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For three gay men in love, opening the closet door could be a risky move. Sheriff Casey Barlow has a slick, media-savvy challenger out to beat him in the upcoming election. Casey's damned good at his job, but he hasn't kissed the right asses, and early polls suggest voters like his opponent's style. Coming out now, let alone revealing his relationship with two men, could For three gay men in love, opening the closet door could be a risky move. Sheriff Casey Barlow has a slick, media-savvy challenger out to beat him in the upcoming election. Casey's damned good at his job, but he hasn't kissed the right asses, and early polls suggest voters like his opponent's style. Coming out now, let alone revealing his relationship with two men, could sink any hope of keeping his badge. Scott Edison has a real shot at the NHL. He's playing the best hockey of his life. Whenever he can, he travels home to his gruff sheriff and their laid-back cowboy, but there are no out gay players in the NHL. As a rookie working his ass off to be called up, he can't afford to make waves. Will Rice always figured he'd live alone, managing Graham and Annmarie Slater's cattle ranch, but a hot, young hockey player and a compact, muscled lawman rearranged his plans. Even though he's older and lanky and ordinary, he's been sharing their lives and their beds. He doesn't need to be out— isn't sure he ever wants the Slaters to know about him. Life's good the way things are. Then Graham and Annmarie are killed in a hit and run that may not be an accident. As Will grieves, and Casey investigates, the coming changes will shake all their lives. ** this is a re-edit and expansion of the story in the "Hunting Under Covers" anthology


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For three gay men in love, opening the closet door could be a risky move. Sheriff Casey Barlow has a slick, media-savvy challenger out to beat him in the upcoming election. Casey's damned good at his job, but he hasn't kissed the right asses, and early polls suggest voters like his opponent's style. Coming out now, let alone revealing his relationship with two men, could For three gay men in love, opening the closet door could be a risky move. Sheriff Casey Barlow has a slick, media-savvy challenger out to beat him in the upcoming election. Casey's damned good at his job, but he hasn't kissed the right asses, and early polls suggest voters like his opponent's style. Coming out now, let alone revealing his relationship with two men, could sink any hope of keeping his badge. Scott Edison has a real shot at the NHL. He's playing the best hockey of his life. Whenever he can, he travels home to his gruff sheriff and their laid-back cowboy, but there are no out gay players in the NHL. As a rookie working his ass off to be called up, he can't afford to make waves. Will Rice always figured he'd live alone, managing Graham and Annmarie Slater's cattle ranch, but a hot, young hockey player and a compact, muscled lawman rearranged his plans. Even though he's older and lanky and ordinary, he's been sharing their lives and their beds. He doesn't need to be out— isn't sure he ever wants the Slaters to know about him. Life's good the way things are. Then Graham and Annmarie are killed in a hit and run that may not be an accident. As Will grieves, and Casey investigates, the coming changes will shake all their lives. ** this is a re-edit and expansion of the story in the "Hunting Under Covers" anthology

30 review for Changes Coming Down

  1. 5 out of 5

    Moony Eliver

    I have a lot to say about this one, and I’m not sure how to go about it or how much sense I’m going to make. So you’ve been warned, but in case you just want the cliffs notes version: I liked it despite some issues I had with it, and I will definitely read the second volume when it’s released next year. I am a relative newcomer to Kaje Harper’s catalogue, and based on the positive experiences I’ve had with her work so far, I intend to read all of it eventually. I was excited when I saw she was I have a lot to say about this one, and I’m not sure how to go about it or how much sense I’m going to make. So you’ve been warned, but in case you just want the cliffs notes version: I liked it despite some issues I had with it, and I will definitely read the second volume when it’s released next year. I am a relative newcomer to Kaje Harper’s catalogue, and based on the positive experiences I’ve had with her work so far, I intend to read all of it eventually. I was excited when I saw she was releasing a triad story... Not because I like reading about poly situations, but the opposite — I usually don’t. And nothing piques my interest quite like an author I dig creating content that challenges me. It stretches my boundaries, and I want the writing to sell it to me. And it mostly succeeded. In this case, I liked the author’s choice to begin the story with the existing relationship; I think that helped the reader to feel all three men were on “equal footing” with each other. I really liked the MCs’ relationship, although I felt like their connection was better developed in the bedroom than outside of it. (For the record, that’s not nothing. The sex scenes were scorching.) It feels a little funny to say this, considering the premise, but I found myself wishing for more 1/1 interactions in support of their whole. This is what I’m feeling especially challenged to explain, and since you can’t see my accompanying rapid hand movements, I’ll just do my wording best. 😅 I accepted and appreciated the three-way dynamic, but that house was built on a foundation I couldn’t fully feel. In order to develop a stronger bond between all of them, more one-on-one content was needed. More scenes where they connected to each other without it being about the third. It happened a couple of times, and I really liked those scenes, but more would have created better chemistry and emotional involvement. I need to feel that A is in love with B, and that A is in love with C, before I can feel that A is in love with B&C. B&C isn’t a person. (Sorry for the math-ish. There is no excuse for me.) The plot was mostly basic, with several conveniences that felt pretty predictable. There was one thing that surprised me at 75% — (view spoiler)[Scott “breaking up” with them in order to delay his coming out. I actually loved this element, even though it might chafe some readers. But it was resolved quickly and didn’t really capitalize on the tension opportunity it created, nor on the chance to strengthen the bond between Will and Casey (hide spoiler)] . So, while I ended up appreciating what I thought I might not (the triad), I unexpectedly struggled with other elements. The result was a story that wasn’t as evocative as the others I’ve read from this author, and I really missed that. But I’m still looking forward to the rest of the story in the sequel (and hopefully another fab buddy read with Ele and Jan)!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Teal

