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The Family We Make

(Finding Family #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  598 ratings  ·  108 reviews
At seventeen, Rick Albright left his home, his parents and even his old name, rather than pretend to be straight. But being on his own was hard. When his big brother Sam found him, and insisted on giving him a place to stay, he didn't resist too long. Living with Sam is better than fighting just to survive, but it's not easy to find his balance in a simple, small-town life ...more
ebook, 360 pages
Published August 14th 2014 by Smashwords (first published August 13th 2014)
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Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it

When you read and review a LOT of books, the temptation is sometimes to read through the book with the eye of all the things you can say that are right and potentially wrong with the story. It's hard to remember that I read to be entertained...and reviewing with a critical eye should be secondary to that.

Kaje Harper's stories make me forget that there's this blog and a review to be written. I find myself immersed in her stories and her characters...I don't look at it as bits to be scrutinzed but
When I first saw the length of this book, I must admit that I was a bit worried. I mean, I am too used to novels in M/M genre for being around 50k - 75k. So a novel of 150k is like a "monster book" in my opinion. Even if I read some of lengthier novels in mainstream category (I pretty much inhaled those Rick Riordan's books) but I'm not sure if this one will be offering quite enough balance between story and drama.

Well, I guess that taught me a lesson to believe in Kaje Harper.

Because guess what
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bmbr-reads
A five star read...I'm not surprised, it is Kaje Harper!A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.

When a request to review Kaje Harper's new book, The Family We Make, came into the clubhouse I barged all the other Unicorns out of the way to get to it first. I may have felt a little guilty, but Kaje Harper is one of my all time favourite authors, so the chance to read and review this for the blog was a privilege. This book is a self-published sequel to her free story, The Fam
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

A well rounded story with wonderful MCs. I especially liked big brother Sam and his being in love with Dora. I enjoyed reading a long book, as there aren't very many in the M/M genre. Nevertheless, this one was full of developments, enough for two books, easily. At some point I found it rather too much, both the happy stuff and the heavy stuff. And it just didn't stop. Well, in the end there was a very nice HEA wrapping everything up.
This is a tricky one for me to rate.

While there was nothing bad about this book, and there were certainly plenty of emotional moments, plus a slight twist on the expected, I found myself rather often wishing I was at the end already. It just seemed to drag in places for me.

Travis was absolutely brilliant, I loved him to pieces. Rick on the other hand annoyed me quite often. I was all ready to be totally on his side from the little we saw in book one, but after getting to know him he turned out
Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
This was...real. This isn't all about sunshine and rainbows. This is about love. Love of family. Love of friends. Love of your significant others. This was heartbreaking and beautiful. My heart ached for these boys, but when it was all said and done? There was love and hope. This was truly a family that was made. Sometimes those are the best.
Chris, the Dalek King
I probably should wait to write this. I’ve only finished the book like five minutes ago and normally I at least sleep on my review so that I have time to find the right words. But I think I might lose something if I let this one go for any length of time. I think this one might just need to be whatever is banging around in my head right now.

I just want to warn you guys that there is going to be a section of this review that is going to be heavy on the spoilers. I advise you to avoid it, if you h
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books
I loved and hated and loved this book. There's really no words I can say that will do this story justice. The characters were complex and flawed and nuanced and so bloody human. I didn't love them (other than Sam and Jeff) from a "this man is just so endearing" romance hero way. The main characters are not endearing, they are sometimes annoying and so frustrating with their actions. Rick in particular was tough sometimes because he was written very well as a 17 year old with all that entails. An ...more
I did not want this to end.

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Just sayin'

Loved this so much.
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
I liked this a lot. It is long, that is true. But there are many wonderful fully fleshed out characters and plots that you are busy and entertained reading them. So you are never bored.
Shelby P
Oct 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m
I was looking for something really good and when I saw this on my Kindle I went for it. I was a bit apprehensive because it's a very long book by my standards, over 6600 Kindle locations. I went back and read my review for The Family We're Born With which was only a 2 star read.

I didn't like Rick at all. When a book loses me it's really hard for it to find me again. I read faithfully up to 16%. I didn't understand the family dynamics. I take it that Gayle was Sam's biological mother but why did
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
3.75 stars

I really enjoyed book 1. Jesse & Devin was honestly a cute couple. I wish their book was longer, but *crossing fingers* that they'll get book 3 dedicated to them.

Wow, this book but me through the ringer big time. I really enjoyed Sam in this book, he stepped up tremendously. I liked Travis alot and felt bad that he has to go through this illness, but it's nowhere like it was in the 80's that's for sure.

My biggest issue was Rick, I'm sorry he might be young, but he didn't seem grat
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought-to-read
This book is on my list of the top five favorite M/M romances I've read in 2014.

Of the M/M romance stories I've read recently this has been one of the most memorable. The persistence of the story in my memory is so strong while so many other M/M stories no longer stand out in my mind, The Family We Make stays on my mind. Let's start out right away by saying our MCs Rick and Travis get their Happily Ever After. An HAE is mandatory for me.

I'm still freezing from the winter the people in this book
It's no surprise that I really liked this. Again Kaje Harper manages to write a book full of drama, heartbreak, love and hope and everything feels so real. Rick and Travis are a great pair. Travis is struggling with being home and closeted again after having spent time at college finally coming out to his friends. Rick has spent 8 months on the street and did what he needed to survive. With Sam out of the Marines and Rick now safe with him, Sam is willing to do anything he can to keep his brothe ...more
Happy Release Day!!! eARC Review: The Family We Make (Finding Family #2) by Kaje Harper

This book opens to where The Family We're Born With closed. The usual suspects introduced in the first book are here, and all the better for it. When Sam Albright finally finds his younger brother, Clint, he has all thoughts of how to set things right between his adoptive parents and their natural son. But thoughts and plans do not necessarily follow the path and instead, can divert into a totally different ro
Julie Bozza
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kaje is a terrific writer, and always creates compelling characters. Though I have to admit in this case I loved her Sam (older brother of one of the main characters) and his girlfriend Dora best. Maybe I'm just showing my age, and younger readers will enjoy the younger characters more...?

