In the Distance
By Eileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels
Genre: M/M, Foodie Romance
Length: 105,000 Words
Series: In the Kitchen, Book 3
Release Date: June 15, 2015
Publisher: Carina Press
Because sometimes it takes some distance to finally see what’s right in front of you…
Tyler Mitchell has worked hard to rebuild his life after his family kicked him out. A culinary student and sous chef who spends his spare time volunteering with kids, he’s happy enough even though he has no time to consider a relationship.
Trevor Pratt is finally getting over losing his best friend and the one person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, but it’s taken screwing every cute guy in Manhattan to get there. He’s vowed to repair the friendship he endangered, but that’s hard to do when his friend’s new employee catches his eye. Despite being warned to stay away from Tyler, Trevor knows the sous chef is more than just a hookup.
Romance is a terrible idea. Trevor is ten years older and a relentless playboy. Tyler is still unsure of his place in the world. Neither of them is ready for life-changing love, but as things heat up, their chemistry in the bedroom might just take that decision out of their hands.
Read about Ethan and Jamie's romance in In the Raw and In The Fire, Books 1 & 2 in the In The Kitchen Series, available now!
This story is about Tyler who was thrown out by his religious parents when they found out he was gay and he became homeless. He was practically adopted by Ethan and Jamie as their kid brother. Tyler is training to be a chef and working at Bistro 30 and trying to find his place in the world. Trevor is older and already knows what he wants out of live but love eludes him. He'd been in love with Jamie for a long time and was heart broken when Ethan and Jamie got their act together. (You will have to read previous books in the series for more on Ethan's and Jamie's romance.)
The romance between Trevor and Tyler starts out quite slow as Tyler is withdrawn and Trevor has to work to get him out of his shell. It didn't help that Ethan 'hated' (I use the word loosely) Trevor and had filled Tyler's head with stories about Trevor being untrustworthy. Tyler is very insecure and oversensitive to some of Trevor's mistakes and Trevor seemed to be always apologising. Of course the fact that Trevor lived in New York, thousands of miles from Seattle didn't help matters at all.
These two seemed to have a lot of obstacles to overcome. They were mainly communication problems and misunderstandings. Their attraction to each other was obvious and there were some beautiful tender moments between them although they were very few, in my opinion, especially for the length of the book. I did wonder how these issues would be resolved and was glad when finally Ethan and Jamie could see that Trevor cared about Tyler. In my opinion they were the biggest obstacle to Tyler's and Trevor's romance.
This is an enjoyable read. Fans of the series will be glad to have more Ethan and Jamie as they feature heavily here. I personally loved seeing Trevor redeem himself and seeing the growth in Tyler as a character. If you enjoy m/m romance then you need to check this out.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I threw him a dirty look over my shoulder as we walked out of the diner. “Okay. So I might have had my dad’s Platinum AmEx card to help me out, but I struggled just like the rest of my classmates.”
Tyler’s low, deep laugh hit me in all the right, and wrong, places. “Poor baby. I’m sure it was hard to choose between the double shot extra whip latte and the regular Joe Blow latte.”
God, it was good to hear him laugh. “Hey now. Leave my double shot latte out of this,” I shot back as I unlocked the doors to the Mercedes coupe I’d rented.
His laughter slowly faded as I pulled out of the parking lot. I had only been to Ethan’s old place a few times when Jamie had first moved back to Seattle and before they had bought a new condo together. But Tyler made sure to keep me on the right track with directions, his voice getting softer and softer the closer we got to the apartment.
I pulled up to the curb, letting the car idle instead of parking and walking him to his door. As much as I found myself not wanting the night to end, it wouldn’t have been smart to push whatever this was. Anyone else? We’d already be upstairs with Tyler’s pants around his ankles and my mouth on him. But he wasn’t just anyone else.
Tyler, who had been staring out his window, slowly turned toward me. The soft lights of the dash barely illuminated his face. God, he looked young, innocent and worth every ounce of protectiveness he brought out in the people who cared about him.
“Thanks for the ride. And dinner. It was nice.”
He turned again and reached for the door handle.
“Hey, Tyler. Wait up.”
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Eileen Griffin lives in the southwest, but loves to travel and has spent many summers crossing Europe with nothing but a backpack on her back. She enjoys TexMex, lives for good wine, and has a certain penchant for purple unicorns. She loves reading all genres of books, but her current obsession is writing M/M romance.
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Nikka Michaels lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest where she spends her time cooking, laughing and crafting romantic tales to satisfy her craving for HEAs with heat. A voracious reader, novice knitter and music lover she’s been known to multitask without breaking a sweat. She loves to read and write M/M romance but believes everyone deserves a love story.
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