Title: The Foster Family
Author: Jaime Samms
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 330 pages
Rating: A List
Blurb: Growing up in foster care has left Kerry Grey with little self-esteem or hope for his future. A college dropout, Kerry scrapes by on a part-time job at a garden nursery. His friendship with his boss and working with the plants are the only high points in Kerry’s life. He’s been dating the man who bullied him at school, but when his boyfriend abandons him at a party, Kerry wanders down the beach to drown his sorrows in a bottle of scotch.
Malcolm Holmes and Charlie Stone have been together for fifteen years. Despite Charlie’s willingness to accept Malcolm’s unspoken domination in bed,something is missing from their relationship. Early one morning, they rescue a passed out Kerry from being washed away by the tide and Charlie immediately senses a kindred spirit in the lost younger man. When Kerry’s roommate kicks him out, Malcolm and Charlie invite him into their home. As Charlie and Kerry bond over Charlie’s garden, Malcolm sees Kerry may be just who they have been looking for to complete their lives. All they have to do is show Kerry, and each other, that Kerry’s submissive tendencies will fit their dynamic.
But someone is sabotaging Kerry at every turn. As he struggles to discover the culprit, he fears for the safety of his new friends. If Malcolm and Charlie cannot help, their lifelong search for their perfect third may not end with the happily ever after they imagined.
Review: The word menage doesn’t scare me away from a read, but if it does you and you’re hesitant about picking this one up because there are three men I beg you to reconsider. Because this isn’t a menage book. It’s a book with three main characters. There is a difference.
Kerry is young and lost. A foster kid who had to leave the only place that felt like home when he turned eighteen and he has been barely surviving. He gets involved with a bully from his past and in a matter of a few hours loses everything he had.
Two men, Malcolm and Charlie help him out that morning with basic kindness and a hot shower. There is interest there, but Kerry runs far and fast from it.
Malcolm is always in charge. Charlie and Mal have been together half their lives and love each other deeply. But they have some serious issues that come to the surface when Kerry enters their lives.
Yes, there are some D/s elements in this book, but it’s not really BDSM. It’s more. These three men, all from foster families, all a bit broken, all unable to communicate some of the hurt they live with, need something. They know that the others could give it to them, but there is so much in the past and such aching pain.
This book is about love being made, renewed, accepted. It’s about family, both chosen and given. It’s about submitting to self and seeing yourself and those around you as worth healing for.
And they do. These intense men heal and love and we get to read their lives. An incredible book that is so much more than meets the eye.
Reviewed by Beans