Book Reviews

The Distance Between Us (Wilde's 2) by L.A. Witt

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Menage MMM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 25-January-2018

Book Blurb

After ten years together, Ethan Mallory and Rhett Solomon are calling it quits and are ready to move on. Thanks to Seattle’s depressed real estate market, though, they’re stuck living as roommates with a hefty mortgage hanging over their heads. In an effort to speed things along, they decide to bring in some extra money by renting out the spare bedroom.

Wilde’s bartender Kieran Frost moves in, and 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. 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 push them even farther apart…

First ediion published by Samhain Publishing, 2010. This edition has been lightly revised.

Book Review

I will admit that I was a little hesitant about reading this book. It had been recommended by a number of friends and I do love ménage but the idea of starting the story when a ten-year relationship has ended did not appeal to me. Luckily my friends were right and I really, really liked these guys and the story. The writing is excellent, there is just the right amount of angst, and the sex is very, very hot.

Rhett Solomon and Ethan Mallory have been together for ten years and much like in many relationships, the baggage has built up to the point where they've ended it. They've grown apart, started wanting different things, sniping and yelling at each other so the decision to end it was staring them in the face. Unfortunately, they can't afford to sell the home they have together and neither can afford the mortgage alone so they're stuck as roommates. With them both in a hurry to pay down the mortgage as much as possible they advertise to rent the third bedroom out.

Enter Kieran Frost, twenty-five and a bartender at the hottest gay bar in Seattle. He's recently moved to the area from CA after his relationship ended and he wants nothing to do with starting anything serious. Now, I'll be honest - I was prepared not to like Kieran. I was picturing some slutty man-whore who would play these guys off of each other and create jealousy, when in fact, he is a bit of a man-whore but he isn't a jerk about it. He is a guy who knows what he wants and as long as all the parties know the score going in and no one gets hurt then why not enjoy?

So, what do you do when your long-term relationship is over, but it hasn't really ended because you're still faced with each other day in and day out? The addition of a third person into this household gives Rhett and Ethan breathing space from each other which, in turn, allows them to relive memories both good and bad. To remember all the things they've begun to forget about each other and all the myriad ways they've loved. But it's not all serious relationship drama in this story, and I would be remiss in my duties as a reviewer if I didn't mention that the sex between the three of them is some of the hottest I've ever read—and kudos to the author for that! It came as no surprise to me, though, that something was going to have to give and Rhett and Ethan were going to have to get to the bottom of all their original issues and pretty much put everything on the table. The question is whether Kieran can come out of this unscathed or not and whether ten years together is worth fighting for.

I really liked this book far more than I expected to and I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read it. It made me think about what the really important things are in a relationship and besides the obvious, love, communication is key. If you can't talk about the bad and the good, if you can't share your pain and anger with the joy, then something will eventually break. Thank you to L.A. Witt for the reminder!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 218 pages/53000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-March-2017
Price $3.99 ebook, $13.99 paperback
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