Book: Step by Step
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover: Strangeland Photography & Paul Richmond
Publication date: March 13, 2017
Length: 256 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Jamie’s life is one big financial mess, and it really isn’t his fault. However, the last thing he expected to find in the library was a Good Samaritan. He might have been suspicious of Guy’s motives at first, but it soon becomes apparent that his savior is a good man who has been lucky in life and is looking to pay it forward. Guy being gay is not a problem. Jamie’s not interested… or so he thinks.
Guy is happy to help Jamie, and the two men get along fine. But when Jamie’s curiosity leads him from one thing to another, Guy finds himself looking at the young man with new eyes. What started out as a hand up is now something completely different….
I got a lot of enjoyment out of this book. I loved the tendrils of excitement when Jamie got his miracle in the library that day. This is a pay it forward love story and a creative, sweet, and very non-angsty one at that.
Jamie has pretty much hit rock bottom and my mother always told me that it’s at the last moment that the miracle happens, and in Jamie’s case that came in the form of Guy. Jamie is brilliant, mature, and an honest to God great person and he truly deserved the good things that happen to him in this book.
Guy, oh my goodness, he stole my heart a hundred times. A man who is the epitome of honesty and integrity. An outstanding father, he’s had to deal with adversity from those who should have his back. But on the other side of that, he has an awesome support system. What he does for Jamie is selfless, and just plain outstanding.
Watching Guy and Jamie evolve into this beautiful love filled me with all the feels! I thought this story really gave an awesome message about paying it forward when, or if, you can.
I kept going back and forth on whether or not this was a GFY or not. In a way, it is since Guy is Jamie’s first man and Jamie is adamant for a while about labeling himself as straight. But they address this throughout the book in a way you’re sort of left making your own mind up on that front. Ryan, Jamie’s best friend, hates labels. Jamie has identity issues, and everyone else just sort of falls where they do. I thought this was a very interesting way to tackle this part of the story.
I am hopeful there’s a sequel to this story or at least we get to read Cole’s story… I know there is one there!
This is a really romantic and happy story so go and read it.
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