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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.
Ezi and Sara have found a book they both agree on and decided to do a dual review because two is always better than one, right? See what the ladies thought of K.A. Mitchell’s New Adult Romance.
Ezi: It was independence time for Ethan Zachary Monroe and he was as stoked as kid in the candy store. Ethan was moving out of his parents’ home and into his dorm room at Coburn College. Now he can be with the love of his life, Blake, and away from the prying eyes of their families.
Except the Blake broke up Ethan upon his arrival. But Ethan resolved to get his man back and he just needs a little inside information to figure out his obstacles. Who better than to feed him information than Blake’s roommate, Wyatt Reese?
Sara: Meeting Ethan as he is beyond excited and anxious to finally get to college and back to his boyfriend Blake was bittersweet. As the blurb states, Ethan gets dumped his first day on campus and it was painful. Blake St. Pierre… ugh. Whatever dude I’m ashamed you are a fellow ginger, but you do have one hell of an interesting roommate named Wyatt Reese so I will forget you exist now. Kay? Thanks.
As Ethan begins to navigate college life and that of a newly but not happy single boy, he makes a few friends who only want the best for him. Makayla and her “I know people” connections cracked me up and her getting Ethan out of his dorm and to a party where way too much purple stuff is consumed sets the story in action.
So, Ethan goes to the party, gets drunk and does something stupid. BUT the something stupid puts him literally in the path of Wyatt who, scrambles the hell out of Ethan’s brain and emotions, but he has a plan to use Wyatt to get Blake back.
“Sorry. I don’t think I’ve got what you’re looking for.”
—well, let’s just say I didn’t agree about him not having what I was looking for. But it didn’t matter because I was in love with Blake.
Uh… You sure about that Ethan???
Ezi: Wyatt on the other hand decides that he wasn’t going to be used in Operation “Getting him Back”. Not when Wyatt finds Ethan attractive and wants him for himself.
Sara: Ethan asks Wyatt to tutor him in Calculus but Wyatt knows what he really wants and it’s not higher level math help. But Ethan sees something in Wyatt that he can’t shake and can’t shake the dirty thoughts about the emo-ish dude who loves a good hoodie until he forces the issue on more levels than one.
Gah. I loved Wyatt so much and while he shares the name of my youngest son, it wasn’t odd to read him because he’s adorable and prickly and just so… Wyatt.
The attraction between the boys is immediate and believable. You never know when you’ll meet that person that hits every one of your “I want” buttons even when you didn’t know you wanted them. That is what this is between Ethan and Wyatt and it was a pure joy to read.
I liked that Ethan grew from this love sick boy following his boyfriend to college to a young man who fiercely protected those he loved. He was amazing with Wyatt in every way and Wyatt in turn allows Ethan to be the man he needs to be.
Ezi: This novel was delightful. Ethan and Wyatt were charming characters and I found the story the author wove delightful. It wasn’t overly dramatic and angst-filled. It was a sweet and simple college romance. At first, Ethan felt like a fluffy character. But he was just had a generous in spirit. Ethan had ample self-esteem and his capacity for acceptance was high. Wyatt, on the other hand, lacked self-worth and was afraid. Wyatt has been terrorized since he was a kid because he had different color eyes as a result of Waardenburg syndrome.
According to Wikipedia, Waardenburg syndrome is a rare genetic disorder most often characterized by varying degrees of deafness, minor defects includes Heterochromia (eyes of different colors) and patches of white pigmentation of skin etc.
So Wyatt learned to actively keep everyone at bay. But Ethan was just as persistent at breaking down barriers. I loved Ethan’s inner fortitude and at the same time longed to hug Wyatt. While there were hugely emotional scenes, the author managed to make me feel a little sad for the characters and then the next minute, I was smile really wide.
Sara: I have so many highlights from this book that I can’t decide what to use. This was a great New Adult novel with enough swoon worthy and melt your heart moments along with the great sex scenes. Oh boy, the sex… yeah, Mitchell knows how to connect your head, heart and libido and make you in the scene with these boys. You feel the intimacy and know, what they are doing is NOT just sex.
Ezi: I appreciate that the author didn’t give us a plot with manufactured conflicts and those stupid miscommunication plot twists. This story was so realistic that it could have been my freshman experience. The writing was straightforward that I was engrossed in what was happening there at Coburn College. I can’t wait for the next book.
Sara: Getting Him Back, wasn’t what I thought it would be going in and I am so damn thankful for that. I loved that there was depth and character and a real story that sometimes can get lost with the New Adult genre, but not here. I was sad when this story ended, I was so in love with Ethan and Wyatt but how can I complain about that Epilogue??? I made a silent squee, to not wake the sleeping husband next to me, when I turned the page and saw it. And then… and then there is more with these two? Another book??? Oh yeah! Please and thank you for that.