What do you do when what you want more than anything is to get married, but your perfect man is married to the woman who set the two of you up on a blind date? Mason has been dating a man who seems perfect, but they keep not taking the step from casual to serious. Meanwhile, his friend Claris has finally nagged him into agreeing to a date with her husband, a fashion designer named Diego. They are in an open relationship. While Mason is ok with one date before locking down his forever with Dr. Tim No-Last-Name, he can’t take Diego seriously, because Diego is already married. Without the burden of expectations, Mason and Diego have a wonderful time, and then another wonderful time. They click so beautifully, but Mason can’t see how he would ever be anything else but the guy on the side.
The Life Revamp is a lovely romance about expectations and connections. Most polyamory romances are about 3 or 4 people in a closed romantic group all having sexy times together. The open V relationship, where one person is in a romantic or sexual relationship with two people who are not romantically or sexually involved, is less represented, but very common in reality. I loved that Mason’s questions and insecurities are dealt with realistically. Mason is friends with Claris, but uncomfortable with her being the wife of the man he loves. It takes him a long time to believe that he could have the kind of life and love he wants with Diego. Diego is amazing. Diego and Claris are great together, and Diego and Mason are great together. Mason has wonderful friends and a pretty great life, once he gets out of his own way.
The Life Revamp is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year, and I’ve read some fantastic books this year. It’s funny and heartbreaking and cathartic. I want to spend more time with the Motherf*ckers, so I will be going back to read Kris Ripper’s The Love Study and The Hate Project. This hug of a book will be out in time to sooth your soul between Thanksgiving and the Winter Holidays.
I received this as an advance reader copy from NetGalley and Carina Adores. My opinions are my own.