Monday, March 20, 2017

ARC Review: Relationship Status (Ethan & Wyatt #3) by K.A. Mitchell

Relationship Status (Ethan & Wyatt, #3)
Falling in love is easy. Staying there is the trick in this third book in bestselling author K.A. Mitchell's male/male Ethan & Wyatt trilogy.

Life doesn't come with a syllabus.

Ethan knows firsthand that long distance is hard on love. If Wyatt is spending his summer at an internship in Pittsburgh, that's where Ethan will be. Even if it means inventing his own career goal just to find a reason to stay with his boyfriend. He didn't expect they'd be living in a hot, crappy apartment, with work schedules that keep them apart more than together.

Wyatt's past has taught him to keep his head down and focus on living through the day. Loving Ethan has him looking to the future for the first time; he's just not in as big of a rush to get there. It's hard to trust in happiness when life has been busy kicking you in the nuts.

Together they're getting the hang of real life, when a new responsibility for Wyatt throws everything off balance. Ethan's doing everything he can to prove he's in this forever, while Wyatt is torn between a future with Ethan and a debt to the past. Too bad they didn't cover this in college.

Todd's rating:

Okay, I'll admit it. I was fairly apprehensive going into reading this story. It had the potential to go super-angsty, which it thankfully avoided, unlike in book 2.

Sure, there were a couple of instances where I wasn't happy with Ethan's behavior showing his immaturity and insecurity, but much to my surprise, Wyatt didn't allow himself to shut down and freeze Ethan out, as we'd seen in previous stories.

One of the things that I truly enjoyed about this book was that the guys are living together for the entire summer, which allowed them to develop a new, deeper level of connection.

Two romantically-involved, college guys living together full time also provided plenty of opportunity for sexy times, which we saw lot in this story. A. LOT. But not annoyingly so.

And sweet Jesus, the scene in the backroom at the gay club? Totally hot scene, but as a gay man who's been out for 20+ years and used to go out a lot, I've personally never run across something quite like *that* out in a gay dance club. Ever. Even in San Francisco, where I lived for a decade. It's a steamy thought, though.

The angst in the story surrounds conflicting work schedules, insecurities and an extended separation when Wyatt's uncle Owen suffers a debilitating injury.

The story did end with a full-on HEA, for which I was honestly thrilled, and I liked how the epilogue wrapped up, 5 years later, surrounded by their families, so I'd rate it at a bit over 4 “may they have many happy endings” stars.

My ARC copy of the story was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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