Ethan in Gold (Johnnies #3) by Amy Lane (3 Stars)

The sweetest porn star that you can’t help but fall in love with.

Ethan (Evan) Costa was molested as a child, but the way his mother avoided touching him from that moment forward caused him even more devastation. As a porn model for Johnnies, he is finally getting all of the touches he could possibly want, but he doesn’t realize how alone he truly is. Jonah has spent most of his life taking care of his sister while she was slowly dying from cystic fibrosis. As these two spend more time together, Ethan will have to accept that he deserves to be with Jonah.

Ethan and Jonah both have hearts of gold. Ethan will do anything for his friends and family including living with his horrid mother to help protect his sisters. These two certainly deserved to be happy, and I could easily see them spending their lives together. The trick was getting Ethan to come to the realization that he deserved somebody as wonderful as Jonah. Fortunately, Jonah was extremely persistent which kept this story almost angst free. They enjoyed some nice dates, sweet conversations, and some hot sex scenes.

The story takes place almost parallel to the first two books in this series. A good portion of the story was spent alluding to what was happening to Dex, Chase, and the other Johnnies without ever really explaining what was actually happening. It was as if the author thought you were reading all 3 books at the exact same time. I read and absolutely loved the first two books in this series. However, this aspect created some confusion for me and took away from the time needed to more fully develop the relationship between Ethan and Jonah.

The other bit that got a bit repetitive was the almost constant mention of Ethan’s need for touch. I wish this would have been toned down a bit. I don’t think this can be read as a standalone story, and I highly recommend the first two books in the series.

A sweet journey in the continuing saga of the sexy Johnnies.

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Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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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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