Title: Ethan (Alluring Indulgence, #)
Author: Nicole Edwards
Genre: Adult Erotic Romance
Release Date: January 7th 2014
Ethan is part of the Alluring Indulgence series (#5), however, this book was written to be read as a stand alone book as well.
How long did it take you to find your place in the world?
For Ethan Walker, going through the motions of life, keeping his distance and never getting attached has become the mantra he lives by. Success is measured by how many hours he can work and how little attention he can draw. That was until he landed on Beau Bennett’s radar. Until Beau, Ethan had never met a man who could get him to question his own logic and even consider taking a different path.
Beau Bennett knows exactly who he is - now. It might’ve taken him some time to figure it out, but now that he has his bearings, Beau has set his sights on the mysteriously sexy Ethan Walker. Pursuing someone has never been his style, but something is telling him to keep at it because the end result is going to be worth it.
Now that they’ve found one another, how long will it take Ethan and Beau to accept that their place in the world is... Together?
Warning: This book contains sexual encounters and graphic language that some readers may find objectionable, including, but not limited to: m/m encounters, anal sex. Contains graphic material that is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.
Becs & Monique’s Review
This above all: to thine own self be true
Becs: I think it’s probably a well known fact around these parts that I’m a die-hard Nicole Edwards fan. I’ve read pretty much everything she’s ever published and loved every book. For me, as a reader, she’s like the Perfect Storm of an author combining super-nova hot erotic scenes with deep and heartfelt emotions. She’s my go-to author for erotic romance and she’s never once let me down. Her books have always explored ménage and male/male pairings within that setting but Ethan marks a first for her - a male/male only erotic romance, I don’t read a lot of M/M romance and I was really looking forward to this one and invited my gorgeous co-blogger Monique to join me so we could read and review this one together. She’s a seasoned m/m reviewer and reads nothing else these days and our reading habits rarely cross over so I thought it would be fascinating to see how we both react to this - for me as someone who’s deeply invested in the characters after reading the previous novels and for Monique to read Nic’s first full M/M romance. As she’s not read the previous books in the series I gave her a very brief run down, Becs-style, of Ethan and Beau’s involvement in the series to date to get her up to speed and off we went. Over to you Mo.,,...........
Monique: I can totally see where you and all the fans of Nicole Edwards are coming from… HOLY FUCKING HOTNESS! Becs… these Walker boys are a hedonistic delight of sheer pleasure… I WANT THEM ALL! I think Nicole Edwards should rewrite the series making them ALL Gay! Starting with Sawyer… now that, would make me VERY happy!!!
Despite your reassurances I have to admit, I was a little nervous of going into this book, firstly blind, as I had not read the other books in the series and secondly because as an M/M only reader I have seen authors try to transcend the divide between M/F romance and M/M romance and fail miserably, not because they are poor writers but because the fans of the two genres tend to have a different perspective on what they want from a romance even though two men can be as gooey eyed over each other as a man and a woman there is a certain writing style needed to ensure they are not completely emasculated. Did Nicole Edwards achieve this? In the most part I would have to say yes, I could still sense the underlying tone of an M/F, M/M/F, M/F/M erotic romance, but that is exactly what this series is. Did it appeal to me as a strictly M/M romance reader? Absolutely… I loved it! And, I also love the fact that authors like Nicole Edwards are taking a leap of faith with their fans and readers, introducing them to a genre that in most cases is all very new. I have been on my own voyage of discovery with M/M romance and haven’t looked back since, so I would definitely say those wanting to dip their toes in, the starting point is HERE with authors like Nicole Edwards that give you a taste of something different, which opens up a whole new world of M/M erotic romance with some amazingly talented authors and for this I applaud her because… you did good girl! And coming back to my first concern, even though Ethan is slap bang in the middle of a series, this book can definitely be read as a standalone, at no point was I lost or confused by past events as Nicole gave us a brief history and insight into the characters, enough for me to WANT all those boys!
Becs: LOL Mo, Sawyer is definitely straight - I met him in my birthday story, remember? Back to Ethan, the star of this show - he has been a bit of an enigma since the beginning of the series. In the first book it’s not apparent that he is gay and he rarely gets any page time but, as the series has progressed, his sexuality has become obvious but he’s always been a bit of a bystander to the Walker Brothers shenanigans rather than getting fully involved. He’d come across as a little bit cold and gruff, closed off and distant compared to the rest of the Walkers so it was just wonderful to read this novel and see his character develop and for him to finally open up. At long last get up close and personal with Ethan and, when Beau gets through that seemingly impenetrable facade, he’s a warm and loving man, just like all his Brothers. He’s never really struggled with his sexuality, he’s always accepted that he’s gay - what he’s struggled with is explaining this to the people around him, wary of their reaction after one of his first experiences has taught him to be cautious and it’s a real shocker when it’s revealed.