Another reason I love Kaje's writing is her dry sense of humour, which is a nice match for my own. For example, Travis volunteers to help local businessman Jeff with his accounts and taxes, adding, "I was stud
Barb ~rede-2-read~
The sequel to The Family We’re Born With, this one is a full-length novel and follows Sam Albright’s search for his brother Clint. Clint is now calling himself Rick and when Sam finally finds him, it’s the support of his birth mom and new brother, Jesse, which gives him strength to deal with the outspoken, rebellious young man he locates.

Staying in Minnesota, Sam takes on a job with a local heavy equipment mechanic while awaiting the discharge of his Army girlfriend, Dora. He finds a home with
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
This one started a little slow but fear not. There will be plenty of punches to your heart before the end. It picks up where The Family We're Born With ends, with Sam going to pick up his brother Rick from a life on the streets. Rick's initial adjustment is pretty brutal. He's angry and lashes out, which is understandable.

We're also introduced to Travis, who's home from college after losing a baseball scholarship and is facing a potential health scare. He and Rick are facing many of the same pr
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-read, loaned
Wonderfully warm, honest, and mature, as all of Kaje Harper's stories are. If you want a story that will go down easily, move along. If you want a story that is real -- about families that abandon their gay kids and pretend that those kids really abandoned them; about the conflicts that arise when families must choose between a lifetime of belief and the love they still have for their gay child; about the process of making family from the raw materials of loyalty and trust; about life-altering e ...more
Ugh! I was totally unprepared for the mascara-runniness of this book.

Coming of age, coming out and coming undone. A complete review to come later when I'm not so overwhelmed by the 'everythingness' of what I've just read.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kaje Harper - do I need to say more? She still has to write a book I wouldn't be sucked in.
You know when you've finished a book and want to know what happens after the last page? That's me. I was drowning in feels.

I think I'm in love with Sam and Dora. I know?!
Diane Dannenfeldt
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 300-400_pgs, m-m
Everyone needs a big brother like Sam & Jeff would have made an amazing dad. This one was pretty heavy w/some heavy issues. My heart broke w/what happened w/Travis but I can see both of them growing old together. I just love this series!
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kaje Harper is an autobuy for me. This book is another reason why. Honestly how can this woman be this good and this prolific? Kaje and Amy Lane blow my mind with how much AMAZING writing these women produce year in and year out. I'm guessing they just don't sleep ;)

Where to start? As usual, this author starts with characters. We got a preview of Sam and Rick in the previous book The Family We're Born With that sets up this story. Rick has been on the streets for 8 months after running away from
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm sure I'm in the minority here (for my first ever GR review to boot), but here goes...

This book dragged and dragged for me. There were some parts where I was fully interested, but then the author would lay out an overly-long, extremely detailed conversation that did nothing to further the plot and I would start zoning out (thus having to go back and re-read whole paragraphs) or checking page numbers (hoping that it was almost over). I think the same story could have been told in at least 100
Jeanne 'Divinae'
The first story was very good. This one... I just couldn't get into it as much as the previous one. It took me a long time to read this story. I felt Travis and Rick didn't connect as well(at least at first).

It took a while for the story to really pick up. The beginning just seemed to drag on at first(which I get, it was giving up some background and depth to the new characters).

We have Rick. He is having a difficult time transitioning from street-life(no one got your back) to a doting brother(
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
4.5 stars rounded up

This contemporary story is a lot more than a simple romance, it's very much a family drama... and an extended family at that. We first meet Sam, the bio-son of Gayle, who is the mother of the two MC's in The Family We're Born With and learn that his younger brother, Clint aka Rick, has run away from home after coming out to his homophobic parents.

This book centres on Rick, the flamboyant nearly 18 year old who had just survived a tough 8 months or so alone on the streets. Sta
Kim W
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story started right where the first book left off with Sam picking up his brother Rick after Rick was on the street for seven month after coming out as gay. I loved Sam. Who wouldn't want to have a brother like him?

Rick started off as a very aggravating character but he was also very real. He was so prickly and outrageous but I grew to understand how he was protecting himself from a surprise rejection by making sure people would reject him up front if they were going to reject him at all.
This story hit me hard emotionally. I loved these guys and wanted only good for them.

Sam is recently out of the Marines and has finally found his younger brother. Rick had left home after coming out to his unsupportive parents. He has been on his own for eight months and seen more than any teenager should. He and Sam are trying to be a family but that is lot of baggage to carry. Sam wants so much for Rick but fears he is not capable enough to help his kid brother. Sam's half-brother and his par
Anna D.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, ya-na
This was a solid book and although we got a good dose of romance from our MCs (Rick and Travis) - this book felt very much like a family book. A list of characters that make up a loving family. I say that because to me the hero, or rather the main character, was Sam Albright. He's at the center of this series and even though he has a romance story of his own, I was actually not drawn to hear more about it - other than to know that he has a good woman in Dora - at his side to complement, support, ...more
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I get asked about my name a lot. It's not something exotic, though. “Kaje” is pronounced just like “cage” – it’s an old nickname, and my pronouns are she/her/hers.

I was born in Montreal but have lived for 30 years in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow-removal and Road-repair, where the mosquito is the state bird, and where winter can be breathtakingly beautiful. Minnesota’s a kind, quiet (i

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