Its finally here!! LOVE YOU SO MADLY, the second book in the Love You So series!
Will Ben give up a lover who drives a Ferrari for one who rides the bus?
Love You So MadlyBy Tara Lain
(Love You So Series, Bk 2)
Ben Shane has it all… and he’d like to give some of it back. While he loves his job heading a foundation that funds worthy causes around the world, his engagement to one of America’s wealthiest men leaves him feeling more like a trophy wife than a valued partner. The first warning that his relationship might not be designed to last is his irresistible lust for Dusty Kincaid, the golden-haired, bright-eyed handyman for his company.
Though Dusty is odd for a twenty-three-year-old—no liquor, no sugar, and he can’t even drive—the more Ben gets to know Dusty, the more he admires him. But is Ben going to give up a guy who drives a Ferrari for one who takes the bus? He must be mad. Dusty knows he and Ben can never work.
After all, Ben’s perfect… and Dusty isn’t. But Ben might surprise everyone with proof that he’s only madly in love.
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4 out of 5 stars
Love You So Madly is a contemporary m/m romance. While this is part of a series it could be read as a standalone.
Love You So Madly is a sweet, slow burn romance story featuring two very different men who are both draw close to each other despite their differences. Ben is settled in a long term job with a foundation doing charitable works. He loves his job, loves the people he works with, and knowing that he's doing something to help others. However his life outside of work is not going as well. He's with someone who doesn't like that Ben has his own job and own life outside of what he can 'give' Ben. Well Ben isn't so sure that he's on the right track with his relationship and questions his fiancee every time he gives Ben the 'you need to cut back on your job' speech.
Then Ben sees Dusty one day at work and is attracted to him.. but obviously he's in a relationship so he doesn't do anything. He does however start to get to know Dusty and really likes this very different young man. Ben also realizes that Dusty is very different than most young men his age. Even though there isn't a huge age gap between Ben and Dusty, it too gives Ben a reason to try not to pursue anything with him. Until he realizes that his relationship with his fiancee really isn't going to change until HE changes things. And he does... in a drastic way after something happens one day at work. This leave things open for him to explore things with Dusty.
This is a very sweet, story with not a lot of on screen relationship time with Dusty and Ben, at least not for this reader. There was a lot of them spending time together but not in any romantic way, mostly at work, or at Ben's house, and a few times while eating, etc. I don't know that I saw enough relationship development between them but I liked them both as characters. I think Dusty had a lot of potential but most of the story focused on Ben's life. Now this really didn't detract from the story, it was still a typical Tara Lain book with a good storyline, characters that hook you in, and a solid HEA. So in that aspect it's still a good book, just for me I wanted a little more to the characters definition to fill them out.
I will say this is a great read for the summer to take with you to the beach or the pool, or the perfect getaway weekend read.
About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and more. Readers often call her books “sweet,” even with all that hawt sex, because Tara believes in love and her books deliver on happily-ever-after. In addition to writing dozens and dozens of romance novels, Tara also owns an advertising and public relations firm. Her love of creating book titles comes from years of manifesting ad headlines for everything from analytical instruments to semiconductors. She does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. Together with her soulmate husband and her soulmate Dog, she recently realized a vision to live where there were a lot more trees and a lot fewer cars by moving to Ashland, Oregon. She hasn’t stopped smiling since.