Lord of a Thousand Steps (Belen’s Review)

Title: Lord of a Thousand Steps (Love in Laguna #4)
Author: Tara Lain and K.C. Kelly (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: December 12th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


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.

First, I think Lord of a Thousand Steps, which is the fourth story in the Love in Laguna series, could absolutely be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the third book in the series and I wasn’t lost at all.

There was quite a bit I liked in the story, including a lot of the secondary characters. But what can I say? Mostly, I just love a well done age gap story and with Ian at twenty one years old and Braden at thirty-five this certainly delivers.

I liked Ian, and have since he first showed up in Knave of Broken Hearts (Love in Laguna #2). I was looking forward to his story, and Lain delivers – with Ian going through his first real heartbreak, becoming more mature, and finally learning to love again.

I also liked Braden, and how he struggled with what was the right thing to do about being with Ian. Not only because of the age gap, but because of the office politics, etc. as well.

I liked that Ian and Braden develop a friendship before they begin a relationship. And I liked that Jim and Ken were still together and we get to see them well loved and their happy ending.

Braden grabbed Ian. “Jesus, I love you. It’s like I was just marking time in my life until you were old enough for me.” The thought dove straight to Ian’s heart.

While it’s true that I liked a lot about the story: the flow, the romance, the characters…I did have two niggles that kept me from totaling swooning. The first, is that I found five and half year old Mireille way too precocious for that age. Sure, I’m basing that off my family and friend’s children, but I don’t know any who speak and behave that way at that age (and yes, there’s even a genius kid in that group – and even he doesn’t speak like Mireille). The second, is I didn’t buy the housekeeper/nanny was unaware of what was happening, and since she was technically on Braden’s payroll I had a very hard time believing that she wouldn’t talk to him.

As for the narration, K.C. Kelly is a distinctive voice actor. His voice, his pacing – they’re very recognizable. And while I enjoyed the narration on the whole, especially with Kelly’s character voices, there were some problems with sound quality in a few places. Not enough to ruin a good time, but definitely enough to be noticeable.

Bottom line, this is a fun, sweet, sexy, and entertaining romance with good narration and only a few niggles. Definitely worth a look see and listen.

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Audio copy of Lord of a Thousand Steps provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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