Monique: Not having read the series, my initial impression of Ethan was that of a frustrated and angry young man in emotional turmoil, hurting with no outlet, internalising and hiding from his own truth, using his anger as a shield, wanting Beau and all he has to offer but fearing his own vulnerability… of being hurt, of loving and losing control of his emotions, because in his heart he couldn’t deny what he was feeling for Beau, but was resigned to a life of meaningless sex and fuck buddies, who didn’t need conversation, because even talking was way too intimate for Ethan. To follow his heart and go with the emotions that overwhelmed him with Beau, would mean that he would have to feel and to feel would mean the carefully constructed walls around his heart would crumble, leaving him to face those demons that had kept him distanced from those he loves… all because of that secret, which he had kept locked within those wall for the last nine years.
When we found out the truth behind his self-imposed isolation, it just about broke my heart, inside, he is so lonely and I could understand his volatile behaviour and I suppose the reason for not sharing it with the Walker clan, although they are the most big hearted loving bunch of folks you could meet. But Ethan seems to be the sensitive soul of the family and I think that’s why, even though not much gets past them, they had given him room to come to terms with things himself. Beau also seems to understand this about Ethan… and I have to tell you, that man has the patience of a saint, not wanting to push Ethan too hard, realising it would be like poking a wounded bear with a stick! …But not for one minute letting up on his determination to get his man, making sure that Ethan is aware he ain’t going anywhere until he sees the light.
Becs: Ah, Beau - I really adored him when we first got to know him way back in Zane. Beau is a man who’s been confused by his sexuality for a long time only having sex with women when he shared them with Zane. He’d harboured some pretty strong feelings for Zane (my favourite Walker) but he only returns that affection as friendship. It’s become apparent in recent books that Beau has a strong burning attraction for Ethan that he’s finding hard to resist but Ethan has been pushing him away although they have shared some seriously hot kisses. I loved Beau - he’s a big old alpha cowboy and he knows what he wants and what he wants is Ethan. He’s struggled with confusion over his sexuality for a long time and doesn’t have the amazingly loving and stable background the Walker Boys have and he struck me as a really lonely soul and I just wanted to reach out and hug him. He deserves to fall in love and Ethan is just perfect for him.
Monique: Becs… you are so right about Beau’s family, I wanted to do some serious damage there! But, you know what… again it was Curtis and Lorrie that showed their true light, and enveloped him with the love and affection he should have had from his own parents! I felt Beau was a little insecure and a big part of that had to do with them and their attitude, plus his lack of sexual experiences, although it didn’t dampen his confidence in any way! I also found him very intuitive, knowing Ethan needed to come to terms with his emotions, understanding and caring for him, slowly breaking down those barriers and it was so lovely watching Ethan let go, finding comfort in Beau with just the nearness of him finally settling his anxieties… with both men having feelings for each other neither had experienced before, learning to love and be loved in return, and I totally agree Becs, these two are perfect for each other!
Becs: I very much enjoyed Nic’s first foray into male/male romance. I found the sex scenes to be off the scales hot - she manages to pack so much emotion into them. Their need for one another, the deep feelings that they share, when they finally admit to them, were palpable and together they’re practically combustible. As I rarely read M/M, I confess I found these scenes as hot as any other m/f or m/f/m or m/m/f that Nic has ever delivered before and more than once found myself heating up despite it being 5 below outside! Air conditioner at the ready I think!! Mo, with your wealth of experience reading M/M, how did these scenes compare for you?
Monique: At last we get to the sex!!! I have been good so far and reigned in my effusiveness… didn’t want to embarrass you too much Becs… But OMG!!! These two are, how did you put it? Combustible, yep, I would say they could set me alight anytime. They are Sexy as Fuck!! ...With two big alpha males vying for dominance, the air was thick with testosterone and so erotically charged, I was zinging… I loved their aggressiveness, and talk about the sexual chemistry between them! It was quite the heady experience I can tell you… so how did the sex scenes compare? …well, I think Nicole Edwards has that one down to perfection.
