TITLE: Denver’s Calling
AUTHOR: JJ Harper
SERIES: Cooper’s Ridge Series Book 1
COVER ARTIST: JC Clark at The Graphics Shed
GENRE: MMM; Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 303 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2017
PRICE: $4.15 e-book / $10.99 paperback
When Denver’s long-term partner breaks up with him, he flees his life, his career, and his bright future as one of the country’s leading trauma surgeons. Ditching everything but his dog, Denver returns to the quiet town of Cooper’s Ridge and his parents’ ranch.
Leaving twelve years earlier, Denver knew he would never be accepted as a gay man in an unaccepting town. So, when he meets Kes—an old school friend—in the bar he owns, he is shocked to find him in an openly gay relationship. Something he never thought would happen here.
What surprises him even more is the instant, mutual attraction the three men have. Accepting a job in Kes’ bar, they dance around each other, wanting them but not believing he would ever fit in with a couple so obviously in love. But, they want him. And they are not prepared to let him go.
Denver takes a risk and accepts their offer of a night out, finding a side of himself he never knew existed. Not trusting himself to be enough for the two men, the desire blooming in him is unprecedented and he can’t deny it: he wants them as much.
He finds his life falling into place, all because of two men. Is it possible he found his forever in a place he never expected it?
Once again, JJ Harper has sucked me into her wonderful imagination and storytelling ways. She has opened up this wonderful world where ménages’ can work as a relationship with three people and can be loving and adoring parents. Life is not easy for any couple but adding a third partner can prove even more difficult. As per her usual, she has me craving more. I loved how she wrote this from all three POVs and successfully too. This in itself, is not an easy task, but my favorite way to read. I like understanding each character’s POV and feeling their emotions from their perspective.
First, we meet Denver, a successful head surgeon at the hospital that he and his boyfriend have worked at for years. They have all their friends there also. They have built their lives in the big city, and Denver is happy with his life. That is until he comes back from a work conference and is welcomed home with a, “I’m sorry, but oops, I got engaged to someone else”. Feeling betrayed by his boyfriend and by their friends, since they knew about the affair, Denver quits the hospital and moves back to his small hometown and to his parents’ ranch.
Next, we meet Kes, the owner of the local bar. He has worked hard to get his bar up and going in this small town. It hasn’t been easy because he’s a gay man in a relationship and it took a while, but the town folk have accepted them and even support them. Then in walks Denver and his brother. Kes’ mind and libido go crazy. Kes remembers his first kiss, back in high school, was with the very man that just walked in. He’s enjoying the scenery of this beautiful man when his man walks in and plants a kiss on him.
Now we meet East, the local construction business owner. He loves his man and his daughter and couldn’t be happier with his family and life. He notices this man that Kes is staring at when he walks into the bar and doesn’t feel jealousy. Rather, he feels an attraction to this man and is intrigued to hear the story behind this man and his man.
All three are very attracted to each and feel this crazy connection that should feel wrong but feels so right. East and Kes know they want this with Denver and Denver knows it too. But Denver doesn’t want to cause any harm to the couple and sure doesn’t want to feel like the third wheel. Can they convince him they don’t want to be that couple anymore but rather a trio? Can they get the support from family and locals or will they have small town struggles with this kind of relationship? How will this affect their businesses and children? Can Denver get past his insecurities and allow these men to love him? Enjoy your journey to the answers you seek.
I know I did and can’t wait for Carter’s story next.
***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***