Title: Love and the Real Boy
How much heartache can one man take before he breaks? Rich Langston asks himself that question every day.
A Seattle advertising exec who uses his designer suit and showy car like a suit of armor, Rich refuses to let the world get to him. His traumatic childhood has ruined any faith he had in people, friendship, and love. After a meltdown that led to him alienating everyone in his life, Rich agrees to help with the restoration of an antique sailboat as a form of penance.
Roped into heading up with the boat repair by his mother, marine restorer Patrick O’Dowd finds himself having to babysit a moody, spoiled rich boy with absolutely no carpentry experience. His easy-going nature is sorely tested, but he quickly realizes that things are not always what they seem; sometimes a fancy suit is nothing but an elaborate deflection from what’s real.
Through unavoidable personality clashes and fierce attraction, both Rich and Patrick explore their hidden pain and inner demons, and they end up finding with what really matters—love.
Author: J.K. Hogan
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: I Survived Seattle, Strong Medicine
Series: Coming About #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: I Survived Seattle
Published by Wilde City Press Source: Author
Published: September 26th 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
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Love and the Real Boy, the second entry in the Coming About series, took me by surprise. I had read the previous book in the series and really enjoyed it. We originally met Rich in I Survived Seattle where he was a complete Douchenoodle! Yes I said Douchenoodle. Besides being a all-around jerk, he ousted another gay man (Justice) in the first book and that alone put him at the bottom of my Christmas card list. Trying to make amends and get back into Rory’s good graces, Rich agrees to help out with repairs to Nic’s boat. Nic, of course, being Justice’s fiancée. It does help if you have read the previous book to understand the whats and the whys of Rich making this decision but it isn’t necessary. Enough is explained in this book for all of this to make sense. Okay, obviously there’s a reason why and hopefully it gets explained away and I can find a reason to like Rich. So reluctantly I sat back and started reading.
AND….maybe Rich isn’t such a Douchenoodle after all. I mean, Rich does TRY to make up for what he had done but there is more to Rich then meets the eye. Now I see why he rates his own book. Here we get to learn all about Rick and his back story, which is very tragic. Heart-wrenchingly so. (Cue the tears). It was really about 20% in that I found my opinion changing about Rich from ‘okay he’s not such a jerk’ to I wanted to give him a hug. You don’t get to find out all the details right away. Oh no, all is revealed thorough the story in bits and pieces as he begins to share himself with Patrick. As a reader, I appreciated that; a nice smooth release versus a in your face data overload makes for a nice read. Of course Patrick has his own little heartbreak to discover as well. Things heat up between Patrick and Rich very nicely, and even though the sex does come on a wee bit soon in their relationship, the author does provide a nice slow timeline for them to develop into something more. There’s a lot of nice scene building moments that down the line turned into delightful surprises. Others we a bit predictable, but still made for a good read.
This is my second book by author J.K. Hogan and I find I have a liking for her writing style. Between her attention to detail, great characters and a nice story pacing, it’s fairly safe to say I’ll be looking forward to reading her other works. On a side note – I know this is a series and am presuming there will be a third book. My money is banking on Rory. He IS married to a woman and all, but me thinks there is something there not to straight cut. Either way, even if it is I do plan and sticking with Coming About series. I highly recommend this book, series and author to anyone who likes M/M romances.