Monday, December 18, 2017

Outside the Lines by Anna Zabo

Title: Outside the Lines
Author: Anna Zabo
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Bluewater Bay #22
Main Characters: Ian and Simon with Lydia
Release Date: December 2017
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Miniature artist Ian Meyers has one week to rebuild his damaged set. Needing help, he goes to End o’ Earth, the local comic and gaming shop. Owner Simon Derry pushes all of Ian’s buttons, and he also has steady hands and the skills Ian needs.

Before they can even grab a beer, Ian meets Lydia Derry, Simon’s wife. If Ian had any interest in women, he’d suggest a threesome, but then Simon explains that he and Lydia are polyamorous, and if Ian wants Simon, neither of them will complain. If anything, Lydia encourages the relationship.

Ian’s all in, and it’s fantastic working with Simon to piece together his set and then take each other apart at night. His friendship with Lydia grows too. The only problem is, the more time he spends with Simon, the more he wants everything Simon already has with Lydia: A house. A cat. A commitment. So Ian runs, and shatters the trust he has with them both—right when they need him the most. Piecing their relationships back together might prove harder than a smashed set.

My Review:
Wow, wow, wow...somehow I almost missed this book and I would have totally missed out on a great story. I adored this book. 

At the heart of this book are two men falling for one another, but it's so much more than that. This book is about a married couple who have the most amazing, loving relationship. This book is about different types of love that go so much farther beyond sex. It's truly a beautiful story and the deeper I read into it, the more I fell in love with it and the entire story. 

Okay, so the story. Ian is a professional miniature set designer for special effects. When his latest model is crushed, he's under HUGE pressure to get it rebuilt. That's where Simon comes in. Simon and his wife own the local modeling and comic book store. He's also a huge modeler himself, and extremely proficient with his painting skills. So when Ian comes into the store for supplies, he finds just the assistant he needs in Simon...and their sizzling chemistry is dang nice too. But that's before Ian realizes that Simon is married. 

Simon and Lydia keep the fact that they have an open marriage on the down-low. Bluewater Bay is a small town and they don't want to alienate their client base, but all that begins to change when Ian comes on the scene.

Gah, I cannot tell you how incredible this story is. I loved it so, so much. And despite all the complications that this arrangement brings up for a relationship, the story also remains incredibly sexy. I loved all three of the characters, although Lydia is definitely a side character. She's so strong and supportive...I loved her and what she and Simon have built together. There's so much trust and pure love between them...it's beautiful. And then to see how Ian fits into all that...LOVED IT!!

The entire story was just expertly molded and told by the author. I loved it (have I mentioned that yet?)...but seriously, it was an amazing story. The focus is the love and relationship that develops between the two men, but the story and depth comes from how all three fit together in the most perfect way. 

I highly, highly, highly recommend this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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