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About the Author
- ASIN : B00IWTWAMW
- Publisher : Pocket Star (May 16, 2014)
- Publication date : May 16, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2490 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 351 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #138,074 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When reading the others in this series, I didn't really understand Ethan...until now. Nicole Edwards made me feel the raw, intense, gritty, gentle, broken, taunted soul of Ethan. This was her most emotional book for me, the reason why Ethan is so closed off absolutely tore me apart. I thought of him even when not reading...while doing mundane jobs around the house. I was truly touched by this story.
Ethan is a gay man, which I knew going into this story. I have had very little exposure to what difficulties life would bring for someone in a lifestyle that was different from the life I live. Having read this, it terrifies me to think that they would be treated this way, but I think that it has happened and will continue to happen. Which is sad.
I fell in love with Beau Bennett reading Zane, so I wasn't surprised that I would love him in this book, but his backstory touched me almost as much as Ethans.
It kills me to not reveal all of Ethans secrets to you, but you must read for yourself and feel what I felt. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Slowly our men, now in thier 30s, give in to their passion, and all things are firsts for Beau. They are thrilling and exciting in their sexy times. Ethan's family has his back, and Beau's, when the bullies appear. We watch the progression, the conflicts, the hotness and decisions. These men are awesome characters, and we want them to succeed. It's a beautiful, deep love they share. HFN
The next book is "Beau" and a terrific continuation of our guys lives.
Highly recommended. ENJOY !
Ethan Walker was the second youngest of all of the seven Walker brothers. He’s always known he was gay but he’s never admitted it to anyone in public. He was withdrawn, secretive, closed off and not willing to open up to anyone.
Beau Bennett had just confirmed what he’s always known, that he was gay. He’s known Ethan his entire life but just recently realized his connection to him.
The story opens with Ethan fighting the connection. It was written with a dual POV as well as with guest POV’s mixed throughout. Similar to the other books in the series, it was hot and sexy. Dissimilar to the other series books, the underlying theme was somewhat dark with bullying, bigotry, suicide and hate incidents. It was complex with depth and dimension and unfortunately was probably a realistic view in the recent past. Hopefully as a nation we’ve moved past it; however, I’m sure some of the situations experienced within the storyline still exist today to some extent.
I enjoyed both characters as well the entire Walker clan. Edwards gave us gifts with continued developments of our favorites, as well as providing additional glimpses of those still looking for their forever love. Next up is Braydon.
So yes, this author is exploring all the taboos of erotica, and is developing all the variations inside the same family, the Walker brothers, living in a small Texan town, and owning the local private, and adult club, Alluring Indulgence.
Considering I’m not a big fan of pure erotica, I was a little weary of reading this story, especially when it started at the club, on a New Year’s Eve, with Beau witnessing Ethan having sex with his own boyfriend, Blake. True, Blake wasn’t really a nice character, and it was clear he was soon out of the picture, and indeed the story took a positive turn, from my point of view, after that event. I liked the slow but hot development of the love story between Ethan and Beau, I love how these were adult men but with a sort of naiveté regarding relationship: sex they knew, love was uncharted territory. The sex was hot, and yes, considering this is an erotic romance, it was abundant, but, very much strict to my taste: a one to one relationship between two men, no funny games, hot, sweat and skin. Oh yes, and the classical shower sex scene ;-) but that is almost a must in erotic romance (has happened also to you that since starting reading erotic romance, when entering a new bathroom, you look at the shower with different eyes? )
So yes, to my taste, this was almost perfect, the almost given only by some quirky point that irked me, but didn’t deter from reading the whole book: for example, telling me three times in the span of few pages that Jared just came out of nowhere beginning of January was probably overdoing it; unless it wasn’t really important for me to know it, but it wasn’t. (So, needless to say, they’d butted heads since the day Jared showed up right around the first of the year. (p. 27); Now that Blake wasn’t working for them , Ethan wondered if that would help the strained relationship that had started to develop since the first week of January when Jared had shown up out of the blue (p. 28); The other was occupied by Jared, Ethan’s cousin, who had practically dropped out of the sky on New Year’s Day and landed smack dab in the middle of Walker Demolition (p. 44)). Other than that, a very satisfying reading, an erotic romance that was at the same time “romantic” (not sweet of course, but well, I had the feeling these men like to cuddle…)
Top reviews from other countries
Ethan is gay but living in a small town with some small minds means that he is firmly in the closet, especially after events from his past. He will hook up with men but at the first sign of feelings being involved he finishes things. He has been attracted to Beau for awhile but since their kiss he has been trying to stay far away from him. Beau, though, has had enough and wants to claim Ethan for himself. Ethan wants to protect Beau and his own family from the repercussions of coming out.
