Book: End Game (Hat Trick #3) by Samantha Wayland

Genre: MMF Romance, Explicit

Title: End Game

Author: Samantha Wayland

Release Date: 14 January 2014

Previous Book in the Series: Two Man Advantage

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Summary: 

Garrick LeBlanc never intended to fall in love with two people, but he has, and now he has to figure out what to do about it. He wants to make them happy, but is afraid he’s doing just the opposite. To make matters worse, he’s trapped in New Brunswick until the end of the hockey season, while his lovers are both in Boston.

Savannah Morrison has no one but herself to blame for practically shoving her lover into the arms of another man. After all, it was her idea that Garrick take a lover while they are separated for the season. She loves Garrick with all her heart, but how the hell is she going to share him with Rhian?

Rhian Savage used to have such a simple life. Now he’s in love, his dreams of skating on an NHL team are coming true, and he keeps spotting a strangely familiar face in the crowds. To top it all off, he has to see Savannah every day. He knows she’s Garrick’s real future, but he doesn’t have the balls to do the right thing for all of them and end it—until his life goes sideways. As usual.

Now Rhian is alone, Garrick is heartbroken, and Savannah—the one person Rhian figured would celebrate his departure—is beating down his door. What the hell is up with that?

What I Liked:

I don’t often read menage romances, but when I have in the past, they always felt a bit uneven to me.  One couple in the relationship always stood out as the most potent.  Here, I completely buy Garrick, Rhian, and Savannah as being on equal footing in their triad.  I think part of it has to do with how much time is given to develop each individual relationship.

Book one focuses on Garrick and Savannah.  Book two is all about Garrick and Rhian.  While this book is about all three of them coming together, a large portion of the book is dedicated to Rhian and Savannah.  They are a bit awkward with each other at first, but once the hurt/comfort cancer plot starts up, I could really feel the affection and love between them.  I think all three of these characters balance each other’s strengths, weaknesses, and needs perfectly.

What I Didn’t:

Rhian’s family came off as pretty one-dimensional.  His mother and brother are evil, cartoon villains, while his sister and grandfather are completely understanding and forgiving saints.  The whole thing was wrapped up just a little bit too easily to be believable.  Add to that the cancer plot and the actual relationship negotiation bit, and this book had a little bit too much going on.  Maybe it would have worked better if either one of the plots was cut out or the book was longer.

Overall:

This series was so much fun to read.  It had some great characters and probably the most believable MMF relationship that I have ever read in a romance novel/series.  Put that together with the fact that it features hockey players and sex that leans to the kinky side, this was a great find, and I’m excited by the fact that the author has written more books set in this universe about some of the supporting characters.

My Rating: 3.5/5

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