— ★★ Book Tour ★★ — Believing Blue (The Manchester Menage Collection) by Nicole Colville
Manchester Ménage Collection, Book Three
Is there a fated path we follow, or is it simply a series of coincidental events?
Police officer Kellan Howard is rumoured to have spent too much time in sub-zero temperatures, leaving him with a block of ice for a heart and women lining up to help thaw it. Mountain climbing is his only love, leaving no time for a relationship, and although meaningless sex satisfies his physical need, it’s empty. When he attends a fatal traffic accident, he didn’t expect his entire life to change. Along with a final message, Kellan is offered something else from the dying man: the chance to fall in love. Kellan’s never considered being with a man, but when he meets Valentino, he’s instantly drawn to him.
Suffering from crippling agoraphobia, talented Italian artist Valentino has a solitary existence, only experiencing life outside the house through his partner Stuart. When their relationship comes to an abrupt end, Kellan helps ease his suffering. A deep bond binds the two men together, and the sexual tension can’t be denied, but Valentino questions if the distance between their very different lives is too much, and if they can bridge the gap by themselves.
Ballet dancer Blue has a vibrant personality which demands attention, but his humour and courageous attitude are a shield. Blue’s good at making others believe in themselves, but what he needs is someone to believe in him. He could be the bridge both men are looking for, but Blue’s never allowed anyone to get too close, and when Kellan and Valentino enter his life, he desperately tries to protect his heart and his secrets.
When all three meet, the chemistry is undeniable, but each have fears about moving forwards. Together, they learn love comes in many forms. It can’t be restrained or labelled, and it doesn’t always appear in the way you first imagined
Kellan gritted his teeth together and stood up. “I won't leave you like this.”
“Get the hell out!!” Valentino gripped the base of his nose, rubbing it gruffly. His eyes snapped shut, but not quickly enough.
Kellan spotted the misty glimmer in them. Whether his tears were caused through sheer frustration or sadness, it didn’t matter. Kellan couldn’t leave. He’d have to be forced from the house by an armed response team. “No!” Kellan held his shoulders firmly. “I won't leave you.”
“God-damn it, Kellan.” Valentino’s eyes flew open, and Kellan’s hands were thrust from him with a jerk. “You're such a pain in the arse.” He leaned forward, almost hissing his words out against Kellan’s lips. “Why don’t you just leave me alone, huh? Why do you continue to push me when I don’t want it?”
Kellan’s body brushed against Valentino’s firm flesh, and he cursed himself for responding so quickly. “Don’t lie and say you don’t want me here when I know damn well what you want.” Kellan didn’t really know for sure, but there was a heat and need between them which couldn’t be ignored anymore. Valentino needed him, and Kellan was willing to hand over whatever he could to fulfil that need.
Valentino turned those teal green eyes on Kellan’s, a soft growl spilling from his lips. “You're a fucking tease! A tease, Kellan.”
Kellan was about to come back with a response, like how he had no idea he’d been teasing Valentino, but he was halted by two hands on either side of his head and Valentino’s mouth being forced against his. He stopped breathing, too stunned to act. Valentino had his face clasped tightly to his, those full lips hitting Kellan’s hard and fast, his tongue licking and seeking entrance inside.
A white hot shot of lust spiked through his body and every thought other than being against this writhing, sexy man disappeared. Kellan grabbed hold of Valentino’s hips, rushing him up against the wall and taking ownership of his mouth with a grunt.
Valentino bit down on his lip causing Kellan to pull back. As soon as they separated, Valentino had the upper hand and was spinning him around, holding him against the wall and spreading his thighs open with his knee, rubbing up against the hard length of Kellan’s cock. Despite knowing he could easily restrain Valentino and take control back, he didn’t want to. He wanted this from him. “You know what I want?” Valentino breathed out through their kisses. “You want to give me what I need, Kellan?”
I clearly remember getting to the end of Discovering Dalton and seeing the picture of these three captivating men and seeing the title of Believing Blue. I could not wait to read the next installment in Nicole Colville’s Manchester Ménage. The idea of a ménage intrigues me. I am always drawn to them. How is it possible for three people to be happy and in love? How is there not jealousy? These things fascinate me and they excite me.
