Title: Before There Were Three: Ethan & Rhett
Release Date: June 6th 2016
Page Count: 127
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Seattle, 2000 – Ethan Mallory is counting down the days until he moves back to Toronto. He loves Seattle, but it’s time to go home.
So it’s just his luck that, with a month to go, he meets Rhett Solomon. Their chemistry is off the charts, and in bed, Rhett is everything Ethan’s been craving. He’s witty and charming outside the bedroom too.
Ethan’s not about to change his plans for a man he’s just met, but… what could this become if they had a little more time? Is this just a sizzling hot last hurrah before he returns to Canada? Or is leaving Rhett behind a huge mistake?
Before There Were Three is a series of prequels to ménage stories written by L.A. Witt or Lauren Gallagher. Ethan & Rhett is the prequel to The Distance Between Us.
The Distance Between Us is still my favorite book by L.A.Witt, and Rhett and Ethan one of my favorite couples. When we met them, they were already together for many years, but their marriage was going through a rough patch (don’t worry, “The Distance Between Us has a very strong HEA). So when I saw this prequel, about how they met and got together in the first place, I was ecstatic.
The story is told from Ethan’s POV this time, and I loved having his perspective. Their story starts with an explosive one night stand, but feelings start getting in the way, and, soon, they find themselves in a very tricky situation; Ethan is leaving Seattle in a few weeks to go back home to Canada. They don’t know each other well enough to make life-altering decisions, but at the same time the idea of never seeing each other again hurts so bad. And the clock is ticking….
“I know I’m ready to go home. But why are you so hard to leave behind?”
There is a lot of sex in this book, and I mean A LOT of sex. The first half is basically sex, sex, and more sex. And holly cow, I didn’t remember that Rhett was so uninhibited and demanding in bed. In the second half, there is more sweetness and relationship development.
I really liked how things worked out in the end. I didn’t quite expect it, but it felt very realistic. The epilogue left me with a big smile and Ethan’s thoughts about how Rhett became his home were very touching.
I really appreciated that the story didn’t feel dated. The time frame is 2000, and although times were changing, the characters were more careful regarding PDA, even in progressive Seattle. Also, people were more apprehensive about meeting others online (no Grindr yet!).
I felt there were some lose ends regarding some characters, like A.J from Ethan’s office (and does this have anything to do with A.J’s Angel?), or Jay, that never showed up. Maybe that’s the way it was supposed to be, but I’d love to know what happened to them, or read their story.
There were some editing issues (like often repeated phrases) and an inconsistency, but I read the uncorrected proof, so I believe these issues are resolved in the final copy).
Overall, I enjoyed this a lot. A must read for the fans of The Distance Between Us.