Title: Us Three
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Mia Kerick
In his junior year at a public high school, sweet, bright Casey Minton’s biggest worry isn’t being gay. Keeping from being too badly bullied by his so-called friends, a group of girls called the Queen Bees, is more pressing. Nate De Marco has no friends, his tough home life having taken its toll on his reputation, but he’s determined to get through high school. Zander Zane’s story is different: he’s popular, a jock. Zander knows he’s gay, but fellow students don’t, and he’d like to keep it that way.
No one expects much when these three are grouped together for a class project, yet in the process the boys discover each other’s talents and traits, and a new bond forms. But what if Nate, Zander, and Casey fall in love—each with the other and all three together? Not only gay but also a threesome, for them high school becomes infinitely more complicated and maybe even dangerous. To survive and keep their love alive, they must find their individual strengths and courage and stand together, honest and united. If they can do that, they might prevail against the Queen Bees and a student body frightened into silence—and even against their own crippling fears.
Us Three is a new release by author Mia Kerick. This coming of age story is a little different from some out there since this one is a ménage. The story brings together three young men, each from a different high school click. Each of the men will pull you into the story, but after reading the prologue Casey had the strongest grasp on me. The way he is treated at school is shocking but it is who is doing the tormenting that was even more shocking. Casey, Nate, and Zander are brought together for a class project, something that pisses off Casey’s tormentors. The men start off as reluctant friends, but, as they get to know more about each other that relationship changes.
This is a wonderfully written book that had me hopping the author was planning a sequel before I even finished reading Us Three. All three main characters are well written and the fact that the story is written in alternating first person point of view gives the readers a chance to know each of the boys. I loved the way Nate, Zander, and Casey are with each other, and it is easy to see that Casey is the boy’s center. I was a little worried about this at first, wondering if Zander and Nate would be able to form a relationship without Casey. The author addresses this issue; unfortunately it is because a problem has arisen that could tear them all apart.
I am a big fan of Ms. Kerick’s and have already read many of her books, some more than once. Fans of this genre should really give this author a chance, and Us Three is a great starting point.
Reviewed by: Lydia