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Retro Reviews ~ Ethan (Alluring Indulgence #5) by Nicole Edwards

Retro Review ~ Ethan (Alluring Indulgence #5) by Nicole Edwards

Title: Ethan (Alluring Indulgence #5) 
 Author: Nicole Edwards
Published: May 16, 2014
Pages: 420


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? 

Ethan is part of the Alluring Indulgence series (#4), however, this book was written to be read as a stand alone book as well.

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.

4.5 Stars 

I’ve had this book on my TBR list forever, but just never got around to reading it, but at the urging of my co-bloggers, I made room in my schedule to finally read it and I’m definitely glad I did.

I wasn’t so sure about this story when I first started it, I mean it starts in a sex club/resort, but thankfully this book is much tamer than the others in the series, or so I’ve been told. Haha

I actually wasn’t sure what to think of either Ethan or Beau at first. Beau seemed kinda pushy and Ethan seemed somewhat like an ass, but as I got to know these men I fell in love with them. My heart absolutely broke for Ethan and all that’d he’d been through. These two men fit together perfectly and were smoking hot together. Ms. Edwards definitely has no problems writing a sex scene. They were hot and plentiful.

The story is well-written and entertaining, in my opinion, it had a bit too much inner dialogue and the book probably could have been shortened had some of that been cut down, but this was still an enjoyable read and I’m definitely looking forward to more of Beau and Ethan, I’ve already pre-ordered my copy of Beau, and I’m also looking forward to more of this author's MM works. This was an emotional and sexy read. Definitely recommendable!!

*copy purchased by reviewer*

4.5 Stars!!!

I have read this book at least 4 times and even if it's been a while since the last time, I still remembered a lot of it, and what I didn't, I was reminded of while reading it.

Ethan is book 5 in the Alluring Indulgence series and it can technically be read as a standalone. Fair warning, though, there are some events that happened in the first books in the series and that might throw you off a bit. Still, I do feel it stands alone fairly well.

I adore Beau, he was persistent and determined to get his man no matter what. Ethan is more of an acquired taste, but once his story is revealed, you simply can't not love him. They had amazing chemistry and while it might feel a bit insta-lovish, it really isn't when you consider that Beau and Ethan have known each other for a long time. The sex scenes were plentiful and passionate, I feel like there were a bit too many of them, but that might be just me and really, this book (and the series) are erotica, so it's kind of a given there'll be a lot of sex in it.

I love how much the Walker family (parents, brothers and significant others) are in each other's lives. It is lovely to see that they had Ethan and Beau's backs when they needed it.

My lovely co-bloggers and I decided to read Ethan again in preparation for Beau's book, and it was a delight to find out that it was nearly as fantastic this time around as it was when I read it first nearly 4 years ago. This is definitely a must-read!

5 Stars

♂♂Original Review March 2013 ♂♂

I have been eagerly anticipating this book for quite a while now, an M/M book by one of my favorite authors, I was actually counting down to the release date. The minute I received it on my Kindle, I tore into it and refused to put it down 'til I finished it. I can now say this is by far my favorite book not only in this series but by Nicole Edwards. I absolutely loved it!
While I've enjoyed all of the books in the Alluring Indulgence series I think what made this one stand out the most for me was the chance to really delve into an emotional story. There was more of a connection to the characters for me than in previous books, I actually really wanted to know what made both Ethan and Beau tick. It wasn't just about the hot sex in this one (not that it was lacking, this is Nicole Edwards we're talking about) but I really felt the attraction from both characters as well as a deeper connection.

Ethan is by far my favorite of the Walker boys and I absolutely love Beau. Both men were strong, smart Alpha men that definitely knew how to turn up the heat. Between their sizzling physical attraction though, they were perfect for one another emotionally too. They basically balanced one another out and just seemed to instinctually know what the other needed.

I want more of them, I feel as if I will have to read this one again soon just to get my Ethan/Beau fix. Even if you are not a fan of M/M I think you'll enjoy Ethan, and while this book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading the series from the beginning.

About Nicole Edwards:

New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards launched her professional writing career in July of 2012. Having been an avid reader all of her life and a huge fan of creative writing, it seemed the likely path for her to take. Since then, she has released more than forty books and has no plans to stop. As her full-time career/hobby, Nicole writes steamy contemporary and erotic romances.

Nicole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who was born and raised in Texas. Married with three kids and four dogs, she has plenty of interaction to keep her imagination brewing. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After segment as well as Indie Reader’s best seller list. She has forged her way as an independent author.

Although she has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, she prefers to be hiding out in her writing cave, talking to the fictional characters that have built up in her head over the years.

When she isn’t writing or plotting her next book (sometimes translated to “playing on Facebook”), Nicole loves to read and spend time with her family and her dogs.

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