Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Covet Thy Neighbor
Author: L.A. Witt
Narrator: Charlie David
Series: Tucker Springs #4
Heroes: Seth Wheeler/Darren Romero
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 4 hours, 39 minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Tattoo artist Seth Wheeler thinks he’s struck gold when Darren Romero rents the apartment across the hall. The new guy is gorgeous, witty, and single, plus he’s just the right blend of bold and flirtatious. Perfect.
Except then Darren reveals that he moved to Tucker Springs to take a job as the youth pastor at the New Light Church. Seth is not only an atheist, but was thrown out by his ultra-religious family when he came out. He tends to avoid believers, not out of judgment but out of self-preservation.
But Darren doesn’t give up easily, and he steadily chips away at Seth’s defenses. Darren is everything Seth wants in a man . . . except for that one massive detail he just can’t overlook. Is Darren’s religion the real problem, or is it just a convenient smokescreen to keep him from facing deeper fears? It’s either see the light, or risk pushing Darren away forever.
Review – Book: Seth (who is BFFs with Jason from Where Nerves End) is an atheist and a tattoo artist who was disowned and ex-communicated when he came out to his conservative family in LA.
Darren is the new youth minister at an LGBT friendly church in Tucker Springs and he’s also Seth’s new neighbor.
Before he knows he’s a minister, Seth is very attracted to Darren, after he finds out what he does for a living … still attracted but now very worried.
The two have some hot smexy times before landing in the “friend zone” when Seth decides he can’t be “in a relationship” with a Christian. They still manage to have a great friendship but the sexual tension gets in the way.
Will Seth manage to overcome his bias or will Darren finally prove that all Christians are judgmental?
I avoided this book when I was reading the series because of the religion aspect. I’m a bit like Seth in that I definitely have bad experiences with Christianity and didn’t really see myself warming up to a minister as an MC. Well… also like Seth – I was wrong.
This is a lovely story about two guys who both have some pre-conceptions and some bad past experiences that have shaped who they are now but together they can grow past those and become stronger. L.A. Witt handles the religion thing very well in a way that is respectful without bashing you on the head with it.
L.A. Witt is a fantastic writer and never fails to give us complex MCs and sometimes terrifically complex relationships. What I liked is that at no point is either man “converted” to the other’s way of thinking… in fact they both relish the opinions of the other as being part of what makes them who the are.
The smexy times were very hot and if I have any complaints, it’s the ending. Though we get some pretty heavy hints at the deep emotions shared by these two guys we never quite get to wallow in it and I missed that. I think/know these guys have it in them and I wanted to be there when it happened!
Review – Audio: You just can never go wrong with Charlie David. He is so good at timing and pacing and giving depth to a story that you feel immersed in it immediately. He didn’t do a lot to give everyone super unique voices, but it was always obvious who was doing the talking.
I highly enjoyed this and recommend it – if you’re skeptical about the religion – give it a try, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*