Fitting In by Sylvia Violet
Two cops walk into a bar. Mason, the bartender, waits for the punch line, because no way in hell are these ridiculously hot men real cops. They're straight out of a cop-fetish fantasy. But he quickly learns that Jack and Gray are the real deal, and they want him in the worst way.
What starts as a night of hot, three-way sex becomes a lot more. The two cops fulfill Mason's submissive fantasies, but they also meet a more basic need, comfort. They want to take care of Mason, to offer him unconditional friendship, but their concern for him unnerves Mason more than even the kinkiest sex.
To find happiness with his new partners, Mason must change his belief that love is as much a fantasy as a pair of gorgeous, handcuff-wielding cops landing in his bed.
Mason can barely keep his mind on the job when he first sees two hot cops come into the bar where he is a bartender. Gray and Jack are partners who are questioning people about a robbery in a neighboring business--the third such robbery in this area of Durham. Mason tries to keep his eyes on what he is doing but they insist on straying to Gray and Jack. The more he watches the two cops who start frequenting his place of work, the more he is convinced that Gray and Jack are already a couple which only reinforces his belief that his fantasies are just that with no hope of every becoming reality.
Mason has had a bad experience with trying to be a third when a former date admitted he had a boyfriend and invited Mason along for some fun. Mason ended up sneaking out when the two fought over how serious the boyfriend really was and Mason was stalked by one of the partners. Mason is used to being alone now, especially since his family is convinced that being gay is just a phase he is going through and have eliminated all support both emotional and financial from Mason. When it looks like Gray and Jack are both interested in him he is nervous due to past experiences--he really doesn't want to come between two such loving, amazing men but he can't deny how much he would love to be a part of them either.
Mason takes a chance and goes home with Gray and Jack where he finds they meet all of his needs, even those he didn't know he possessed. Gray's dominant tendencies and Jack's tender caring only make him fall deeper and harder for these two men. His insecurities grow as their relationship continues to develop until Mason decides he can't take it any more and leaves them both. At the same time, the robberies are continuing and when a cop is killed, Mason worries about what would happen if one of the men he loves died before he could tell them how he truly felt.
Watching Mason come to terms with his fears and decide for himself the future he really wants was amazing--Sylvia Violet walked a fine line of making his fears extremely understandable without having him wallow in melancholy or veer into holding out for too long and she stayed on the right side of that line the whole time. Mason is not the only one with issues either--Gray is getting tired of hiding what he is and who he loves but he knows that coming out doesn't only effect him and that he needs to take Jack's needs into account as well. At best they wouldn't be able to remain partners--at worst they would have to work in separate precincts. Watching all three of these men come together with an emphasis on communication and compromise was a beautiful thing. You know there are still hard times and difficult choices to come for these guys after the story ends and yet I am so confident that theirs is a relationship that can weather all storms. This is the first book in a series with at least one more book being about Jack, Gray and Mason-- I can't wait to read it!
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