Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Last Call
AUTHOR: Felice Stevens & Christina Lee
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 282 Pages
RELEASE DATE: November 29, 2017
Quinn Monahan and Grayson Page have been friends since high school. Despite their differences, they’ve been there for each other through thick and thin. Opening Last Call together, a bar tucked away in the small town of Heartsville, PA seemed a natural progression—even if it makes it harder to live with the secret longing they’ve always had for each other.
Hoping to score an easy buck and a place to sleep, unemployed circus roadie Emery Woods chooses Last Call to run a few bets and enjoy a decent beer before moving on. When he finds himself stranded, the unexpected kindness Quinn and Gray show him leads to temporary work and a couch to lay his head. Sensing unresolved history between Quinn and Gray, he squashes his immediate draw to the men, opting to avoid trouble. But as days turn into weeks, denying the attraction is easier said than done.
When the men finally give in to the simmering sexual tension, it quickly develops into more than a way to pass the lonely nights. And as they begin to lean on each other for emotional support, it becomes nearly impossible to think of one man without the other two. But while Quinn and Gray are afraid to cross the line of friendship between them, Emery fears once they do, he’ll quickly be cast aside. A real family is finally within their grasp, but unless the men can learn to trust each other, they just might miss their hearts’ last call home.
I’ve always enjoyed a good ménage, and that’s exactly what this story is.
Quinn and Gray have been friends forever, they’ve also both been attracted to one another forever, but neither thought his feelings were reciprocated and they didn’t want to risk their friendship. So their attraction was always ignored. Owning a bar together, living together, hasn’t been easy considering they’re fighting hard to deny their romantic feelings, and it all comes to a head with the arrival of Emery. Emery is unemployed and living out of his car when he first turns up at Last Call. Big softie Quinn immediately wants to help him, and the two friends set about convincing Emery that they need his help with the bar. It’s not long before Quinn and Gray are both falling for Emery, who can clearly see that the two lifelong friends are already in love with each other. The obvious solution? A throuple, of course.
I’m a fan of Felice Stevens, so I can credibly say that this book is of her usual high quality. While this is the first time I’ve read a Christina Lee book, it’s easy to see from her popularity that she also delivers stories of a high standard. We are privy to the point of view of all three main characters, but it was always clear which man was front and center throughout. What I think I enjoyed most about this story was the fact that each man had his insecurities about the other two being together. Surely that’s only realistic. Especially for Emery who has ended up odd man out in a threesome in the past, and who has to hear Gray and Quinn talk about their history of friendship. But I appreciated the way the men forced themselves to talk through their issues. I loved the signal for having to talk was for one of the men to line up three shot glasses on the bar after closing time.
This skirted the edge of too much sex for my preferences, but I tend to like my stories to be lighter on the sex scenes, so you shouldn’t necessarily take that as a negative. And I can’t deny that the sex is hot, the authors obviously enjoying having three men to work with!
My only criticism is the almost complete lack of conflict. I’m not one to think that every story needs to have a “badguy”, but if the conflict is going to be of the internal variety, I need it to have a little more depth than this. There seemed to be several potential sources for conflict but nothing was more than superficially touched upon, which left the plot feeling a little underdone.
However, overall I enjoyed this story. It was a nice light read, and most ménage lovers should enjoy what these two authors have delivered.