Meet Me In The Middle by L.A. Witt

The Distance Between Us series

Meet Me in the Middle (Distance Between Us, #3)Meet Me in the Middle by L.A. Witt

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Fool me three times…

Dale Ramsey is looking forward to his twenty-year high school reunion except for one small problem. Adam O’Connor, his old friend—and old flame.

Twice before, Adam has disappeared from Dale’s life. Once after a graduation night fling, and again after a hot reunion years later. When Adam resurfaces this time, single and on the verge of retiring from the Navy, Dale wonders if he’ll want to mend fences…and maybe tear up some sheets.

The spark between them is alive and well, but Dale resists. After all, Adam only seems to come around when his life is in flux, and Dale is through being a placeholder until something better comes along. He wants his friend back, but not if he’ll be deserted a third time.

Inevitably, though, their attempts to rekindle their friendship wind up igniting something much hotter, and stirring up emotions too strong to ignore. Making Dale wonder if he should put his heart on the line…or if this time he should be the one to walk away.

Warning: Let’s face it, Dale’s been sitting quietly (well, kind of) on the sidelines since The Distance Between Us, and he waited patiently through The Closer You Get. Dude is seriously ready for some scorching-hot action, so keep a fire extinguisher and some ice handy. These boys are gonna need it…

So what did I think?

“For God’s sake, Dale, do you think I just wanted to use you?” “I don’t know if that’s what you wanted or not,” I said. “But it’s what you did. Twice.”

Dale and Adam were best friends in school but parted immediately after their first sexual encounter which happened at graduation. They met again at their 10 year school reunion but once again, Adam leaves Dale after making him promises which he doesn’t keep. Finally 20 years after their first encounter, they meet again at the school reunion.

I enjoyed this book but not the level of the previous two in the series. I found it difficult to warm to Adam, or to forgive his treatment of Dale. I found it difficult to accept his reasons for leaving Dale each time and I found it really difficult to understand how Dale maintained his desire for Adam after so many years and so much heartache.

All that aside, it is a nicely told tale with some sizzling sex and some romantic moments, definitely redeemed by the grand romantic gesture – I LOVE big, public romantic gestures!

3.5 stars

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Furtive Liaison by Amanda Young

Furtive LiaisonFurtive Liaison by Amanda Young

My rating: 3.5  of 5 stars

The Blurb…

A “quickie” is all Shawn Delaney wants when he meets Marc Wright at a XXX bookstore. Instead, he discovers instant, explosive chemistry with a man with whom he has nothing in common. The last thing he wants is a long-term relationship with anyone, much less an impulsive guy sporting chipped black nail polish.

To a workaholic like Shawn, “love” is a four-letter word, until Marc strolls into his life and turns it upside down in the best way possible. And for the first time in his life, Shawn isn’t concentrating on work.

But the discovery of a simple yellow rubber ducky in Marc’s luggage sends Shawn on a downward spiral of confusion about his lover’s history and fidelity, and eventually, it leads to heartbreak. Has their entire relationship been nothing more than the illusion of happiness, or could there be more to Marc’s betrayal than meets the eye?

So what did I think?

This story follows the relationship of Shawn and Marc who meet over a sexual encounter and continue a sexual relationship over a number of months. Surprisingly the relationship becomes more than sex, but Shawn has his suspicions about Marc due to Marc’s frequent travel and some items in his suitcase.

We see Shawn’s heartbreak as he discovers information about the man he has grown to love. Shawn has wasn’t looking for commitment but is devastated by the information uncovered.

Marc has some interesting reasons for hiding significant parts of his life but as the story is from Shawn’s point of view, this isn’t explored in too much detail. Rather the focus is on Shawn and his emotions.

Overall this is a nice, relatively short book with a couple of twists and some hot sex!

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