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Love and the Real Boy

(Coming About #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  343 ratings  ·  60 reviews
How­­ much heartache can one man take before he breaks? Rich Langston asks himself that question every day.

A Seattle advertising exec who uses his designer suit and showy car like a suit of armor, Rich refuses to let the world get to him. His traumatic childhood has ruined any faith he had in people, friendship, and love. After a meltdown that led to him alienating everyon
Paperback, 196 pages
Published September 26th 2014 by Wilde City Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
3.5 stars

I did not read the first book in this series, but Love and the Real Boy worked okay as a standalone. Perhaps I would have had less sympathy for Rich had I witnessed his horrible behavior at his best friend Rory's wedding, but since I didn't read book 1, my heart went out to Rich in his self-imposed cocoon of loneliness.

I liked the mild enemies-to-loves trope and the way Rich accidentally outed himself (I saw it coming, but it was still pretty cute if not entirely realistic). I also lik
I haven't read the first book in the series, and I'm kinda glad I didn't. I've read in all the reviews that Rich was an asshole in book 1, but for me in this book..he was awesome. I really liked him a lot and I felt so bad for all the shit he had to endure while growing up. Patrick was amazing as well. They were such a cute couple...I loved the two of them together. I could have used some more sexscenes, because they were also really hot together.

Loved reading this one. I'm curious about Rory's
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I'm giving this one two stars because of, and in spite of, some things.

1. Rich is a douche. We knew that from the first book, and it's no different here. Oh, but he has reasons. Whatever, a douche is a douche is a douche.

2. Patrick is awesome. Really cool. So what he sees in Rich...well, whatever.

3. The storyline is a little better than the first.

4. Hogan's classic writing issues were present. My favorite part was when Rich "...couldn't form a coherent though, even inside his own head."

So this was my first and last J.K. Hogan book. I was close to a DNF at one point. I often say that the secret to a good book, for me, is when good writing meets a good story. There are plenty of my favorite authors who write a book where the storyline just isn't for me. It doesn't reflect on their talent as an author, though. The opposite could be true too. There will be the bones of a great story, but the writing is just so horrifically bad that there's no saving it.

What happened in this book
Kade Boehme
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book! OMG. I think I may like this better than the first and I LOVED the first. I wanted to hug rich so much and I honestly had a few moments where I felt guilty for wanting to punch Justice for coming to Seattle haha. Fucking well done, Hogan. Well done.
☆ Todd
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
After truly *hating* Rich, aka "douchey suit guy", for the entire first book, getting his back story and finally understanding his motivations for his atrocious actions was really great.

But the best parts for me were the interactions between the MC's and how Patrick pushed and pushed and pushed his way under Rich's skin until Patrick was 'his person', without even really choosing to or realizing.

The most touching scene for me was after Rich and J-M reconciled and Rich witnessed the 'Godspeed' lu
I read this twice, by the way, and savored it the 2nd time around.

Love And The Real Boy is Rich's story. If you read the first book (I Survived Seattle), you'll remember Rich as Rory's friend/roommate who lashed out at Justice repeatedly and eventually outed the poor man. Needless to say, I didn't have much sympathy for Rich after the first book, and went into this one wondering how JK Hogan would redeem him.

The book starts out with Ricky, barely 13, and trying to save his brother John-Michael f
Fani *loves angst*
4.5 stars

I didn't expect it from what I saw of Rich in the previous book, but surprisingly enough I ended up loving both him and the story. Really good stuff! Starting the next one asap.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
re-read 4/2019
Joyfully Jay
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crissy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

Love and the Real Boy is the second book in J.K. Hogan’s Coming About series.

Yes! I’ve been dying for Rich’s story since the last book. Some of you know him as “douche suit guy.” I just like to think of him as misunderstood. Okay, I know that he was a total douche to Justice in I Survived Seattle, but at least now we know why. Although by the end of book one, I was certain there was more of a story, and I wanted it. I was not disappointed. With Love and the Real Boy
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I slept on this review for a couple days because I couldn't decide if it was 5 Stars or not. In the end I had to go 4 and round up to 4.5. Why? Well, here's a little bit of background.

I read I Survived Seattle last year, which I still need to write my review for, and I ended up HATING Rich. Like despised him so much that no one could make me read his story. Then I went to GRL and I met J.K. Hogan and she tells me that the people that told her they started off hating Rich didn't after re
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the most unlovable characters in I Survived Seattle, Rich Langston is back.

LOVE AND THE REAL BOY is the story of Rich's life, starting in his early teenage years and moving up through the present. J.K. Hogan shows readers the other side of the coin as we learn what makes Rich tick, how he got to be the way he is, and what it takes, not only to break a man down, but to build him back up again.

Rich's attraction to the handsome and laid back Patrick O’Dowd brings out a side of him we have ne
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher via Pride Promotions in exchange for an honest review*

It takes a good author to take a hated character and make him not only likable, but make the reader fall in love with and root for him. It took the majority of the this book, but the author succeeded. I HATED Rich. He was a self-centered little prick. Throughout most of this book he continues to be a self-centered little prick. But by the end she turned him around and made him lovable. P
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shannon by: Jane (PS)
Shelves: aa-recommend
Oh how I wished I read this right after the first book so I'd still be in that world and would remember everything a little more. Rich was the d-bag from the first book but boy do we get to see why in this one. Poor guy had a super crappy childhood and as an adult he's nothing but a giant wall of bullet-proof armor. Then along comes Patrick, the giant, brash Irishman. And Patrick's family...holy hell, talk about a crazy bunch of rugby playing maniacs. They were fantastic! All the angst in this s ...more
Karen Wellsbury
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.
I read the first book, and enjoyed it, but the most intriguing character was Rich - and this is his book.
While its not a challenging read there is plenty of internal struggling that Rich has to go through to get his happy ending, and Patrick.
Patrick I struggled with, and the authenticity of his 'voice' didn't work for me,which was frustrating.

