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Vin’s a hot Goth, tattooed and pierced and the most popular bartender at the Square Peg. Want to date him or buy him a drink? Sorry. Vin’s body is a temple and he’s barely been kissed. His heart belongs to Riley, the guy he crushed on in high school and can’t forget.
How about Vin’s BFF Patrick? He’d let you buy him a drink and have your wicked way with him in the men’s room (shh, don’t tell Shane or Ben, the bar owners!) Okay, maybe Vin needs to loosen up and Patrick needs to calm down, but they’re set in their ways.
Enter Riley, looking for Vin, and suddenly everything changes. Vin’s handed a happy ending on a plate and Patrick’s free and easy lifestyle loses its glitter as he sees what Vin has.
But does Vin really have his dream guy or does he just have Riley? Maybe they’re not the same thing, after all.
As reality ruins fantasies and divided loyalties make life complicated, choices need to be made by Vin and Patrick, but timing’s everything. Speak too soon or wait too long…either can leave a true happy ending out of reach.
(Author note: not a threesome romance or menage.)
When I got to the end of The Square Peg and realized that Vin would be getting a story. I was thrilled. The set up with the love of his life walking through the door after years and Vin chasing after him? It was perfectly set up and I wanted the boy’s story. What I got was not what I expected and I have mixed feelings about that.
Vin has been in love with Riley forever. As a teen in high school, the crush flourished into unrequited young love as Riley would “save” Vin from the group of jerks messing with him and like all crushes, Vin built up Riley in his head and placed his perfect and first young love on a pedestal. I fell for that Riley too, I wanted Vin to have his Happily Ever After with his love after not seeing him for five years and for Vin to finally do what he, um, hasn’t. I mean, I get it, I do – the reason that Vin dives head first into it all with Riley. I’ve had that whole scene where the boy I crushed on in high school shows up, sees me years later and realizes all that he’s missed. It’s a wonderful unrequited fairy tale… but Riley? Ugh. I didn’t like him.
From the first conversation I wanted to push these two apart, push Riley far, far away from my Vin. Riley was slimy, arrogant, judgmental and just, yuck to me. The real Riley that is, I was still crushing on the Riley in Vin’s head but sadly the up close, personal in the flesh Riley was nothing short of a jerk. When we learn who he is friends with, I threw up a bit in my mouth. I wondered if he has some ulterior motive for being with Vin and my dislike for the dude grew.
But on the flip side of Riley, we have Vin’s colorful BFF Patrick who is always there for Vin and when we get his POV, I fell head over heels for him. I love damaged boys and Patrick is a mess, a wonderful heartsick mess who I desperately wanted to have a sleep over with so we could pain our nails and share stories about our crushes. I just adored Patrick. Even though he is free with his love, when he realizes where his true feelings and his heart lie and who they lay with? He turns into this pigeon holed caterpillar and transforms into this gorgeous butterfly. I loved watching him grow and change and accept himself, flaws and all and welcome the love of his best friend.
It was also lovely and well, hot getting glimpses of Ben and Shane and the *ahem* pool table again. Nice to know the boys are still in lust and love with one another and how helpful they are to those who they employ. The talks with Patrick and Shane were so bro like but heart felt and the help that Ben gives Patrick made me melt. I loved those two in The Square Peg and that hasn’t changed.
But back to Vin and Patrick, because Riley doesn’t get any more of my time, these two were insanely sexy. Who knew Vin had that side to him? I guess he did and just needed the right boy to let it out… thank goodness for that because it again, was hot. Really hot.
It makes me sad that Vin had to go through all he did to realize who he wanted, he always knew what he wanted; someone to love him for who he was, no judgments and to be on his same level and I am so happy he gets it. So very, very happy.
The Broken Triangle is not an m/m/m book (despite the misleading cover), nor is it a threesome and no, there is no cheating. It’s just a story about two boys who stumble along the road to love until they find the right one.