10 question review for Hiatus by L.A. Witt

Hiatus Book Cover Hiatus
L.A. Witt
Contemporary romance, menage, polyamory,
Samhain Publishing
July 19, 2016
244
A copy was provided by Netgalley

Three’s a disaster when things come unraveled.

Rock star Nate Keller is on top of the world, but his headlining tour has one drawback. It keeps him away from his boyfriends, Theo and Cameron, for weeks at a time. Yet after four-and-a-half years—and a lot of hard work—the trio is still going strong.

But then Cam comes to visit with devastating news. After seventeen years together, he and Theo have agreed to a trial separation. Nate tries desperately to fix his lovers’ broken relationship, but there’s only so much he can do from the road.

At home, Cam tries to carry on, but feels like his whole life is spiraling out of control. Theo struggles to cope with the split as his depression worsens. They’re both spinning their wheels, quickly losing hope they can keep it together—and keep the man they both still love.

Desperate, Nate drops everything in a last-ditch attempt to pull their trio back together before they hit rock bottom. Except their love could already be shattered beyond repair.

Warning: Contains two men who must face how broken they are before they can fix their failing marriage, and the man who loves them both—but doesn’t know how to save them.

 

For those new to BookWinked, but also the old crews, I’m trying something new. Question reviews to explore the story and review better. Questions may vary per review, but the basis will stay the same.

 

So, Hiatus, tell us about this book
Hiatus is the story about three men in an established polyamory/menage relationship. Rather than start at the beginning of their relationship, Hiatus starts when the relationship hits a serious snag and it looks like there might be a break-up.

Hiatus is a stand-alone story, as far as I can tell and it’s told from the main characters point of view.

Are the characters of this story dynamic, rounded?
The main characters of the story are rock star Nate, massage therapist Cameron and investment banker Theo. They are the main focus of the story. There are no secondary characters other than some of Nate’s bandmates and Theo’s brother and his wife, though they hardly get any page time, so they are not developed or an integral part of the story.

While all three are likable characters, the reader will probably identify with Nate most as he is the one hit hardest by Theo and Cameron’s decision to break up. In a way Cameron and Theo can be seen as antagonists as well.

I found I liked neither of the characters, though that wasn’t really their fault. The story’s main focus is the break-up and it’s very slow going with a lack of communication between the characters that make it so that the reader will be frustrated with them very soon.

The reader only sees the characters in crisis, apart from a few flashbacks. That makes that the characters are very one-sided and because the story is slow going there is no real development apart from the last chapter. Due to the length of the story, it’s too late to really like them.

Is there an engaging plot in Hiatus? (plot driven, character driven, complications, twists, turns)
It will be personal for everyone, but for me no. Hiatus is a lengthy story that is character driven. There are no other plot angles to the story apart from the menage breaking apart. There is a distinct lack of communication between Theo and Cameron that frustrated me to the point of hair-pulling. Holy moley they didn’t even really know why they were breaking up, apart from personal problems that they wouldn’t share.

Take in the length and no other plot angles other than sex sex and more sex, it makes for a boring, frustrating read. In the last couple of chapters the cause is discovered and voila, back on track. It would have been better if that was explored more. As it was I just was nominally bored with this story, even thoughI was very happy to see a rare story with a focus on an established poly relationship, rather than one just at the start.

What about the writing of Hiatus? The structure? Language?
The writing is what we have come to know of this author. It’s good, solid and flowing, but I have seen better writing by this author. The style and writing had an unimaginative air in Hiatus. Like there was no direction.

Why did you read this book?
I’m one of those readers that love poly relationships. Especially with men. The more the better. As I stated before, it’s actually rare to see a story that starts in an established poly relationship, so that is also what attracted me. Unfortunately, the story fell short.

Does the book explore a theme?
The story is centered around a trio breaking up and all the heartache and troubles that comes along with it. Moving back together, see a relationship therapist, get a divorce? What happens if there is a neutral third in the relationship?

What did you find unique about Hiatus?
Unfortunately nothing that stood out. No witty dialogue, no funny scenes or hurt-comfort scenes that made me go “awww”

What is your opinion of Hiatus?
By now it’s pretty clear I didn’t like Hiatus, which is too bad, because it had a lot of potential when I read the blurb and honestly, I like most of this author’s books, so it wasn’t expected. But the story was too long, the lack of communication frustrating and there were no secondary cast of characters to focus on or other plot angles. The instant “solution” that was offered at the end was not satisfying.

Would you recommend the story?
Everyone views a story differently. While I might not recommend this story, there might be readers who will like the extended drama of Hiatus.

How do you rate this story?
With two stars.

 

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