Title: The Distance Between Us (Distance Between Us, Book 1)
Author: L.A. Witt
Published: July 6, 2010
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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After being in a relationship for a decade, Ethan and Rhett are over. But there’s a slight complication: they can’t sell the house they purchased together until they pay down the mortgage a bit. So they’re stuck living together even though they’re no longer involved. But to speed up the process of paying the mortgage, they agree to rent out a room, and they’re surprised (and feel quite lucky) to get someone like Kieran as the renter. Kieran is a bartender at one of the hottest bars in town, and it isn’t long before both Ethan and Rhett move in. Neither Ethan nor Rhett can fault the other, and Kieran doesn’t seem bothered to be spending time with each of them. And then Ethan announces that he’s interviewing for a job back home in Toronto, and the delicate balance that has built in the house just might topple over.
This was definitely a unique story–I don’t read many where the relationship is over before the book even starts. But despite not actually seeing the breakup on the page, readers should have no trouble picking up the emotions, the angst, and the complications that exist between these two. And, thankfully, it’s not exactly a predictable story, either. I found myself wanting to yell at the characters several times–especially Rhett–but they were all absolutely endearing at the same time. If you like your romance stories with a little more than the average complexity (with full knowledge that it also equates to some extra steaminess), this one is definitely for you.