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The Rebuilding Year

The Rebuilding Year

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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,

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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.

Warning: 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609288327
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
03/06/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
323
Sales rank:
67,906
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Kaje Harper grew up in Montreal and spent her teen years writing stories about what guys like Starsky and Hutch really did on their days off.  Serious authorship got sidetracked by ventures into psychology, teaching, a biomedical career, and the challenges of raising children. When Kaje took up writing again it was just for fun.  Hours of fun.  Lots of hours of fun.  The stories began piling up, and her husband suggested it was time to try to publish.  Kaje currently lives in Minnesota with a creative teenager, a crazy little omnivorous white dog, and a remarkably patient spouse. Visit her at her website: www.louharper.com

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The Rebuilding Year 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful love story. The story grabs you right frim the beginning and keeps its hold throughout. Unlike most love stories with thd focus on pain and possible lost, this story focussed on the bond these two men were willingly forging with one another. Highly recommended read.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: There are a couple of indicators that I use to know when a book stands out from all the books that I read. One of those is when I finish the book and immediately want to start over from the beginning and re-read it again...immediately. This book was one of those books for me. I finished it at 1:30 in the morning...and really thought hard about staying up all night to reread it again. This book was that good. The thing that makes this book so good is it isn't just a romance story. This is a true love story. This book is about the relationship between two guys. At first they are acquaintances and that develops into friendship. When they become roommates, things suddenly start to develop into more. The thing about this though is that neither man has EVER been attracted to another man before. They have both always been completely and totally heterosexual. As their feelings develop, neither man is comfortable with the fact that he is attracted to another man and they each try to analyze it by examining their reactions to other men. This is a phenomena which they realize is special only with this particular man. This is a story about falling in love with the person, not the body. It's a true love story! While I admittedly love that aspect of the story, it was the one thing that I questioned about the book. Is that truly possible? Personally, I am going with the idea that these guys are both actually bi-sexual. They just never realized it before because they were satisfied with where they were at and who they were with, so the temptation/idea was never planted before. And quite honestly, life has changed a LOT for both of these guys. John fell in love with his wife when he was 16 years old. They got married when they were 18. He never questioned his love for her until she asked him for a divorce. At the time he was a successful Landscape Architect working for a prestigious company and gave it all up to follow her and his kids around the country so that he could stay close to his kids. That didn't quite work out for him and now he's in Wisconsin. The kids are in California. And now he is working as the groundskeeper on a college campus. He's alone and lonely and working in a situation which makes it difficult to make friends. The professors don't see him as a peer and most of the college kids are way younger than his 37 years. Ryan spent eight years as a firefighter and paramedic. Simply the nature of his job meant that he had a large circle of friends and a bevy of available willing women. When he was hurt on the job a year ago, it left him without that, horribly scarred, and with a leg that requires him to use a cane. He's come to Wisconsin as a med student and is completely starting over in his life at the age of 30. The friendship between these two develops very slowly and realistically. They run into each other on campus a few times, then see each other at the local bar a few more times and they slowly start to discover they have a lot in common and truly enjoy spending time together as friends. When things become difficult with Ryan's roommate, John offers to rent him a room in his big sprawling house where he lives alone. This book was so well-written and developed. I became completely immersed in the story of these guys lives. Even in the beginning when they don't even know each other, I was captivated by the story. This is one of those books that simply makes you feel good to read and there is quite
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know it is a good book when I forget to eat or drink while I am reading, and this book really delivers. It is a great story of two guys, both having to deal with their own loss, coming together as housemates and developing a friendship that leads to more. The characters were compelling and they pulled me into the story from almost the first page. The mystery and suspense had me biting my fingernails at the end, and I couldn't read the book fast enough to find out what happens. I was definitely invested in these characters and would love to read more about them! I highly recommend this book.
5455_55 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book. By the time I was turning the last page I thought I knew these characters like they were real people. I very touching novel. I just hope that the author grants us the privilege of a sequel. Recommend this book to all.
ReadMe11 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful GFY story. I loved everything about this book. Starting with the ease with which the relationship grew between Ryan and John. The underlying tension of the mystery and the split family conflict. It was all SO good. I’m looking forward to the next in the series where their story continues, despite knowing the angst to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another wonderful book by Kaje Harper. John and Ryan are fully drawn characters who the reader can root for and fall for. You want them as friends. The story is well-crafted, dramatic and touching. Before anything else, this is a romance between two men who belong together; who make each other better people. The romance is tender, warm, loving and sensual. And, it sure itsn't a bad thing that Harper can write steamy sex scenes as well as or better than most writers of m/m books. The secondary characters are important to the story and the interactions between them realistic. The dialogue is true-to-life. This is a very long novel, not a novelette, so get ready to immerse yourself into the lives of John and Ryan. Like me, I bet you will be sad when the novel comes to an end. When that happens, buy and read "Life, Some Assembly Required." Another great Kaje Harper novel. If you read this Kaje, thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just love this author. Her stories are always full of great writing and lots of plots that weave together so well. The MC's are perfectly imperfect and sexy!! It's hard to say goodbye to them and I always hope to see more of them in a sequel or another story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can not believe I waited so long to read this. Saw that a second book is in the works. Can not wiat to read more about these two and their families .
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ericpgh More than 1 year ago
I have really liked this series, although I could do without so much of the graphic sex. The story of these two guys is engaging and heartily written, fully composed. After I read the last one, I was sorry the characters were gone.
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Great story of two straight men that fell in love with each other and how everything came together in their lives. Worth the money. Highly recommended.
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Good light read had you wanting to know the characters more-
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