Title: Step Into Love (Taboo Love #2)
Author: Lili Draguer
Publisher: eXtacy Books Inc
Release Date: June 29, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary romance
Page Count: 102
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Colton Johnson has successfully buried the crazy attraction he feels for his younger stepbrother for so long, he can pretend he’s not attracted to Asher at all. Graduating and dealing with the daily chore that is his bipolar disorder are the only two things on his mind. Then Colton makes the impulsive decision to accept his stepmother’s invitation to visit. What Colton doesn’t know is that Asher has been making plans.
With boundless enthusiasm, good looks, and endless amounts of persistence Asher Miller usually gets what he wants. The one plan that hasn’t worked out for him is falling in love. He never thought his off limits, damaged, hot-as-sin stepbrother would be the one to catch his heart. For years Asher has squashed down his forbidden desire but now he’s eighteen, he’s following Colton’s footsteps to college…and all bets are off. It’s time to take the steps that will seduce Colton into love.
This was a good short read. The thing is though it is not an erotic read. It is a book with depth to it and a serious subject matter that real life people have to deal with. One of the main characters has bipolar disorder. He has the ups and downs that someone with this disorder may have. For Colton (the main character) he lets his bipolar disorder almost ruin his chance at happiness. This is something that I have seen in real life. This disorder is not an easy illness to have to deal with. When the medicine that will help to stabilize someone with this illness is found, that does not mean it will always work. And if a dose is forgotten, then the person who has this illness can feel an extreme low. Colton knows all to well about this. He lives with it daily.
When Colton goes back to stay the week with his former stepmom and stepbrother, he never expected to get the surprise of his life. Actually it is more like a dream come true for Colton. He finds out fairly quickly into his stay that his former stepbrother, Asher, is attracted to him. This would be a good thing but Colton feels as if Asher deserves better than him. Someone who is “normal” (his words, not mine).
But Asher has a mind of his own. He knows all about what Colton goes through on a daily basis and he knows he wants Colton no matter what. He knows it will not be easy, but he is in this for the long haul. If only Colton will allow himself to believe that he deserves love and happiness.
Colton is not the only obstacle that stands in their way either. They are going to have to deal with Colton’s dad Chris as well. But when it comes to Chris, Colton has no ability to stand up for himself. Can Asher help Colton overcome all of his issues? If so can they find a way to make a true relationship work or will Colton let his illness come between them?
This was a great read. I really love reading books that are considered taboo. This is considered one because Colton and Asher used to be stepbrothers. Regardless love is love in my opinion and these two are not blood related. I love how Lili made this about more than just the taboo as well. This was a great read and I hope there will be more books in this series in the future.
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