Torque, by Charley Descoteaux
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Sometimes letting things get complicated is the best way to figure it all out.
Mick Randall is on the run, from the biker culture he grew up in and his impossible vision of love. Alaska should be far enough to escape his old life—until he rolls into a wrecking yard and gets lost in a pair of pale, bottle-green eyes.
Scotty Bell has spent years learning to channel his fiery temper into the heat of a welding torch. His sexual heat has always been slower to ignite, but one look at Mick rouses confusion alongside desire. In all his life, he’s only been attracted to one other person—his best friend, Mercy Taylor.
Mick lands a temporary job at the yard, and finds an uneasy crash pad at Scotty’s place…where the ragged ends of his emotions get tangled up in Scotty and Mercy’s relationship.
But when Mick hears a Harley engine from his past bearing down on him, his first instinct is to go back to the half-life he’d been living. Lest his secrets destroy the only two people who’ve ever made him feel whole.
Friends With Benefits
This novel is unique on so many levels, and I really appreciated the interesting characters with complex backgrounds, and the way Charley shows that even flawed people can be perfect in their own way.
- The Relationship: While most of the story focuses on the building tensions between Scotty and Mick, the eventual menage relationship between Scotty, Mick, and Mercy is really excellent.
- Different people coming together: A bisexual, a transgender, and an asexual (gray-ace?) person doesn’t sound like the foundation for a relationship, but Charley makes all three of these people real, and shows the emotions between them forming step by step.
Any moment of any day Scott was as handsome as they come, but with Mercy’s hand in his back pocket, his lips swollen from kissing her…a man could go blind from looking at something that dazzling.
I could have done without…
- Mick’s background. The suspension built up so deliciously at times, but in the end it fizzled more than banged. I would much rather have seen more of Scotty’s story, or Mercy’s.
- The pace. It was a bit of a drag at times. It felt like several chapters would go by where nothing happened to drive the plot forward.
Still, I think the end result is well worth any effort, and this was a lovely novel imbued with a ton of lovely feelings and characteristics. I’d definitely recommend this novel for anyone in search of a slower-paced novel with unique, flawed characters!
Charley Descoteaux misspent a large chunk of her youth on the back of a Harley, meeting people and having adventures that sometimes pop up in her fiction.
Her books include Buchanan House (Contemporary, Gay M/M Romance), The Pinch of the Game (Urban Fantasy, Gay M/M Romance), and many more!
You can find Charley on her website at http://cdescoteauxwrites.com/.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.