    I went into this wondering whether I could enjoy reading MMM. Turns out the answer is "Yes!" My only other experience with MMM, several years ago, resulted in a DNF. Since then, I've watched for the right opportunity to try again. Unfortunately threesomes seem to go hand in glove (hand in fist? cheek by jowl?) with BDSM, so it took a long while before I found a candidate that appealed to me. But it was worth the wait. Casey, Will and Scott have been in love, and in a committed relationship, for 3 I went into this wondering whether I could enjoy reading MMM. Turns out the answer is "Yes!" My only other experience with MMM, several years ago, resulted in a DNF. Since then, I've watched for the right opportunity to try again. Unfortunately threesomes seem to go hand in glove (hand in fist? cheek by jowl?) with BDSM, so it took a long while before I found a candidate that appealed to me. But it was worth the wait. Casey, Will and Scott have been in love, and in a committed relationship, for 3 years when the story begins. All three are firmly in the closet -- with regards to their sexuality as well as their unorthodox relationship -- and they have no plans to come out. They've discovered that being seen together is actually a good cover; everybody assumes "three buddies hanging out," and NOT "three guys banging each other." At first I found it a bit disorienting to be dropped right into an already established threesome. How had they found each other? How had the necessary balance been achieved? What were the challenges along the way? Fortunately there are flashbacks that fill in some of the crucial backstory. Not all of my questions were answered, but in the end I felt I knew enough to roll with it. And what I found most intriguing about their relationship was that it seemed doubtful any pair of them could have made a go of it. But as a trio they felt stable, rather like the proverbial three-legged stool. What didn't work so well for me was the mystery. At the end of the first chapter I thought I had it all figured out. Turns out I wasn't 100% correct; but still, I had the gist of it, and I'm not a reader who's usually good at cracking mysteries. Maybe in this case it was just a lucky guess, but it dampened my enthusiasm for that aspect of the story. Something else that interfered with my enjoyment was that the dialogue didn't quite ring true. It seemed to be used for info-dumping, didn't always reflect the natural cadences of human speech, and often struck me as too on-the-nose. This proved problematic enough that I skimmed a few scenes because the conversations just did not sound realistic and I wanted to get them over with as quickly as possible. But I appreciate this book for how it made me believe in a loving and stable throuple (who have a pretty damn hot sex life). I recommend it to anyone who wants to give MMM a try, or who's tried it in the past and not been convinced. Although it ends on sort-of-but-not-exactly a cliffhanger, the sequel, Changes Going On, is due out soon. ~ I received a free copy of this book through the MMRG's DBML program in exchange for an honest review. ~

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    *** 3.5 Stars *** I really liked everything that was relationship related, these guys fit so easy and well together, but I must confess that I found the mystery element very weak and a bit boring diminishing my initial enthusiasm. That being said, I cannot wait to read the next! Thank you, my BR partners, Elena and Moony for having me. *** 3.5 Stars *** I really liked everything that was relationship related, these guys fit so easy and well together, but I must confess that I found the mystery element very weak and a bit boring diminishing my initial enthusiasm. That being said, I cannot wait to read the next! 🙈🙈 Thank you, my BR partners, Elena and Moony for having me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Trio

    Kaje Harper has a way of delving deep inside her characters, and when I reach for one of her novels, I know I’m going to get something very special. In Changes Coming Down Ms. Harper explores three very different men whose unique personalities form the foundation of the story. We learn what motivates each of them, their likes and dislikes, how they react to stress, and what makes them soar. Since the story starts with the three men in a firmly established triad, I appreciate all the scenes of the Kaje Harper has a way of delving deep inside her characters, and when I reach for one of her novels, I know I’m going to get something very special. In Changes Coming Down Ms. Harper explores three very different men whose unique personalities form the foundation of the story. We learn what motivates each of them, their likes and dislikes, how they react to stress, and what makes them soar. Since the story starts with the three men in a firmly established triad, I appreciate all the scenes of the men interacting one-on-one. Getting to see the dynamic within each couple makes it so much more compelling when they’re all together as a threesome. The characters in Changes Coming Down are each facing major life changing events. Centered around each man’s decision to come out, we see how it impacts their career, their friends and families, plus their relationships with each other. As the story flows through everything these guys are facing, Kaje Harper also builds a clever mystery, plus she treats us to some glorious love scenes... and (bonus) this author writes a mean hockey scene! As a devoted fan of polyamorous romances, it’s no surprise to me that Kaje Harper would do this genre justice. The sequel to Changes Coming Down is due out spring of 2020, and I can’t wait to see where these guys go from here! a copy of Changes Coming Down was provided to me by the author through the MMRG Don’t Buy My Love program for the purpose of my honest review

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kaje Harper

    This book is now available at Amazon and Smashwords. The sequel, Changes Going On, will be released in 2020.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gabi