However overall a solid 3.5 stars, easy to read romance.
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Good book; part of a good series.
Page Crusherz
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it

This series is great. I love that I was able to love this MC after book 1!
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars...
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love and the Real Boy, the second entry in the Coming About series, took me by surprise. I had read the previous book in the series and really enjoyed it. We originally met Rich in I Survived Seattle where he was a complete Douchenoodle! Yes I said Douchenoodle. Besides being a all-around jerk, he ousted another gay man (Justice) in the first book and that alone put him at the bottom of my Christmas card list. Trying to make amends and get back into Rory's good graces, Rich agrees to help out wi ...more
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, m-m, on-my-kindle
3.5 Stars ~ I adored the first book in J.K. Hogan's series 'Coming About', so I was excited to jump into this second installment, 'Love and the Real Boy'. J.K. Hogan is an established author, but this series is her first venture into m/m romance, and, personally, I think she's doing a great job. The description grabbed me, especially Rich, as I remembered him from the previous book, so I had a pretty good feeling about it.

Rich Langston had a miserable childhood. With a drug addicted mother, Rich
Heloise West
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beneath the expensive suits and tough as nails attitude, up and coming Seattle ad exc Rich Langston hides the scars from a hellish childhood. Buried deep under all of that is his heart, tightly armored and protected.

Having been homeless, he’s not about to let a former tenant, abruptly kicked out of his apartment, live on the streets and surprises himself by taking on a roommate, whom he over time later considers family—replacing the corrosion where his childhood family used to be, and blames him
Inked Reads
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I loved this story. It started out with such a sad feeling. I could feel the terror that the brothers felt, but I could also feel the love that Ricky felt for his younger brother, John-Michael. It must be a hard thing to be mother, father, brother and protector all wrapped in to one person - especially at their age. Regardless, Ricky took those roles on with purpose and was able to save his younger brother, as much as possible. Then, Ricky becomes Rich - a person who is successful, driven and no ...more
Mandie Foxylutely
*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

This is the second in the Coming About series. I did not read the first book in which Rich first appears and apparently he was not a likeable character. For that I am kind of glad I read this first as I had no preconceived aspersions to cast at poor Rich. I loved him and just wanted to hug him to death.

The book opens with Rich’s (Ricky as was) early years and explains his struggles and how he protected his younger brother JM. This was
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. After Rich’s appalling behaviour in the first book, I was hesitant even to start this one, but I’m glad I did. The author provides Rich with a moving backstory to help us understand some of the off-putting behaviours we saw in book one.

I think I still loved Patrick more than Rich. The chilled marine restorer and his huge family complement Rich’s flashy neuroses well. Never a huge fan of businessmen in fancy suits who drive fancy cars, I was relieved when Patrick’s low key
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, series
I really loved this story. I will put it out there that some of the writing issues I ranted about in my review of book one persist in book 2 BUT this is exhibit A to me that if the author tells a compelling story with sympathetic characters and plausible situations, readers are likely to be very forgiving.

The mere fact that Hogan was able to rehabilitate Rich's character to the point that I really empathised with him, understood his decision making process and horrible attitude? The fact that H
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, love-bytes
Firstly, yes, I know Rich is an absolute asshole in I Survived Seattle. Some would say irredeemable, but I like to see the A-holes changed by love and I had a hunch this author was up for the challenge. I was happy to see that Rich was one of the main characters. I went into this story prepared to forgive Rich, I didn’t expect to spend the first few chapters mired in the struggle of Rich’s childhood and crying over the loss of his little brother. Now, not only was I prepared to forgive Rich but ...more
Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
i was really nervous about starting this book...because i DID NOT like rich in book 1. i wasn't sure how ms. hogan was going to pull this off. but she did. i suppose this book could be read as a stand alone but it was nice to have the backstory from book 1 and see first had what happened between rich and justice.

i figured rich had a reason for being such a bitter, miserable human being. i just didn't figure it would be enough to excuse his behavior toward justice...and it wasn't, but your heart
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: Love and the Real Boy (Coming About, #2)
Author: J.K. Hogan
Cover Artist: Wilde City Press
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Reviewer: Jay
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Book Rating: ★★★★★
This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is the struggle of one man who is only trying to protect himself because of a horrible childhood. You understand his actions but ache for him to see what he has right in front of him. You keep re
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
I went into this book not sure how I would feel about Rich, I was not a huge fan of his in I survived Seattle. Let me tell you this author totally redeemed him to me and he is now my favorite character in this series so far tied with Patrick because of course who can resist his sexy Irish accent and his not taking any of Rich's crap.

I will admit while I did like I survived Seattle and some of the drama in that book did through me off so I was not sure how I would feel about this book.. I can n
J.K. Hogan
Sep 21, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-it
Quick Excerpt:

Rich forced himself to relax. Why shouldn’t he give his brain a little mini-vacay? He was of a stressful nature—he had to constantly stress over work, over making enough money to keep himself in suits and expensive toys to remind himself he wasn’t homeless anymore, that he wasn’t going to end up like his mother. He stressed over the wrong people finding out he was gay, while stressing that he might just go mad from lack of companionship—and that was just the tip of the crazy-berg.

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