The Distance Between Us

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Title and Link: The Distance Between Us
Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher URL: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary M/M, M/M/M
Length: category (short novel, 146 pages)
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

Summary Review: Be careful what you wish for because it might come back and bite you in the ass as Rhett and Ethan found out, almost too late.
THE BLURB
From money pit to windfall…or is it a pitfall?

After ten years together, Ethan Mallory and Rhett Solomon are calling it quits. They’re more than ready to dump their heavy emotional baggage. The only thing they can’t seem to unload is the house. They’re stuck living as roommates with a hefty mortgage hanging over their heads…at least until they can bring in some extra money to pay it down. Solution: rent out a room.

Enter Kieran Frost. 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. Complicating things is the fact that 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 only push them even farther apart

THE REVIEW

Ethan (42) and Rhett (39) were moving on after being lovers and partners for a decade. Told in Rhett’s first person POV he seemed to be in a big hurry for Ethan to leave because he could no longer stand to live in the same house with him. Too many bad memories had left him bitter now that his long-time relationship was officially over and he was single again. Unfortunately, they had to continue living together until they could sell their house when the real estate market improved and in the meantime they needed help to pay down the mortgage. In order to do so they decided to rent out a room, but when the applicant showed up he was so unbelievably hot that it was a whole new ballgame for Rhett, once he picked his tongue up off the floor. Keiran was not at all what he was expecting, and for the first time in 10 years he was attracted to someone other than Ethan. When Ethan met Keiran his reaction was identical – the only question was: who would make the first move to bed their new 25 year old roomie?

That night Ethan made his move. It was only a few weeks since they had officially split, but they had not had sex in months so he was very horny. When he and Keiran had sex they were so noisy that Rhett could not sleep that night and the next morning when Ethan showed up in the kitchen he had the battle scars to prove what a wonderful night he had had. Soon it was Rhett’s turn and he made the most of it right after he taught Keiran the fine art of weightlifting. This is the first time that I have ever seen a lesson in weight training being used as foreplay. :) Soon Rhett and Ethan were taking turns almost nightly with their hot roommate who was like a wind-up doll, or Eveready bunny. Then the stakes escalated when Rhett came home after work one evening and found Keiran giving Ethan oral sex in the living room; instead of being mad Rhett became aroused. Being a voyeur was not enough for him and he wondered what it would be like if they all had sex together, and from there it was only one step from thinking about it to suggesting this new kink to actually doing it. However although it was the hottest sex that any of them had ever had there was something missing, and for the life of him Rhett could not figure out why Ethan was acting strangely and seemed almost withdrawn. But doing the deed once whetted Rhett’s appetite – would once be enough? What about Keiran – how did he feel about being in the middle of the ongoing war between his f**kbuddies?

If there’s one compliment I can pay this author it’s that she can write hot sex scenes that are not boring, even when there’s lots of it as was the case in The Distance Between Us. Most of the time the sex did advance the plot, although with three dicks in play I wondered if Keiran would fold under the pressure to service two such horny men. There was one casualty after the threesome. The relationship between Ethan and Rhett which was bad before, seemed to go further downhill mostly because Ethan appeared to want something more, and he and Rhett were speaking a different language. Then Rhett was faced with losing Ethan forever and it was only then that he realized what he had lost.

If your idea about sex or romance in these books is that there should be only two men in a gay relationship at any one time, you may have difficulty reconciling the theme of this book because it certainly is not your everyday average romance. The Distance Between Us is definitely complex and after I finished it I thought that the author did a good job on the plot and the protagonists, especially Rhett who was blind to his own faults and issues. L.A. Witt’s solution to mending the relationship may not have been everyone’s desirable option, but it sure was a whole lot of fun and incredibly erotic, and in the end achieved the purpose of getting the guys to talk to each other. However, I still don’t understand why many authors use “The Big Misunderstanding” trope in their M/M romances, because it makes the characters seem as if they are wearing blinders.

What I liked

The relationship between Rhett and Ethan and their 18 year old daughter Sabrina (she’s really Rhett’s daughter but they both treated her as their daughter). The fun between both guys and Sabrina gave the book a change of pace so it wasn’t just sex 24/7  and her grief at their breakup showed a different aspect of how this would affect her.

I liked Rhett’s friend Dave whom he used as a sounding board whenever he didn’t know what to do about his problems with Ethan – Dave had a unique sense of humour which poked fun at Rhett’s situation and he couldn’t figure out why Rhett was having problems, after all “Twice the cock, what’s the problem?” Another good line from Dave when Rhett complained that he could hear everything from the next room “What wouldn’t I give to spend a night in that house, it’s like audio porn from all directions” :)

I liked Keiran a lot and I hope that we get his story next.

What I didn’t like

All the “smirking” going on in this book. I don’t know what it is about that word that makes the author love it so much, but if I never see it again in this lifetime it won’t be too soon. It pulled me out of the story every time I read what was an otherwise good, well plotted story with complex three dimensional characters. This is the third book that I have read by L.A. Witt and in each one there is overuse of the word “smirk” but this book was the worst.

I really didn’t like the constant sniping between Rhett and Ethan, but I suppose under the circumstances it was understandable, although I was annoyed when it went on  a little too long.


