• Title: Ethan in Gold
  • Author: Amy Lane
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Ethan in Gold 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
    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.JonahEvan 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.

    One Reply to “Ethan in Gold”

    1. Sorry Ethan, I just liked Dex better.An open letter to Ethan and Jonah.Dear Ethan,Nothing personal man, well, maybe it's a little personal, since I think you're pretty alright and your boyfriend is meh. Your story was good. It was fine. I liked it a lot more in the beginning, but you started to lose me. The first chapter, I thought I was going to cry. This happened a few times in the beginning of the book, but alas, my torrid love affair with you died cold.I haven't seen this side of you in your [...]

    2. **3.5 stars**I'm a tiny bit conflicted about this book. On one hand, Amy Lane's angst-filled books are like chocolate for me. I can't get enough. I loved her tormented main characters and their fight for their happy endings. Ethan is no different. I really liked the bones of this story- the ideas that Amy Lane had for this character. I also always like Amy Lane's style. She writes books that feel sexy and vulnerable. I always feel like her characters are splayed out for my consumption. My issue [...]

    3. Another heartbreaking tale of one of our boys from Johnnies.What I loved was the first 20% or so, setting up Ethan’s character and his reasons for joining Johnnies. I instantly fell in love with Ethan and I felt for him with what his family had put him through. And really, it was his family. Being molested as a child seemed to be the least of his problems compared to his horrible mother. He had some serious issues, so his decision to join the porn industry made total sense. He needed touch and [...]

    4. The Porn Star and the Virgin…Like we didn’t see that coming!!!EXCEEEEEEEPT with this book like with every other one I’ve read from Amy Lane there is a lot more to the story. Why? Because first and foremost, this story was HUMAN. About people. People being good, bad, weak, strong, hating, loving, triumphant, defeated, resilient and downtrodden. Just people, Amy writes about the nature of humans, of the lives they are handed and the paths they take. How much it REALLY takes to make a good li [...]

    5. *sigh* I am upping my rating to 4 stars, even though my BIGGEST pet-peeve is found in this book: 'ridiculous forgiveness of family, just because'Evan's sisters are the most selfish, narcissistic bitches I've read in a long time: "Sorry we fell of the face of the earth Evan, sorry we didn't call you on christmas, sorry we cut you off, sorry we moved without you!" Is what they SHOULD have said, but didn't. I don't give a crap that they 'survived' their horrible mother together, those girls do not [...]

    6. This is the third book in the "Johnnies" series, and the least able to stand alone. I strongly recommend you start with Chase in Shadow, because what happens with Chase is an emotional echo through the subsequent books (and it's also my rip-your-heart-out favorite.)This is Ethan's book. He has a crazy mother, who took a traumatic event that marred the perfection of family life when Ethan was five, as a reason to turn her childrens' lives into micromanaged and isolated coldness. Ethan got no furt [...]

    7. ANOTHER WONDERFUL JOHNNIES STORY!This one was good too!Again Ms. Lane's great character building is seen in this third installment of the Johnnies series. I loved the characters!MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS.Ethan! In Chase in Shadow and Dex in Blue, I think of him as a cuddly gentle giant. But he turns out to be even more of an awesome person. Molested when he was 5 years old, his mother shut down on him, making Ethan miss her touches and hugs. I think this is when he started to crave for them. And [...]

    8. 3.5 Stars​​Series Note: If you haven't read the series and plan to, start at the beginning. Though I think you can read Dex in Blue on its own, fairly well, Ethan in Gold does not stand alone at all, and if you haven't read Dex in Blue, you will be very lost, and probably bored. So just keep that in mind. I bought the first four books in this series a couple years ago, and for some reason, I can't quite fathom, it's taken me ages to get around to reading them. I've been devouring the series [...]

    9. 3.75 starsChase in Shadow and Dex in Blue are two of my 5 star, favorite, read multiple times books. Unfortunately I did not connect as much with Ethan in Gold as I did with those two. I really liked both Ethan and Jonah but did not feel the chemistry of them as a couple until about 75% of the way through the book. It was also lacking the gut churning emotion that, to me, defined both of the other books, although the first 15% of the book did have me grabbing for the tissues.Again the story's ti [...]

