Monday, January 25, 2016

REVIEW: Us Three by Mia Kerick #lgbt #romance #YA

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance, young adult, part of the One Voice series
Release Date: April 2, 2014
Publisher:  Harmony Ink Press
Length: 180 pages

Description: In his junior year at a public high school, sweet, bright Casey Minton’s biggest worry isn’t being gay. Keeping from being too badly bullied by his so-called friends, a group of girls called the Queen Bees, is more pressing. Nate De Marco has no friends, his tough home life having taken its toll on his reputation, but he’s determined to get through high school. Zander Zane’s story is different: he’s popular, a jock. Zander knows he’s gay, but fellow students don’t, and he’d like to keep it that way. 

No one expects much when these three are grouped together for a class project, yet in the process the boys discover each other’s talents and traits, and a new bond forms. But what if Nate, Zander, and Casey fall in love—each with the other and all three together? Not only gay but also a threesome, for them high school becomes infinitely more complicated and maybe even dangerous. To survive and keep their love alive, they must find their individual strengths and courage and stand together, honest and united. If they can do that, they might prevail against the Queen Bees and a student body frightened into silence—and even against their own crippling fears.

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I don't read a lot of young adult books, but Us Three blew me away. It kept my attention from the first page to the last, and now I can't wait to read the second book in the One Voice series! 

Casey is the small, sweet boy. The one who's known he's gay forever. He is also the victim of severe bullying at school. And it is this bullying that eventually gets the attention of Nate and Zander. 

Nate used to be a stoner. Now he's a loner. Until he befriends Casey in French class after coming to Casey's defense when he's bullied yet again. 

Zander is the school jock. He's pretty sure he's gay, but he's definitely not going to come out and be bullied like that poor Casey kid. 

I loved seeing how the friendship between the boys started out as a tentative collaboration over a group project. Despite how different they are, they soon realized that they had a lot in common and that they actually liked each other. At this point, none of them were thinking about sex. As they grew to know each other better, their friendship turned into more, and it was beautiful to see it unfold. I loved seeing Nate step out of his shell to protect Casey, and seeing Zander go from an uncomfortable bystander to an outspoken activist. And Casey... poor Casey. He has the biggest balls of all.

There is sex in the story, but it's age appropriate. Okay, yes it's a threesome, a very tastefully done threesome. 

OUR RATING: 4.5 stars!


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