This was an intense read that will have you running the gauntlet of emotions. It is hard to read at times but the beauty is their in their ending. It has a particular poignancy to it that leaves you breathless and is heart warming. This is one of the best books I have read this year - I can't believe I have waited so long long to read it.
***Reviewed for LBM Book Blog***
When it was announced that the next Walker Brother to be featured was Ethan my heart sunk a little, he was my least favourite of all the brothers, I didn't think I would enjoy his story as I've never read a M/M novel. Boy I'm so glad I read it, as Ethan is now my favourite walker brother !!!
What made me change my mind?
Nicole's beautiful writing of this book, it is heart stoppingly romantic and sexy as hell, and Ethan is one hell of a guy !!!
If you've never read a M/M book then you have to read this !
In previous books in the series it has been hinted at that Ethan is gay although he has never come out and actually told any of his family, at 28 he has never had a girlfriend. He is a very solidity character moody and very anti social ( that's why I didn't like him),
but there are very good reasons behind Ethan's character, events in his past have shaped the man today.
Enter Beau Bennett, Ethan's brothers Zane's best Friend, after a sexual experience Beau has finally come to terms with the fact that he is gay. He finds himself more and more attracted to Ethan even though Ethan pushes him away, but for how long can Ethan deny the chemistry between them.
The book covers the problems the some gay couples have, bullying, suicide and acceptance. The writing of theses topics by Nicole is realistic, sympathetic and beautiful.
5* is not enough stars for this book it is one of the best books I have ever read! Scenes in this book had me in tears, Ethan explaining the events the lead to him, being the way he is had my heart breaking!
As with all of Nicole's books you know the sex scenes are going to be HOT and this book is no exception, the sex was the best ever !!!!!
Would I read another M/M novel ? Hell yes bring the next one on !
Ethan, is quiet, reserved, almost reclusive at times and damaged almost to the point of breaking. After a cruel and vicious attack which resulted in tragedy, Ethan has lost his way in life and has earned a reputation of being a cold and heartless lover. That is until Beau comes along and sees through Ethan's emotional shield and challenges him to open himself up to love once again. Ethan finds it hard to verbally express his emotions however but Beau has adored this man for too long to give up on him without a fight.
" 'Let's go somewhere we can talk.'
`I don't do the talking thing,' Ethan retorted.
`With me, you can do the talking thing,' Beau assured him."
After previously rejecting Beau following "that kiss", Ethan tries to continue with his life but Beau's friendship with Zane makes it impossible to escape his presence and his penetrating eyes. Ethan finds his walls starting to crumble and eventually turns to Beau for comfort but on the understanding that they share nothing more than sex. Beau has other ideas though and although he is looking for his first gay relationship, he is clear in his mind what and who he wants in his life and Ethan is powerless to resist his charms.
"Beau was leaning closer, his lips hovering just millimetres from his. God, he smelled delicious. Spicy, rich and sexy."
When Ethan finally opens his eyes he sees Beau for who he truly is and he starts to believe that he can trust this man not to hurt him or to re-open the wounds that, although closed, have been festering for years.
"Not only was he tall, he was tremendously built. Like a football player. And now that Ethan thought about it, Beau had always been that way."
Beau knew his feelings for Ethan were strong but he soon realises that he is also falling in love with this tough and fiercely independent man.
"His physical reaction to Ethan was so unlike anything he'd ever felt before. It made every other encounter seem mediocre, and here he was, completely dressed, staring into the most mesmerizing eyes he had ever seen."
