Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.
Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.
Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.
The novel, largely set in London, United Kingdom plots the development of a triad among three diverse gay men. Tom and Cass have been partners for most of a decade. Sharing the responsibility of several different restaurants and food delivery service, they have work ethic that would make a Puritan seem lazy. Tom’s focus is business aspect and Cass take care of the food. They don’t see each for days.
Jake, a waiter at a chain restaurant, meets Tom while he is waiting tables. As the friendship develops between the three it culminates with Jake moving in, with Cass complete approval and encouragement.
The most interesting part of the story is that Jake is afflicted with Tourette’s syndrome. The author as stated in her concluding note, performed first hand research into the subject interviewing and observing a man with Tourette’s. No cursory Goggle search for her.
My one difficulty with this book was the frequent use of British slang and colloquialism. Although most could be understood in context, several I had to research. On a positive note, I actually learned new slang.
I recommend this title for those seeking a pleasant story, triad or a character with Tourette’s syndrome. The characters are far the from ideal and that is what makes for an interesting story.