The Distance Between Us is high energy, very funny, with a lot of angst and two complex flawed protagonists who proved that hot sex between three people doesn’t necessarily translate into intimacy. Surprisingly, the catalyst who helped Rhett crystallize his  feelings was Keiran, the man with whom both men were having sex. While the way things worked out was plausible, I thought a couple areas needed a bit of work especially Ethan’s character which I didn’t get to know until the end since this was all from Rhett’s POV.

If you’re looking for a book that’s different, a lot of fun, mucho recreational sex between three hot men who can’t get enough, then you should pick up this book. Many of you probably know that I don’t normally like books with lots of sex :) but The Distance Between Us was very entertaining and actually had a plot. Definitely recommended.

12 thoughts on “The Distance Between Us

  1. melissa e.

    I bought this yesterday as soon as MBaM put it up because I have grown to love this author’s work. I usually steer clear of menages but because I have enjoyed each of Witt’s prior 3 m/m’s so much I wanted to give this a try.
    To be honest it’s not my favorite of her books but considering my usual distaste for menage stories I was pleased.
    I really liked both Rhett and Ethan and felt for both of them. I think anyone who has been in long term relationship that has/is ended/ing can feel for both of them. Because it was all from Rhett’s POV I would have liked to understand more from Ethan (although you get that towards the end). I also wish we would have gotten a bit more with just them (more about their past, etc.)
    I liked Keiran and tried to get over my usual menage issues by just thinking of him as a marital/relationship aid. (A very hot, super sexy aid) ;)
    It’s funny, I’ve noticed the “smirking” and the “winking” in the prior books, but I didn’t notice it in this one. Weird.
    I would recommend this one to anyone who likes Witt’s prior books even if they are not a menage fan.

  2. Wave Post author

    Hi Melissa
    I don’t mind menages if done well. This one wasn’t really a menage (I don’t want to give away any spoilers) but was mostly recreational sex and Keiran was a marital aid LOL.

    I did notice the “smirks” more in this book but there were fewer winks – even the daughter was smirking. :(

    I liked the book but not as much as the other two that I have read and it wasn’t the threesomes or the different twosomes every night. It was that there was this huge misunderstanding hanging over Ethan and Rhett which they couldn’t or wouldn’t talk about which was the reason they separated.

    It was a good effort on the author’s part to bring some more complexity to the relationship and some of it worked but others didn’t.

    I would really like Keiran to get his own story as well as Dave. I liked them a lot.

  3. Lily

    I’m definitely intrigued by this one and added it to my wish list. I don’t mind menage stories and sometimes lots of sex in a story works well for me. I think I’ll like it. Great review, thanks! :)

    1. Wave Post author

      Lily
      I definitely recommend this story even though I marked it slightly lower than the other two that I read. It was a pretty ambitious effort on L.A. Witt’s part and she pulled off most of it. I love her writing which is really fresh and her characters are always well drawn.

      You have to tell me how much you enjoyed it. :) Take it from me, the sex was really FUN and hot.

  4. Jenre

    I’ve been waiting for this review Wave – which is wonderful, btw. Normally I manage to steal all the m/m/m out from under your nose so I’m glad you got to review one before I noticed it :).

    This sounds like just my sort of book. I like books which deal with the ins and outs and complexities of a relationship, especially one which seems to be broken. It’ll be going on my TBR pile very shortly.

    1. Wave Post author

      Jen
      I managed to sneak this one out from under you. I didn’t think you’d mind since I reviewed the other two M/M books by this author. She’s a very good writer having written a number of M/F books and she ‘gets’ how guys act.

      I thought of you when I was reading the book (no, not in a sexual way, LOL) because I thought how much you would love this story.

      I have one more M/M/M that the author sent me but I’m not sure that the writing will be up to the calibre of this one. We’ll see. Get it, you’ll enjoy it, A LOT. :) Talk about kink!!!

  5. L. A. Witt

    Don’t worry, I took a hint about the smirking in the last couple of reviews…this one was already edited and in the queue by that point, so don’t beat me too hard. ;) You’ll be pleased to know the M/M book I just finished does not contain one single smirk. One wink though…specifically to piss off the main character.

    Anyway – thanks for the great review, and duly noted on the crits! :)

  6. hannahva

    LA Witt is another of my fav authors. The first book from her that I read was – Rules of Engagement. I was hooked.
    I did something with this book that I try really hard not to do in all books… I read the last 10 pages of the book. I couldnt take the not knowing. Adding a 3rd makes a complex mix. I loved how it ended and would hope Kieran has a story.

    1. Wave Post author

      Rules of Engagement was really hot as was this one. Like you I keep hoping that Kieran has his own story because I was broken hearted when he left although he seemed ok with it. If you see anything on the author’s website about Keiran please email me since it’s really hard for me to visit author’s sites.

    2. L. A. Witt

      Glad to hear you enjoy my books! :) As for Kieran, yes, he will probably have his own story. He makes a brief appearance in my upcoming novella, A.J.’s Angel, but he’s been making some noise about getting his own book pretty soon. You haven’t heard the last of Kieran. ;)

      L. A. Witt

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