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REVIEW: “What He Left Behind” by L.A. Witt


Can you ever have a second first time?

Josh Carver thinks it’s just another lunch with his best friend, Michael—until Michael confesses he just turned down a date with his hot veterinarian crush. It seems Michael’s abusive ex left him more scarred than Josh realized.

Josh and his husband, Ian, have done their best to help Michael leave his horrific past behind, but even Josh is stunned when Ian suggests that Josh help Michael with his fear of physical intimacy. After all, it isn’t like it would be the first time—Josh and Michael were once each other’s firsts.

A hesitant first kiss, and Josh and Michael’s natural attraction eases the way. But with Michael still balking at the prospect of sex with someone new, Ian steps into the breach.

Everything is fine and dandy until emotions become so entangled, their friendship—and a marriage—could be at risk.

Warning: Contains three guys who will do anything for each other, a hot tub that’s always the right temperature, and a cat with an attitude problem.

25244415Title: What He Left Behind
Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher: Samhain Publishing 
Pages: 238
Release Date: September 18, 2015
Purchase Links: Samhain


I’m struggling to find the words for this one. I love a good threesome, especially when it involves a lot of feelings, respect, and people who genuinely care for each other. I like the other kinds too, but when a book is basically going to be about one long threesome, I want more. Witt totally delivers on the more. Josh has a deep and meaningful marriage to Ian. Both men are incredibly loving and thoughtful. Each of them function in a way that seems like the feed off each other, but I don’t like that term. It sounds vaguely carnivorous. I guess they compliment each other. Yes… that’s it. Josh has a best friend, Michael. They’ve been best friends most of their lives. Michael is a huge part of Josh’s life, and thus Ian’s. The three friends are really close and you can tell they all care so much for each other.

The story surrounding this friendship, and the work they all put into it is what holds it together. Michael was in a very abusive relationship and still, years after it has ended and a lot of therapy, still struggles with intimacy. Shoot, not just intimacy, but general touching and affection. When Josh and Ian get to the point where they don’t know what else to do to help their friend, Ian makes the suggestion that Josh be the person to help Michael move forward. All this is based on the closeness they have as friends, but also on past situations in which they were intimate with each other. They both had their first experiences with each other… their first everything. The thought is that hopefully, because of their past and the trust they’ve always shared, Josh can help Michael move forward and get to the point where he can finally date again. Touch again. Have sex again.

Obviously, we know where this story leads. It’s easy to surmise. The closeness that Josh and Micael shared before only strengthens when they start this new form of therapy. What I liked most was the tenderness Josh shows, the patience, but also the way Ian had not only made the suggestion for Josh to help Michael so intimately, but that he supported it the entire way through. Even when feelings become more involved, it’s Ian who holds them all together. And together they realize something that was just under the surface, waiting. That’s the story… how three men who are slightly more than friends, dive into something enormous. Something that can go very badly but they’re mature enough to communicate about it. They’re open and honest with all involved and that’s so incredibly refreshing. Despite figuring out exactly where this story was going, and knowing that I would not be left without a happy ending, it did nothing to take away from the beautiful way these men treated each other. For that alone, I really liked this book.

About Kristie

I like to read, cook, play video games, and generally ignore most people. I hate talking on the phone, but for a small handful of people. I do my best to make my life as simple as possible. I also enjoy hanging out with my husband who makes me laugh every day.

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