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The Distance Between Us (The Distance Between Us #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  1,447 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
From money pit to windfall…or is it a pitfall?After ten years together, Ethan Mallory and Rhett Solomon are calling it quits. They’re more than ready to dump their heavy emotional baggage. The only thing they can’t seem to unload is the house. They’re stuck living as roommates with a hefty mortgage hanging over their heads…at least until they can bring in some extra money ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Samhain Publishing (first published 2010)
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About 3.5 stars for me.

If you like erotica, there's a hell of a lot of it in this book. It's pretty slap-your-momma-in-the-face explicit. Ethan and Rhett are exes living in the same house due to the housing market. In order to put equity into their house faster so that they can sell sooner and get away from each other, they take on a roommate. A very hot, sexy roommate named Kieran.

This book definitely skirted the limits of my comfort zone. I discovered recently that my comfort zone is not defi
Jan 27, 2013 Macky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rounded up. I respect anybody's right to rate as they feel fit because all opinions are personal so I understand the reviewer who gave this a low rating on another site didn't like it - each to their own , but I do think this deserves a far higher rating than 1*. Yes it does have a lot of steamy sex scenes, it contains menage so its not gong to be tame, but then again no more than the usual m/m fiction and like all L A Witt stories is well written with humour, great sexual chemistry between ...more
Sep 16, 2010 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, gay, done, 2010, owned, menage, ebook
Decent m/m romance that, unfortunately, drove me completely nuts more than once or twice, or I would've rated it higher. It's about two guys who have been together for ten years and finally broke up recently. However, they're still living together because of the housing market - they can't afford to sell their house and they can't afford to pay rent somewhere else and pay the mortgage on the house. They get a very hot roommate and then both get sexually involved with him. I wanted to slap the tw ...more
I spent most of the book wanting to slap the two main heroes. Either that or tie them to a chair place them on opposite sides and force them to TALK TO EACH OTHER!!

Sex was hot though, and well written, and I liked the way much of the development which takes place between the three men happens during sex - but would have preferred if they had then discussed their problems after all the lust had died down instead of resorting to angry silence like a bunch of emo teens. Didn't care too much for the
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
Tell me why I really really didn't like Ethan when this book started?! My thinking is that because Rhett was the one telling the story. Had Ethan been telling the story, I probably would of disliked him. Kieran total 'Wilde' self proclaimed manwhore. *fanning self* There wasn't a huge plot line in this book it was more that these guys were pushing/pulling apart and they needed the kick in the ass to see that things weren't over just yet. I knew this book was a menage but the more I read I had th ...more
Oct 30, 2011 Jayhjay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on my blog Joyfully Jay. Come by and check it out for more reviews.

Rhett Solomon and Ethan Mallory have recently ended their 10-year relationship, yet they are stuck living together until they are able to unload their house. They decide to take in a roommate in hopes that the extra income will allow them to separate sooner. Yet neither of them are quite expecting the gorgeous, green-eyed Kieran Frost to walk through their door.

Both Rhett and Ethan are immediate
Jun 01, 2013 Katharina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary

A very interesting take on a ménage story!

