Owner of a Lonely Heart

Mel Bossa
Owner of a Lonely Heart
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Less Than Three Press
Release Date
November 2015
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

Declan spends most of his life trying to forget his violent past, but now that his brother Valens is out of jail his efforts at a quiet existence are about to be turned upside down. On top of that, his best friend Rhys is leaving for Poland—right as Declan was ready to confess his feelings.

Overwhelmed, he turns to his friend Felix for support, only to find himself falling for Felix while still being in love with Rhys—who also happens to have feelings for Felix, leaving Declan with a present at least as complicated as his past, and a highly uncertain future.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Sep 14, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
122 people found the following review helpful
A heartfelt and emotional romance.

Declan and his brother came from a violent past that they continued to struggle with. Valens, his brother and protector, was being released from prison and was coming to live with Declan. He loved his brother, but was worried about Valens coming to live with him. Added to that, his best friend Rhys had told Declan that he's leaving. On top of all this, Declan's neighbor, Felix, was dealing with and trying to survive with his abusive boyfriend.

Declan and Rhys were totally in love with each other, but neither said a word until Rhys declared he was leaving for eight months. Of course. They were really different from the typical friends-to-lovers couples I've read and were a little explosive. Instead of laughing and having fun together all the time, they fought and bickered. It made them more real to me. Not all friendships are rainbows and roses, and neither was Declan's and Rhys'. When Rhys left, they struggled to make it work, but their love and devotion for each other was more than evident in their sacrifices.

With Rhys gone, Declan started spending time with and taking care of Felix. They start to become really close, and though neither would admit it, had awesome chemistry. Some heartbreaking circumstances bring Rhys back home, and they find out that all three of them seem to fit together better than just any two of them do.

They struggled in finding the balance in this new relationship between the three of them. It wasn't as easy as 'we all love each other so let's be together.' There was uncertainty, jealousy and arguing. It was emotional and exhausting. But I loved these guys even more through their insistence and determination to be happy together. There weren't any hot threesome scenes, as all the sex was off-page. Bummer, I know. But there was real depth in what they had together. There was emotion and a realness that I love to find in romance.

I think a sequel would be awesome (of course, I say that for all books I love), but I'd love to see more of these guys. Their HEA was a tough one, and even though I believed in their ending, I'd like to see what happens next for them.

OWNER OF A LONELY HEART is my second home run from Mel Bossa, who has firmly landed on my auto-buy list.
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