    *A free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, through the MMRG DBML program.* I had no idea how this trio would work out. A cowboy with a sheriff in a small town is one thing, but how did the hockey player come into the picture. That was the main draw for me. I wanted to know how that happened. It wasn't as complicated as one might think. We meet them as an established throuple, but there are 2 very short flashbacks how they met. I wouldn't have minded one *A free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, through the MMRG DBML program.* I had no idea how this trio would work out. A cowboy with a sheriff in a small town is one thing, but how did the hockey player come into the picture. That was the main draw for me. I wanted to know how that happened. It wasn't as complicated as one might think. We meet them as an established throuple, but there are 2 very short flashbacks how they met. I wouldn't have minded one more from Scott's pov though. Only cause I'm greedy. There's Casey (34), the sheriff, who is a little stiff and grumpy. He's working towards reelection, which he'll most likely loose.Scott (24), the hockey player, who's striving for the NHL with a very good chance. He's the fun guy with the jokes and dirty talk, but despite his age and the fact he's a hockey player, I found him very mature. Will (33), the cowboy and the head of his adopted parents' ranch, is somewhere between the two. He's not so stiff as Casey, but more serious than Scott. All three of them are in the closet for obvious reasons. So most of the time they distant, there isn't much PDA. But I also thought they're a little... hmm... wouldn't say 'cold' to each other, but some of the time (especially at the beginning) they acted more like bros. What makes me conflicted is that I believe that gay couples in real life are more like this with each other, rather than the mushy, lets-talk-about-our-feelings kind of guys we read about in fluffy MM romance books. But I kinda like the mushy better. ;D The author did a great job establishing the balance between the men. Despite the age-gap, different interests and professions, they're totally equal. There's no "middle man" here. The sex took some maneuvering and instructions, much to Scott's delight. But it's not an overly erotic book. They're having some vanilla three-way, but no bdsm and nothing kinky. There's a crime-mystery line too. That's actually how the book starts. All along I thought I knew who the killer was, he would have been the predictable and expected choice. The other guy made sense too, so I wasn't exactly surprised. But the investigation process wasn't boring for me here. In fact I quite liked it. I understand why readers demanded another book. The ending just... ended. lol I thought I was missing a few more chapters. Good thing the first chapter of the upcoming book 2 is included and picks up exactly where it left off, in the same scene I mean, so it's like the next chapter. Also, we know very little of Will's life before the Slaters took him in. I'm hoping we find out more. Casey's and Scott's background are clearer, but I want more for book 2. I'm not complaining though, because it would have took away the focus from the 3 of them. I'd say there was just enough. Overall: it took me a little to get used to this dynamic, I guess Casey's bluntness put me off at the beginning, but then I really got into it. Scotty break my heart, the life of a hockey player is never easy. 3.5 stars rounded up. I'm sure I'll read the next one. *thumbs-up*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    Since I first realized this book was about a poly relationship, my mantra has been “if any writer can, Kaje Harper is the one to make that work for me.” Although I won’t run looking for other books with more than two guys anytime soon, I’m glad to confirm that she could make it work and she did. I’m still a bit surprised myself, but her magic worked once again. I love this author’s books, but I never know how to review them because the reason I love them is not about how they stand out in any Since I first realized this book was about a poly relationship, my mantra has been “if any writer can, Kaje Harper is the one to make that work for me.” Although I won’t run looking for other books with more than two guys anytime soon, I’m glad to confirm that she could make it work and she did. I’m still a bit surprised myself, but her magic worked once again. I love this author’s books, but I never know how to review them because the reason I love them is not about how they stand out in any particular way as far as the content or plot are concerned. It’s the writing that makes the difference for me, the way she has to portray ordinary people with their ordinary problems and relationships, to make me care for their little and big problems and root for them. Even when there’s an unexpected twist, I find her writing soothing because I know I can trust her to develop the story without unnecessary drama, but also without glossing over the difficult parts by making up a perfect, unrealistic world for the characters. There’s balance between the bad and the good, and that makes it very easy for me to sink in the story and get along with it. In that regard, this was a typical Kaje Harper novel and it didn’t disappoint. The novelty was in the poly relationship. My biggest worry when it comes to those in books, and the reason I don’t usually read them, is that I find difficult to believe in a romantic relationship involving more than two persons , unless the balance is really well done. I need to feel like all parties involved are on an equal footing, meaning that I need a “real triangle,” not one person keeping the other two together or one duo being stronger, with the third person there just to complete the three-way picture. This book had all the balance I needed. At first I thought that it helped to have the relationship already established by the beginning of the book, but now I realize that it would’ve worked anyway. Maybe seeing the relationships from the beginning would’ve make it easier to see precisely what each guy saw in the other two, individually, but it didn’t bother me too much that I only got to see the results. I believed in the way these three guys came to be together, I believed in their dynamic and I never doubted they would never work as well in duos as they work as a trio (if that makes any sense). It’s not like the two-way relationships inside the main one weren’t good or strong, because they were, but it was clear that they were good but not complete, or as good as they could be, without that third piece, and that was true for every pairings. That’s exactly what I was hoping to find in this book and I’m glad I wasn’t disappointed. I’m even gladder that it’s the start of a series and I have more of these guys to look forward to.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eugenia

