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.
My Review: ARC of this book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. I have loved all three of the previous books in this series so my hopes were very high in expectation of a good read. Tara actually managed to exceed my expectations. She gives the reader not only a great couple who overcome some major obstacles on their road to happiness, but also a host of secondary characters that were absolutely riveting. I am giving one spoiler (of sorts, as he is on the cover) but I adored Anderson and, in some ways, he reminded me of a cat I used to have, so the book brought back nostalgic memories for me too. If you have ever read any of Tara's books I don't need to tell you to go buy it on the 31st August. If you haven't read any of her's I advice starting this series from book 1 purely because it gives you background stories to some of the characters appearing in this one, however if you don't care about that too much, then this book can be read as a standalone as Tara manages to give enough information to fit with the main story interactions.
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