Tuesday, July 8, 2014

~Review: Reward of Three (Rule of Three #3) by Kelly Jamieson~

Sometimes the darkest nights produce the brightest stars.

Rule of Three, Book 3

When the pregnancy test turns positive, Kassidy, Dag and Chris are thrilled they’re going to be parents at last. Their polyamorous relationship has blossomed, and there’s more than enough love to go around for their long-awaited little “Belly Bean”.

Then reality sets in. Dag grew up without a father. Does that mean he’s too damaged to be a good role model? Kassidy is at a critical point in her career, working long hours on a high-profile project. And Chris gets a disappointing—but not exactly unexpected—reaction when he contacts his parents with the news.

As worry nibbles at the edges of their happiness, fate is poised to tear it to shreds, leaving a loving foundation three years in the making cracking under the weight of grief and guilt. And the trio in the fight of their lives to repair their unconventional bonds.

Warning: Our sexy threesome is back for their happy ending. Keep extra tissues on hand for tears, a fan on standby for hot sex, and a post-it note to remind you to take a deep breath. It’s time to find out if the juice is really worth the squeeze.

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

This is the third book in the Rule of Three Series.  In this book Chris, Kass and Dag face their biggest challenge, parenthood.  Are the three ready to become parents? They have their home ready, each is involved in a career that fulfills them and they are learning to cope with how others view their unique relationship. They have decided that the next step will be to become parents; a child will complete their family.  At the beginning of the book Kass finds out she is expecting and is excited to share the news with her significant others. Even though it is early in the pregnancy they decide to share with some of their family and friends.
They didn’t mention the things they’d talked about in the past when they’d considered the decision to have children.  They didn’t talk about bringing a child into their unconventional relationship.  They didn’t talk about the kinds of reactions their child might encounter when people learned about their unusual family.  They didn’t talk about who was the biological father of the baby…because they’d all agreed it didn’t matter.
The reaction that they receive from some of their family and friends is mixed.  Some are happy for them and others are concerned about the problems that might face.  Chris’ parents were a major issue and they were not sure how they would react and if they would accept the baby as their grandchild.  Kass family was excited and accepting and if they had concerns didn’t dwell on it.  The three had decided from the beginning not to share their lifestyle with work.
There were some people who just didn’t need to know. 
When pressures begin to mount up due to the heavy work schedule for Kass they begin to question if this will work.  Kass has severe morning sickness and when it hits her at work she begins to wonder if she can keep the charade up.  When Kass loses the baby she is devastated and in a state of deep depression.  She begins to questions everything and so does Dag.  Would a baby have gotten in the way?  It is really hard on the three as they feel Kassidy start to pull away from the trinity bond that the three share with each other. 
“…She said hardships like this can either rip us apart or bring us closer together.  It’s up to us which it is.”
Will the trio be pulled apart by the loss of their baby? Can they find a way to heal the breach?  Or will the rhythm of three be lost to the pressures of real life? How can they find their way back?

Hero –Chris: 4.5 stars
Hero-Dag Spencer: 4.5 stars
Heroine –Kassidy Langdon: 4.5 stars
Steam: 5 stars 
Plot: 4.5 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This is a great book that looks at how it can be for people that do not fit into preconceived ideas of what is normal.  Especially when those differences do not match the way they believe.  The characters in this book show that prejudges can be overcome and happily ever after can be a part of real life struggles. This book is full of interaction between three people that love each other and want a family that is to them normal.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! Ms. Jamieson writes books that look without discrimination at the dissimilarities all humans have.  I cannot wait to see what life lesson is in her next book.

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

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