Ryan, John, and Holiday (aka superheroes Beacon, Sundown, and Sinister Sorcerer) have been together for two years. They love one another and work together to save the world from the bad guys. But while privately they are a committed threesome, to the public, Holiday (Holly) is one of the world’s villains. He has been using his bad guy reputation to infiltrate the villains’ lair and get information on what they have planned. But watching the man they love go undercover into dangerous territory is not easy for Ryan and John. They know Holly feels guilty for past misdeeds and thinks he needs to put himself at risk to atone. But they are determined to prove to Holly that he is just perfect and loved exactly how he is.
Sundown, Holiday, Beacon is an adorable superhero story that grabbed me from the very start. I’ll admit, I am a total sucker for the superhero trope, and the set up here is just great with so many elements I love. We have former enemies, a huge age gap (John is 44 , Ryan is 28, and Holly is 19), super powers, and some light kink. Noone manages to pack so much into this shorter story, giving us action; some sexy, intimate moments; and enough backstory on how the men met and began their lives together to provide a really well-developed story in a small number of pages.
The real focus here is on Holly, who grew up in a villainous family until he realized the error of his ways. He then joined Ryan and John, who were a few months into their relationship, and now they are all three in love with one another. But Holly still has guilt over the man he used to be, and he still doesn’t quite feel completely a part of Ryan and John’s partnership. There is a real sweetness here as we see the other two men reinforce for Holly how much he means to them and how valued he is as a partner. The story has a bit of kink, as Holly is on the submissive side, but it is fairly light and very sweet.
As I said, Noone does a great job packing a lot into this story story and I read it all eagerly in one sitting. There is a playful tone, as befits a superhero story, but also a real tenderness among the three men that shines through nicely. This story feels very complete on its own, with a full resolution, as well as an HEA for the men. But there is a sequel (which I review below) and, after finishing this story, I was itching to read the followup.
Note: The original, shorter version of this story was originally published in the Happiness in Numbers anthology.
Now that Holly is no longer working undercover with the villains, the three men can come out to their families about their relationship. Ryan’s parents are supportive, but their scientific minds mean they want to know every detail about what gives Holly his power. Holly’s parents have died, and he still has a lot of emotions caught up in both his love for them, as well as his sense of betrayal for the way they treated him. And John’s family loves him, but they aren’t so sure how they feel about him having two male partners, particularly one who is a former villain. But Holly, Ryan, and John are fiercely committed to one another, and the love they share is what they need to get them through facing the parents.
Homecomings is the follow up to Sundown, Holiday, Beacon and reconnects us with our superpowered trio. Whereas the first book had a more distinct plot, this story focuses on the men meeting or connecting with each of their families now that they can be publicly together. The book is divided into three chapters, one for each homecoming. Each family situation is different, but what ties them all together is the solid connection among the men, and the love and support they have for each other no matter what they face.
As with the first book, the story is told from Ryan’s POV, but the emotional center is once again Holly. He grew up with monsters for parents, who not only trained him to be evil, but saw him as little more than a pawn in their own plans. Even with Ryan and John’s support and reassurance, he still has moments where he doubts his own self worth and right to happiness given his past. Part of him still loves his parents, while part of him hates them. And when John’s parents express their reservations about Holly as a partner to John, Holly can’t help but accept their criticism as his due. So in addition to the larger picture of these men forming a family and sharing that with their own parents, the story also again focuses on Holly and his particular challenges.
Homecomings brings a really nice follow up to the first story, showing the men as they move forward. I did miss some of the “superhero” side of things here, and we don’t get much of the dominant and submissive vibe to their relationship that is explored in the first story, either. I think I needed a little bit more plot direction here for it to sing quite as well as the first story. But I really did enjoy reconnecting with these characters and really love them together. Noone hints in the notes at the end of the book that there may be more stories for this trio and I would definitely snatch them up. I enjoyed these books quite a lot and would definitely recommend them.