ARC Review: In The Distance by Nikka Michaels & Eileen Griffin

15 Jun 2015

In the Distance (In the Kitchen, #3)
Book Title: In The Distance
Author: Nikka Michaels & Eileen Griffin
Series: In the Kitchen #3
Release Date: June 15th, 2015
Genres: M/M, Contemporary Romance
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 his best friend and 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 endangered, but that’s hard to do when his friend’s new employee catches his eye. Despite being warned to stay away from Tyler, Trevor knows the sous chef is more than just a hookup.

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.


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 In the Distance has all the aspects of a solid MM read for me. We are introduced to Tyler Mitchell, a young sous chef (20 yrs old) working day and night to get himself through culinary school. He was previously homeless, kicked out of his religious home by his bigoted parents, and found on the streets by Bistro 30's owners Ethan and Jamie. This is book three in the series, and I hadn't read the first two. Usually I can muddle through okay but this is a book where I'd really wished I'd read Jamie and Ethan's books. They're pretty strong secondary characters and both the heroes of this book were apparently introduced back then. Ethan is a grade-A jackass and I'd have loved to get his story. I think I'd really like him!


Trevor Pratt is a very successful trust fund man, agent for the wealthy and successful. He'd met Tyler in previous books and had been surprisingly attracted to the quiet, introspective kid new sous chef at Jamie's restaurant. Jamie makes it no secret that he demands manwhore Trevor to stay away from the sweet impressionable Tyler. Ten year age difference aside, Trevor was way too worldy for Tyler and everyone seemed to threaten him to keep his distance. You know what happens when everyone steers you the other way...your sights hone in even more on the something you just can't have. Or can he have Tyler? He's a one night stand kind of guy but something about Tyler pushes him to be a better person. To be a friend first. Instead of a f*ck buddy.


 This is one of those books that when the story gets going, you simply don't want to put it down. I do have to admit, I was totally on team Trevor and was a bit miffed about the way everyone treated him related to the slightest potential interest he might have in innocent Tyler. I get it. The kid has had a sh*t life and he's just getting on his feet but NOBODY had an ounce of faith in Trevor or that his feelings or actions were heartfelt. This is one of those situations where maybe if I'd read the first two books, maybe I'd have the same preconceived issues with Trevor, but because I didn't, I had no issues with him as a person. In fact, I'd gotten a bit irritated at times with Tyler! I get that he's an inexperienced 20-year old kid but his lack of communication and completely shutting out Trevor every time he was upset about something got a bit tiresome for me. My heart broke for Trevor. It's like he was convicted before he ever committed a crime just because he's wealthy, successful, and had a history of whoring around. 

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 Steam factor- I always need fair amount of steam in my MM reads and this delivered enough but not copious amounts. It's sweeter than sexy, in my opinion. A book I enjoyed but I really think I'd have given it an even higher rating had I read the previous books and had a more vested interest in ALL the characters. 


  Advanced copy received by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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