Ethan by Nicole Edwards

17305049Ethan is the fifth book in the Alluring Indulgence series by Nicole Edwards. However, it can be read as a standalone, if the reader chooses. This review will be spoiler-free.

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? 

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. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

When you are this far into a series, it is hard to be objective about what you are reading. I loved the rest of this series and was really excited to finally dive into this book. However, I don’t know if it holds up to the rest of the series.

Let me start off by saying that I love Ethan and Beau. Their relationship kicked off in Holidays with the Walker Brothers and I instantly shipped them. I needed to see what was going to happen. Ethan and Beau were two lovable bad boys that I was rooting for with everything I had. 

Ethan has a tragic past that makes it hard for him to open up to anyone. He has spent his life pushing people away. But Beau is determined to break down Ethan’s barriers and get to know the real man. I loved watching them struggle between them. They are both alpha males and I wasn’t sure how that was going to end up.

I was excited to return to Coyote Ridge. The Walker family was so captivating and so unique in their extracurricular activities. I’ve never read another series quite like this one. Family love and acceptance play a large role in all of the books and I love it.

We checked in on each of the other members of the family as the story progressed and I loved being able to go back and revisit the other couples. It also made me want to read the rest of the books in the series to learn what is going to happen with the rest of the brothers.

I wasn’t disappointed by the actual story itself. I was exactly what I wanted it to be. But I was disappointed in the writing. There was a lot of head-hopping between Ethan and Beau and I couldn’t keep it straight. I knew who each man was, but we switched back and forth between them mid-scene and I kept getting confused as to whose head we were in. I do not know if Edwards did this intentional or not, but it made it very hard to enjoy.

While that is my only complaint it was a huge problem for me. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. I definitely recommend continuing the series if you have already started it. I am looking forward to Braydon, which is the sixth book in the series.



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