It Could Happen
Published by: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: June 5th 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance
Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.
Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?
In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.
Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
The front cover, and blurb drew me into volunteering to read It Could Happen, for Xpresso book tours.
Written by Mia Kerick, It Could Happen protagonists Brody, Danny & Henry form a threesome. The whole reason for why they do this is flimsy, and you do wonder how it could be that Henry and Brody quickly decided they were gay, as Danny is the only one of the three that is ‘out’. A bit more could have been added to their pasts to smooth this over. The awkwardness as the three try to work out how to begin their threesome was agonising to read.
All three boys narrate the story. Danny narrates through his poetry. Their characters are all strong, well rounded. I think we all probably know somebody like Brody! Danny was the character that failed to shine the most. It was a case of being told about his life, I didn’t feel I was actually living it with him. The story stalled at times, & there are characters that don’t come off of the page, but Brody, Danny & Henry were brilliant. I felt their friendship was true, and honest. Having three male protagonists felt like something new. It put in mind Catcher in the Rye, or The Perks of being a Wallflower.
So It Could Happen was a what the heck read for me at first, but then towards the end, as the boys had to stand up for their relationship, and deal with bullies, and non understanding parents, I loved it. I could relate to the being in a less than ‘normal’ relationship, and holding hands with a person, out in public, that would look odd, or strange. I felt a sense of sure, just live your life the way you want to. You are consenting adults.
Flaws aside, It Could Happen, led by the adorably vulnerable Brody, is an enjoyable read.
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