Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Out of the Darkness


Title: Out of the Darkness
Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-555-5
Genre: {M/M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Leaving his old life behind and moving to California has been hard on Dan Wheeler and it has taken months for his world to smooth out and for him to get comfortable in his new home. He’s making a life with lovers Evan and Jeff, but it’s hard figuring out the dynamics of a threesome when two of those three have been together for years. When the relationship works, it’s wonderful—they laugh and have fun together but when it doesn’t, Dan thinks he’s crazy for getting involved with the established couple. He thinks about running.

It’s not just the newness of his relationship with Evan and Jeff causing Dan problems. He’s still struggling with the death of his long-term lover Justin and whether he deserves to be happy without him. Then there’s Evan and his crazy jealousy that starts to make even Jeff uncomfortable. Jeff has his own problems too. He’s the oldest of the trio and is still afraid he can’t keep up with his partners either in or out of bed in the long run. Despite the problems, misunderstandings and pain they’re going through, Dan cares for his partners. He just has to decide whether he’d be happier with or without them in his life.

Out of the Darkness is a sequel to Dark Horse and takes up almost immediately where the first release ended, so consequently the books need to be read in the order written. The first book introduced the characters, relationships and huge backstory of Dan, Evan and Jeff and if you don’t read it, I’m afraid you’ll be hopelessly lost. That goes for the numerous secondary characters that filter in and out of the story. Most were introduced previously and play varying degrees of plot importance, but for the most part, who they are really isn’t explained in Out of the Darkness so take it from me, read Dark Horse first.

Dan continues to be the focal point of this relationship, but I’m happy to say there isn’t as much angst and emotional pain as in the previous release. This one shows the three having a good time together—having fun—laughing, going out, meeting friends and in general, being normal. That’s not to say that Dan still isn’t being a bit wishy/washy and I have to admit there were times I wondered if he was ever going to get his feelings straightened out. Still, Ms. Sherwood did a great job writing Evan and Jeff as understanding and loving men willing to give Dan the time he needed.

I loved that Ms. Sherwood took the time for the men to realize that there was more to their relationship than sex and that they needed to slow down, date and get to know each other as people, not just lovers. These scenes are very nicely done and showed not only how much Dan, Evan and Jeff cared for each other, but how they handled their sexual frustration. These guys want their relationship to work but there were still times I was left wondering whether they could get past their difficulties and make a workable decision of what they wanted and who they wanted to be with.

The epilogue was a nice addition to the story, wrapping up a few of my questions and letting me know that these loving men could be happy together. FYI-You can find a few additional scenes located on the author’s website that you might want to check out. I’d love to see a story revolving around Dan’s best friend Chris.

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