    This is only my second *gasp* of Kaje Harper’s books that I had the pleasure to read. The first, Into Deep Waters was PHENOMENAL and made me go through an entire box of tissues! This book was as much a deviation from the other as could be in a non-paranormal world. I was ready to love it, but I ended up simply liking it. Here’s why... I know this story came out of a challenge to throw three disparate characters together, whip them up and see what comes out of the oven. The ingredients? One young, This is only my second *gasp* of Kaje Harper’s books that I had the pleasure to read. The first, Into Deep Waters was PHENOMENAL and made me go through an entire box of tissues! This book was as much a deviation from the other as could be in a non-paranormal world. I was ready to love it, but I ended up simply liking it. Here’s why... I know this story came out of a challenge to throw three disparate characters together, whip them up and see what comes out of the oven. The ingredients? One young, NHL-bound hockey player. One 33 year old ex-marine turned small town sheriff. And one 33 year old ranch foreman. What do they have in common? They are all in the closet and they have amazing sex. We see all three of them together a lot. We also see each of them alone in their own POV. What we don’t see a lot of is twosomes. Another reviewer (Moony Eliver) mentioned this. I saw connection between the three because I was told there was a connection....BUT I didn’t FEEL it. Maybe there were too many ingredients in the pie (closets, deaths, investigations, long distance relationships, liberal families, a re-election campaign, hockey teams, hockey games, funerals, wills, angry family members, secretive pasts, car accident, a sting operation, blackmail, murder, award ceremonies, coming out, realtors, energy companies, ranch hands...) Maybe it didn’t cook long enough for all of those ingredients to properly combine. I can’t imagine how long this would take to cook—did you see that list? And I’m sure I forgot some. I simply didn’t feel how these characters meshed outside of sex and that made me care less about the sexy times (and they were plenty hot)! All that being said, when I finished the book I kept on reading the sneak peek at the next book because, yessssssss, I’m going to read it. The story has solid bones, hopefully the next book will strikes the right balance in this triad and come out a five star dish!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    annob

    Ahhh, I loved this one. The quiet, understated atmosphere of the story was simply great. Sometimes a fickle thing as the right timing can make something work exceedingly well. This time it certainly worked in my favour. Normally I'm not keen on romances with already established couples—this time the dynamic had me totally hooked. Normally I'm not a fan of murder mystery sub plots in romances—this time it kept my interest up throughout. It's almost funny how many 'normally not' barriers of mine Ahhh, I loved this one. The quiet, understated atmosphere of the story was simply great. Sometimes a fickle thing as the right timing can make something work exceedingly well. This time it certainly worked in my favour. Normally I'm not keen on romances with already established couples—this time the dynamic had me totally hooked. Normally I'm not a fan of murder mystery sub plots in romances—this time it kept my interest up throughout. It's almost funny how many 'normally not' barriers of mine this book proved wrong. We get to meet three men who are in the middle of an ongoing relationship with each other. They are in love, established but not out. There are a few flashbacks to how they met, but mostly the story is set in the current timeline. The story slowly revolves around the three men, their careers and seeing each other without outing themselves; but changes are coming. The murder plot simmers in the background. May sound simplistic, but the feeling of reality and the chemistry made it a scrumptious read. I adored the trio of men, and thought it a fresh take that they were introduced mid relationship to the reader. The polyamory angle was written with great attention to detail and good balance, and with the heart in the right place. The only minor, minor niggle that caused me some confusion was the age references in the beginning of the story, when two of the three guys were described as "older guys". My perceptions of Casey and Will needed a major overhaul once I learnt they were in their mid thirties rather than late forties I had assumed, haha! I want more of these three, so I'm definitely reading the sequel as soon as it is released.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.25 stars A sheriff, a hockey player, and a ranch foreman walk into a bar… It sounds like a set up for a joke, but amusingly enough, a bar is where all these men met. But despite a story featuring three very different characters, Kaje Harper makes Changes Coming Down work quite well. I just loved Will, Casey, and Scott, and was totally caught up in their story. Harper makes an interesting choice here in starting this story with the men already in an established A Joyfully Jay review. 4.25 stars A sheriff, a hockey player, and a ranch foreman walk into a bar… It sounds like a set up for a joke, but amusingly enough, a bar is where all these men met. But despite a story featuring three very different characters, Kaje Harper makes Changes Coming Down work quite well. I just loved Will, Casey, and Scott, and was totally caught up in their story. Harper makes an interesting choice here in starting this story with the men already in an established relationship. The book opens as the main conflicts are hitting them — uncertainly about whether Casey will be re-elected, Scott potentially moving up to the NHL, and the car accident that kills the Slaters and not only devastates Will, but has potential to upend things for all three men. I think starting the story here really gives an immediacy to all the issues the men are facing, putting us right in the middle of the action. At the same time, Harper does a great job getting us caught up on the backstory for the three men and how their relationship developed. I never had any doubt as to the commitment these men have for each other, and the strength of their connection only builds as the story develops. Read Jay’s review in its entirety here.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    This book took me WAY outside of my comfort zone (closeted, poly, established couple with a side of mystery) but it was a story in which the characters burrowed under my skin when I wasn't looking and then WHAM! - they were hurting & I was getting teary. How the hell did THAT happen?! Very much looking forward to seeing what comes next for this triad. Throuple?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Manda

