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This was a nice read, especially before the three men got together. That’s where the book lost me.
Let's start with the good. I loved the format. We got to see Charlie's life through his scrapbooking memories. It showed me a piece of Charlie's heart every time a new picture was added. Charlie is sweet as can be and proud of who he is. He makes no apologies for the way he dresses or for the things he likes. Charlie and Scott made a cute couple. Scott was the perfect boy next door. He is smart, cute, and played football. He was Charlie's first love. Then many years later he meets Adan. He's rude, insensitive, and cocky. A total opposite to Charlie, but Charlie sees something in him and gives him a chance. It was hard at first to accept Adan after the loving relationship Charlie had with Scott, but I quickly warmed up to Adan. Yes, he was a complete ass to Charlie, even up until the very end, but I understood where it was coming from. Adan was fighting preconceptions from his upbringing. I didn't like it and I hated that he hurt Charlie, but nevertheless I understood it. Charlie stood up for himself every time and never let Adan get away with anything. He gets hurt, but he doesn't compromise himself in the process.
Here's where it all goes downhill. So much was dedicated to the individual relationships in the first 70% of the book, that when all three met up again there was not enough time to work out any of the issues or they were simply ignored. It felt like the author was rushing through everything in order to get to the big sex scenes. We get a pure chance meeting between them and no explanation as to how Adan and Scott got together. We get nothing of their relationship together except their problems in the bedroom. They know right away that they want Charlie in their relationship. No discussions, no compromises, nothing. How does that work? It felt wrong on so many levels. There's a couple of scenes where they reacquainted themselves, but it's mostly about how much Adan and Scott want Charlie in bed. They make it clear that it's more than that, but that's not the focus. We get nothing of Charlie trying to work out how both his ex's are together after all these years and how he is dealing with it all. That was the most important part! We are told that 6 months go by before Charlie gives in, but really that meant nothing to me because what we saw was Adan and Scott showing up, apologizing to Charlie, and then making up. Very disappointing.