Book: Lord of a Thousand Steps
Series: Love in Laguna #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: August 31, 2016
Length: 246 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
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.
Love in Laguna is my favorite series of Tara Lain. I’ve read each one and loved each one. Book 4, Lord of a Thousand Steps was one particular story I was desperate to read.
Remember Ian Carney Jim’s little brother and his cat Anderson Cooper? Well I remember him. We are getting little brother’s story and it took me by surprise. When we last saw him in Jim’s book he was dating Rico and talking happily ever afters. Well things have changed and it’s quite the tale.
Ian is a bright light even though he lost so much when his dad kicked him out 3 years ago. He was taken in by his big brother and Jim and Ken. They have taken amazing care of Ian. But Ian is so smart and creative so it’s no wonder as an Intern for a major Architectural firm that he’d get noticed and progress further than any intern before him. Of course he also catches the eye of his boss, Brayden Lord.
Oh Brayden. He has a heartbreaking present life I tell you. Two amazing kids but a horrid ex-wife that’s trying to destroy his life.
Ian and Brayden don’t meet on level ground and of course that’s how Tara likes to do things. We are taking a journey…. A thousand steps journey. Brayden and Ian’s love story is emotional and challenging and I gasped and swore and hoped all the way through it.
This is a wonderful universe that Tara has created. Each character is unique and every story is creative and entertaining. There’s a lot of love in Lord of a Thousand Steps. The realism Tara brings to her characters is what makes them all the more engaging.
Amazing book and wonderful series.
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