Author: Alexa Land
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/08/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Gay Romance
What if everything you think you know about someone is completely wrong?
Twenty-four-year-old Jessie thinks he has fellow street racer Kai all figured out. The tall, dark-haired Hawaiian might be gorgeous, but he’s also arrogant, angry, and a total menace when he gets behind the wheel. So why does an argument with Kai lead to the hottest sex of Jessie’s life?
As sex starts to give way to so much more, Jessie wants to trust Kai. But after a betrayal in his past cut Jessie to the core, that doesn’t come easily. Even if Kai proves to be far more than the gruff exterior he shows the world, Jessie’s sure he’ll screw up any chance at a relationship and get hurt all over again. He just needs to keep his distance, which would be a lot easier if the attraction between them wasn’t off the charts.
The Distance is the eleventh book in Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts & Forever Series, but each book is written to stand alone, so jump in anywhere. The contemporary gay romance is approximately 100,000 words.
The Dombruso’s and friends are back!
Book eleven in this series and it still draws me in like the first one did. Reading the newest book in the Firsts and Forever series always feels like meeting up with old friends and having a good old catch up – although each book spotlights a new couple you always get to see the entire family and of course you get Nana!
This is Jessie’s story, a story I have been looking forward to, and one that managed to throw in a few surprises. Jessie was thrown away by his family for being gay and it hit him hard. He’s a young man for whom family and friends are everything and he always goes that extra mile to make sure people have what they need. He was welcomed into the Dombruso clan with open arms when Nana took him on as her chauffeur and over the years they have had some real laugh out loud moments in the rainbow limo but Nana is getting set to marry her hunny and Jessie is feeling surplus to requirements. He’s also just returned to road racing and his first time out doesn’t go so well when he loses to the man he blames for his accident a year ago.
Kai, or Trigger as we first get to know him, isn’t a character that immediately endears himself. Jessie has declared him the enemy but it doesn’t stop them from getting down and dirty on a garage floor nor does it stop a repeat performance a few days later. What’s maddening for Jessie is that as much as he declares his hatred for the man the sex is the best he’s ever had – it’s a conundrum! Kai is gruff and growly except when he is with his daughter and they don’t really stand a chance initially as Jessie misconstrues everything about him and vice versa.
Jessie is needy in a way I had missed in previous books, or maybe it wasn’t made obvious, but when the two men do finally sort out the true facts about each other Jessie has to fight with himself to give Kai room and breathing space. Kai’s introduction to the Dombruso family is as always hilarious and not quite what was planned.
There is an unresolved arsonist who no doubt is going to bring further trouble to the family, Cole and River have imploded and there are numerous new characters who undoubtedly have stories to tell but what I am hoping for next is Zachary – what has been taking him away and making him so secretive?
I love Alexa’s writing, her characters and the crazy world she has created in this series. Effectively you could jump in anywhere as each book can be read as a standalone but my advice would be to start at the beginning – learn about the family and fall in love with them.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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