Never Let Go [Never Let Go Series Book 1] [MultiFormat]
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eBook by M. L. Rhodes
eBook Category: Erotica/Erotic Romance/Romance
eBook Description: Will McLaren and Ethan Gallagher first met in high school. Ethan--sophisticated, cocky, and full of wild daring--was everything bookish and quiet Will was not. Yet they'd instantly connected and forged an unlikely friendship that had carried them through their teens and well into adulthood. Even as teenagers, though, they'd always kept secrets from one another ... hidden bits about their lives and desires they feared could destroy their friendship. As adults, the secrets have become heavy burdens to bear, forcing them to keep their distance from one another and make up stories to hide the truth. Then, in an unguarded moment, Will lets his secret slip. His revelation explodes into a night of unexpected passion that stuns them both. When Ethan disappears the next morning, Will blames himself, and as the months pass with no word, he's convinced he's driven away his best friend. He forces himself to move on with his life and try to forget. But three years later, Ethan shows up again, only a shell of the vibrant man Will once knew, and mysteriously evasive about where he's been. When Ethan makes a confession of his own, can the two men recapture the friendship they'd once shared, and maybe even build something more powerful? Or will the hurts and deceptions of the past tear them apart for good? [Genres: Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Series ]
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, Published: 2007
Fictionwise Release Date: September 2007
This eBook is part of the following series:
213 Reader Ratings:
"5 Roses! ... M. L. Rhodes has a way with words that draws you in immediately. I loved this story. Loved the friendship Will and Ethan shared, the pains, the ups and downs of life, and the secrets that all of us have held back from the one we love. I look forward to reading more by this author!"--Nicole, My Book Cravings
"4 Stars! ... A M/M romance that delivers. What an emotional, heart-warming story of two men who must get over the secrets in their lives to connect with one another in love. The characters have depth and intensity that make you fall in love with them. Will is fascinating as he goes from an uncertain younger man to a take-charge lover with the power of forgiveness. And Ethan starts out as a man who wants it all but knows he can't have it to a person willing to change and accept the love waiting for him. The pacing is great, the descriptions detailed, and the storyline both believable and interesting ... A keeper."--Raven, Pulp Fiction
"5 Angels! ... M. L. Rhodes has once again created a poignant and heart-breaking story with two very real-to-life men who draw on the reader's heart strings. On the surface, Ethan is a happy-go-lucky, popular guy, but in reality his real life is much darker than that. Will is one of the few people who realizes the difficulties to Ethan's life and, even as a young man, does whatever he can to help Ethan. Loving Ethan is just an extension of his friendship and he will do whatever he can to see that Ethan is happy, even to his own detriment. When Ethan and Will come together, a torch is lit within them that even time can't extinguish. Thanks go to M. L. Rhodes for another delightful story."--Theresa, Fallen Angels Reviews
"5 Hearts! ... An amazing book about two men who love each other and consider themselves family. They are very well-written characters, with their lives explained perfectly. There are twists and turns in this book that I found unexpected, but fascinating to read. As they start to learn more about each other, the two men have HOT sex, which I found to be fabulous ... The plot was perfect; I did not find a single bump or misstep in the entire book. Ms. Rhodes has an incredible ability to tell a story and I LOVED this one immensely. I highly recommend Never Let Go to everyone. You will love it."--Marcy Arbitman, The Romance Studio
"5 Kisses! ... An emotional story that had me crying in my chair. I fell in love with Will and Ethan and my heart broke for the devastation they both suffered during Ethan's absence. Will's love for Ethan is never in any doubt, but his pain is so gut-wrenching that the only way he can survive is to harden himself against Ethan when he comes back. Ethan's life has never been easy, in fact, his past is full of pain, but he is willing to endure more in order to secure Will's heart again. I don't believe any reader out there will be able to read this fantastic story with a dry eye! And there's one particular super hot BDSM man-on-man love scene that will leave you breathless!"--Tara Renee, TwoLips Reviews
"Everything okay?" he asked, almost not wanting to hear the response.
"Too many clothes. Not enough skin." Ethan stood, toed off his shoes, then kicked aside his pants and briefs.
Will had been tempted to help, but instead found himself mesmerized at the site of Ethan's lean, graceful body. The moonlight, bathing him in silver, enhanced every muscular curve of his arms, pecs, ass. His erection bobbed up and down as he moved, making Will's mouth water.
"Do you have any idea how damned beautiful you are?" Will murmured. "Or how long I've wanted to see you like this?"
The easy, cocky smile was back on Ethan's face. "You saw me just like this the summer between our junior and senior years of high school. Remember when we were camping up in the Pecos and went skinny dipping in the river?"
Will chuckled at the memory, but a new throb surged in his cock at the same time. "Yeah, I remember. It was your brilliant idea to strip and swim in the moonlight."
"But the water was fucking freezing! Remember?"
"I remember thinking my dick was going to fall off."
Ethan unfastened Will's pants. In a fluid movement, he slid them and Will's boxer briefs down his legs and threw them over the edge of the bed. "And I remember thinking," he said in a low, hoarse voice, "how much I wanted to touch your dick. Just like this." He wrapped his fingers around Will's shaft and squeezed.