Author ~ Allison Cassatta
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 26 August 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Is it better to keep some secrets locked away?
Matt thought his life was perfect, but he learns there’s no such thing when the man he planned to marry breaks his heart and leaves him holding the pieces. Needing to escape and lick his wounds, Matt heads to New England to spend time on his brother’s lobster boat. A one-night stand proves to him that empty sex does nothing to mend old hurt, and neither does running away.
So when Matt’s best friend, Luke, a firefighter, is seriously injured, Matt steps up, even if it means facing bigotry and ignorance. Luke has been hiding his feelings from Matt all their lives, and revealing them after so many years won’t make life easier for either of them. But nothing worth having ever comes easily….
First Edition published by Amber Quill Press, 2013
Freya’s Book Brief
Matt is head over heels in love with Brandon, and his goal in life was to do the best he could for the person who meant everything to him. Unfortunately, Matt’s construction job takes him away, a lot, which spells disaster for his relationship with Brandon. Brandon leaves him a ‘Dear John’ note saying, it’s not enough. Heartbreak hits Matt like a sledgehammer. Confused and needing to clear his head, Matt jacks in his job, and takes off to his brother’s place, to work on a lobster boat. But, before he goes, his best friend, Luke, gives him something to think about.
All the elements of this story are extremely descriptive - whether it be scenery, feelings or storyline. Some of the longer accounts represent the long road away from hurt and back to sanity. Proof that a broken heart can’t be gotten over quickly taking in all the elements from, hurt, to acceptance.
I was taken on the journey of mending a broken heart, including, anger, flight or fight, the indecision, the what if’s and the yo-yo between should I shouldn’t I and eventual moving on – with who? Some parts are a little predictable, others not so much.
The banter between Matt and his brother Mark is good. It’s an excellent mix of brotherly telepathy, sarcasm, and caring.
Like the waves of the sea, this story has swells and dips, and some descriptions I found could be skim read without losing any story integrity. I greatly enjoyed the time aboard the lobster boat. The action made a good change of pace.
Three Little Words, pulled at my heartstrings. It includes drama, hurt, comfort, a dose of casual sex, homophobia, indecision, soul searching and some very touching moments. If you love a story that will make you go awwwww, then you will love this.