Monday, April 17, 2017

Relationship Status by K.A. Mitchell

Title: Relationship Status
Author: K.A. Mitchell
My Rating: B

Genre: New Adult Romance (m/m) 
Series: Ethan and Wyatt #3
Main Characters: Ethan and Wyatt
Release Date: April 2017
Publisher:  Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Falling in love is easy. Staying there is the trick in this third book in bestselling author K.A. Mitchell's male/male Ethan & Wyatt trilogy. 

Life doesn't come with a syllabus.

Ethan knows firsthand that long distance is hard on love. If Wyatt is spending his summer at an internship in Pittsburgh, that's where Ethan will be. Even if it means inventing his own career goal just to find a reason to stay with his boyfriend. He didn't expect they'd be living in a hot, crappy apartment, with work schedules that keep them apart more than together. 

Wyatt's past has taught him to keep his head down and focus on living through the day. Loving Ethan has him looking to the future for the first time; he's just not in as big of a rush to get there. It's hard to trust in happiness when life has been busy kicking you in the nuts. 

Together they're getting the hang of real life, when a new responsibility for Wyatt throws everything off balance. Ethan's doing everything he can to prove he's in this forever, while Wyatt is torn between a future with Ethan and a debt to the past. Too bad they didn't cover this in college.

My Review:
Full Disclosure...I did not research this book enough before requesting it for review. As a result, I didn't realize it was the third of a tightly threaded trilogy until I already received it. I haven't read the other two in this series and I can unequivocally say that affected my ability to enjoy this book because I simply didn't have the emotional ties to these characters that I needed to have to thoroughly enjoy the book. 

But with that being said, I still found this book very readable. I was never lost or confused about who the two men were or what was happening in their lives. The problems came with knowing the history about the difficulties that got them to this place. That was missing for me from the backstory so I couldn't emotionally get as deep into the story as I wanted. 

This is a short story and from what I understand this is the first time that these two college aged men have had the chance to live together with the freedom to fully explore their sexual relationship. They do that in this novella...a lot. Not that I have a real problem with that, but there were times that they seemed to have issues and as with most guys this young age, their solution is to have sex. Nothing wrong with that overall, but it makes it hard to see how that will work for the long run. 

As a result, I loved that the epilogue of the book gave us a glimpse into 5 years down the road. That was exactly what this story needed so I could fully believe the HEA. So a bit of a mixed review, but again, I think that's because I only read the third part of the three installments. Don't do that. I think this story is probably worth reading all three parts.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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