    10. 3.5* rounded up. Okay where do I start? Ethan and Jonah . two characters I really liked as individuals but as a couple? I don't know. This book started really well as we got Ethan's early backstory which in true Amy style was poignant and sad and as its outcome left Ethan starved for a loving touch as he grew older, I wanted to jump into the pages to give him the hugs he yearned for and in a way because of Jonah's family worries I wanted to do the same for him. No doubt, throughout the Johnnies [...]

    11. It's no secret that I cry over books. I cry a lot, and often, and I feel no shame for that, because books just *do* that to me. Amy Lane in particular has a talent for making me cry. But you know, it's usually a discreet eye-wiping thing and maybe in the case of one book in particular, a sobbing into my dog's fur thing.It's not a full-on ugly cry as I'm driving because I can't stop thinking about the book and all the ways it completely wrecked me. Except with Ethan in Gold, that's exactly what i [...]

    12. So, I've been really, really looking forward to this book and it was a nice read. A walk down memory lane that reminded me why I loved the other books so much. I found the skin hunger very interesting and in the light of the story understandable and heartbreaking. It wasn't heartbreaking in the way that 'Chase in Shadow' ripped my heart out and stomped on it, though or quite as engaging as I thought Dex and Kane's story was. I thought it was nice to look back at some scenes from books one and tw [...]

    13. There is no way, not in a million years will not be able to fall in love with Ethan. Love my double negs!!! The story line runs parallel to Dex in Blue as well as Chase in Shadows. You will be better served to have read the other stories in the series, as those characters have a serious foot print in this book. I do not usually like parallel story lines, I am more of a move forward, move on kind of reader. But it works here as while the timeline is the same, the MCs story is not. Amy also did a [...]

    14. I loved this book! I loved this whole series, but Ethan in Gold was hands-down the best of the bunch. I cried big, fat, ugly tears throughout most of this book and wanted to rage at the world more than once, but I still loved this book. Jonah was sweet and strong - everything a big brother and good boyfriend should be - and Ethan was one of the most interesting characters I have ever come across. Ever. Amy Lane's descriptions of his "skin hunger" were so heartbreaking I just wanted every charact [...]

    15. I enjoyed reading all the books in this series so faris one was no exception. But I must say I liked the first two books better. You see the reason I like them so much, is because they are all different. The first book was very angsty, heartbreaking and sweet. The second one was not so angsty, but way hot and much sweeter. Now this one was more emotional and sweet. It wasn't really angsty, but there were sad parts. It also wasn't as hotwhich was a bit dissapointing to me.You see we all know Etha [...]

    16. Though wonderfully narrated by Sean Crisden, I didn't enjoy this story as much as I had hoped I would. It's arguably my least favorite of the series. By far.The first part of the story focuses on the backstory of skin hungry, touch starved, Evan Costa, and the reasons why he has become as needy as we've learned him to be from the previous stories. I loved the first part of the story! So many feels! I felt so much love for Evan and was hoping so hard for his HEA.The second part of the story is to [...]

    17. Ethan's story "ere 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." What I loved was the first 20% or so, setting up Ethan’s character and his reasons for joining Johnnies. Being molested as a child seemed to be the least of his problems compared to his horrible mother. He had some serious issues, so his decision to join the porn industry made total sense.What I also loved was Jonah and hi [...]

    18. ***3.75 stars***This story started off strong, but I feel out of all the books so far in the series this one fell a bit flat. Especially at the end. Regardless, I still enjoyed everything Jonah and Ethan. Oh, and I still appreciate the realness that the author writes into her stories.

    19. °•○★5 Stars ~ KAPOW!★○•° and 5♥ for the most romantic love scene I have read in a while!A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" ReviewHave you ever loved a book so much that you want to tell everyone you know about it? About how it made you feel, all the great lines and quotes and scenes? Well, Ethan in Gold is one of those books for me.Ethan in Gold is the third book in the Johnnies series by Amy Lane. If you are not familiar with the series, it is about the young men who work as model [...]

