5 out of 5 Stars
Joss Jamison has never been more confused in his life. Everything is spiraling out of control. His best friend Walsh is in rehab for alcohol addiction, he doesn’t know what will happen to his band, and Walsh’s fiancée Tammy is consumed with pain. Joss loves both Walsh and Tammy. They’ve been there for him through thick and thin. But love isn’t always easy, and Joss and Tammy learn just how difficult it can be.
The official summary of A Lush Triangle will let you know this story is not a happily ever after, so I’m not giving anything away by telling you that. It contains cheating, also a known fact. If those are issues for you, then this isn’t the right story for you. This novella is part of the Lush Series, and it’s a prequel to the first book, giving the reader the background of what happened between Joss and Tammy before A Lush Betrayal began. The event is no secret to the reader in A Lush Betrayal either, but we get a greater look at the details in this prequel.
As difficult as the subject matter was in this novella, I absolutely loved it. Ms. Laurence took some touchy issues—alcoholism, friendship and love, death, and cheating—and handled them perfectly. Life is messy sometimes, and this story portrayed the ugly side of things, but it also highlighted some of the better moments in life at the same time. While I was busy crying over Joss’ loss of his mother, my heart was full to bursting over the love shown for him by Walsh and Tammy. Best friends drop everything when your mother isn’t going to make it. They sit by your side and hold your hand.
We got to see the solid friendship between Joss, Walsh, and Tammy, and then we got to see the ugly side of alcoholism. When an alcoholic is backed into a corner and forced to deal with their demons, can you truly believe the hateful words they spew? Watching Walsh’s first meeting with Joss and Tammy while in rehab was painful. It broke my heart right along with Joss and Tammy’s. And if Tammy couldn’t talk to her fiancé and Joss couldn’t talk to his best friend, who else would they turn to but each other?
As much as the cheating sucked, and there was no excuse, things happen. Life happens. Friends turn to each other for comfort. It was believable, and it set the stage for Joss’ despair in the next book. You don’t have to read this novella before reading the first book of the series, but if you do read it, you won’t be sorry.