Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/31/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
A Love in Laguna Novel
To architecture student Ian Carney, family means everything. Taken in by his brother, Jim, when his father threw him out at eighteen for being gay, Ian yearns to create his own family with his boyfriend, Rico. But Rico’s in Mexico caring for a sick father, Ian hasn’t had sex in a month and a half, and his gorgeous boss, Braden Lord, CEO of the architectural firm Ian interns for, is looking better and better.
Braden’s life is chaos. Just out of the closet and going through an ugly divorce from his wife of fifteen years who’s trying to take custody of his two children, he desperately resolves not to succumb to a completely inappropriate attraction to Ian—even though his kids adore both the man and his crazy cat.
When Rico proves to be a snake in the grass and Ian exercises his powers of seduction, what starts as a “friends with benefits” fling turns into real life real fast. Can Ian give up his romantic dreams for an “old guy” who didn’t come out until he carried a mountain of baggage? It’ll only take a thousand steps.
I have enjoyed every addition to this series so far. Each story tackled a unique couple with unique challenges and Lord of a Thousand Steps was no different. It was different, however, in its atmosphere. This book had a lighter feel to it than the previous two books. It tackled less life threatening issues and took this series back to the beginning.
I loved the premise of a younger man trying for a relationship with a family. Because that was what this story was, Ian loving a man and his children. And I felt that the romance was well done in that aspect because it was not just two men falling in love with kids in the background. No this was Ian falling in love with Braden and his kids and them falling in love with Ian as well. It was realistic in that the kids were real and came with baggage that was not just ignored in favor of the perfection of love. Nope, this had its ups and downs and two men who needed to learn what being a family meant. I enjoyed it very much.
However, there were times I felt like this story was a bit too over the top or rushed or simplified. Ian and Braden were often too quick to jump to conclusions and not in the easy to ignore way, but in the super annoying, whiny way that sometimes made me not care about the outcome of the romance because the men lost respect in my eyes. I also felt like more could have been done with the ex situation but was left out in favor of word count or something, because it was rushed and left me feeling cheated.
But overall, I enjoyed myself while reading this story and have to tell you to pick this one up. You’ll want to read it for Mireille and Anderson’s interactions if nothing else. They really stole my heart and this book.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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