    This book was given for free to me for a review via m/m romance group. I’m absolutely late on my deadline since life happens, but I will still give out my review as this book trully deserves it. Established relationships are difficult ones to get into when I read romance. Polyamorous established relationships even harder. That combined with a heavy ’who dunnit’ element and BIG changes coming down took me a while to warm up. When it did I was so invested in Casey, Will and Scott’s story. They each This book was given for free to me for a review via m/m romance group. I’m absolutely late on my deadline since life happens, but I will still give out my review as this book trully deserves it. Established relationships are difficult ones to get into when I read romance. Polyamorous established relationships even harder. That combined with a heavy ’who dunnit’ element and BIG changes coming down took me a while to warm up. When it did I was so invested in Casey, Will and Scott’s story. They each represent such a different set of life choises that I honestly had hard time believing in their relationship at first but after I did, I could not wait to see how things would unravel in a satisfactory way. Won’t spoil it here. I thought it was simply wonderful how we get to know the guys and how their relationship deepens even if we don’t get to trully witness the beginning of their relationship (we only get a some shared memory of it). The sex was raunchy as it can be between three virile guys - and sometimes very sweet. what was important to me was that I believed their love was real, I felt it. The mystery element wasn’t my favorite. It was necessary, I get it, but it took me away from the most interesting part of the story: how the guys make their life together happen.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I really liked this, but I highly recommend starting with this little flash fiction prequel: Plans Change (Changes 0.5) I think it helps to establish the relationship dynamic before diving right in. These three have a very interesting dynamic, and I hope we settle into that more with the second book. This one is much more focused on the surrounding plot with the hit-and-run and the ranch than the relationship, but this is such a different relationship than anything I've read before (and I don't I really liked this, but I highly recommend starting with this little flash fiction prequel: Plans Change (Changes 0.5) I think it helps to establish the relationship dynamic before diving right in. These three have a very interesting dynamic, and I hope we settle into that more with the second book. This one is much more focused on the surrounding plot with the hit-and-run and the ranch than the relationship, but this is such a different relationship than anything I've read before (and I don't mean because it's m/m/m; I've read lots of that :) that I'd really like to get more time with these guys in the small moments. Of course, I think part of what makes them so different is that Scott's career and all three of them being in the closet -- with no plans or desire to change that -- doesn't exactly allow them a lot of small moments since none of them live together and they're all very careful to maintain their straight bro-friends image. I would also love more flashbacks to how their relationship(s) started. The connection's clear, the way they work is clear, but there's just some little piece missing to tie it all together. Hopefully we'll get that piece in the next book, but I still found this one very satisfying. Also...I wouldn't call this a "cliff-hanger". I had been putting off reading this one until closer to the second book's release date because cliff-hangers drive me crazy, so if you're worried about that, don't be! It ends on a major moment for their relationship, and I'm excited to see how it all plays out, but I don't consider it a cliff-hanger at all. The non-relationship plot points are all tied up by the end of this one, so bring on the good stuff!! :) **This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review via the MMRG Don’t Buy My Love Program**

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    There were so many moments that broke my heart and while there was plenty of angst, I mean three dudes in the closet in one book? But, Kaje Harper knows how to weave hope into the angst and that hope helps you get through the all the heartbreaking bits. She also knows how to balance three strong personalities in such a way that the idea of three men together in every way just works. I am full on board for this series and am anxiously awaiting book 2! Full review soon on the blog and then here. There were so many moments that broke my heart and while there was plenty of angst, I mean three dudes in the closet in one book? But, Kaje Harper knows how to weave hope into the angst and that hope helps you get through the all the heartbreaking bits. She also knows how to balance three strong personalities in such a way that the idea of three men together in every way just works. I am full on board for this series and am anxiously awaiting book 2! Full review soon on the blog and then here. **a copy of this story was provided for an honest review**

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ser

    I was given a free copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review, through the MMRG Don’t Buy My Love Program. I wanted to read this book because I have been finding myself drawn to gay romances featuring athletes, ranchers, and law enforcement officers recently and this one includes all three at once. I tend to be a bit bemused by the logistics of threesomes, but I'm not reading romance novels for the sex so I figured I could get through it. I'm very interested in expanding our I was given a free copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review, through the MMRG Don’t Buy My Love Program. I wanted to read this book because I have been finding myself drawn to gay romances featuring athletes, ranchers, and law enforcement officers recently and this one includes all three at once. I tend to be a bit bemused by the logistics of threesomes, but I'm not reading romance novels for the sex so I figured I could get through it. I'm very interested in expanding our view of what love can look like and reading more polyamorous romances seems like a good step in my own personal development along those lines. Overall, Changes Coming Down gave me what I was looking for. I missed the falling in love part because that is really my favorite part of romance novels, but I really liked the "after the happily ever after" perspective of the story. After you fall in love, how do you stay in love and deal with all the tragedies and opportunities life throws your way? I also really appreciated how strong and balanced this three-way relationship was. It did feel like all three men needed the other two, one partner wasn't enough to meet all the emotional needs of any of them. I'm not a big mystery reader, but it worked for me in this story because the emotional toll of the deaths and the work of solving the mystery really put pressure on the men's relationship. Changes Coming Down does end rather abruptly, but there is a sequel coming soon that picks up right where this one left off and I will probably be reading it. And I'll probably actually get around to reading the other Kaje Harper books I've been eyeing for awhile on the strength of this one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    AussieMum

