4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Boss/employee coming of age Contemporary Dreamspinner Exploration Friends to lovers Gay GFY/OFY Homophobia m/m May/December May/December Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Virgin

Lord of a Thousand Steps (Love in Laguna #4) by Tara Lain

release day review

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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.


Yay! Ian’s story!

Ian is Jim’s younger brother (by 8 years) from book 2. He’s now 21 and almost done with his architecture degree. He’s working for Braden Lord as an intern and really impressing him with his work – but both men figure the other is out of their “league”.

So – this is a bit more than a May/December story. It’s a Boss/Employee story, an OFY story, a Newly Gay story, a Single Dad story, a Rebound Lover story, a Friends With Benefits turns Serious love story… so many things!

As usual Tara Lain gives us two very hot MCs, and some scorching sexual tension, some serious/angsty moments, some humor and this time around, two very precocious children. I thought Jo-Jo, Braden’s son, was pretty accurately portrayed. He had several “teenage”moments, but some moments where he did the right thing, too. While I though Mirelle was fabulous and hysterical, she’s not a good representation of any five year old I know. But… she’s great nonetheless.

Of the four stories, I still love Book One the best, followed by Book Three, but this bumps Book Two for my third favorite. I loved seeing Jim and Ken again and appreciated the addition Ken’s family has in the Carney boys. I thought Jim and Ken’s wedding was hysterical and sweet.

I wish there’d been a bit more relationship building between Ian and Braden as a couple – they are together so briefly before the story ends – but I appreciated how quickly their “make up” scene happened – no drawn out angst needed.

I sincerely hope we don’t see Rico again – though I’m sure he’s got a story to tell – he was SOOOO douchey!

All in all this was a great addition to this series of great stories and for fans of the series/author this is a must. If you’ve never read any of the books in the series, you can probably read this on it’s own, though you’ll be missing out on some great stories!

(PS Anderson Cooper – LOVE HIM!)

Highly Recommended 4.5 of 5 stars


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