A Jeri Review: Five-Sided Heart by Max MacGowan

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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.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | ARe | Amazon

Book Details:

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

 

Its Menage a Five Time with Take Your Pick by Missy Welsh (author interview, excerpt and giveaway)

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Take Your Pick by Missy Welsh
Release Date: October 9, 2015

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Publisher: Missy Welsh
Cover Artist: Thorny Sterling

Buy the book:  Amazon  | All Romance eBooks

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Today, I’m very lucky to be interviewing Missy Welsh author of Take Your Pick.

Hi, Missy. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Hello! Thanks so much for hosting me today. I’m not too complicated, addicted to carbs, and I need an app on my phone to yell at me so I work through my to-do list. Sometimes I’m pink and frilly, but mostly I’m denim and bare feet. I’ve worked in membership management, IT, customer service, and marketing, but it’s writing fiction that I truly love.

Take Your Pick is about Peter Kim and his 5 housemates exploring their sexualities in the name of ultimate friendship. See, Pete’s in love with all of them and it’s become a secret he can’t contain any longer. After he’s found out, he’s both thrilled and wary about his housemates’ decision to spend a day with him doing whatever he wants, including sex. Pete’s going to learn a lot about each of them as well as himself by the end of this story.

1) What’s the best line you ever wrote?

By Missy Welsh. Honestly, that’s just about the best thing any writer can write, regardless of what we’re writing. It’s a moment of pride and accomplishment. I did this! Best line ever.

2) Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what kind?

Yes, but not always. If I really need to concentrate, most often I’ll listen to a white noise machine or a fan; just so it’s not silent. Other times, I’ll listen to the Top 40 type of music. When I’m going through edits, I’ll often listen to classical music, either orchestral or piano.

3) If your book were made into a movie, what actors would you like to see star?

Well, Take Your Pick would be straight to video and available by subscription only, so I’m going to need a Korean twink, two young Italian studs, a blond with a big grin, a stern-looking dude, and a brunet with awesome muscle definition. I’m afraid I’m not so familiar with porn actors’ names as I am with their…faces. Feel free to cast in the comments!

4) What genres do you write in?

I consider M/M Romance the genre, with sci-fi, paranormal, and contemporary being the subgenres I write in. I’d like to get more into suspense and possibly fantasy in the future.

5) Where and when do you prefer to write?

I’ve discovered that I write best in the morning. Even if it’s just for a few minutes or an hour, my mind’s wide open in the early hours. Sometimes even before the sun comes up! (And I am not a morning person in any other way.) I work on my laptop, but only occasionally do I sit in a chair to write; I’m usually at my little desk in my bedroom.

Thanks for having me here today!

Blurb

Peter Kim has been in love with his five best friends since junior high. Now attending college, they share a house, but none of them know how Pete really feels.

Until the five of them come home early to find Pete masturbating while watching a video of them all on vacation near a river last summer.

Devastated and embarrassed, Pete is sure they’ll kick him out come morning. Accepting him as the only gay one among them is one thing, but knowing he lusts after them? All of them? They couldn’t possibly accept that.
But when Pete wakes up the next morning, he’s shocked to discover his housemates have a proposition for him. He’ll choose one of them each day, and they promise to do whatever he wants—including sex—for a full twelve hours.

And, yeah, they’re serious.

Pages or Words: 20,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, New Adult

Excerpt

I watched them pile into the behemoth Devon’s mom had loaned for tonight’s trip up to Cleveland. They all looked good in their club clothes. Nothing flashy or too tight, but I’d spread some fashion sense around and they’d believed me every time. Not a single girl would be able to resist my boys.
Of course, there would be plenty of boys who’d be unable to resist them either.
Just like me.

I waved as they drove off, equal parts relieved and lonely. I didn’t want to let them go without me, but I had been wound way too tight lately. I had on one other piece of clothing—the tightest pair of briefs I owned—just to help mask the boner I kept springing every time I’d been near them for the past three days.
Something had to give, and it was going to happen in a gush of orgasmic heat all over my fist.

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About The Author

Meet Missy Welsh:
Missy Welsh stares into space a lot, has conversations with cats, takes notes while people-watching, records conversations (not the ones with cats), named her laptop Norbert and her phone Pushkin, has backups of her backups’ backups, faints at the sight of a misused semi-colon, and will often ask socially unacceptable questions of strangers.
Basically, she’s a writer.

Where to find Missy Welsh:
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/175mi7V
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1EiCGVk
Missy Welsh Book News (email list), http://bit.ly/1coHgOY
All Romance eBooks Author Page, http://bit.ly/1VanTjS
Amazon Author Page, http://amzn.to/P6ilxR

 


Tour Dates & Stops:

5-Oct The Jena Wade: http://www.thejenawade.com/blog/book-blast-take-your-pick-missy-welch

Hearts on Fire: http://heartsonfirereviews.com/missy-welsh-take-your-pick-interview-excerpt-and-giveaway/

BFD Book Blog: http://bfdbookblog.net/2015/10/blog-tour-stop-including-excerpt-author-interview-giveaway-take-your-pick-by-missy-welsh/

Rainbow Gold Reviews: https://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/take-your-pick-by-missy-welsh-lgbt-blogtour-giveaway/

6-Oct Tara Lain, Divine Magazine, Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My

7-Oct Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Three Books Over The Rainbow, Ogitchida Book Blog,

Bayou Book Junkie

8-Oct Because Two Men Are Better Than One, MM Good Book Reviews, Prism Book Alliance

9-Oct Kimi-Chan, My Fiction Nook, Love Bytes, Dawn’s Reading Nook, Inked Rainbow Reads, Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance

 

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Giveaway

Enter to win a Rafflecopter Prize: One of three copies of ‘Take Your Pick’ by Missy Welsh. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Link and prizes provided by the author and Pride PRomotions.

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