Title: Step by Step
Author: K.C. Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 13th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 256 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Jamie’s life is one big financial mess, and it really isn’t his fault. However, the last thing he expected to find in the library was a Good Samaritan. He might have been suspicious of Guy’s motives at first, but it soon becomes apparent that his savior is a good man who has been lucky in life and is looking to pay it forward. Guy being gay is not a problem. Jamie’s not interested… or so he thinks.
Guy is happy to help Jamie, and the two men get along fine. But when Jamie’s curiosity leads him from one thing to another, Guy finds himself looking at the young man with new eyes. What started out as a hand up is now something completely different…
I had such a great time reading this!
This is such a sweet, low angst, lovely little story that starts off with almost a fairytale-like premise, but just keeps evolving into a gorgeous, loving romance.
Guy once had a benefactor who got him through some really tough times, and when he hears Jamie’s plight he decides to “pay it forward” and do the same for Jamie. The same means paying off all his debt, paying for Jamie’s university education (through law school), giving him a place to live and a car to drive. Sound too good to be true? It does to Jamie too, but he’s literally been evicted from his apartment, and has no money to pay for food, let alone a new place to live. Even though it begins with a healthy dose of skepticism, Jamie quickly realizes Guy is not out for anything other than to help him.
There was a lot I loved about this story, from the dual POV of both Jamie and Guy, to seeing Jamie come to terms with his growing attraction to Guy, to the fact the age gap wasn’t really (for them) a factor. And the sex is scorching hot! Like, mega, melt-your-panties HOT.
Side note: I know some people don’t really like a May/December type romance, but their ages really aren’t a big deal here. They are two adults who gravitate to one another and complete each other so well. So, if you’re thinking of skipping because of the age thing – I’d highly recommend you rethink that.
I really liked that not everything was sunshine and roses (Guy has some real pieces of work for a son, ex-wife, and ex-boyfriend), but it was handled so it enhanced the story rather than took anything away. How refreshing!
I did wish I’d gotten a better idea of what Guy was doing in the library to begin with, and that Jamie’s “coming out” had been on page, but the story isn’t really affected by either thing not being shown.
In the end, I just had a great time reading this, will absolutely put it on my favorites shelf, and I know I’ll be back to read it again soon.
P.S.: *fingers crossed* I hope this comes out on audio with a terrific narrator!
P.P.S.: I really hope we get further stories featuring John, Ryan, and Cole.