Thursday, June 11, 2015

Life, Some Assembly Required by Kaje Harper

Title: Life, Some Assembly Required
Author: Kaje Harper
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: The Rebuilding Year #2
Main Characters: John and Ryan
Release Date: June 2015
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
Finding love in the ashes was easy. Building a life together? Don’t make Fate laugh.

After spending the first part of his life chasing pretty girls, love has finally come to Ryan in the form of John, a tall, lanky, red-headed landscape architect with wide shoulders and a five-o’clock shadow.

For the first time in his life, love feels easy. Hell, he even ran into a burning building for John and his son, and he’d do it again if he had to. But telling his father and brothers “I’m gay. I’ve met a man”? That’s a bumpy ride he’s not looking forward to.

For John, loving Ryan is as natural as breathing. Now if only the rest of his life would fall into place. Dealing with his teen son is complicated enough, but with his ex-wife causing trouble and his daughter wanting to move in, John’s house—and his relationship with Ryan—threaten to split at the seams.

Would one month without a new surprise knocking him upside the heart be asking too much? If the sound of Fate’s laughter is any indication, the answer must be yes…

Product Warnings
Contains two formerly straight guys learning to navigate the gay-guy waters, sometimes without a paddle. Plus six kinds of family ensuring nothing comes easy.

My Review:
What happens after the Happily Ever After when the real world begins to invade all that happiness and joy? That's what this story examines. The Rebuilding Year was one of my favorite reads of 2012, so I was thrilled when I heard about this book. I adored Ryan and John, but wow things get really complicated for them in this story. Because, you know...real life happens, and it isn't always pretty...

Before The Rebuilding Year, both these guys thought they were straight, but in an ultimate 'love is love' story, they fell in love. But that isn't an easy road to run when their entire worlds were built around the fact that they were straight. For John, he has a family and ex-wife who don't understand. Ryan has a family who are less than supportive. Neither has the extended support that they are used to having. But they have each other and that is huge...it just isn't easy, especially since their relationship is still fairly new. 

I liked this story. It had a lot of realism that is sometimes missing from romantic stories. Life isn't always pretty and easy and I thought the author did a brilliant job showing this without completely destroying these two guys and why I fell in love with them so much in the first place. But at the same time, my heart broke for them. Seriously, they deserve a break to simply be happy together. Haven't they earned that?

I ADORE John and Ryan...*gah* they are just such incredible characters. This right here is why i love friends to lovers stories. Even with all the difficulties for them in this story, they are so good together. That really never changes throughout this story. And I really liked what John's kids added to the story and their situation. I especially loved his daughter's story line. 

While this wasn't quite as good as the first, this was a brilliant addition to John and Ryan's story and I'm so, so happy that Kaje Harper wrote it. If you loved the first book as much as me, you need to add this one to your TBR pile. If you haven't read the first one, you need to add both of these to your TBR pile now. The absolute best friends to lovers and love is love tropes story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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