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Finding love in the ashes was easy. Building a life together? Don’t make Fate laugh.The Rebuilding Year, Book 2After 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...Warning: 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.
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I was excited to revisit John and Ryan, who fell in love in the Rebuilding Year, one of my favorite books. The sequel starts right where book 1 ended, with Ryan, John and his son Mark recovering from the school fire.
Then out of the blue, John’s daughter and his pregnant ex-wife Cynthia show up on their door step. And immediately the fireworks began.
Let me start off by stating what I loved: I loved John and his capacity to be understanding to the point of fault. While some may see it as a weakness, I saw it as strength and I admired him for keeping a cool head under pressure. I loved how regardless of what was going on, Ryan and John’s love never wavered! Both John and Ryan were very good at not letting other people define their relationship. They were supportive, loving and tolerant of each others’ baggage, which in case were their respective families. They truly blended into one loving unit.
What I didn’t love: Cynthia and her drama. She was self centered, ungrateful and just disrespectful. Ryan and his Jekyll & Hyde responses when his family shaded his relationship.
The book was solid. The writing is top notch and everything flowed. Whenever I read a book by Kaje Harper, I know it will be a good story. This is my favorite series by the author and John and Ryan will always be one of my favorite couples because their journey continues to make me feel good.