Title: In the Distance
Author: Eileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: In the Kitchen #3
Main Characters: Trevor and Tyler
Release Date: June 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Trevor Pratt is finally getting over losing his best friend and the one person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, but it’s taken screwing every cute guy in Manhattan to get there. He’s vowed to repair the friendship he endangered, but that’s hard to do when his friend’s new employee catches his eye. Despite being warned to stay away from Tyler, Trevor knows the sous chef is more than just a hookup.
Romance is a terrible idea. Trevor is ten years older and a relentless playboy. Tyler is still unsure of his place in the world. Neither of them is ready for life-changing love, but as things heat up, their chemistry in the bedroom might just take that decision out of their hands.
I read the first two books in this series back-to-back, never having read either of the authors before, and absolutely loved those books. And honestly, I kind of thought it was a fluke...I was in a really good mood when I read those books and I thought it just put me in the right frame of mind to just really enjoy them. So I entered reading this book with a bit of trepidation. What if it didn't live up to those first two? *shaking head* What was I worried about? OMG, I really and truly loved this book and DEVOURED Tyler and Trevor's story!
Trevor is Trustfund from book #2...he's the reason Jamie stayed away from Ethan for so long. As a result, Ethan and he do NOT get along. It doesn't help that Trevor thought he was in love with Jamie, too. He has an interesting relationship with these two guys, but both Jamie and Ethan agree on one thing...Trevor needs to stay away from Tyler, who is basically their adopted little brother.
Tyler has a rough history, but he's young and resilient and is bouncing back with Ethan and Jamie's help. He works hard, he studies hard, and is doing everything he can to make them proud. The one exception to that is Trevor. Trevor and he connect. They just mesh together really well. It doesn't matter that they are ten years apart in age, or that they live 2000 miles apart, or that his "big brothers" continually warn him off Trevor. They FIT and it's beautiful between them when it's working.
I loved how the authors wrote Trevor's character. He's an unapologetic man-whore, but he realizes really soon that Tyler is worth more...so on the sexual side, things move really slowly between them...Trevor's call and I loved that. It made me instantly love him more.
And Tyler...there's just no way not to like him. He's 20 and was kicked out of his home for being gay and spent 6 months living on the streets. He's going to culinary school full time, works two different jobs, and volunteers to help other homeless at two different shelters. Oh, and he's working at a new healthy foods initiative with school children. Seriously, when does the guy sleep? He's an incredible character...so strong and resilient, but still just a nice guy. But his history has left him with his own issues...he doesn't trust or reach out easily. That's why his relationship with Trevor is so big...he doesn't connect like that normally with other people.
The book was a great read. It certainly works well as a stand-alone, but I bet you that after you read it you will want to go back and read the first two books which chronicle Jamie and Ethan's rocky relationship. It was also really good to see them in this one on such stable, committed, truly gorgeous relationship-ground. They are another couple that just FIT and you can see that with every interaction between them.
I highly recommend this one!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.