You know those movies when one of the character chooses a college where the significant other is going and you just know that it’ll end badly. That the one doing the chasing is going to inevitably get dumped. Getting Him Back explores this trope with Ethan, whose boyfriend, Blake, has been at college for a year already and his finally going to be with him. Thoughts of them being together, alone, and forever have excited Ethan to the point that he gets there a day before, ready to surprise his boyfriend. Instead, the one in for a rude awakening and devastating surprise is no other than Ethan when Blake suddenly comes out with the ‘I love you, but not that way’ line.
Ethan is not ready to let Blake go, not when he feels to strongly for him, and not when he has all this grand plans of how good they can be together. Life, though, has other plans for him. Namely Wyatt, Blake’s roommate. They guy with a white stripe in his hair, perpetual smirking face, and emotionally suppressed guy that takes him by storm. In fact, his begrudging friendship with Wyatt is mainly about getting information from him, why Blake has broken up with. Things gradually progress as Ethan’s attraction for a certain heterochromia guy sparks and catches fire.
This book was instant attention grabber for me. The pages flying by in a blur of words, and tension filled interactions, whether with Wyatt and Ethan and Ethan and Blake and the inevitable. The truth is that I hate reading about my main characters with anyone other than the MC’s love interest, and having Blake take so much time from Wyatt and Ethan irked me at times, but I got it. Perhaps I will never understand why a person would chase after someone when they clearly tell you they don’t want you anymore, and more so when someone else tells you you got too clingy for this person, and more so when this guy is clearly using you as hole and proceeded to tell you to take the sock off on your way out. But whilst reading Getting Him Back you understand that that is just who Ethan is. Wyatt and Blake can tell him to get lost and he’ll still come scouring back to them and that just who Ethan as a character is. That’s not to say he’s a doormat, though.
Wyatt and Ethan were the stars of this novel, and I liked them as characters, as individuals and together. I remember reading scenes with them, sex scenes specifically and saying, “Yes, this is what it’s all about.” Yes, I just want it to be you two. Yes, I want the domestic life. Yes, I want to sexual exploration and the wooing and everything.
There’s layers to who Wyatt is and I can’t wait to get to know him more, to see who he is behind that hoodie now that everything is exposed. As to Ethan, though he annoyed me at times, and I wanted him to make Wyatt grovel and pine for him a bit, and don’t get started on Blake, I enjoyed his sunshine freshness for a MC. Blake, I just hope his you know what shrivels. The fact that someone confided in him and then he turns around and airs it out, mocking him, and saying everything he did is unforgivable and despicable.
I didn’t feel like the ending was a cliffhanger. It definitely lets the reader know that it can’t possible end there and why would we want it to end? Not when we just got Wyatt and Ethan were we want them….and just were is that. Definitely a sequel I’ll be eagerly and not patiently anticipating.
An unexpected fresh start leads to an unlikely-but-absolutely-perfect pairing in this male/male new-adult novel from bestselling gay romance author K.A. Mitchell
Ethan may have followed his high school sweetheart to college only to get dumped his first day there, but he’s not going to let that stop him from exploring all his new life has to offer. Sex-only hookups, his photography, new friends and a campus-wide game of zombies vs humans all help keep his mind off his broken heart and move him toward building a new, better life without his ex.
And then there’s Wyatt. Mysterious, grouchy…hot. And possibly not gay. But Ethan’s not going to let that stand in the way of figuring out what makes Wyatt tick. New college goal? Get Wyatt into bed and into Ethan’s life.
Step one: arrange a “tutoring” date. Step two: “accidentally” bump into Wyatt as often as possible. Step three: explore the sexy body under that ever-present hoodie. And when their friendship deepens into something neither of them expect, convince Wyatt he’s not just a pity fling or a one-time hookup, but that Ethan is in it for the long haul.