I really enjoyed Three Part Harmony. Menage isn’t really my interest in romance. I have a hard enough time believing two people can make it work, anything beyond that strains credulity. Holley Trent really makes it work in this book. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The cover of this book is a lie. None of these characters are babies. They are each adults struggling with the stuff that adults struggle with – success, failure, motivation, and still trying to figure out their relationships with their families.
The threesome is Raleigh, Bruce and Everley. Raleigh and Everley work together, but Everley’s position as the boss’s daughter doesn’t endear her to Raleigh. Bruce is a rock star trying not to be a rock star who ends up in relationships with both Raleigh and Everley. I appreciated that the three each had separate relationships developed independently before they came together.
There are some difficult things that Holley Trent makes work in Three Part Harmony. Raleigh is a dick to Everley for a good portion of the book. He’s a dick to Bruce too, but that comes from an explainable misunderstanding. Bruce is used to not being understood, because he is neuroatypical. Instead of trying to correct the misunderstanding, Bruce lets it go and lets bad feelings simmer between them for most of the book. Trent has worked some kind of magic to keep me rooting for Raleigh to get past his shit and be the excellent boyfriend that Everley and Bruce deserve. Everley and Bruce are great together and yet Trent still manages to create this space in their relationship that you just know needs Raleigh to fill.
This is a slow, slow burn of a romance, and honestly, I could have done with more of the three of them together and not fighting. That said, this is a pretty perfect romance. I knew how the protagonists would fit together, and I was waiting for them to work through their issues to get to the place where they could be together. It will be released August 27.