Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna #1) by Tara Lain 5*
BLURB: How can you be twenty-five and not know you’re gay? Billy Ballew runs from that question. A high school dropout, barely able to read until he taught himself, Billy’s life is driven by his need to help support his parents as a construction worker, put his sisters through college, coach his Little League team, and not think about being a three-time loser in the engagement department. Being terrified of taking tests keeps Billy from getting the contractor's license he so desires, and fear of his mother's judgement blinds Billy to what could make him truly happy.
Then, in preparation for his sister’s big wedding, Billy meets Shaz—Chase Phillips—a rising star, celebrity stylist who defines the word gay. To Shaz, Billy embodies everything he’s ever wanted—stalwart, honest, brave—but even if Billy turns out to be gay, he could never endure the censure he’d get for being with a queen like Shaz. How can two men with so little in common find a way to be together? Can the Stylist of the Year end up with the Knight of Ocean Avenue
My Review: There are two things I have come to expect from a Tara Lain book and this one gave them both to me in spades. The first is a truly emotional romance between two people who seem like they shouldn't go together at all yet somehow they always do and it works. The second is a wonderful medley of secondary characters who are fun to meet. This book delivered some amazing personalities in those secondary characters as well as a few really horrible people who I would have nothing to do with if they were real. All I can add is go buy the book. You will enjoy it if you liked any of her previous books or if you just like sexy, sweet, minimal angst romances that make you feel good when you get to the end.