Title: Getting Him Back (Ethan & Wyatt #1)
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: February 15, 2016
Page Count: 133
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
Ethan follows his boyfriend to college, only to be dumped on the first day. Heart-broken, he tries to make a life for himself and some new friends. While some back and forth goes on with trying to talk to the ex, going by his dorm room etc, he meets the ex’s roommate, Wyatt. Ethan befriends Wyatt and asks for tutoring sessions in order to get some info on his ex. The sessions begin and the boys starting getting the hots for each other very quickly.
I loved Wyatt. We didn’t have his POV until the epilogue but I longed to learn more about him. He is the quiet guy who gets out of everyone’s way and minds his own business but who isn’t a doormat or afraid. He is used to being alone and not really depending on people, something that creates some tension in his developing relationship with Ethan.
Ethan, I liked, but didn’t love. I understand he’s 18 and that’s exactly the time to mess up and not know what you want and be silly. He still grated on my nerves with his indecisiveness, wanting to get back together with the ex but blowing Wyatt on the side and not knowing which end is up. At least that part of the plot was resolved relatively quickly and the boys were both on board with what’s going on. It was Wyatt, actually, who was harder to figure out and who seemed a bit lost at times about what he wants.
The boys were lovely together when they figured out their shit and the intimate scenes were quite steamy as well. They story will continue in book 2 but book 1 does not end in a cliffy. It’s pretty much a HEA and I guess they’ll go through the ringer in following books? In any case, I was happy with how the story ended between them at this point. I am not sure if I want to continue reading, simply because even for their age bracket, the characters read a little more immature for my liking. But it is an easy, sexy, light story to read, full of teenage angst and hormones -definitely a good way to spend an afternoon.