Rating: 4 stars
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Length: Novel

Justin and Micah Townsend have been together for six years and are happily married, with Micah also collared as Justin’s submissive. Both men had everything they could ever want with each other, but when they met Keith Warren, the pair began to think there could be something even more for them. Keith seemed equally interested in them, and when he returned his collar and disappeared, both men felt the loss, Micah in particular.

When Keith reappears in their lives unexpectedly, the men are both excited and wary. While Micah and Justin have definite feelings for Keith, his leaving was incredibly hard for them. Justin is determined to take care of Micah and he isn’t ready to jump back into things with Keith until he is sure Micah won’t get hurt again. But as the three men begin to explore their relationship, slowly they begin to once again build something strong between them. Both Micah and Justin realize that while they were incredibly happy as a couple, there is room in their hearts for Keith as well. He fits perfectly into their relationship and they all can start to see how there could be a future for them as a triad. But the demons from Keith’s past are not all behind him and when threats return, the men have to work together to move past the crisis.

Worth the Fight is the third book in Kate Hawthorne’s Giving Consent series. The books all revolve around a group of friends and the BDSM club, Rapture. The style of the series is interesting in that the books overlap each other somewhat in timeline. So we were introduced to these guys in earlier books, and the initial part of their relationship with Keith before he disappears happens in another story. That said, this book actually stands alone pretty well, as the backstory is explained and the guys are pretty self contained in this book. But if you want the full story of both the relationship, as well as to get to know the other characters who appear here, you may want to start at the beginning of the series.

This story explores some really interesting relationship dynamics and I think Hawthorne handles it quite well. We have an established couple who are incredibly happy and satisfied together, but who are now contemplating adding a third. Justin and Micah have to figure out how to make it work without upsetting the balance of their own partnership, particularly as early on Micah is definitely more emotionally connected to Keith than Justin seems to be. Overlaying that is the Dom/sub dynamic and figuring out how the three of them fit in that regard. And of course, they are dealing with the complications from Keith’s past and the way that continues to affect them all. Hawthorne does a nice job showing how adding Keith into the relationship is not taking anything away from Justin and Micah, nor it is due to them lacking anything, but rather how it adds to their connection. At times it was a little hard to see them all on equal footing as Justin and Keith don’t seem as connected as Micah and Keith, but I like how Hawthorne really explores that and pulls it all together nicely.

The book is kind of heavy on the sex end and I think I needed a little more story here to keep it all moving. That said, I really enjoyed getting Micah, Justin, and Keith’s story as we have had great bits about them dropped into the first two books. I think Hawthorne really explores their relationship in interesting ways here and this was a nice installment in the series.