Arriving back in Seattle after five years, Jessilyn Franklin is done pretending she didn’t want two men. She’s done letting anything stop her from being with Adam and Mick, now back from the war and working at Twisted Steel, a custom hot rod and motorcycle shop. One night changes everything, but their relationship must strengthen to weather the storms they’ll face as they make their way back to one another.
I read Coming Back as a standalone and had no problem following the storyline as the book focuses on the ménage relationship between Mick, Adam, and Jessilynn. Unfortunately, Dane made the other couples in the series so interesting that I now want to go back and read the previous books so I can find out how Asa & PJ and Duke & Carmella got together. The camaraderie between Mick, Asa, and Duke and the way they all look out for one another is that of a chosen family and I really want to see those bonds formed.
The book opens with a party celebrating the grand opening of the new location of Twisted Steel, the custom hot rod and motorcycle shop that Mick is now a partner in with Asa and Duke. Ready to settle down and wanting to make a new beginning in all aspects of his life, Mick invited Adam and Jessi, hoping to reconcile with the one man and one woman who complete him. Fortunately, both Adam and Jessi accepted the invitations, wanting the same thing. They’ve each decided that it’s time to mend the bonds between them, whether it means that they find their way back to one another or if it gives them the closure they need to move on. Thankfully for me, their reconciliation gave them the chance to find out whether their one night together was a fluke or if they could take the next step and form a successful ménage relationship. While Jessi’s parents fully supported her relationship decisions as long as she was happy, neither Adam’s nor Mick’s family were as accepting of the trio. Even though Mick’s business partners were not aware of his bisexuality, both Asa and Duke were supportive of his personal choices and as Mick considered them to be like brothers, their approval meant a lot to him. Their support was also vital when Mick’s family tried to interfere with Mick’s happiness.
I really enjoyed the multitude of relationships that Dane created among the characters. Obviously taking their relationship from friendship to a committed ménage relationship made Mick, Adam, and Jessi’s the most important of the relationships of the novel – and the sex scenes were seriously hot, by the way. But the familial relationships between each of them and their parents were fascinating to see. Jessi’s parents were the most accepting and supportive of the three, with her parents serving as “adoptive” parents for both of the guys from the time they first entered Jessi’s life. Adam’s family was a mixed bag with his mother being supportive and his father and stepmother considering Jessi and Mick beneath him due to their inflated sense of self. But it was Mick’s parents’ condemnation of his relationship with both Adam and Jessi that astounded me time and time again. Mick’s father refused to accept that his son was bisexual and hid behind his religion as a way to try to shame Mick into making different choices. What really shocked me, though, was that he blamed Jessi for his son’s bisexuality rather than blaming Adam. Obviously I know that neither Adam or Jessi were responsible for Mick’s sexuality, but I could not wrap my mind around Mick’s father’s reasoning nor what he did to Jessi when he confronted her years earlier. Yet when push comes to shove, it is the family the trio has made that has their backs. Coming Back was a great read and I look forward to reading it again after picking up books one and two.