Monday, June 1, 2015

ARC Review: Life, Some Assembly Required by Kaje Harper

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…

Dani's rating:

So here's the thing: Kaje Harper can write the shit out of anything. I appreciate her books because they are often about real people, real life.

I liked The Rebuilding Year and was hoping we'd get some kind of closure to John and Ryan's story. And Life, Some Assembly Required DOES provide that closure. It just takes a while to get there. Assembly required, indeed.

John and Ryan navigate family politics and come to grips with their new identity as gay men.

John's ex-wife Cynthia is a constant, relentless presence in this book. I was so over her, her nasty husband, and their insistent homophobia. I realize John had to deal with her for the sake of his children, but he was far too diplomatic for my tastes.

And the request she made at the end? The HELL?

I really came to like Torey, John's daughter, and even Mark, John's son, grew on me.

But what I loved most was the tenderness between John and Ryan, their deep connection as they navigate relationship ups and downs, and the joys of gay sex. They gave and took, and I believed in their relationship.

However, I wanted more romance (and more smexy) and less family drama. But that's an entirely personal reaction to what is a solid, moderately steamy, well written book.

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