4.5 Stars for Ethan in Gold (Johnnies #3) by Amy Lane (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #Erotic @amymaclane @dreamspinners


Title: Ethan in Gold (Johnnies #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 4, 2013 – 350 pgs


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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I am so glad we got to know more about Ethan/Evan in this book since we got to see him a few times in the other books in this series and there was little hints dropped that he had some issues. I felt SO bad for him.. and just about every other character in the book BUT Jonah… well, even Jonah at times.
There is some sad elements for sure just like the other books, but this time it was more to outside characters and that was okay because it really helped us get to know all of the characters better and helped enhance the relationship between the two men.
The only reason this wasn’t a 5 star review is because it seems with each book we get farther and farther away from Johnnies, which is what sort of had me excited in the first place. This place that all the men found comfort in each other. Although we still see all the men, the porn side was so… looked down upon in this one and I didn’t like that as it was what brought all the men together.
Sean Crisden does an awesome job narrating once again. He really gets the characters and help reflect what they are going through and experience in a way that draws the listener right in.


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Amy Lane dodges an EDJ, mothers four children, and writes the occasional book. She, her brood, and her beloved mate, Mack, live in a crumbling mortgage in Citrus Heights, California, which is riddled with spiders, cats, and more than its share of fancy and weirdness. Feel free to visit her at www.greenshill.comorwww.writerslane.blogspot.com, where she will ride the buzz of receiving your e-mail until her head swells and she can no longer leave the house.

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