    This is one of my all time favourite MMM’s with an existing throuple. I’ve only read the anthology version so I can’t wait to read the expanded edition.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    4,5 stars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I greatly enjoyed this story, perhaps one of the most balanced m/m/m plots I’ve read. I found the plot(s) engaging, the overall story arc kept our characters moving forward, and there was the perfect amount emotion to keep feelings realistic and not over the top. The point of view shifts between the characters was so well executed that I had no problems following our three characters, and I adored that we have a sheriff, a cowboy, and a hockey player. A perfect trifecta of men! I also want to I greatly enjoyed this story, perhaps one of the most balanced m/m/m plots I’ve read. I found the plot(s) engaging, the overall story arc kept our characters moving forward, and there was the perfect amount emotion to keep feelings realistic and not over the top. The point of view shifts between the characters was so well executed that I had no problems following our three characters, and I adored that we have a sheriff, a cowboy, and a hockey player. A perfect trifecta of men! I also want to give a shout out that our author did not create the “perfect” happy ever after’s (not dropping spoilers) for each and every character. Not all of our three men get the perfect ending to their plot line which for me, made for a more satisfying read. Add to this, our three guys go through a gambit of emotions, but again, I felt the author did a fantastic job of keeping things realistic and avoided excessive drama and angst. We have anger, we have frustration, we have withdrawing, we have yelling and yes, we have apologizing, hugs and “I just need to be held” moments. In my humble opinion that is what makes for strong character building. Anyone can write a sex scene, but to bring characters together meaningfully – much less three guys – that takes a bit more effort. Noting that this is book one (and I’m SO excited to read book two), I am hoping to see a bit more character development in Will. He’s solid, he’s a cowboy, he’s grieving, and he was a little two-dimensional. I really didn’t feel he was as strong in personality as Casey and Scott. Another small niggle I had was the “Scott Plot” toward the end of the book. The avoiding talking and contact to avoid coming out implementation just didn’t make sense to me and in part I think it was a plausibility thing, too extreme or something. But, overall, three thumbs up. Well written, engaging plots, my ideal emotional rapport, and yeah, three very hot guys. Give this one a try if you like cowboys, men in uniform, and hockey jocks. Review is cross posted at Gay Book Reviews A copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. THANK YOU!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Reflection

    My mum always warned me that “two’s company and three’s a crowd” but oh my goodness this book is beautiful, and just like my mum said it explores the complexity of having a significant friendship among three guys, their ups, and their downs. I was blown away by their differing personalities and the loving relationship they have established together. Throughout they provide support and dedication to one and other as trouble flares. Just like everyday life, nothing is predictable. Right from the My mum always warned me that “two’s company and three’s a crowd” but oh my goodness this book is beautiful, and just like my mum said it explores the complexity of having a significant friendship among three guys, their ups, and their downs. I was blown away by their differing personalities and the loving relationship they have established together. Throughout they provide support and dedication to one and other as trouble flares. Just like everyday life, nothing is predictable. Right from the very first page I was hooked. The dialogue is fantastic, the motivation superb. Whereas ménage may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I cannot recommend this love story highly enough. Part of its beauty is the significance of Scot, Casey and Will’s connection, their friendship and love; and life’s challenges. It unpicks experiences of prejudice, grief, fear and jealousy and contrasts those with the warmth, humour and sensuality they find in one and other. In essence the story captures the joy and the pain and the nuances of life and love. The book begins three years into their relationship whilst each man is coming to terms with a tragedy that has far reaching consequences for them all. The one certainty throughout is that these guys are in a committed relationship, and the reader is treated to flashbacks of how each of them met and what attracts them to one and other. The triad feels right, but also brings its own complications and the book deftly explores these complexities. None of the three feels safe enough to show the world what they truly mean to one and other, but each begins to wonder about what might happen if they did. The story depicts three strong personalities, their chemistry and the pull of their relationship. A sheriff, a cowboy and a hockey player. These three protagonists are tough, and they meet whatever challenges life throws at them as best they can. They accept each other’s flaws and they know each other’s strengths. This book has an understated veracity. Kaje Harper’s words flow from the page and she creates a story that weaves hope, determination and strength with vulnerability and doubt in the face of adversity. Scot, Will and Casey each Each face life-changing decisions that will impact on their career, their family and friends and their relationship with one and other. I didn’t pick this book for the sex scenes, but they are scorching too. These three men together in every way, is a really heart-warming and compelling read, it was so much better than I ever imagined (and I went in with high hopes). I am counting the days until book 2, nothing is predictable, but I am along for the ride wherever it may take me. My thanks that I was given a complimentary copy of this book as part of GoodReads M/M group’s Don’t Buy Me Love event in exchange for an honest review

