Book Reviews

Meet Me in the Middle (Wilde's 5) by L.A. Witt

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 31-January-2018

Book Blurb

Fool me three times…

Dale Ramsey is looking forward to his twenty-year high school reunion except for one small problem: will his old friend – and old flame – be there? 

Adam O’Connor has disappeared twice from Dale’s life. Once after a graduation night fling, and again after a hot reunion years later. When he resurfaces this time, single and on the verge of retiring from the Navy, he wants to mend fences with Dale. Mend fences and maybe tear up some sheets.

The spark between them is alive and well, but Dale resists. After all, Adam has only been interested in him before when his life has been in flux, just like it is now, and Dale refuses to be anyone’s placeholder until something better comes along. He wants his friend back, but he’s not looking to be deserted a third time. 

Over and over, though, their attempts to rekindle their friendship wind up igniting something much hotter, and Dale’s feelings for Adam are far too strong to ignore. Should he put himself on the line and risk another broken heart? Or should he be the one to walk away this time?

First edition published by Samhain Publishing in 2013.

Book Review

I have been waiting with bated breath for Dale's story in this fifth installment of the 'Wilde's' series by L.A. Witt. Dale has been on the sidelines in the prior two books and I just kept getting the feeling that he was waiting and biding his time before his story. Knowing the prior two books I was positive the writing, the characters, the storyline, and the sex would be amazing. I love it when I'm right!

Dale is Rhett's best friend, a little more flamboyant than the other guys in the series, and heading to his twenty year high school reunion. Ugh. Yeah, I personally haven't attended any of mine and there's a reason for that. But Dale, who had a good high school experience, goes to his ten-year and if only Adam isn't at this one everything will be fine. Dale is just not that lucky when his best friend all through grade school and high school shows up at the reunion. Adam has made a lot of mistakes in the last two decades. Alienating his best friend and failing at marriage are just two of them. Dale and Adam make it through the reunion, get the argument out of the way, have intense sex, and then they each go home, Dale thinking it's done, they put the past behind them and can move on. Until Adam calls and they make an attempt at being 'just friends'. 'Just friends' becomes friends with benefits and puts Dale in the very difficult place of having to decide what he wants and needs instead of worrying about Adam's.

There were many things that I really loved about this story. I suppose it's natural for all of us to look back at high school and wonder "if I'd done this or that, maybe this might or might not have happened". Not regret, so much, but just envisioning possibilities. This book certainly brought all of that to the forefront, memories of good times and bad, and watching Dale and Adam work through twenty years of hurt, pain, and regret was extremely liberating. 'Meet Me in the Middle' resonated much more strongly, emotionally, for me than the prior books and that's saying a lot, all things considered. I think it was because this story hit so many of my own insecurities and doubts that I really connected with Dale, but to be fair to Adam, he completely redeemed himself in the end and I loved him for it. It is a wonderful story and I can't recommend it enough.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 203 pages/55000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-March-2017
Price $3.99 ebook, $13.99 paperback
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