Title: Covet Thy Neighbor by L.A. Witt
Tucker Springs Book Four
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Erotic, Romance
Length: 170 pages/Word count: 46,100
Book Rating: B+
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Opposites attract, but heaven help these two.
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 smoke screen to keep him from facing deeper fears? It’s either see the light, or risk pushing Darren away forever.
I am a huge fan of both L.A. Witt and the Tucker Springs series, so I knew that I HAD to read Covet Thy Neighbor and WOW, what an absolutely marvelous novel it turned out to be. This compelling romance is fast-paced, smokin’ hot and quite thought-provoking. The only thing I didn’t like? That this spectacular story had to end!
Seth Wheeler and Darren Romero are delightfully engaging protagonists. They are incredibly well developed and quite appealing. Both men are refreshingly open-minded and they are always completely honest with each other about their faith or in Seth’s case, the lack thereof. What I found most striking about Seth and Darren is despite the fact they are on opposite ends of the religious spectrum, they have a great deal of respect for one another’s beliefs. Their discussions are insightful and informative but never preachy.
I admit it. I had my doubts that a story with religious overtones could successfully balance the serious topic of faith with super steamy sex. I tend to think of ministers as being a little bland and well, asexual. But, Holy sexual tension, Batman, the chemistry between Seth and Darren is sizzling hot. These two are absolutely combustible in the bedroom and their encounters are positively incendiary. I doubt I will ever view a minister as passionless ever again!
L.A. Witt’s Covet Thy Neighbor is an outstanding addition to the captivating Tucker Springs series. I love that the past two installments have ventured into more serious territory. Life is messy and imperfect and the storylines accurately portray relevant issues that will resonate with many readers.
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