  20. 5 out of 5

    ChaosMoondrawn

    I would rate this 4.25 stars. This is an expanded edition of a short story being turned into a series. The relationship dynamic between the three lead characters is clear from the first scene, which is a phone call about a fatal car crash. The alternating of all three points of view throughout the story is vital to help piece together the different personalities, as well as softening the reader's perception of what are three strong masculine characters. There are moments of insecurity and I would rate this 4.25 stars. This is an expanded edition of a short story being turned into a series. The relationship dynamic between the three lead characters is clear from the first scene, which is a phone call about a fatal car crash. The alternating of all three points of view throughout the story is vital to help piece together the different personalities, as well as softening the reader's perception of what are three strong masculine characters. There are moments of insecurity and jealousy on Scott's end, but it was Scott who decided they needed a third--someone nearby for Casey while he was on the road during hockey season, to be there for him with the horrors of his job as Sheriff. After adding Will, they have all been together three years. The author does a great job of capturing the tensions of the triad needing each other, but not being out--of not being able to touch each other in public, of everything happening behind locked doors, of living in fear of discovery. This relationship works really well because Scott is the glue that holds it all together--I knew it, but it was good to hear the guys say it too, that they know. These characters feel real. There is intimacy in everything they do, so while the sex is satisfying, it's not the reason for the book; it's well integrated into their relationship and the plot. Due to them being closeted, there is a bubble they live in. Other characters are mentioned, but they don't let anyone else into their lives. Casey's family is cringeworthy. People can disagree on the politics of war, but they are very disrespectful towards Casey's military service and job as a sherrif. Past hurts and pride are too much for Casey to overcome at one point, but that is as much a part of his character as anything else. Casey's job takes center stage when it looks like the Slaters' death wasn't an accident. The Slaters were really Will's only friends/family so with them dead, the ranch becomes the character that shows the most about who Will is as he struggles with his self worth, grief, and his place in the world. Even though he's the oldest and in charge of the ranch, he rarely takes the lead in his personal life. Scott's family is highlighted, but not focused on in this book. I like that the reader gets to see Scott's POV when he is out of town in Canada, so that his profession isn't given less weight as this plot mostly revolves around the ranch and Casey trying to solve the crime right before the election. Even though I knew it was coming, parts of this are sad and disheartening. Kudos to the author for getting me so invested in these characters and their happiness, in what they wanted for themselves, that I forgot that sometimes when things don't work out the way you want them to, things are actually better in the end. I liked all three characters enough to root for them as they make difficult choices. Life changes for each of them and they choose to grow together, using their relationship as a touchstone when all their careers are in transition. I would have rated this higher, but I wanted all the characters to feel as real as the triad. I wanted the epilogue to have been more nuanced rather than such a big splash. Still, those are small things since this is a book I can read enjoyably over and over.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sunne

    I've read this story before but couldn't find it for rereading (duh, it's been part of an anthology) But I remembered reading this awesome threesome story from an author I liked and I wanted to know how their story continued because the story hadn't been finished for me. Then - my luck, really - Kaje Harper decided to expand it and release it as a book. Yes!!!! This book is as solid as all her books, well written, substance, great individual "real" main characters and a storyline that doesn't I've read this story before but couldn't find it for rereading (duh, it's been part of an anthology) But I remembered reading this awesome threesome story from an author I liked and I wanted to know how their story continued because the story hadn't been finished for me. Then - my luck, really - Kaje Harper decided to expand it and release it as a book. Yes!!!! This book is as solid as all her books, well written, substance, great individual "real" main characters and a storyline that doesn't feel forced or is based on stupid misunderstandings. No, this is the real deal. With real problems, with real and uncomfortable truths, with men with faults and also with real love, that kind that is here for you through good and bad. This is a book I love and I can't wait to read the sequel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lauralee

    This is just beautiful! I love the dynamics between all three MCs and I so so much appreciate that they each also have a life of their own. Of course everything gets tangled up together as it tends to do in relationships - one person's trouble affects the other. This made for more than one storyline and kept me hooked all the way round. Feels like there is so much happening all the time without being over the top or feeling unreal. I'll love to read more about these guys!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laks

    A fantastic read ! Polyamory was a genre that I usually avoided, because I didn't get how it worked out, but last year I read few books on this and I am quite converted now. Still not a fan, but it all depends on the book I guess. On reading an excerpt from this book, I was curious and then I won this book in a giveaway at joyfullyjay.com. I am really thankful to them and Kaje for the giveaway gift. Scott (the hockey player), Casey (the local sheriff) and Will (the cowboy) are our boys. The story A fantastic read ! Polyamory was a genre that I usually avoided, because I didn't get how it worked out, but last year I read few books on this and I am quite converted now. Still not a fan, but it all depends on the book I guess. On reading an excerpt from this book, I was curious and then I won this book in a giveaway at joyfullyjay.com. I am really thankful to them and Kaje for the giveaway gift. Scott (the hockey player), Casey (the local sheriff) and Will (the cowboy) are our boys. The story starts at a point where all three are already together, but huge changes are coming down for all three of them! The owners of Will's ranch, who were also pseudoparents to him, get killed in a car crash and on further investigation it turns out to be a cold blooded planned murder. Casey is hot on the case and is determined to solve it soon, as the election for new sheriff is coming up and there is every chance he is gonna lose that. Scott is frustrated to be in Canada and away from his partners at this crucial time, but his game is getting better and there is a distinct possibility of getting called up into the top team. All three are closeted and they are pretty okay with that, but the upcoming changes might force their hand. Being gay is difficult in their jobs, and being poly might be too much for their colleagues and families. This story has it all- mystery, cops chase scenes, hockey games, cowboys and romance. Something for all! The writing is excellent which is not surprising as its Kaje Harper, whose Life Lessons is one of my favourite series. There is enough happenings and conversations to engage us instead of just wall to wall sex. All three MCs are different, but compliment each other well. The cover is perfect for this book and I absolutely loved it. I cant wait to read the next book in series. Recommended read for all m/m lovers

  24. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    3.5 stars rounded down. I had some problems with this one, especially the constant use of f** and versions of it. I guess it fit, but I found it unpleasant to read especially as often as it was used. I also thought the murder was solved a little too easily at the end. I really hated what Scott went through because of hockey although that did read very realistically. I sort of felt like I never really got to know any of them in depth, like everything about them was kind of glossed over in favor 3.5 stars rounded down. I had some problems with this one, especially the constant use of f** and versions of it. I guess it fit, but I found it unpleasant to read especially as often as it was used. I also thought the murder was solved a little too easily at the end. I really hated what Scott went through because of hockey although that did read very realistically. I sort of felt like I never really got to know any of them in depth, like everything about them was kind of glossed over in favor of the mystery. I did love the three of them together, and how wonderfully they all fit with each other. I would have really enjoyed seeing more of them living life, and less of them dealing with the murder. I am looking forward to the next book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    M

