In the Distance

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In the Distance

In the Kitchen, #3

Tyler is a college student who is working his way through culinary school while working at a famous restaurant. Tyler has had a hard life after being thrown out by his parents while still a teen. He has worked hard for everything he has in life and while he's thankful, he's lonely. When his employer's friend Trevor comes in to town for business Tyler finds himself attracted to him despite everyone's warnings that Trevor is a bad guy and he should stay away from him.

The story is a slow burn and follows as the two men become friends and then lovers. Months go by before the men take their relationship to the next step. I thought the characters were well developed and I liked the slow pace of the relationship. It made sense to me. They both had some issues and there was a ten year age gap. While Tyler was not immature he was very inexperienced and I liked that the story showed him taking his time making choices about love and sex. Trevor respected that and gave Tyler his time and space to come to those decisions. Both of the main characters were realistically portrayed and I liked them both a lot.

This was the third book in the series and can be read as a standalone. I had not read the first two and was able to easily follow along. My only thought was that I might be missing something in regards to Trevor. He was apparently supposed to be a bad guy from the first two books but not having read them I didn't see it here at all. I thought he was a really good guy who made some small mistakes but I didn't really understand the restaurant owner's constant warnings to Tyler. I think I missed out on some of that due to not reading the previous books. That being said, I enjoyed this book enough to go back and read books one and two.

This was my first time reading either of these authors and I was quite pleased. I will definitely be reading more of this series as soon as possible.

Book Blurb for In the Distance

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 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 broke along the way, but that's hard to do when his friend's new employee catches his eye. Despite being warned to stay away from Tyler, Trevor turns on the charm.

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.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2015 4.00