Monday, June 05, 2017

Release Day Review: It Could Happen by Mia Kerick

it could happenTitle ~ It Could Happen

Author ~ Mia Kerick

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~  5th June 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M/M Romance, New Adult





Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences, they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?

In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.


Jane’s Review

I have to say I was really intrigued and drawn to the blurb. I was curious to see how three very different high school characters could be realistically shown to be embarking on a committed polyamorous relationship. This book totally eliminated any doubts I had about how this could be done. It has an original, sincere authenticity to it that far outweighs many other polyamorous books I’ve read. I could picture this happening right now at any high school. The story is told from the PoV of the three main protagonists but in very different ways, each way unique to that person and entirely reflective of that person's personality and it continues that way throughout.

We see Brody Decker’s PoV through his diary entries. Brody is a self confessed adrenaline junkie, he’s a bit of a dreamer and though he attends lots of out of school activities he never joins in. He takes unnecessary risks for the ‘natural high - the rush’ he gets. Henry Perkins describes his life through his thoughts. He lives his life by the book as he has über religious parents who are dictating his entire pathway through school, college and beyond. He is a star athlete and his parents have chosen either a Christian college or top track college for him to attend. Danny Denisco is the poet and painter amongst them. He is very creative and we learn Danny’s PoV through his poetry. He is a goth and the only ‘out’ gay person at school.

On the face of it these three best friends don't seem to have much in common at all, but throughout the book we learn the things that bind them together and also the things that push them apart. I liked that this wasn't a linear relationship, it wasn't a typical ‘three guys get together and it all works out wonderfully’. These three have a very strong friendship and they begin to question if they each want more. Their relationship is deepening but they are all scared, for different reasons, of taking things further. They know once they've gone there it will change things forever, but none of them want to go back, they all want to move forward. This means accepting things about themselves and their sexuality and how it will impact them, this is particularly tricky for Henry with his life steeped in religion. We see the bullying that goes on in schools and the impact that has on the three of them. We learn more about their backgrounds and where their own insecurities stem from. It was interesting to watch how things progressed for the three guys. Their burgeoning sexual relationship was perfect in tone and content. It was another aspect that lent itself to the authenticity I touched on earlier. But by no means is everything straightforward for the three of them, we see the relationship wobbles and what that means to each of them individually. At one time or another, one of them steps up to either challenge what is happening or takes charge of a situation, each stepping outside of their comfort zone at a given time, this felt very real to me. What does shine through though, is love and the hope that ‘it could happen’. The tentative tone and romantic feel of this book made it an effortless read.

We leave the three guys each having gotten into their one chosen college and together, positive and in love. It's very much a HFN situation, but I would love a sequel to see how the three of them get on in college. I loved this new adult ménage romance and the unique way this story was told. Highly recommended.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm a little bit in love with this release day review, thank you so much Jane!! I'll be sure to share it tomorrow (aka I'll brag a little-LOL).