Rhett and Ethan have been together for a long time - but that time seems to have run out. The intimacy has vanished, the love is long gone and what's left is a house they cannot sell and a resulting forced roommate-relationship. Then Kieran Frost, gorgeous bartender and new roommate comes into play. Kieran is too hot to resist and he LOVES sex, as both, Rhett and Ethan, learn very soon. With Kieran in the middle, they both come closer to each other t
As usual all the men needed to do was talk and it could have saved a lot of angst.
Ethan and Rhett have split up but find themselves still living in the same house. They decide n a roommate to help with the mortgage. Enter Kieran. Both MCs are atracted to him and both slee with him. Then Ethan and Rhett seep together and then there is a hot threesome.
I felt sorry for Kieran as he was kinda used to get Rhett and Ethan back together.
All in all not a bad book.
Jul 06, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Elisa Rolle
Oct 26, 2015 Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2010 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Jun 22, 2016 Chilli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, ménage
3.5 stars
The basic premise of the story is good: a couple calling it quits, after 10 years, because of communication issues. Very well handled by the author, shown rather than told, which is pretty difficult when the story is narrated in first person by one of the main characters. A third man comes into the picture, again for believable reasons, and becomes the catalyst for the barriers to come down and the communication to happen. Brilliant parallel, about the Space Needle view from the balcony, on taki ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Monika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: g-romance
Just finished this story and I actually really liked it. I know a lot of readers thought the sex-story-ratio was off but I think that might have been the point. With the story being written in Rhett's POV it kind of couldn't have been written any other way. It definitely made you lost and confused about Ethan but again I think that was the point, we don't know what's going on with him, trying to figuring out what was in Ethan's head was what made this story different and interesting for me, not ...more
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
I'm giving this book 3 stars instead of 2 because the sex was so hot. I had a lot of problems with this story. The fact that a couple who'd been together over 10 years broke up because they needed to communicate and didn't is so irritating! Ugh! And if I had to hear about that piercing one more time! Ugh. "I rattled my piercing against my teeth" "I pushed my piercing against the roof of my mouth" was sexy for the sex scenes and I appreciate that kind of detail, but I was beat over the head ...more
Book 1 in the « distance between us » series. There is a prequel to this one “Before there were three“ telling about how Rhett and Ethan met. Book 1 starts 10 years later, with Ethan and Rhett still living together in the same house for financial reasons after agreeing their relationship was over and welcoming a roommate, a very sexy one, to help with the mortgage payment, a roommate they both lust for.

I couldn’t get the dynamics here not could I get past the awkwardness of the whole situation.
Jilrene ♥
very little plot to go with the mostly hot porn... I did like the ending very much.
3.5 stars

Rhett Solomon and Ethan Mallory are two former lovers who now, due to the bad economy and housing situation, have to continue to live together even though they'd just ended their 10-year relationship. The two men can barely stand the sight of each other, but agree to remain in the house until they can build enough equity to sell it at a decent price. In an effort to speed up the process, they rent a room to bartender, Kieran Frost. Both Ethan and Rhett are instantly attracted to their n
Nov 03, 2011 Sadonna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pdf, mm
A 2.5 for me rounded up to 3 based on the engaging writing style.

I'm really conflicted about this story. I usually really like LA Witt's writing - and I have no quibble with the writing here actually. My issues are with the characters. I guess the first thing I felt like I was missing was why Ethan and Rhett had decided to call it quits after 10 years. That's never really covered very well and I think it would help me relate better to the characters if I had more information. Having called it q
Maggie Simms
Sep 20, 2013 Maggie Simms rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, angst, menage, gay
I've been meaning to read this book for a while. I'm glad that I finally got around to it. It was an engaging read.

The story was original, sweet and full of angst. The sex scenes between these hot men were sizzling. The secondary characters were also interesting.

So why a 4 and not a 5? There was a little too much sex. I know. I know. If one has to bitch about SOMETHING let it be TOO much sex. High class problem, right? Anyway, even though the scenes were VERY hot, I found myself skimming through
Charmaine Stephens
I had a feeling off the bat just reading the blurb of this story that it was going to be good. And it surely didn't disappoint! Just as good as I thought it would be.

And sorta surprised me going in a different direction then I originally assumed it would. I thought it was going to be a menage story about two guys that end up falling for their roommate. When in actuality it takes a different spin than that.

I liked all three of the guys equally. Kieran, Ethan & Rhett. The sex is so hot betwe
Molli B.
So...I enjoyed this but didn't love it. I'm a fan of MMM when it's done right, but ultimately, (view spoiler). Although not reading blurbs doesn't usually cause a problem for me, I think if I'd read this one I would have understood the deal when I started the book and I wouldn't have ultimately been a bit disappointed.

The sex is steamy, and given that there was so much of it and it factored heavily into the plot, this is
3.5 stars

The plot was a little weak for me. It was just all about the crumbling relationship between Rhett and Ethan. They're forced to still live together and take a room mate to keep paying down their mortgage before selling. When Kieran shows up, stuff gets complicated and Rhett and Ethan both start having sex with him.