Although there is a lot of sex in this book, it’s not all about the sex, which for me is important. The emotion is intense and powerful, but there was also a passion and intimacy that was just mind blowing! Nicole Edwards, showed us these two characters, warts and all, all their vulnerabilities laid bare, with all the raw pain and hurt, which for different reasons were kept locked deep inside. They are soul mates, they really are, drawing strength and courage from each other and I could feel it all in my heart, so much it was aching… Nicole Edwards totally endeared me to Ethan and Beau… I loved them, and I am seriously hoping another one of those delicious brothers turns out to be Gay …either that or the lovely Ms Edwards needs to start writing M/M.
I had a couple of niggles reading this, the main one would be there is some repetitiveness that I felt wasn’t necessary, same sentences repeated a couple of paragraphs later perhaps worded slightly different. And the colour of Ethan’s eyes, blue-gray or gray gaze, there is a lot about the eyes in this book, which I get because there is nothing more intense than gazing into someone’s eyes, especially for Ethan and Beau who were unsure of themselves, afraid of their emotions and tried to express and convey with their eyes what they were unable to express with words… personally once I know the colour of the eyes two or three times is enough for my mind to register the fact.
Other than that I loved this book… I am only sad that, as much as I would love to read the rest of the series, as you know, I just don’t read or enjoy hetro romance as I used to… but I am happy that at last I have had the opportunity to read and review a book with you Becs… and the plus… we both loved it …and hopefully between the two of us we can persuade Nicole to write another M/M!
Becs: We’ll have to see what she comes up with next. She likes to keep her readers in suspense and often surprises us!
This series for me is a little bit like coming home. I’ve become so invested in all these characters and I’ve got to know them so well that they feel almost real to me and it’s just heavenly to see yet another Walker Boy brought to his knees by the love of his life. These boys are big, growly alpha cowboys and when they fall, oh boy, do they fall hard and Ethan is no exception to this.
There’s more going on here as well as they deal with small-town narrow minded thinking and I think I almost melted into a puddle when all the Walker Boys stood together against some narrow minded homophobic idiots. Sexy much??? Again, the original Alpha Walker, Curtis, is the star of the show - he may be nearing 70 but age has not dulled protective instincts and I love how he always stands up for what is right. He and Lorrie definitely raised those boys right!
So for me, this was just another fantastic erotic romance from Nicole Edwards - I think she embraced the M/M genre and made it her own and I’d like to see her explore this more in future books and future series. I think she goes from strength to strength in each novel and this is absolutely my favourite type of series to read - each book is a complete story, there are no cliffies and we get to revisit cherished characters time and again. I can’t wait for more Walker boys. Nothing from the Club Destiny crew in this one but a brief glimpse of Tessa and Cooper from Devil’s Bend.
Becs - 4.5 stars
Monique - 4 stars
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Series Reading Order
Alluring Indulgence – to date
Suggested Reading Order – Alluring Indulgence + Club Destiny
- Conviction – Club Destiny # 1
- Temptation – Club Destiny # 2
- Addicted – Club Destiny # 2.5
- Seduction – Club Destiny # 3
- Kaleb – Alluring Indulgence #1
- Infatuation – Club Destiny # 4
- Captivated – Club Destiny # 4.5
- Zane – Alluring Indulgence #2
- Devotion – Club Destiny #5
- Travis – Alluring Indulgence #3
- Holidays With The Walker Brothers – Alluring Indulgence #4
- Ethan – Alluring Indulgence #5
About The Author
About me... hmmm... Ok, I've been asked to provide a little bit of "real" information about myself. That's harder to do than you think it is, especially for someone who has difficulty talking about themselves. ;) But, here goes... I've been writing for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was a kid, I loved creative writing and as I got older, I got acquainted with those voices in my head and that led to putting my stories on paper. And now, here I am all these years later, spending my days doing what I love most. I decided to give myself over to writing full time in 2012 and I haven't looked back. I spent nearly 13 years in the corporate world and I have to say, this is a bit of a change (just a little) and I am loving every second of it. I live in Texas with my husband and three amazing kids and our two beloved dogs. If I'm not writing, I'm usually reading. I devour everything I can get my hands on. I love romance of any type and being an Indie author myself, I'm always looking for new Indies to support. I haven't always been into reading, but about eleven years ago, I picked up a book - I'm pretty sure it was by Nora Roberts - and from there, I haven't stopped. Before I began writing full time, and my characters started taking up so much of my time, I was reading about 200 books a year. That has dwindled somewhat, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't read. An interesting fact... I don't watch television - aside from the occasional news anyway. I will go see a movie or two rarely, but for the most part, I get all of my entertainment from a book. Some of my favorite authors include J.R. Ward, Suzanne Brockmann, Lora Leigh, Jane Rylon, Lori Foster, and Jaci Burton just to name a few.
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