RELEASE DATE: 31st August 2016
BLURB: 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.
At 35, Braden Lord should be the envy of many – CEO of a very prestigious architectural firm and has two of the most amazing children, but his world is crumbling around him. He’s finally admitted to himself that he is Gay and now going through a really messy/dirty divorce. He will gladly give his money to his insufferable wife but will fight heaven and earth for his children. All he has to do is bide his time, not make any waves, do nothing to attract any attention to himself and as Braden is very inexperienced as a gay man, he’s quite confident that it’s achievable and then he meets Ian Carney…………
At 21, Ian is a talented, totally lovable, wise beyond his years, Intern at Braden’s firm and as the blurb informs us, in love with Rico, that is until he finds out what a cheating, lowlife scum bag he really is! Ian’s life had been crappy until his older brother and his fiancée took him in, now his life is looking up, especially when he looks up and sees Braden Lord and lordy, lord, that is one fine looking man! They begin a clandestine, no strings attached relationship. But neither realising just how much Braden’s children have grown to love Ian and Ian loving them in return and then both realising how much they love and need each other, but Braden has the divorce hanging over his head, what can they do to make it all work out?
My advice? Leave it to all to Tara Lain! She proves time and time again, what a truly gifted storyteller she is and always achieves the unachievable when giving us a truly memorable and HEA endings. For me, her greatest strength is her character building and the wondrous storylines that she creates, you just lose yourself in the world’s she gives you. She writes these most amazing people (and cats), whom you fall instantly in love with and I fell heavily in love with Ian and Braden. When everything was falling apart, Ian became Braden’s cement – he was the mature one, the one that took the lead and initiative, he held it all together –
“you may be the old man in this relationship, but I’m the gay professional. I need to be responsible and realistic”
I was captured early on, held captive throughout the siege and only released when the fight for love was finally won and what a sweet victory it was, I loved it.
5* from me, anything else would be a travesty of justice, she nailed it in true Lain style.
**** The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in Exchange of an honest review.****