Thursday, February 18, 2016

Getting Him Back by K. A. Mitchell

Getting Him Back (Ethan & Wyatt)
* * 1/2

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.

This book is approximately 43,000 words.


Alright.  Let’s clarify things.  I feel that the description of this book is misleading.  A few things you should know – there are no sex-only hookups.  Barely a promise of one.  Photography is mentioned twice, maybe three times.  And most importantly, those first few steps to get Wyatt into bed had absolutely nothing to do with getting naked with Wyatt and everything to do with Ethan trying to get information on his ex, Blake, so he could convince him to get back together.  But things never stay true to the original plan in a book.  In his attempt to get back together with Blake, Ethan realizes that Blake’s quiet and cranky roommate is kind of hot and intriguing. 

The two things I enjoyed most about this story were the pace and Ethan’s development.  This was a quick read and I absolutely loved that.  I love a writing style that engages me so much that I can’t wait to get to the next word, next page or next chapter.  As for Ethan.  He’s a little needy and clingy with Blake in the beginning but as the story progresses he does an admirable job of learning his self-worth and gaining independence.

Unfortunately, the romance between Ethan and Wyatt just didn’t work for me.  It was just too fast to be believable.  By the end of this book I would have bought a Happy For Now ending where the MC’s were still getting to know each other and wanted to see where it all goes.  Instead I saw two kids that had barely exchanged any words yet are declaring their love for each other. 

If you are a fan of insta-love I would recommend picking this one up.  It will be a quick and satisfying read.  But if you are like me and really need a slow burn in order to buy the romance of it all, this might not be for you. 


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