Author ~ Tara Lain
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 31st August 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
A Love in Laguna Novel
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.
Lord of a Thousand Steps is the latest book in Tara Lain’s contemporary MM romance series entitled Love in Laguna. While this book does feature a character that has been in the background in a previous book in the series, you can definitely read this one as a stand-alone. While this book did have some deeper emotional undertones with a side of back and forth as the pendulum swung from one man to the other, this was still a sweet and fun read with a side of squishy goodness. From the first page I was hooked and wanted to see just how things would play out between the CEO and the intern.
Twenty-one year old Ian Carney is an architectural student who is also interning at the architectural firm of his dreams. He lives with his brother, Jim, and his fiancé who took him in at the age of eighteen when his father threw him out for being gay. Ian is working hard at his career and the only down side in his personal life is that his long-time boyfriend has had to go to Mexico to look after his ailing father. He’s lonely and a little depressed and matters are not helped one bit that he seems to be coming into contact more and more with the gorgeous CEO of the company Ian interns at. Essentially, his own personal wet dream personified!
Thirty-five year old Braden Lord may be professionally successful; however, his personal life is one big blithering mess. He’s going through a rather painful divorce from his wife of fifteen years who is hell bent on seeking vengeance. You see, Braden finally came to the realization that he is a gay man and this obviously put an end to his miserable marriage. The only bright light in Braden’s life is his two children who he is locked in a custody battle over. To complicate matters further, he can’t help but be extremely attracted to the young intern at his firm. Something that he has no intention of ever following through on.
Circumstances at work, and outside of work, put Ian and Braden in close proximity on a number of occasions. When Ian meets Braden’s children by chance and his daughter immediately falls in love with Ian’s cat, the lives of both men become even more intertwined. Braden is also the one that Ian turns to when he discovers that his boyfriend is not who he thought he was. There’s obviously a simmering attraction brewing between the pair. But, can anything be done about this said attraction? Braden’s life is a mess and would it even be fair to bring Ian into such a complicated situation? Braden also is hung up on the fact that Ian is significantly younger than him. Can Braden risk it all for a chance to be who he truly is and for his shot at a happy forever?
This was a cute and fun book read to read plus I loved Braden’s children, particularly his daughter! The relationship that Ian develops with the two children was nothing short of sweet and precious. Ian was so naturally wonderful with both Braden’s kids and he seamlessly fit into the family without any effort at all. There was something just so endearing about both Ian and Braden that had me rooting for them. Both protagonists were these multi-layered and complex individuals and Ms. Lain certainly does a wonderful job bringing them to life. Definitely a feel-good read that had me laughing out loud as much as it had me swooning. Not to mention, our two protagonists certainly have some sexual chemistry that is off the charts. Sheesh! I loved the fact that Braden was so new to it all and Ian took it upon himself to teach him everything he knew. Not what anyone would expect but very hot nonetheless.
All in all, Lord of a Thousand Steps is a fun, low angst tale that had me smiling from start to finish and left me happily sighing in romance lala land. It is one of those books that romance junkies like myself inhale as it is all about making your heart happy and leaves you all squishy inside. A recommended read for all MM romance lovers.
Meet Tara Lain
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!