Life, Some Assembly Required by Kaje Harper
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from netgalley; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: After spending the first part of his life chasing pretty girls, love has finally come to Ryan in the form of John, a tall, lanky, red-headed landscape architect with wide shoulders and a five-o’clock shadow.
For the first time in his life, love feels easy. Hell, he even ran into a burning building for John and his son, and he’d do it again if he had to. But telling his father and brothers “I’m gay. I’ve met a man”? That’s a bumpy ride he’s not looking forward to.
For John, loving Ryan is as natural as breathing. Now if only the rest of his life would fall into place. Dealing with his teen son is complicated enough, but with his ex-wife causing trouble and his daughter wanting to move in, John’s house—and his relationship with Ryan—threaten to split at the seams.
Would one month without a new surprise knocking him upside the heart be asking too much? If the sound of Fate’s laughter is any indication, the answer must be yes…
Review: This was listed as the second book in a series, but I tend to find most of these are companion novels and not direct sequels. I guess I was wrong with this one because the beginning of Ryan and John’s relationship is obviously detailed in the first novel. Regardless, Harper did a great job recapping the previous events and I never felt like I missed anything. I really just want to read the first book now because I loved the characters so much.
Life, Some Assembly Required is about medical student, Ryan, and landscape architect, John, who have fallen in love after only ever dating girls. John even has an ex-wife and two teenage children, one of whom is living with the guys. Despite the obvious difference in the lives they used to lead, both guys do their best to make the most of it. They know they love each other and that’s most important.
This book is not without its fair share of drama though. John’s ex is pregnant with her new husband and John’s daughter now wants to live with him. Ryan’s family doesn’t know he’s gay and he’s not really sure how they will take it, seeing as he was known for going through girls pretty quick. I think Harper did a good job blending the drama and romance of this story so that it never felt like too much in either direction.
There are some sexual scenes, but it doesn’t overpower the story and I always appreciate that. A good story is first and foremost in my book.