Title: The Rebuilding Year
Series: The Rebuilding Year, # 1
Author: Kaje Harper
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance
Length: Novel (323 pages)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (March 6th 2012)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: Losing nearly everything leaves room for the one thing they can’t live without.
A few excruciating minutes pinned in a burning building cost Ryan Ward his job as a firefighter, the easy camaraderie of his coworkers, his girlfriend, and damn near cost him his left leg. Giving up, though, isn’t an option. Compared to the alternative, choosing a new profession, going back to school and renting a room from the college groundskeeper are simple.
Until he realizes he’s falling in love with his housemate, and things take a turn for the complicated.
John Barrett knows about loss. After moving twice to stay in touch with his kids, he could only watch as his ex-wife whisked them away to California. Offering Ryan a room seems better than rattling around the empty house, but as casual friendship moves to something more, and a firestorm of emotions ignites, the big old house feels like tight quarters.
It’s nothing they can’t learn to navigate, though. But when dead bodies start turning up on campus—and one of the guys is a suspect—their first taste of real love could go up in smoke.
Product Link: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/4117/the-rebuilding-year
Review: Kaje never disappoints me with her stories. I had read this story when it first come out but hadn’t really thought about it. Then I was reading the blurb for this and thought I want this book. Then I started reading it and it just snapped for me. It was like I know this book and sure enough I did. I remembered every single thing that had happened and it made the same impact now that it had then.
Except that I think I loved it even more now, the thing is when I first read it I was new to the m/m stories. Now I am more in love with the characters and their story.
Ryan had always wanted to be a doctor but when his little brother died fighting fires he changed his plans. For years he did what he did and was glad that he could save people. Then a fired had him pinned and it had almost cost him his leg. Now his decision was to go back to school and do what he had wanted to do in the first place. What he had not expected was to find a guy, rent a room from the guy and start being attracted to the guy. He was straight after all.
John had basically saved Ryan when he took a tumble down the stairs. He had invited Ryan to rent a room from him for several reasons. Ryan took him up on it, and things were going pretty good that is until John kissed him. This, of course, freaked them both out because John is straight, too. Or so they thought any way. All is going pretty good, they are getting use to each other. Than John’s son ran away from home and came straight to his dad. Things are going to get real interesting now, for sure. And on top of all that they have a killer on the loose, and John is looking to be a suspect.
This is a fascinating story and I can’t believe that I had not read it more than once. In fact I want to go read it once more just to catch the guys’ reaction to their first kiss. Two straight guys who fall in love with each other and the heat is up. Their kisses are hot but when they get around to figuring out how to have sex things get even better.
I had a blast reading this and cannot wait to read the next story. Hot sex, sweet gestures, sexy men, excitement, a bit of suspense, action and danger is just a part of what you get in this book. It gave me everything I could want in a story and kept my attention all the way to the end.
I would recommend reading this story. I have read a few stories by Kaje, but this is my favorite of them all. They are written with the author’s heart all the way through it. It has a serious tone to it and has some funny moments in it which to me makes it even better. I had a blast and look forward to reading more by this amazing author.
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