Yet again, Nicole Edwards has created not only an amazingly sexy story but one which is thought provoking and insightful.
In this book, Nicole Edwards has challenged her readers to open their minds to the social atrocities encountered by some people on a daily basis. Sadly, bullying occurs all too frequently in every day life and all too frequently ends in suicide or a lifetime of depression. This thought provoking story highlights the need for people to be accepted for who they are, not what they are, and until the populace chances its view of what it perceives is right and wrong unfortunately nothing will change. However, through opening the eyes of readers who have innocently buried their heads in the sand for too long it is hoped that ingrained perceptions can be readdressed hopefully for the better.
This book is part of a series and I recommend that it is read in numerical order. It has a HEA and no cliff-hanger. It is an adult romance and the sex scenes portrayed are graphically written but as always in Nicole Edwards' books, they are in keeping with the storyline and not unnecessarily gratuitous.
Ethan is a fiercly private man, never one to flaunt his sexuality, he keeps his private life, just that private. He has never felt the need to come out and tell his family that he is gay but that is not say that they are not perfectly well aware of his sexual orientation. But they respect his privacy and love him unconditionally, so what does it matter.
Latent homophobia ripples through the book as an all too common reminder of the nasty undercurrent that is modern ignorance.
Well done Nicole for giving us all food for thought.
Beau Bennett has spent more time with the Walker boys that he has with his own family. A long time friend of Ethan's brother Zane, Beau has been closer than anyone to the dynamics of this imposing family. Beau's relationship with Zane is closer than most and by exploring and accepting his feelings for Zane, Beau has been able to come to terms with his own sexuality. He loves Zane desperately and has done for years but he is not in love with him, his heart belongs to Ethan - he just has to make Ethan understand.
Ethan lifestyle is shaped by events from his past, especially one brutal night 10 year earlier. Trauma like that is hard to overcome without the love and support of those closest too you - and although Ethan turned to his brother Sawyer, he swore him to secrecy. Determined to save his family from the taunts and stigma that he feared would follow them because of him.
Beau's determination and dedication to Ethan is unwavering and absolutely beautiful to read - he loves his man with a passion that many of us can only hope to experience. Ethan has feelings for Beau but the prospect of being Beau's first everything is just too frightening for him to comprehend, his inner turmoil is excruciating but his ability to love is beautiful and his need for Beau is the one thing he eventually accepts that he can't deny himself.
The Walker family are a force of nature, and in the end their acceptance ( it was never likely to be anything else) and their resolute defence of their brother and Beau is awe inspiring.
Of all the brothers Ethan's story has been the one I have been waiting to read - he has been the moody soul meandering through the previous novels, his brooding and narkiness have been tough to get a handle on but his story is breathtaking - the ability to overcome predjudice is a gift and the chance to love unconditionally is worth fighting for - with Beau's support Ethan embraces that wholeheartedly and the outcome is stunning.
Nicole Edwards- absolute writing superstar - like absolutely everything she writes this book is simply stunning - she is epic!
This book is so much more than just a love story, Ethan and Beau fought prejudice, there past, and for each other and it blew me away.
This book has mainly Beau and Ethan's POV but we do get some parts told from Ethan's brothers and his father at time which just gives you so much more story.
Ethan's story is just brimming with emotion and the male/male aspect is wonderful. The sex scenes for Beau and Ethan are beautiful and well described and down right sexy, these guys are HOT!
Ethan has been the guy in the background in previous book so now to get his story is wonderful.
We find out why Ethan keeps himself isolated and apart from others even with his brothers, that is until Beau decides he wants Ethan and nothing and no one is going to stop him. Beau is such a beautiful gentle giant of a man hes good for Ethan.
I love the way Beau brings out the best in Ethan, they are both seeking the courage to be open and honest about themselves and their lovers with family and friends, striving for love and acceptance.
The story pulls you in and its one of those you dont put down until its finished.
Nicole has written with some fantastic detail and tackled all the sensitive issues in Ethan with such sensitivity and grace, showing how still in 2014, people can be evil and less understanding about other peoples life choices.
Another truly wonderful piece of writing and a corker of a sexy story cannot wait for my next sexy Walker brother fix.