A Jeri Review: Five-Sided Heart by Max MacGowan


Rating:  3.5 Stars out of 5

Five Sided HeartI’ve read a few poly books. MMM and MMF. Never have I read a MMMMM book. Yes, you read that right. A five man poly relationship. Sounds….complicated. Honestly, it was anything but.

Five men, all broken in one way or another serendipitously meet at the ferry dock. Seems they all missed the boat back to the Outer Banks, but Noah had been there for his father’s funeral and it turns out his father left him his boat. So he offers everyone a ride.

After the boat sinks and they swim back to shore, Noah offers all of the guys a shower and some warm clothes. Then they pull out the booze.

Noah is definitely the center of this relationship and book. Ten years before his father had kicked him out for being gay and he hasn’t been back until now. He is shocked to learn that his father left him not only the boat, but another boat and his house.

Ian is his neighbor. Living in the house next door to the one Noah just inherited, he is struggling with his break up with his long time boyfriend.

Ty lives a mile or so down the beach with his great aunt who raised him but is now struggling with Alzheimer’s.

Jacob and Gabriel seem to be just passing through, but are not in a hurry to go anywhere.

All five stumble into a relationship of sorts. No one know what it is or how long it will last. But being together just feels right.

This story could have been such a mess. But it wasn’t at all. All five men are their own person. No one man is in control, no one man is the subordinate. They are all equals in this crazy polygon. They all come together so naturally as if they were all waiting for each other. They help each other discover pieces of themselves, to heal and to love.

While some of the vernacular was a bit odd at times, and it really bugs me when “real life” (ie jobs, apartments, etc) gets forgotten, I still really enjoyed this story of five broken hearts coming together to make one complete heart.

Cover art by Brooke Albrecht is simple and lovely.

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Book Details:

ebook, 230 pages
Published May 16th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634772679 (ISBN13: 9781634772679)
Edition LanguageEnglish