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.
What People Say!
Lena Grey at Rainbow Book Reviews says — 5 Stars!
“Tara has created a beautiful love story between two fantastic men who love each other and fight to be together. One of my favorite elements that has become Tara’s trademark is breaking down stereotypes. Instead of giving Braden all the power and expertise because he is older, she gave Ian, the younger of the two, wisdom beyond his years and more sexual experience. Fans of the series will love this sequel and will enjoy visiting with Jim, Ken, Billy and Shaz. Thanks, Tara, for a memorable tale that reminds us that every journey, no matter how long, begins with that first step.”
Lelyana’s Book Blog — 5 Stars!
“I finished this book with a happy smile on my face. What a relief! Along with Billy and Shaz’s book, this one has become my favorite in the series.”
Aerin at MM Good Book Reviews says — 4.5 Stars!
“I’m telling you, there’s not a dull moment to be found! And if you’re a fan of pets in your stories, like I am, you’re going to love Anderson, the cat with enough personality to steal your heart. Anderson almost feels like one of the main characters with the way he dictates a substantial part of this story. Great addition to this series, I’m wondering what’s coming next!”
Morgan Skye at Morgan Skye’s Reviews says — 5 Stars!
“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!”
Buffy Kennedy at Buffy Kennedy’s Reviews says — 5 Stars!
“Lord of a Thousand Steps is a story that will steal your heart and refuse to return it. The characters alone are somewhat unpredictable, but mostly so endearing it sometimes hurts. It’s truly and awesome read!”
Lorraine Lesar of Lorraine Lesar’s Book Reviews says — 5 Stars!
“I was captured early on, held captive throughout the siege and only released when the fight for love was finally won and what a sweet victory it was, I loved it. 5* from me, anything else would be a travesty of justice, she nailed it in true Lain style.”
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“Uh, yes. Thanks.” He steadied his glass to keep from spilling, looked up as Braden Lord stepped next to him, and proceeded to slosh champagne all over Lord’s elegant, European leather shoes. “Oh God, I’m so sorry.”
Max slapped him again. Maybe a couple too many drinky poos there. “My fault. Totally my fault. Braden has more shoes, right, Bray?”
“Yes, not a problem.” Braden smiled at Ian. Up close, that face looked a little less pretty but even more interesting, with crinkles around his eyes like from laughter—and pain. “Need more champagne?”
“Oh, I guess I better not. It seems like I can’t handle it.”
“Something else, then?” Lord looked in his eyes.
Whoa, what an offer. Get your mind out of your boxer briefs, idiot. “No thanks. I guess I should go soon.”
Max leaned toward him. “How’s your boyfriend’s father?”
“Uh, I don’t know.” Did he sound as pathetic as he felt? “I mean, the cell service isn’t great.”
“Oh, I heard it had gotten so much better the last couple years.”
“I guess not.”
Lord put a hand on his shoulder. “No, I’ve had cell problems in Mexico. It can be spotty. Probably worse if you’re in a hospital.”
As the heat from Braden’s hand seeped through his cheap sports coat, Ian half wanted to cry and half to kiss Braden Lord. Right, Rico was in a hospital. He couldn’t use the phone. Shit, why hadn’t he thought of that? “Thank you.”
“For what?” Lord smiled softly. He knows what.
“Reminding me that I should leave him a message he can read when he goes home. Thanks again. I better go. I have school tomorrow.” He shook the hands of the two clients he’d been chatting with. “I hope to see you again. You’re in great hands with Lord and Kendrick.” He turned. “Max, I’ll see you Monday.” He turned back to Braden but looked at his feet. “Sorry again. I hope I didn’t stain your shoes.”
“Nothing to worry about.”
Look up, dummy. He plastered on a smile and met Braden’s deep sea-blue eyes. “Thanks again for inviting me. Honored.” You can drown in the sea.
“Glad you could come.” Lord’s face looked friendly, sympathetic, and—what? Disappointed?
Shit. Give me one chance to impress, and I’ll spill something every time. Holy fuckhole, how does a guy get that gorgeous? “Night.”
Max said, “Don’t you need a ride?”
“Nah, thanks. The office is close and my car’s there.” He waved and practically ran to the door of Antonio’s. Outside, the nightly drop in temperature slapped his face. Had he been flirting with the boss? Hell, the boss’s boss? Nah. Just shitting on his shoes.