Review: The Rebuilding Year (The Rebuilding Year #1) by Kaje Harper

June 4, 2015 Review 0

Review: The Rebuilding Year (The Rebuilding Year #1) by Kaje Harper

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 Warnings
Contains two hot men wrestling with a shift in their sexuality, as well as a few positions probably listed in the Gay Kama Sutra. But it’s not all about the hot and sweaty—especially when your previously straight life knocks on the door and comes back to visit.

Title: The Rebuilding Year
Author: Kaje Harper
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Life Some Assembly Required
Series: The Rebuilding Year
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Life Some Assembly Required
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: March 6, 2012
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 323
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-flames

The Rebuilding Year has been on my eReader for quite some time. With the next book about to come out in the series I felt it was time to get it to the top of that mountainous to be read pile. The timing on that release is perfect in that I’m so glad I get to go directly to the next book.

There is just so much awesome for my reading pleasure here. I love college boys. Ryan and John are so far from the typical college boys that this made for a very interesting read. I enjoy the gay for you troupe. Once again John and Ryan own their very own unique gay for you romance. Because John and Ryan have to do things their way Kaje Harper manages to work the friends to lover troupe in here too. Throw in two kids (and some of their drama) from a previous marriage and this all adds up to a great read.

Bonadventure College in Wisconsin is where Ryan has decided to go to med school, at the age of thirty. Not your typical college boy. An injury has forced him to leave behind his firefighting career. Pride has moved him away from friends and family. He wants a new start to the next stage of his life. Most of his problems lie with the fact that his is a non-traditional student. His roommate is still in full party mode. He believes the girls are too young for him. The bars are too clubby and noisy. The college groundskeeper is the only one he has found that he can engage with in any way.

John is still trying to figure out what life has in store for him now that he does not have the title of husband and father. Even though he is still a father his ex has done everything she possibly can to make sure he never sees his two children. He has gone above and beyond in his attempts to be a presence in their lives. He has his job as groundskeeper. He tries to for the positive. Things really begin looking up for him with his steady run ins with a campus acquaintance, Ryan.

Everything here is new territory for both of these men. Ryan and John are both straight. They have never even given any other man a second glance. They even notice and point out attractive women to each other when they are out and about. Their relationship goes from casual acquaintances, friends, roommates, best friends, and eventually to lovers at a slow pace that totally works for who they are. Everything in the pages of The Rebuilding Year makes for a remarkably enjoyable love story.

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