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Getting Him Back by K.A. Mitchell

Getting Him Back

Book Info

Title: Getting Him Back
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Published: February 15, 2016
Pages: 133
Publisher: Carina Press
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Ethan has been looking forward to moving to college to be reunited with his boyfriend, Blake, for year. Blake graduated high school a year before Ethan, so they’ve only been able to see each other on breaks. But this is their time. Until Ethan arrives on campus and Blake informs him he doesn’t want to be with him as his boyfriend anymore–but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to hook up from time to time. Ethan is initially devastated and wants nothing more to find out how he can get Blake back. He even goes so far as to engage with Blake’s roommate, Wyatt, under false pretenses to learn more about his newly-minted ex. But Wyatt has an intrigue all his own, which leads Ethan to think it might be easier to move on from Blake than he originally thought. Could Ethan really start something with his ex-boyfriend’s roommate? Is his time with Blake really in the past? And what is it that makes Wyatt keep pulling away from Ethan any time he tries to get close?

I’m not entirely sure where to start in describing this book except to say that I definitely enjoyed it. I feel like the author could have gone in so many different directions as this story played out, yet every avenue taken made for the perfect combination to bring this all together. The characters are great (even the ones hanging out in the background), and it’s not too difficult to get attached to them (or want to distance yourself as far as possible in the case of Blake). The writing expertly captures the confusion, frustration, longing, and excitement that the characters feel at various points in the story. And it all can make one really reflect on the nature of relationships and sometimes not getting what we want to instead get exactly what we need.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

Bad Boyfriend by K.A. Mitchell

12359552Title: Bad Boyfriend (Bad in Baltimore, Book 2)
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Published: December 6, 2011
Pages: 157
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:
The circumstances that lead to Eli and Quinn meeting each other are certainly unique.  Quinn’s boyfriend of ten years, Peter, revealed that he’d not only been cheating on Quinn but is off to marry his pregnant girlfriend.  Quinn is expected to stay around and play the supportive best friend role, but can only take so much.  So it seems ingenious to bring Eli–a younger, wilder seeming guy–as his date to the baby’s baptism.  He succeeds in making Peter jealous, but also opens a whole series of other doors when Eli puts on more of a show than expected and leaves everyone convinced the two of them are a real item.

I felt like this was on par with the first book in the series, really.  Obviously there’s a bit of drama and hefty helpings of angst, though the characters certainly power through.  I found myself horribly annoyed with Peter (of course), though there were several times I found myself frustrated with both Eli and Quinn, too.  This is definitely one of those books that will leave you yelling ‘NO! STOP! WHY?’ to the characters as you turn the pages.

Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell

5989460Title: Collision Course (Florida Books, Book 2)
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Published: December 1, 2008
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages: 266

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:
Collision Course is the sequel to Diving in Deep, but you don’t really have to read it to get into this book. This installment follows social worker Joey, who was briefly shown as being with Noah for a while in the first book, who crosses paths with paramedic Aaron (who has reason to distrust social workers based on his own family’s past experiences) and finds a spark that he has a hard time denying. But can they form a relationship when what they do and what they want isn’t even close to being in sync?

This was about as good as the first book and if you’ve read the first, there’s a good continuity here not only in terms of writing style but also in the writing style itself. There was a point near the end where I felt it dragged slightly (I believe I had a similar complaint with Diving in Deep), but overall it’s an enjoyable read.

Title: Bad Company
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Publication Date: June 7, 2011

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
Hearing Kellan Brooks say “I need a boyfriend” was probably one of the last things Nate Gray ever expected to happen in his life. He and Kellan had been friends when they were younger, but they quickly drifted apart when Nate started getting targeted by his classmates for being gay. Nate has witnessed Kellan’s playboy antics on television and in magazines, but Kellan’s father has finally cut him off for his philandering – something Kellan hopes to undo by pretending he’s gay to upset his father. And Nate’s even more surprised when he learns that Kellan expects him to play a starring role in this charade.

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this one based on the description. I shared some of the same discomfort with the overall situation as some of the characters express during the course of the story. And while I would have liked to see a bit more depth to the development of the two main characters, their feelings about the situation, and their relationship, I did enjoy it overall. I’ll definitely be giving the next book a read when I get a chance.

Content warning: [Dubious consent]

Title: Diving in Deep
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Publication Date: March 18, 2008

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
Cameron Lewis is in Florida for what should be a routine water safety training course – until his childhood best friend’s younger brother, Noah Winthrop, walks in to the room. Cameron has known Noah had a crush on him since he was a teenager and even spent some time with him at his brother’s wedding – but they haven’t seen or spoken to each other since. Cameron is faced with confronting potential feelings for Noah he didn’t know he had, is reputation as a professional trainer who would never be improper with a trainee, and the fact that Noah’s feelings don’t appear to have dwindled at all in the time they spent apart.

I actually liked the story overall – the characters are easy to get attached to and there are some great moments. But I felt like the overall story dragged and aspects of the central relationship were sort of just glossed over (there are references to domination and submission that just sort of come out of nowhere a few times but there’s never really an explanation of the discussion or resolution). That said, I recommend this for anyone looking for a good, sweet m/m romance.