In The Distance (In The Kitchen #3) by Eileen Griffin & Nikka Michaels


In the Distance (In the Kitchen #3)
by Nikka Michaels, Eileen Griffin

Stars: 4.5

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Tyler Mitchell has worked hard to rebuild his life after his family kicked him out. A culinary student and sous chef who spends his spare time volunteering with kids, he’s happy enough even though he has no time to consider a relationship.

Trevor Pratt is finally getting over losing his best friend and the one person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, but it’s taken screwing every cute guy in Manhattan to get there. He’s vowed to repair the friendship he endangered, but that’s hard to do when his friend’s new employee catches his eye. Despite being warned to stay away from Tyler, Trevor knows the sous chef is more than just a hookup.

Romance is a terrible idea. Trevor is ten years older and a relentless playboy. Tyler is still unsure of his place in the world. Neither of them is ready for life-changing love, but as things heat up, their chemistry in the bedroom might just take that decision out of their hands.


I’m so glad to have read this book. Tyler and Trevor’s story was so well written. I felt everything that they went through… Felt pretty natural.
All the up’s and down’s of the beginning of a relationship.
I also loved reading more about Jamie and Ethan and Claire! Just knowing how happy Jamie and Ethan were! Made me love this story even more!

This book was definitely a slow burn.
Good…but I think certain parts were left simmering when they should have been at a boil.
Which is not a bad thing. I just wished things would have heated up in the bed room a little faster than they did. Since months would past before they saw each other again.

Tyler’s life growing up was an ok one. But once his mom and dad found out he was gay… They throw him out.
From that day on…. Tyler had to find his place in the world. And he did find it. With the help of Ethan. Ethan really helped Tyler get his life in order. That’s all Tyler needed… was a chance to make something of himself. I think he proved that in this book.

Trevor never had to worry about anything growing up. He grew up wealth. He lived life to the fullest. Never getting close to anyone but his best friend Jamie. He put his all in one person and it just didn’t work out for him. Leaving him kind of standoffish with other people. Never giving anyone a chance to break his heart.

When Trevor met Tyler at first. He never thought about him in that way. He just thought about him as some kid that needed help. Having already knowing his story from Jamie.

Something changed when Trevor asked Tyler out to celebrate a new client… Trevor wasn’t counting on having such a good time with Tyler. He was different. And that caught him off guard.

I felt so bad for Tyler. He always felt socially awkward around Trevor. He knew he wasn’t in the same league as he was. But he was trying to open up.
Trevor kept talking to Tyler about Jamie. Which I think was a little to much. I know that he was the one thing they had in common. But it was getting pretty old.

I love Ethan and Jamie… but they were just too much in this book.
I hated how they treated Tyler.
They treated him like a little kid. Not some one that is 20 going to be 21.
I think they should have pulled back a little more. Let Tyler be. And experience life. Sometimes you have to let people go in order for them to learn their lesson.

I loved how in the end… He stood up for himself. He was so scared to do it… but, I think he did a good job doing it.

The chemistry between Tyler and Trevor was pretty hot!
I loved all the text messages between them. And the sex/ fooling around was pretty explosives!
I think they both came into each others life at the right time.


I liked this book.
I really liked how Tyler and Trevor took their time getting together. I liked how Trevor put himself out there and really tried.
The internal dialogue was a bit much. I prefer a conversation with a person than a whole whole conversation in someone’s head. But, It wasn’t a deal breaker for me in this book.
And… I really enjoyed catching up on with all past characters.

I would love to read more books by these authors…

*ARC provided via Netgalley *


About the Authors


Nikka Michaels has a degree in anthropology which fostered an interest in cultural differences and all those things that make us wonderfully unique as human beings. She loves to cook and loves to laugh, spending most of her time doing both. She focuses mainly on writing M/M romances and enjoys a good HEA.



Eileen Griffin lives in the Southwest but loves to travel and has spent many summers crossing Europe with nothing but a backpack on her back. She enjoys TexMex, lives for good wine, and has a certain penchant for purple unicorns. She loves reading all genres of books, but her current obsession is writing m/m with lots of boy kissing. The novella Chasing Matt, with co-author Nikka Michaels, was her first published work. Eileen has another novella soon to be published, “Dinner For Two”, as well as a short story, “Claiming Ayden” that will be published in a M/M shifter anthology. Eileen has two M/M full-length novels, also co-authored with Nikka Michaels due out in summer and fall of 2014.


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