Title: Relationship Status
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Series: Ethan & Wyatt, #3
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Genre(s): M/M College Age Romance
Page Count: 93 Pages
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Falling in love is easy. Staying there is the trick in this third book in bestselling author K.A. Mitchell’s male/male Ethan & Wyatt trilogy.
Life doesn’t come with a syllabus.
Ethan knows firsthand that long distance is hard on love. If Wyatt is spending his summer at an internship in Pittsburgh, that’s where Ethan will be. Even if it means inventing his own career goal just to find a reason to stay with his boyfriend. He didn’t expect they’d be living in a hot, crappy apartment, with work schedules that keep them apart more than together.
Wyatt’s past has taught him to keep his head down and focus on living through the day. Loving Ethan has him looking to the future for the first time; he’s just not in as big of a rush to get there. It’s hard to trust in happiness when life has been busy kicking you in the nuts.
Together they’re getting the hang of real life, when a new responsibility for Wyatt throws everything off balance. Ethan’s doing everything he can to prove he’s in this forever, while Wyatt is torn between a future with Ethan and a debt to the past. Too bad they didn’t cover this in college.
Relationship Status is a sweet, short story that brings us back to Ethan & Wyatt as they learn to adult and continue to grow both as individuals and as a couple. Overall, this story felt like it was a lot of made up issues, all meant to show how these two struggle and overcome their differences. This story didn’t feel very deep, and because there was so much time in between books, I found myself not really caring or being as invested in the characters, as I might have been had the books been released closer together or even *gasp* as one book. This series was not one that had “too” much going on to be in one book, but rather it seemed like the author was attempting to release as the story was written or maybe just trying to increase real estate in the book world. Either way, I felt like I didn’t really care one way or another about the characters, I didn’t really remember what happened in previous books, and I didn’t have the time nor desire to re-read them. I am not saying any of this to be rude, I just feel like Publishing this story in installments, to me, did a disservice to the overall enjoyment of the story.
*stepping off soap-box*
So, in this installment of the series, our MC Ethan & Wyatt have come full circle. They are now in a relationship and are living in Pittsburgh for the summer in a room they are renting while both doing internships. I don’t want to go into the storyline too much, but again..it was pretty much what you would expect from two college age guys enjoying a modicum of privacy for the first time. Sex. Lots and lots of sex. Everywhere. You name it, these two did it there. In-fact, there was so much sex that *gasp* it bored me. I wanted more storyline-not just sex. Yes, I understand I may be the only one who complains about this, but in a romance book…I do like to see some romance, not just how many times the couple can get freaky.
While there is a short epilogue, it again..didn’t show too much. We do learn however that our MC are going to get their HEA, so that’s a plus.
Overall, the series is one I would say is “good” – not too deep, not a lot of romance, and one that if you read it all at once may be more enjoyable.
3 stars for Relationship Status and for the series of Ethan & Wyatt.