Friday, November 8, 2013

The Distance Between Us by L.A. Witt

Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: L.A. Witt
My Rating: B

Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m)

Series: Distance Between Us #1
Main Characters: Ethan and Rhett (and Kieran)
Release Date: July 2010
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
From money pit to windfall…or is it a pitfall?

After ten years together, Ethan Mallory and Rhett Solomon are calling it quits. They’re more than ready to dump their heavy emotional baggage. The only thing they can’t seem to unload is the house. They’re stuck living as roommates with a hefty mortgage hanging over their heads…at least until they can bring in some extra money to pay it down. Solution: rent out a room.

Enter Kieran Frost. Suddenly, the only thing Ethan and Rhett both want more than getting away from each other is getting close to their single, young, hot roommate. Complicating things is the fact that Kieran doesn’t mind the attention from both, and he certainly doesn’t mind sharing.

Their combined chemistry ignites something else that Ethan and Rhett had thought was long dead—the mutual attraction that drew them together in the first place. Except bitter jealousy over Kieran could only push them even farther apart…

My Review:
This book is like nothing I've ever read before. Ethan and Rhett are in the middle of a break-up after ten years together. They've just slowly drifted apart, but before they decided it was over, they bought a house together. Now it's not financially feasible for them to sell the house, so they are stuck in it together, trying to get enough paid off on it so they can sell it. To that end, they decide to rent out their spare room to another roommate. It just so happens that their new roommate is hot, sexy, and a bit of a manwhore who isn't opposed to sleeping with his new roommates....both of them. 

This is a bit of a hard book...just because there are so many confused feelings. For Ethan, he just wants it all to be over. This is so hard because living together after the breakup is just prolonging the pain and hurt feelings. Suddenly this man that he's loved is the enemy and things are difficult, if not impossible, between them. In addition both men are having to deal with the fact that someone they love is sleeping with someone else. Can you imagine the pain involved with having to listen to that? Yeah, this book was not easy.

But the entire book is an evolution as these guys grow and learn how to make this work. As in most breakups, assumptions were made that were incorrect. One person acts one way in reaction to the other person's actions and perceived feelings (which were deciphered wrong) and everything snowballs from there. It's a good lesson about what's worth fighting for. After ten years you would think that what these guys have together is worth that. 

Then there's Kieran, who was an interesting character into the mix. I'll admit, I read book #2 in this series first, so I feel like I know Kieran's character pretty well. What an eye-opener this was for how much of a manwhore he was before meeting his perfect man in book #2. 

I like this series and now need to read book #3...Dale's story. 

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