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Review Day Tuesday: Ethan in Gold

“What the hell is that supposed to mean?” he demanded. “I gave you a perfectly good friend and you broke him?”

Title: Ethan in Gold

Series: Johnnies #3

Author: Amy Lane

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pub Date: October 4, 2013

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Length: 350 pages4 1/2 Stars

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Evan Costa learned from a very early age that there was no such thing as unconditional love and that it was better to settle for what you could get instead of expecting the world to give you what you need. As Ethan, porn model for Johnnies, he gets exactly what he wants—comradeship and physical contact on trade—and he is perfectly satisfied with that. He’s sure of it.

Jonah Stevens has spent most of his adult life helping to care for his sister and trying to keep his beleaguered family from fraying at the edges. He’s had very little time to work on his confidence or his body for that matter. When Jonah meets Ethan, he doesn’t see the hurt child or the shamelessly slutty porn star. He sees a funny, sexy, confident man who—against the odds—seems to like Jonah in spite of his very ordinary, but difficult, life.

Sensing a kindred spirit and a common interest, Ethan thinks a platonic friendship with Jonah won’t violate his fair trade rules of sex and touch, but Jonah has different ideas. Ethan’s pretty sure his choice of jobs has stripped away all hope of a real relationship, but Jonah wants the whole package—the sexy man, the vulnerable boy, the charming companion who works so hard to make other people happy. Jonah wants to prove that underneath the damage Ethan has lived with all his life, he’s still gold with promise and the ability to love.

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The Johnnies series is, OMG, I love them! Ethan in Gold is the newest instalment of the boy from Johnnies and, man, did it live up to my expectations! Ethan (Evan) is a smart, funny, sexy, touch-starved man with a giant heart, but he’s been taught from the age of 5 that he’s bad or will turn bad from his family. Jonah is a loving, devoted young man that lives his life for his family and his sister with CF.

I loved this story and how flawed both men are, though in very different ways. They compliment each other perfectly, even though one is a survivor and a porn star and the other is a virgin dedicated to his family. Both men have to not only learn to see each other as they truly are, but to see themselves as worthy. While flawed, I can’t imagine a better partner for either man! Learning to love blindly, without restraint or reservation is the hardest, yet greatest thing either man can ever do.

The writing… what can I say? It’s Amy Lane so you know it’s vivid, deep, entrancing, and so real you are certain these guys are people you’ve met, or would like to at the very least. While I love Chase in Shadows better (shhh… don’t tell Dex or Ethan) Ethan in Gold is a Must Read for any that love flawed, sexy men that find not only their HEA, but that their hearts, families (built and/or blood), and loves complete and heal even the greatest of wounds.

About the Author:

Amy Lane is a mother of four and a compulsive knitter who writes because she can’t silence the voices in her head. She adores cats, Chi-who-whats, knitting socks, and hawt menz, and she dislikes moths, cat boxes, and knuckle-headed macspazzmatrons. She is rarely found cooking, cleaning, or doing domestic chores, but she has been known to knit up an emergency hat/blanket/pair of socks for any occasion whatsoever, or sometimes for no reason at all. She writes in the shower, while at the gym, while taxiing children to soccer/dance/gymnastics/band oh my! and has learned from necessity to type like the wind. She lives in a spider-infested, crumbling house in a shoddy suburb and counts on her beloved Mate to keep her tethered to reality—which he does, while keeping her cell phone charged as a bonus. She’s been married for twenty-plus years and still believes in Twu Wuv, with a capital Twu and a capital Wuv, and she doesn’t see any reason at all for that to change.

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