I have to admit being very excited and nervous about reading it. Normally I love to dig into a new release within days because patience and I are not the best of friends. This one however I was a bit scared to start because there was a fourth person added to the mix this time and that worried me. I am the type of person who can be quite jealous and possessive especially of something I cannot fight against. How can one compete against the love of a deceased spouse? I was quite curious how this would all play out in the book.
We meet Kellan at the beginning while he is working at his volunteer job with Mountain Rescue. He has met Milo and Dalton and is driving their squad car through the snow when they encounter a horrific single car accident. This is when he meets Stuart. He bonds quickly to Stuart. As a former EMT I really empathized with Kellan, Dalton and Milo. Working desperately to save a life when all the odds are stacked against you is defeating. There are some scenes that stay with you forever. I worked as an EMT from ages 18 to 20 and I am 49 and still remember quite vividly those I can't forget.
I can't imagine what it feels like to suffer from agoraphobia like Valentino does. Losing Stuart to him was not only losing his partner, best friend, lover and confidant he also lost his greatest link to the outside world. Realizing what a toll this must have caused on their relationship sends Valentino into an even greater crisis. My heart ached for him.
Blue is a beautiful spirit inside a gorgeous man. When he and Kellan meet there are sparks! Not the sparks you may think however. Oh the banter! This was one of the best parts of the book for me! I loved the snark rolling off of Blue! I also loved the chemistry the two were fighting. Blue is an amazing ballet dancer. He is dressed as a beautiful peacock and catches the eye of a photographer who links him to Valentino who wants to paint him.
While reading this book I was reminded of a Japanese saying that comes up in my depression support group which is to Have A Kintsugi Life. Which means making meaning out of suffering. To find the treasure in life's scars. That is what these three men are doing with a little guidance.
This book is like one of those expertly crafted puzzles boxes that has three pieces that seem to fit yet it doesn't and you can't seem to figure out why and in the end you realize all along there was a small important fourth piece that is needed to bring everyone together so all the pieces would mold together perfectly.
I have loved the Manchester Ménage series so much. It seems to me that each book has gotten better and better. All I know is I am visiting my old friends again and meeting new ones. This book can easily be read without reading the previous two books. Happy reading! :)
MANCHESTER MENAGE COLLECTIONS
SAVING SAMUEL, BOOK 1
DISCOVERING DALTON, BOOK 2
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Welcome to the home of bittersweet M/M romances which will leave you craving more
Nicole grew bored being a supermodel genius who worked part time for NASA, and decided to take a break from helping solve the mysteries of the universe with Stephen Hawkins to write m/m romance.
She has a loving relationship with her hubby of twenty years, and has achieved a lot in her short life considering she's only eighteen. She has fourteen dogs of all different breeds, plus twenty cats, and when she's not tending to their every need, and solving complex math problems, she loves to sew and can be often found knitting in the garden, which she maintains all by herself with her magical green fingers.
Finding time to make all of her own clothing and master the kitchen better than Gordon Ramsey, she's also a vegan domestic goddess and can often be found cooking up a storm bare foot in her kitchen.
Okay, so that's not true, especially the cooking part, though I do tend to be bare foot and I swear like Gordon does while burning my latest creation -- and I still think NASA will be getting in touch. Any day now!! *crosses fingers* I could sooo do that job because I'm so obviously awesome, but until they do...
I'm a full time author of M/M Romance and Erotica, and somehow I have several bestselling books under my belt. I've been writing for four years, and I self publish all my work under Hidden Pleasures Publishing along with my amazing team of helpers in the form my cover designer Kellie Dennis, editor Jessica McKenna, and all of my beta readers and PA's.
I'm a wife to my beloved hubby and mother to two young girls, and I do in fact have two cats who I adore, but no dog, as the hubby put his foot down. I live in Leeds in the North of England and I love it, despite the terrible weather.
My men are all seeking what everyone is, true love mixed with passion and their own happy-ever-after full of laughter and tears.