In the Distance (In the Kitchen #3) by Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

In-the-DistanceTitle: In the Distance (In the Kitchen #3)

Author: Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin

Publisher: Carina Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/15/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

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.

Don’t miss In the Raw and In the Fire, available now!

104,230 words

My View:

I have been waiting for In the Distance for ages. I know, I know… it came out over a month ago. However, if you remember, I was a bit out of it with pain and painkillers for the better part of the last three months. I am finally getting back to the titles I missed during that time. This was one of the first ones I had to get back to.

Please note, if you have not read In the Raw and In the Fire, there are some plot spoilers for that central relationship below. I highly recommend reading them before In the Distance.

I adored the first two offerings in the series, In the Raw and In the Fire, but they left me needing Tyler’s story. Trevor was not one of my favorite characters. I can’t say that, at the end of Distance, I suddenly love him, but I think he is good for Tyler.

Tyler hasn’t had the best life. You probably remember him from In the fire. He grew up with a ultra-conservative Christian family. When he was caught kissing a boy, he was unceremoniously thrown onto the streets. After a number months, he is found and taken under the wing by Ethan (and eventually Jamie, of course).

You will also remember Trevor from Fire. He is Jamie’s BFF/Manager and hand a large hand in the dissolution of Ethan and Jamie’s relationship during and after Jamie’s semester in Paris. He also had a hand in trying to keep them apart, yet again during Fire. I will say I have no love lost for Trevor. He is selfish, spoiled, and out only for himself. I don’t think he is good for Jamie, much less good enough for Tyler.

Needless to say, I was skeptical going into In the Distance. It is hard for authors to take a much-loved character and pair them with a much maligned one, and then make everyone happy in the end. For one thing Tyler’s mentor, Ethan, has personal issues with Trevor. However, he is still part of their lives because of his and Jamie’s attempts to repair their former friendship and his professional ties to Jamie.

T&T’s pairing wasn’t forced. It made decent sense for Trevor to spend as much time as he did in the PacNW, even if Seattle is a bit far from his other client’s Portland home base. Also, their relationship wasn’t quick. It built slowly from friendship. Trevor recognized early on that if he wanted his relationship with Tyler to be different, he had to be different with Tyler. He held back and respected himself and Tyler through the whole buildup.

The biggest conflicts are the distance and Tyler feeling like he is worthy of something good in his life. Tyler has to come to terms with himself, what he wants, and what he can have before he can give himself over to a relationship with the elder Trevor.

Surprisingly little is made of their ten year age difference, but I appreciated that it wasn’t thrown in as a false conflict. Let’s face it, ten years isn’t that much difference when you are an old soul or had to grow up quick. Both of which apply to poor, sweet Tyler.

There are heart-tugging moments throughout Distance, but overall I didn’t find it quite as emotional as Fire. Mostly they are moments of Tyler feeling like he isn’t good enough.

I hope this isn’t the last we hear from the folks at Bistro 30. I seem to think we need to know a little more about one formerly homeless Nick.

Links

In the Distance (In the Kitchen #3) on Goodreads
Carina Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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Brandilyn
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