    *3 stars*

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Thank you Gingersnap Cuddle Fluff!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Love I first read this as part of an anthology. I’m so glad she was able to republish it and that there’s a sequel coming soon. I love these boys and it all felt very believable. I can’t wait to see what’s in their future.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stonemagpie

    Hockey players and cowboys and cops. Oh my! This was so good! But ergh, should have waited for the sequel to be released before picking this one up.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gabbi Grey

    Three and Oh I love books where you start in the middle of a story. Yes, you miss the meet cute (or meet rough, depending on the book), but there’s something comforting about settling into a story where the relationship is already established. Where the couple (or in this case triad) know just about everything about each other. They have a routine and know where they’re going. Or so they think. This is that book. These three men are well-established. Casey is the ex-marine sheriff, Will is the Three and Oh I love books where you start in the middle of a story. Yes, you miss the meet cute (or meet rough, depending on the book), but there’s something comforting about settling into a story where the relationship is already established. Where the couple (or in this case triad) know just about everything about each other. They have a routine and know where they’re going. Or so they think. This is that book. These three men are well-established. Casey is the ex-marine sheriff, Will is the ranch foreman, and Scott is the up and coming hockey player. Soon to be in the NHL, if rumors are correct. Life is good for them. They’re all firmly in the closet, happy as pigs in shit, so to speak. Except all is not as it seems. Casey is running for re-election as sheriff (such an American thing – picking top local law enforcement and members of the judiciary with a popularity contest). He’s down in the polls to a slick opponent who isn’t even qualified for the job. Casey knows he should be fighting but he’s done a lot of that in his life. He just wants to keep his neighbors safe and believes he’s done a good job of it. Scott is playing with the Toronto Marlies, waiting to get the call up to the Toronto Maple Leafs and the NHL. He’s dedicated his entire life to hockey and is so close to the majors that he can taste it. His heart is in the mid-west with his two men and he spends a lot of time traveling. He’s also the youngest and, surprisingly, the bossiest. Then there’s Will. He’s been on the ranch for twenty years, showing loyalty to his bosses – a husband and wife. This book opens with their tragic deaths. I’ll admit more than a few tears throughout the book. I haven’t lost anyone recently, but I remember clearly what that kind of loss feels like. They were basically parents to him and Will is, understandably, devastated. That he has both Casey and Scott to help him pick up the pieces gave me some hope. This is a long book with a lot going on. There’s the investigation into the accident that took the Slaters away from Will. There’s the election dragging Casey down. Then there’s the NHL almost on Scott’s doorway. There were several times where I thought the story was drawing to a conclusion and then another obstacle was thrown in the men’s paths. I honestly thought I knew how the story would end, but I was wrong. Happily wrong. My heart broke a few times in this book but it was eventually rendered whole again. I love it when books put me through the ringer. Had I known, I would have brought tissue. Nothing like a napkin. Will every reader cry? Possibly not. These scenes were tough, to be sure, but not overly emotional. It was just what I brought to the story. Ms. Harper very nicely gives us a scene from the next book. I’m like…there’s more? Intrigued, I’ll be waiting with bated breath to see where Scott, Casey, and Will go next. (BTW - I love swearing, especially in French…)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Love Bytes Reviews

    3,5 heart review by Cindy This story has three interesting characters and it was very easy to like them. They are three very different men who have found a unique way to fit together. Casey is damn good at his job and he knows it, however he’s not so good with people. Unfortunately, holding an elected official position sometimes requires the skills that Casey lacks the most. However, he loves his men with all his heart and would do anything to keep them safe. Scott is finally getting close to 3,5 heart review by Cindy This story has three interesting characters and it was very easy to like them. They are three very different men who have found a unique way to fit together. Casey is damn good at his job and he knows it, however he’s not so good with people. Unfortunately, holding an elected official position sometimes requires the skills that Casey lacks the most. However, he loves his men with all his heart and would do anything to keep them safe. Scott is finally getting close to having all his dreams come true, but they are a little off because to get them, he has to hide his heart. Will never thought he’d find someone and now that he has, he’s not sure how to keep them. This story made me sad a lot because I know that even today, there are a lot of people in the queer community who are in this situation. What the world expects of you and where you want to be can seem like they are divided by the Grand Canyon and finding your way across can seem impossible. I really wanted to know more about these guy and while we sort of get there, I would have liked to have seen them interacting a little more besides when they are having sex. I love the devotion and understanding they all have for each other though. It’s definitely a good story to maybe introduce someone to a m/m/m situation and how beautiful it can be. The author had a really good premise to work with but for me, it lacked a little in the execution. It seemed very obvious from the very beginning who the bad guy was and that was a disappointment for me. I could have used a little more angst and tension to really bring the story home. However, as I said before, the characters are sympathetic and sweet and for me, tough guys with a heart of gold are one of my favorite story flavours. The dialogue is good and the writing smart and the little epilogue is something I would so love to see played out in real life. I will be watching for the next book in the series. This book was provided for free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.

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