The Distance Between Us series
- The Distance Between Us (book #1) – in this review
- The Closer You Get (book #2)
- Meet Me In The Middle (book #3) – Expected: 20 August 2013 by Samhain Publishing
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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…
So what did I think?
Rhett and Ethan have grown apart over the last ten years are separating. Unfortunately circumstances mean they must continue to share the house they own and take in a roommate to speed up the house repayments. The sooner they can gain more equity in the house, the sooner they can sell and get on with their lives.
Despite Ethan’s declaration that he couldn’t stand the sight of Ethan, and both of them agreeing that the sooner they were able to get out of each’s way the better, it is obvious there is something unresolved.
An interesting scenario develops with new housemate Keiran. Both Ethan and Rhett become involved with the man, first separately but then together. And through this, Ethan and Rhett discover new found passion for each other. But although he can’t deny the attraction to Ethan and how well they work together in bed (and the sex IS hot and passionate!), Rhett realises that ‘ex-sex’ may not be the answer….
“That brief taste of something good made the cold colder, the quiet quieter, and the bitterness bitterer. And I couldn’t do it anymore. I had to end this arrangement with Ethan. No matter how hot it was, it couldn’t go on because I couldn’t stand the cold.”
In many ways Keiran becomes the trigger that leads the men to finally starting to communicate. They start to understand why their relationship started to fail and exposed their true feelings towards one another.
Some of the story puzzled me. There was emotional fall-out from one of the sexual encounters between the three men (“It was a mistake because it happened for all the wrong reasons”). Kieran seemed to be the one getting the raw deal. I couldn’t fully understand why Kieran would be receptive to the offer to participate again or why Rhett and Ethan would want to continue involving Kieran. “This is probably one of the most unorthodox solutions to one of the most unorthodox situations I’ve ever heard of.”
What I really wanted was for Kieran to also find happiness and not be the outsider. So this is what I am hoping for in book 2, The Closer You Get.
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