5 Stars, Genre Romance, Kaje Harper, Reviewed by Karen, Samhain Publishing

Release Day Review: Life, Some Assembly Required by Kaje Harper

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Title: Life, Some Assembly Required (The Rebuilding Year: Book Two)

Author: Kaje Harper

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 327 Pages

At a Glance: Life, Some Assembly Required is a fabulous follow up to The Rebuilding Year, and I loved watching these two men fall more in love.

Reviewed By: Karen

Blurb: Finding love in the ashes was easy. Building a life together? Don’t make Fate laugh.

After spending the first part of his life chasing pretty girls, love has finally come to Ryan in the form of John, a tall, lanky, red-headed landscape architect with wide shoulders and a five-o’clock shadow.

For the first time in his life, love feels easy. Hell, he even ran into a burning building for John and his son, and he’d do it again if he had to. But telling his father and brothers “I’m gay. I’ve met a man”? That’s a bumpy ride he’s not looking forward to.

For John, loving Ryan is as natural as breathing. Now if only the rest of his life would fall into place. Dealing with his teen son is complicated enough, but with his ex-wife causing trouble and his daughter wanting to move in, John’s house—and his relationship with Ryan—threaten to split at the seams.

Would one month without a new surprise knocking him upside the heart be asking too much? If the sound of Fate’s laughter is any indication, the answer must be yes…

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Review: How to explain how much I love this book…I’ll give it a shot but I’m not sure I can do it justice; you really are going to have to read it and see for yourself.

When I received Life, Some Assembly Required for review, I went back and reread the first in the series, The Rebuilding Year. Now, after reading this book, I have to say it far surpassed what I had expected. John and Ryan are working at building a life together. They are in love and just like with every new relationship, there are ups and downs, but in their case, maybe a few more obstacles are thrown their way.

This book, in comparison to a lot of what I usually read, certainly has a more realistic, everyday couple feel to it, which I really enjoyed. There was family who aren’t so accepting of their new relationship; kids who have issues of their own and need the support of the parents; a not so pleasant ex-wife, who seems to realize now what she lost; and career decisions that need to be made on top of the struggle of just coming out and being in a relationship in general—as I said, a lot more obstacles than many couples could handle without falling apart. But, it’s not that you don’t see the doubts and struggles and even some jealously between John and Ryan, because it is there, things aren’t rosy and perfect, but it is imperfectly perfect for them. Issues come up, feelings happen, but they take notice and work things out. Their lives aren’t just about them, but they find a balance to make each other a priority while still keeping their responsibilities in focus.

Life, Some Assembly Required is a fabulous follow up to The Rebuilding Year, and I loved watching these two men fall more in love.

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