Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
Do you ever read a romance and feel the depth of storytelling in it? Chock full of plot and plot twists, along with intriguing characterizations, you get lost in the story, and you feel as though you get every penny worth you spent on the book? This is exactly the case with Layla Reyne’s What We May Be. I usually zoom through romances, but Reyne’s newest story took some time as I meandered through the journeys of her three main characters: Charlie, Trevor, and Sean. There is simply so much to this book.
At its core, it’s a story of second chances. Charlie, Trevor, and Sean have a past. It’s now been 10 years since they last saw each other, and Sean is back in town for a funeral. Over the course of the day, they come together once again, and Sean leaves again. The story fast-forwards two months, and Sean is pulled into a case that Charlie is working on. These three simply can’t stay away from each other, and they will have to work through the reasons for Sean’s departure ten years prior before they can potentially have a future together.
Second to its story of second chances is their poly relationship. These three can only exist together. Each of them feels complete when they all live and love together. Throughout much of What We May Be, Reyne is insistent on a variety of relationships. This book is a strong advocate for LGBTQA relationships, and you’ll find diversity in this story. And…it feels right.
Besides the second chances and the poly relationship, what this book is really grounded in is romantic suspense. There are crimes to be solved in this book. Reyne takes much of the book to reveal the killer, and I’ll admit that she keeps you guessing. There is quite a bit of a bait and switch with the killer of this story. In hindsight, I should have figured it out easily. Reyne doesn’t make it too hard, but she causes you to focus on other characters as the killer so that you forget. In fact, I think this is the greatest strength of her story.
Now, where did I struggle? There are a lot of characters in What We May Be, and I found myself at times forgetting who a particular person was. I found this to be overwhelming, and it detracted at times from the main characters. However, this may be more my issue than Reyne’s complicated characterizations.
From a stylistic standpoint, I appreciated the multiple points of view in this book. It allows Reyne to direct the chronology of the story well.
For my first read of a Layla Reyne book, I found What We May Be to hit all of the things that make for a compelling romance. Emotional, exciting, and erotic, this book is the perfect weekend read.
In love and romance,