TWO 4s and a 3 Star Review for Circling Back by Amanda Young #MMF

Circling Back

Title: Circling Back
Author Name & Publisher: Amanda Young
Publication Date & Length: August 2015 – 165 pgs


Stella fled home at seventeen with a broken heart, an unplanned pregnancy, and a vow never to look back. Twenty years later, she has a career she enjoys and a solid relationship with the child she placed for open adoption. When that child goes in search of her birth father and calls for assistance, Stella is forced to return to her hometown and face the men who broke her heart, one of whom fathered her child.

Gavin and Holden raised a lot of hell as teenagers. They broke the law, broke their mother’s hearts, and almost broke each other before they finally got their act together. Through all the ups and downs, they stuck by each other and managed to build a happy life together. The one thing they couldn’t do was forget the woman they’d loved and lost.

Forced to face the past and each other after so many years is no small feat. The trio does their best to make amends and put the past behind them while forging new bonds. Old feelings are rekindled and new emotions emerge from the ashes of their youthful indiscretions. Something remarkable could be on the horizon if they’re strong enough to navigate the pitfalls of a triad relationship and stand strong against the outside forces conspiring to bring them to their knees.

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This was my first book book to read by Amanda Young.  I enjoyed her style of writing.  The story read fast and flowed well.  A cute love story of 2nd chances.

I thought the chemistry was good between Holden, Gavin and Stella, it seemed they could just take off where they left their relationship years back. The sex between the three was quite steamy.  I would have liked a little more about Mae, there really wasn’t much development of her character.

I did think it was a good read and will look to read more by this author.



Let me start out by saying that I enjoyed the story so much, that I bumped the star rating up by 1.  However, this book needs editing.  There are so many incorrect words and misspellings, I actually thought to myself whether or not this had been edited at all.  I found it distracting.

As for the actual content, it was a great, sweet story.  I liked the fact that the story did not really dwell on the past, it was more about the right here and now.  I really liked Stella’s character and how she was able to put her own issues aside to help her daughter, Mae.

Then you have Holden and Gavin.  Even before they knew what type of love they were looking for, they had found it in each other.  But, young love is confusing and not always easy.  I enjoyed how they had their own relationship, their own lives and supported each other wholeheartedly.

The chemistry between all three of them is steamy and I liked how realistic their relationship seemed.  The mystery was not so much a mystery.  I wish we would have heard more about the co-worker that Holden had and about Mae and the relationship between her and Stella, Holden and Gavin, but I understand that this was a story about the three of them.

I enjoyed that you also got to see the relationship between Holden and Gavin, separate from their relationship between them and Stella.  It was nice that their relationship did not get lost in the shuffle.

Overall, like I said in the beginning, I enjoyed this story.  It just needs a little more editing and it will be perfect.


I felt like I was missing something with this book. It had a neat little 2nd chances spin to it though.
There was an interesting dynamic between the three of the main characters. The men lived as a married gay couple, but once Stella comes back, they are only with her, which I didn’t care for. It was never the two men together and her with them. They always were there to please her, which wouldn’t work long term, not in most relationships anyway.
I have to say the plot was predictable and I saw every ‘surprise’ coming, however, I did like the author’s style. It is what kept me reading through quite a few silly (and awkward) statements that weren’t meant to be funny.
I’d likely try another book from this author in the hopes that it was just this book that didn’t quite work for me because the writing style was so good.


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The rest of June and July flew by at the speed of light. The three of them managed to alternate weekend visits and video chat with each other a couple of times a week. Even so, it was never enough. Stella was always left wanting more. More hugs. More kisses. More time. The longer she spent with them, the worse leaving became.

To make matters worse, she’d been scatterbrained as hell at work, which wasn’t like her at all. On Mondays she dragged her tired ass into work regardless of how much she wanted to sleep. Fridays were no better because the weekend was right there, so close she could touch it, and she couldn’t concentrate on anything else. In the time between, she slept poorly and dreamed of someone finally inventing a transporter that could beam people back and forth across long distances. Something like that would make her life so much simpler.

Her boss was starting to look at her funny. Marion, one of the other partner’s assistants, had asked if she was feeling all right after she forgot Thursday was her day to bring in donuts for the break room. She’d never missed a turn. Not even when she’d had the flu and dragged her ass in to work sick as a dog.

Being with Holden and Gavin was driving her mad. Mad with desire when she was with them; mad with impatience when they were apart. In their arms, she felt beautiful and desirable—two things she hadn’t experienced nearly enough in her lifetime. They reminded her that there was more to being a woman than complicated beauty regimens and menstrual cycles. In return, she discovered a need deep within herself to please them and insure their happiness. The only problem with that lie in the fact that they lived so far apart.

Stella darted around her apartment, straightening up the clutter that had accumulated all week. A glance at the clock on the wall warned her to pick up her pace because Holden and Gavin were supposed to arrive any minute. It was their weekend at her place and she was running behind schedule—which seemed to be the case more often than not lately.

The doorbell rang just as she shoved the last of the dirty towels into the bathroom hamper. Swiping the tendrils of hair that escaped her braid away from her face, she hurried to the door and yanked it open. “I’m so glad you’re both here.” She leaned out the door and looked beyond Gavin. “Where’s Holden?”

“Wow. Way to make a boy feel like chopped liver,” Gavin deadpanned.

“Oh hush.” Stella ushered Gavin inside and closed the door. “You know I’m thrilled to see you. I was just expecting you both.”

“I know.” Gavin sighed. “Holden really wanted to be here, but he’s behind at the shop and just couldn’t afford to close down tomorrow. He said to send his regrets and tell you he’d make it up to you next weekend.”

“Oh. Okay. Well, that’s understandable.” It sucked, but work was a fact of life they couldn’t avoid.

Gavin must have heard the disappointment in her voice, because he frowned. “If it makes you feel any better, he was pouting like a champ when I left.”

“That does make me feel better and, oddly enough, a little guilty.” Stella walked over to the couch and sat down.

“Guilty?” Gavin followed and sat beside her. “For what?”

Stella grinned, feeling playful and wicked. She lifted up and flipped around, straddling Gavin’s lap. “I feel bad that Holden’s going to miss out on watching all the dirty, dirty things I’m planning to do to his husband this weekend.”

“Oh really?” Gavin asked, grabbing two handfuls of her ass. “Do tell.”

Stella leaned in, breathed in the familiar scent of cologne, testosterone, and male musk, and kissed her way up his neck. “I’d much rather show you.”


Amanda Young is a multi-published, erotic romance author. Since she tends to write whatever strikes her whimsy, all of her novels fall into various subgenres. You never know what merry adventure her evil muse will devise next.


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