    20. Loved both Ethan and Jonah (aka, Evan and uhhh Jonah). I like that in this one we finally had someone *not* in porn falling for someone F'ing his way to a pay check.The pace of the book was good, going from "we really, really, really shouldn't go there" to finally getting to being honest about their feelings and expressing them openly.The drama was definitely there, with Evan's family being deserting, cowardly shitheads, while Jonah and his family deal with the slow, painful unavoidable loss of [...]

    21. Oh, Amy. I wanted to love this book. I did. And truly, it wasn't bad. It's just that . . . well . . . it wasn't as good as you are.Evan Costa's emotional world was dark, twisted, and isolated as a child: he was molested when he was five years old, and when his mother found out, she decided to protect him from bad touches by protecting him from nearly all touches. (You learn this within the first chapter of the book.) This wasn't simply an act of protection, though; it was an effort to control bo [...]

    22. I would give this 4 stars maybe 4 1/2 I really liked it but nothing beats Dex in Blue. I really like Ethan. And Jonah. And the chocolate bunny conversation. I thought this book was going to start more or less where Dex in Blue left off but it doesn't. All three (Chase in Shadow, Dex in Blue, and now Ethan in Gold) take place over the same time period. It didn't feel as new to me, just getting a different point of view. From what I've read there are going to be at least 2 more books One about Joh [...]

    23. Extreme tearjerker! CAUTION. Depend on Amy to get me with the tissues. A satisfying but very angst-filled read. All the Johnnies series seem to be happening concurrently, with just diffent points of view of similar/same events, but it works well for this series of stories.This story was an interesting POV, as far as a person 'needing' touch. The events that lead up to the MCs decision to work for 'Johnnies' as a form of self prescribed 'touch therapy' for his skin-hunger took some thinking on my [...]

    24. Amy Lane you broke my heart with this one! Evan/Ethan was just so insanely sweet I wanted to wrap him up in a big blanket and cuddle him for weeks.I love in this series how they're all intertwined and things are all happening pretty much concurrently so you get a glimpse into the previous books but from a different perspective.Here we've got the aftermath of the events which happened with Chase and Tommy, Davy and Carlos (to give them their real names) and as the team at Johnnies comes to terms [...]

    25. I enjoyed reading this.I was expecting angst and drama. I got them in spades. I wasn't as bothered by that as I was in Chase in Shadow. In this story, I was able to connect with the characters and it was actually nice to see a supportive, loving family for once.For all the therapy that Ethan got, he's still a pretty broken person. I rather liked the emphasis on therapy as a positive force in someone's life in this series and the message continues in this book. Although Ethan's high school life m [...]

    26. Ethan keeps losing people. First his mother stops loving him through no fault of his own, his sisters get caught in her web of blame and lies, and finally his friend Curtis who has his own demons to fight, leaves Ethan as well, retreating into his own head. So by the time Jonah comes along, Ethan is convinced that his heart has no value and that giving himself away is all that he deserves. Jonah has his own family tragedy going on, he's losing his pistol of a little sister but still, there is lo [...]

    27. A good continuation of the series. If you like the Johnnies series then this should be right up your alley - drama, angst, flawed and scarred characters and some sweet, touching moments moving it right into the next book.Review ontopdownunderbookreviews/

    28. This book  was on par with the Johnnies series.  It had tragically sweet characters, several sad areas and a good HEA.  Yes, I cried a bit with this o e.  it's not a good Amy Lane book unless you have a few sniffles.

    29. 3.5 stars I liked it more than Chase and Tommy’s book but less tan Dex and Kane’s. This book doesn’t have as much steam as the two previous books. Ethan and Jonah’s relationship moves slowly because of Ethan’s hang ups and all kind of things happening in the middle.There is some angst here but nothing like the first book. A good read overall.

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