Saturday, June 13, 2015

ARC Review: Life, Some Assembly Required by Kaje Harper

Life, Some Assembly Required
From the blurb:
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…

Heather's rating:

When I think of my top 10 favorite authors, across all genres, Kaje Harper is always on my list. She simply writes the stuff that I like to read! Real men, real situations, REAL LIFE! She is a genius, and I am a huge fan of her slow-burn romances and long, well-developed plots.

The Rebuilding Year is a personal favorite of mine. Not only it is a DOUBLE GAY FOR YOU (can we say jackpot!?!?), but it is a beautiful, tender story. Sure, it has it's flaws, but overall I was very happy with the story and how it ended.

Which is why this sequel felt a little, and I hate to say it, unnecessary.

Sometimes, when a couple gets their HEA, it's okay to leave it at that, I think. Though when I heard about this book, I certainly wasn't complaining about more John and Ryan. They are a beautiful couple, and I was excited to see what new ground they would cover together.

This book is mostly about family drama. Mostly. Thank god very little drama is strife within John and Ryan's relationship, but still... So. Much. Drama. I wasn't a huge fan of the storyline with John's ex-wife, and combine that with Ryan's school/career issues, Ryan's family stuff, and John's kids' drama... it got to be a big bogged down for me.

Still expertly written and still a lovely walk down memory lane, but with less heat and more entanglements than "The Rebuilding Year" it wasn't a home run. It is still a very strong "like" for me, and I still maintain that Kaje Harper can do no wrong, but I'd say this is strictly for big fans of the first in the series.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Buy this book:

Amazon, All Romance, Samhain

Catch ya later!

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