Title: Lord of a Thousand Steps
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Ian Carney, Braden Lord
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, May/December
A Love in Laguna Novel
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.
Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain is the fourth book in the Love in Laguna series and it’s definitely a keeper! Ms.Lain has a true knack of writing sexy, interesting men who never fail to bring a smile to my face and live with me long after I’ve finished the story.
I can honestly say that I didn’t have a favorite hero in this book. Why? Because I totally loved them both. Who wouldn’t love Ian? He’s the young ambitious man who dreams of having a family of his own. He’s an all around good guy and so worthy of all of the happiness he gets. Then there’s Braden. The older man who is an amazing dad, successful architect and though he seems to be confidant and self-assured to others, is just now allowing himself to be honest to himself and to others about his sexuality.
Together these two men sizzled up my computer screen. I loved their chemistry and the genuine affection and friendship they shared together. I liked them. I loved them together and honestly it doesn’t get much better than that. Also, throw in some adorable kids and our sweet Ian will have the ready-made family he’s always wanted. Loved it!
Though I loved this book, there were times I wanted to strangle a few characters. First, Braden’s ex-wife was HORRIBLE. She was almost so horrible that I wanted her to have some unfortunate *or fortunate depending how you look at it* accident and die. Also, Rico…what in the world? I’m so glad Ian left you! I was glad to see Ian get his head out of his arse and see you for the so and so that you are! Now that I say this, Ms. Lain will probably write a story about him and he’ll be wonderful and I’ll be sorry I wished for him to jump off a cliff for hurting Ian. Ugh.
If you are looking for a sexy, fun and fast-paced story with characters who live and breathe off of the written page, then Lord of a Thousand Steps is definitely for you!
Lord of a Thousand Steps is the fourth book in the Love in Laguna series. Although it could be read as a stand alone story, I do recommend reading all of these stories in book order. This way you will fully appreciate these wonderful characters and stories they have to tell.
The Love in Laguna series in book order are:
Knight of Ocean Avenue
Knave of Broken Hearts
Prince of the Playhouse
Lord of a Thousand Steps
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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