Review: The Square by J.A. Huss and Johnathan McClain

Okay, I’m not sure how to begin this review. If you’ve read a Huss and McClain book, then you know you are in for a ride. It’s always a bit twisty. It doesn’t always fit the typical romance genre. And it is usually incredibly $exy.

The Square is the second book in the Shape of Love series. It follows the first book, The Triangle. And it’s a wild ride. We return to our main characters, Alex, Christine, and Danny (in that order, Alec tells us). Yes, this is an MMF book, but it really is something more.

It is possible to find yourself struggling with this series. For one, Alex is Afrikaans, and there are times when I had to Google Translate his words. Secondly, there is a way in which the characters think and talk that is surrounded by space. It’s difficult to explain, but you find yourself confused at times. There is something intentional with leaving the reader out of the true knowing of the situation. It is as if the characters conspire to keep us ignorant of all the “goings-on.” This can be daunting at times because you want to fully understand, and you simply cannot.

There are a lot of characters in this book beyond A, C, and D. And Eliza is one such character. My heart hurt for Christine in this book. There were times when I wanted to scream at Alec “keep it in your pants, buddy.” I was exasperated with them throughout the story because I wanted the throuple to protect itself more, and it feels as though they sacrifice each other too much. I understand the saying of “if it’s meant to be and you set it free, it will come back to you,” but I was exasperated with them as they were oftentimes careless.

With that, though, they find strength in their triangle. That is the beauty of this story. No matter the sacrifice, the hurt, the double-crossing, these three always come back to each other. Wbenever anyone conspires against these three, they protect the triangle.

This book ends on a cliffhanger, and I hope the triangle will continue to find its strength in its parts. I am certain, while seemingly unconventional, this story will finds its “happily-ever-after.” Or maybe it won’t. I’m looking forward to the third book…

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

In love and romance,

Professor A


I teach students to write for college. I love to read writers who write romance. Why not review and promote the writing of people who love to write romance? Win-win for me

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