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★★★★ The Distance Between Us by L.A. Witt

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

The Distance Between Us (Distance Between Us, #1)The Distance Between Us by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

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.
[“I never stopped loving you.”
I smiled and kissed him again, then whispered, “I never stopped loving you, either.” I thought I had. there were times I thought I hated him.
Never in my life had I been so glad to be wrong.”

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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.

4 Stars

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Finding Master Right by L.A. Witt

Finding Master RightFinding Master Right by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4.5of 5 stars

The Blurb…

It’s all fun and games until somebody falls in love.

Chase has just arrived at a much anticipated leather convention, and he’s about to lose his mind. Not only is his ex attending, but Chase is also rooming with Derek, a submissive he’s been dying to top. Although Derek is in search of a Dom, he made it painfully clear when the two of them hooked up for a very hot—but very vanilla—night just before the convention that he wasn’t interested in submitting to Chase.

Derek isn’t stupid. No matter how desperate he is to submit to Chase, he wants no part of a rebound relationship. As long as Chase is still pining after the sub who broke his heart a few months ago, Derek’s keeping him at arm’s length. Besides, there’s another Dom at this convention, the gorgeous Master Raul, who Derek is determined to attract.

But when Chase and Derek are confronted with all their kinks, from ropes to leather, bondage to flogging—not to mention each other—they can only ignore their mutual attraction for so long.

So what did I think?

“A friend of mine once said he knew he’d found the right Dom when he got down on his knees for him, and as soon as he was on his knees, he never wanted to get back up.”

This is the story of Chase, who has not fully recovered from the break up of his previous relationship, and Derek, who is desperate to fall to his knees for him.

What a perfect setting for this book! It has it all – loads of hot men in a heated environment with leather, ropes, whips, sex toys, bondage – and gorgeous characters who obviously madly desire each other! There are complexities due to inability to express feelings and past lovers on the scene to cause some dramas.

The characters are wonderful. Firstly Chase (I always love a character named Chase!) who wants Derek to submit to him but needs closure on his relationship with his past submissive first. And Derek, who finds he can’t get Chase out of his mind.

I loved the way the characters were able to have sexual encounters with other people so long as the other was involved, even if the other was only observing. This seemed to really fit the plot and characters, rather than a forced scenario where they suddenly became monogomous to show their love. And this really seemed to fit with what Derek was looking for in a master, someone he’d be prepared to be collared for. “I just can’t find the Master Right who knows damn well that when he lets me off the leash, I’ll come back, but who will still clip me to it enough to make me feel like I’m still his, you know?”

Great story with an interesting plot and emotional element balanced with some very, hot and well written scenes of dominance and submission.

Now I just need to find out where the nearest and next Leather Convention is being held and make plans to attend……

4.5 stars

5 Stars

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Covet Thy Neighbor by L.A. Witt

This is book 4 in the Tucker Springs Series.

  • Where Nerves End (book #1) by L.A. Witt
  • Second Hand (book #2) by Marie Sexton
  • Dirty Laundry (book #3) by Heidi Cullinan
  • Covet Thy Neighbor (book #4) by L.A. Witt
  • Never A Hero (book #5) by Marie Sexton

Covet Thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs, #4)Covet Thy Neighbor by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb:

Tattoo artist Seth Wheeler thinks he’s struck gold when Darren Romero rents the apartment across the hall. The new guy is gorgeous, witty, and single, plus he’s just the right blend of bold and flirtatious. Perfect.

Except then Darren reveals that he moved to Tucker Springs to take a job as the youth pastor at the New Light Church. Seth is not only an atheist, but was thrown out by his ultra-religious family when he came out. He tends to avoid believers, not out of judgment but out of self-preservation.

But Darren doesn’t give up easily, and he steadily chips away at Seth’s defenses. Darren is everything Seth wants in a man . . . except for that one massive detail he just can’t overlook. Is Darren’s religion the real problem, or is it just a convenient smokescreen to keep him from facing deeper fears? It’s either see the light, or risk pushing Darren away forever.

So what did I think?

If this hadn’t been part of the Tucker Springs series, I don’t think I would have read Covet Thy Neighbor. Although religious beliefs have a huge impact on people and how they live their lives, I usually find religion a topic I choose to avoid in my reading. Particularly if it forms a significant part of the story which I expected in this case due to one of the lead characters being a minister.

However I was pleasantly surprised!

The religious discussions and opinions were handled beautifully. Darren, the minister, was well portrayed and a very likable character with a great sense of humour. “I’m from Oklahoma. I get a bloody nose stepping onto a curb.”. With his forwardness towards Seth and his roof-top activities, he was not the stereotypical minister by any means!

It was great to see the immediate attraction between the characters of Seth and Daniel and the level of hotness! They related beautifully together and made a great couple. Both men had such wonderful and caring hearts.

It was interesting to see Seth’s confusion played out as he struggled with his feelings. “I just wanted to be in the same room with him. And I also wanted to be on the opposite side of the planet from him. I wanted Monday to get here so I could go hiking, and I hoped to hell a meteor landed in Tucker Springs on Sunday night so I wouldn’t have to face a trial and a full day alone with him.”

I thought Seth’s automatic dismissal of anyone Christian was a bit overdone or perhaps I just didn’t absorb the level of impact his family’s actions had on him. I also didn’t think that Seth’s admission of the treatment he had experienced at his old church was needed for the story. But neither of these things detracted from my overall enjoyment.

4 Stars

 

For my review of Never A Hero.

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