The Art of Three by Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese #mf #mm #mmf #review @racheline_m @erincmcrae

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Jamie Conway has a charmed life. At 24, he’s relocated from Dublin to London to star in his first feature film. Unfortunately, he also has one very big problem: He has a huge crush on his happily married costar.

British heartthrob to middle-aged women everywhere, Callum Griffith-Davies should have better sense than to flirt with his new-to-the-business colleague, but good judgement isn’t one of the qualities for which he’s known.

Nerea Espinosa de Los Monteros Nessim has better things to do than fret about her husband’s newest conquest. She’s busy planning her daughter’s wedding at the family’s farmhouse in rural Spain. Besides, she and Callum have been married and polyamorous for almost 30 years; she’s content to let him make his own bad choices.

But when Nerea flies to London after her artwork is selected for a high-profile museum show, she falls for Jamie too. Soon Callum, Jamie, and Nerea have bigger problems, and surprises, than international logistics. From ex-lovers and nosy neighbors to adult children with dramas of their own, The Art of Three is a contemporary romance that celebrates families, and farce, in all shapes and sizes. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14rachelle-tag

I had to sit on my review for a couple of days because once I finished the story I wasn’t for sure how I felt about it. I love poly romances in all forms and settings and I expected to thoroughly enjoy this, but what happened instead was I kept flipping pages wondering when the pace would pick up. For some reason I couldn’t sink into the story, making it feel like it took a long time to read. Over several days I picked it up read a little and then put it down, and forgot about it until I looked at my calendar for review due dates. Why did I feel this way? I’m not sure. The pace was slow. There was no erotic content, which I didn’t mind because how the story was told that particular part of the romance wasn’t necessary. This was more about relationships. The relationship between Callum and Nerea. Between Nerea and Jamie. Between Jamie and Callum. Between parents and their grown children. Old relationships, new relationships, and most of it I wasn’t interested in. Callum and Nerea were exhausting. Their conversations had me scratching my head because it felt like they were fighting all the time, snapping at each other, berating each other, but then they would both profess undying love for each other. The whole family was passive-aggressive, snappish, and I had a hard time finding the love in between the lines. There was telling and conversation, but in some cases where I needed more depth to the character and their emotions, the story kind of left me wanting. I really wanted to love this, but the book wasn’t for me. I am sure there are readers out there who will love the pacing, setting, and banter between the characters. I just couldn’t connect.

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