Title: The Distance (Firsts and Forever #11)
Author: Alexa Land
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 8th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Pages: 250 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.8 stars out of 5
What if everything you think you know about someone is completely wrong?
Twenty-four-year-old Jessie thinks he has fellow street racer Kai all figured out. The tall, dark-haired Hawaiian might be gorgeous, but he’s also arrogant, angry, and a total menace when he gets behind the wheel. So why does an argument with Kai lead to the hottest sex of Jessie’s life?
As sex starts to give way to so much more, Jessie wants to trust Kai. But after a betrayal in his past cut Jessie to the core, that doesn’t come easily. Even if Kai proves to be far more than the gruff exterior he shows the world, Jessie’s sure he’ll screw up any chance at a relationship and get hurt all over again. He just needs to keep his distance, which would be a lot easier if the attraction between them wasn’t off the charts.
Note: While The Distance is book #11 in the series, each book can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone for those unfamiliar with the series.
I’ve been waiting for Jessie’s story for a while and trying to anticipate just who would be the one to give him his happily ever after. I totally wasn’t expecting it to be Kai, the drag racer Jessie knows at first only as “Trigger” whom he holds responsible for the accident nearly a year prior that could have killed him. So imagine my surprise and happiness at the twist that leads to some pretty hot hate fucking in the beginning!
Of course, once we get both sides of the story and Jessie and Kai really get to know each other we get to see just how perfect they are for one another.
I really liked that Land creates a little more hurt/comfort with this installment in the series. I enjoyed the emotional connection Jessie makes with Kai and his family, and was happy that while Nana is liberally sprinkled throughout she is not quite so front and center in this story. It really does focus on Jessie and Kai.
What I didn’t like is how much I thought happened off page and all the time jumps. Also, the story dragged a little for me in the middle, but thankfully there was some really interesting intrigue sprinkled toward the end to spice things up nicely.
Two things I’m looking forward to is the wrap up to the threats against the family in future installments of the series and the audiobook of this story. I think Greg Tremblay will really be able to make this baby shine!
Sweet, funny and sexy as hell with an element of hurt/comfort and some intrigue. Check it out!
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