25 January 2015

No Place That Far (Distance Between Us #5) by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

 Sometimes you only get one chance at a second chance.

The Distance Between Us, Book 5

Still finding his footing after a long-overdue divorce, Marcus is looking forward to some mind-numbing drinking while ogling the grooms at Chris and Julien’s wedding. He never expected his attention to be diverted by the gorgeous best man.

One of Julien’s French Foreign Legion buddies, Timur doesn’t speak much English, but language is no barrier to Marcus understanding exactly what the huge Tartar wants—a one-night stand.

Except that one night turns into two, three, then more, which puts Marcus on edge. After Timur is done house-sitting for the honeymooning couple, he’s headed back to the Legion for another five years. Like it or not, once Timur gets on that plane, the fling is over.

Unfortunately, Marcus forgot to tell his heart not to fall in love. And this time, if history repeats and he makes another wrong decision, he may never see his tattooed Legionnaire lover again.

Warning: Contains a soldier who makes up for his lack of English by using his hands to read his lover’s body; a chef-turned-bartender who no longer believes in love; a length of paracord that probably wasn’t meant to be used this way; and a couple of newlyweds who are game for some four-way play.
Even though this is book 5 in this series it can be read as stand alone. I’ve not read any of the previous books and I was not lost at all.

We start off at Marcus’s co-worker Chris and his partner Julian wedding. Marcus being newly divorced from a guy is happy for the couple but knows from personal experience not everything will end up perfect and happy ever after. After the divorce, Marcus has taken a job bartending and is barley scraping by. But he’s finally free to start living his life again. If he can just get over the past negative hurts.  Timur is over from the Continent for his Best friend Julian’s wedding, they were in the French Foreign Legion together and has/have seen many terrible things together . Timur is a native of the Ukraine but doesn’t call any one place home. He has resigned himself to be in the Legion until retirement and then who knows. All he wants is someone to love him like Chris and Julian love each other.

This is mainly about Marcus and Timur however there are several secondary characters that do play major roles in the book, especially at the end. But these authors never seem to lose focus on who the actually book is about. You really do feel sorry for Marcus and Timur both, Marcus for having such a bad marriage and losing the self confidence you can see coming out during his cooking. And Timur just going out there, laying everything on the line and be rejected a still not losing faith. Chris and Julian, being the rock for both of them, as well as the other bartenders and Marcus boss.  I enjoyed the tour around Seattle, having never been. My only issue and I didn’t find it a problem just unnecessary and it will probably turn people off, is the foursome. Why? I will be going back and starting this series from the beginning!


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