this novel. It’s a thoughtful look at what is truly important in a relationship – from a fairly unusual perspective.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 240 pages/77687 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-July-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/like-breathing-by-tia-fielding-9727-b