The Rebuilding Year is a wonderful story of discovery, friendship, and taking chances on something that seemed out of both Ryan Ward's and John Barrett's realms of experience. On top of all of the emotion that they deal with, there is family drama and a bit of a mystery on the campus where one of them studies and the other one works. What really makes the story stand out is that not everything is roses and there are no easy solutions - along with people who are doing the best they can. Great read and I look forward to reading more of Kaje Harper's books.
Ryan War is a former firefighter who has decided to pursue medical school, as originally planned. He meets John Barrett after he slips down a set of stairs due to a bad leg. They meet up again later and this eventually leads to Ryan renting a room from John instead of rooming with a noisy roommate. One thing leads to another and it leaves both of them with plenty of things to work out between them.
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.