Life, Some Assembly Required (The Rebuilding Year, #2) by Kaje Harper

Life, Some Assembly Required (The Rebuilding Year, #2) by Kaje HarperSeries: The Rebuilding Year
on 2015-06-09
Pages: 427
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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.

Special Thanks to Samhain Publishing via Netalley for the e-arc.
four-stars

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.

About Kaje Harper

I live in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow-removal and Road-repair, the mosquito is the state bird, and where sometimes in winter it can be breathtakingly beautiful. Of course, the deepfreeze chill contributes to the breath-taking, but Minnesota’s a kindly, quiet place and it’s home to me now. I’ve been writing for far longer than I care to admit (*whispers – forty years*), mostly for my own entertainment, and currently am focused on M/M romance (with added mystery, fantasy, history, SciFi…) I also have a few Young Adult stories released under the pen name Kira Harp.

My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011. My husband finally convinced me that after all that time writing, I really should submit something, somewhere. I was thrilled when it was accepted. I have a weakness for closeted cops with honest hearts, and teachers who speak their minds, and I had fun writing the four novels and three freebie short stories in the series. I’ve been just delighted by the reception Mac and Tony have received.

My first free book became the first story that I actually released – I put it up a month before Life Lessons just for the fun of getting it out there. Lies and Consequences began as a reaction to the November 2010 election. It looked like the repeal of DADT might be derailed by the political shift and I put the insanity of that law into the book. Then as I was finishing the first draft in mid-December the repeal passed. Which was great, but prompted a rewrite to a lighter and more action/romance book. This was a solo effort and I learned a lot from writing and releasing it and from the reviews. Check Smashwords for that one and many of my other freebies.

I now have a decent backlist in ebooks and print, both free and professionally published. A complete list with links can be found on my Books page. This writing thing is addictive. So read, comment, tell me what you like and what you don’t, and help me make the upcoming books even better. I have an author page on Goodreads where I do a lot of book reviews, and this blog is reposted there.

You can find me to chat on my author page on Goodreads most easily – I hang out on Goodreads a lot because I moderate the Goodreads YA LGBT Books group there. I also post free short YA stories on that group, more than 50 of them so far.

You can also email me : kajeharper ~at~ yahoo ~dot~ com or find me on Facebook –

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