The relationship resolution seemed too easy to me with no real discussions at all. The sex, though, was superb!!!
I loved this. The MC were so far away from eachother (not literally) in the beginning. Kieran comes along and kinda opens the closed avenues between them. It made me believe in love. Oh, it was also hot hot hot! :D
Sep 04, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Solid writing and a good, compelling story, but I would have liked a bit more characterization. Hot sex doesn't make up for interchangeable personalities.
Christi Snow
Nov 08, 2013 Christi Snow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
This book is like nothing I've ever read before. Ethan and Rhett are in the middle of a break-up after ten years together. They've just slowly drifted apart, but before they decided it was over, they bought a house together. Now it's not financially feasible for them to sell the house, so they are stuck in it together, trying to get enough paid off on it so they can sell it. To that end, they decide to rent out their spare room to another roommate. It just so happens that their new roo
Mar 18, 2012 Danni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Rhett and Ethan have been together for 10 years, but recently broke up. They cant sell their house though and are living together for the time being. They have a very hard time getting along and cant wait until they can really split To help with their expenses they look for a housemate. Enter Kieran.
Both Rhett and Ethan are instantly attracted to Kieran and Kieran has no problem responding to that attraction. From either of the men. Can Kieran help them see how they really feel about ea
Rhett and Ethan have grown apart over the last ten years are separating. Unfortunately circumstances mean they must continue to share the house they own and take in a roommate to speed up the house repayments. The sooner they can gain more equity in the house, the sooner they can sell and get on with their lives.

Despite Ethan's declaration that he couldn't stand the sight of Ethan, and both of them agreeing that the sooner they were able to get out of each's way the better, it is obvious there i
Feb 14, 2016 Therese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance, erotic
Considering this was MMM, which is usually not really for me, I found myself totally loving this. After gritting my teeth throughout the first 10% or so, that is.
Also, I prefer the first getting together of a couple, but this was so incredibly hot and entertaining, I stopped caring about that preference! The sex was exactly how I like it in M/M...And threesomes are yummy!
However, there were some stuff repeated, and it got a bit sappy towards the end. But those are just minor niggles, nothing c
Jul 19, 2010 Feliz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unusual threesome. I liked that the participants for once weren't all flowers and pancakes over being together as three. This was about being ripped apart and finding back together. After being together Ethan and Rhett drift apart like it happens to everyone, over mundane things and misunderstandings. The unusual part is that they're stuck together by a house neither of them can afford of himself, a house which won't sell due to low markets. They rent out a room to help paying the mortgage. W ...more
This is the first M/M/M my stomach could tolerate. YES THIS STORY IS DONE WELL! I found the storyline to be M/M with a fix-us M...the smexy scenes, were off the may find the need for a BUCKET OF ICE WATER! The story is given in Rhett's POV... This was confusing to me, I had to go back to the beginning twice before it sunk in. Let me introduce you to the MC- Rhett' was sweet and clueless. Ethan was a sweetheart loved him.The plus one Kieran a total but also a man -whore however much a ...more
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The Distance Between Us (8 books)
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“Every time I look at you, I'm either so pissed I can't stand the sight of you or so fucking horny I can't take my eyes off you. I don't think I have to tell you which I prefer.

I swallowed. "So which is it now?"

I'm looking at you aren't I?”
“The distance between us was just a few inches of evening air, but his arm seemed to bridge a span of miles and his featherlight touch crumbled walls that had taken
years to build.
His fingers moved into my hair, and his other arm slid around my waist. My hands wanted to go to him, but in disbelief, I couldn’t move.
He took a breath and, for a moment, I thought he was about to speak. Instead, he drew me to him and kissed me.
It was a gentle kiss, just his lips against mine as we breathed each other in, but it eased a deep, consuming sense of loss I hadn’t even been fully aware of. I
wrapped my arms around him, holding him closer and letting him overwhelm my senses. For all that had been said and all we’d been through, it was this kiss—this
deliberate, silent return to the way things should have been—that allowed me to release my breath for the first time in months. In years.
I had to break the kiss just to look at him, to remind myself that this was real. Our eyes met, and it was. He was here. My world was back on its axis.
There were a thousand things I wanted to say, to ask, to know, but words hadn’t done us a lot of good. All they’d done was keep me from hearing everything he’d
tried to tell me all along. Talking could wait until we’d said all the things we needed to say.
So I kissed him again.”
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