Erryn reviews ‘Hiatus’ by L.A. Witt. The ebook was published March 14, 2017. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Greg Boudreaux, released on November 16, 2017 and is 8 hrs and 49 mins long.
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Why I read this book: I was in the mood for an L.A. Witt angsty listen.
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.
This is not an action book. It is not a typical rock star book, nor is it a stereotypical ménage.
This is a relationship book. Real men, realistic situations, and painful separations.
I loved it.
Honestly, it did take a bit of time to orient myself as I am accustomed to action moving the story forward. With this book, often it is the lack of action that propels it into uncharted heart-breaking territory.
As this story involves three men, you could call it a ménage, but as Ms. Witt understands, in terms of polyamory – this is a true triad. Although Cam and Theo are married, Nate has equal status in the relationship and the three have been happily living together like this for more than four years.
With Nate’s rock star status, though, it means their relationship is in the ‘closet’. As the lead guitarist and frontman for Alien Emissary, his image is everything. Intriguing rumours about women he might be seeing means keeping his homosexuality a closely-held secret. His bandmates –friends since grade school – know the truth. They are also his support network and when the triad falls apart, it is Jill and his friends who rally around him.
And fall apart is the right term. Cam and Theo have agreed to a trial separation and Nate feels a bit like a child being shared between two bickering parents. Except he’s an adult and Cam and Theo have promised things will go on as they were before except it will be two separate relationships.
But, as a child of divorced parents, I can say that only the strongest of adults can endure divorce without letting some bitterness show through the cracks. Cam and Theo really do their best – and they both love Nate – but it’s just too hard.
The story is told from alternating first person points-of-view, split evenly between the three men. As such, the listener is pulled into the deep and dark places these men sometimes inhabit. Without giving too much away, there are some tough scenes in this book, and again, as someone who has seen dark places, they are very accurate and realistic.
Of course I have to mention Greg Boudreaux’s amazing performance. His narrations are always spot-on, and in this book he gives three distinct voices for the three men.
The reader needs to understand there are flashbacks and a slow-moving plot, so they should be prepared to sit back and enjoy a true relationship book. In the end, this is a romance, so it has a happy ending. And there are days when that is just perfect.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
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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…