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Lord of a Thousand Steps

(Love in Laguna #4)

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To architecture student Ian Carney, family means everything. Taken in by his brother, Jim, when his father threw him out at eighteen for being gay, Ian yearns to create his own family with his boyfriend, Rico. But Rico’s in Mexico caring for a sick father, Ian hasn’t had sex in a month and a half, and his gorgeous boss, Braden Lord, CEO of the architectural firm Ian intern ...more
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Published August 31st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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Lisa
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review

3.5 Stars!


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Lord of a Thousand Steps is the latest book in Tara Lain’s contemporary MM romance series entitled Love in Laguna. While this book does feature a character that has been in the background in a previous book in the series, you can definitely read this one as a stand-alone. While this book did have some deeper emotional undertones with a side of back and forth as the pendulum swung from one man to the other, this was still a sweet and fun read with a side of squishy goodness. From the fi
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
~4.5~

I read the first book in the Love in Laguna series:

Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna, #1) by Tara Lain

and LOVED it.

But I skipped books 2 and 3 because the blurbs didn't grab me. Now I wish I'd read at least book 2, as Jim and Ken, the MCs from

Knave of Broken Hearts (Love in Laguna, #2) by Tara Lain

are very present in this story. Jim is Ian's older brother, the one who took him in when their wealthy, homophobic father kicked Ian out after Ian told him he was gay.



Ian is only 21 and has been dating Rico for three years. At the beginning of the book, Rico returns to Mexico City to support his a
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Meh/alright*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

The book centers around architecture student Ian Carney (21) and his boss, CEO of the architectural firm (one of the top-rated architectural firms in southern California) Ian interns, Braden ‘Bray’ Lord (36). Braden is in the middle of a bad divorce; he wants custody of his two kids, the mother refuses to let a gay man have them. Ian is missing his boyfriend who is at his sick father's side in Mexico. That does stop both men to feel attraction towards one another. Ove
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Karen
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars rounded down because age gap was too much for me and still no 1/2 stars here on GR.

Damned age gaps they get me every time...

I'm going to start with the elephant in the room here...that's right we have an age gap and for me it's outside of my comfort zone. I'm ok with anything between 5 and 10 years more than that and I start to squirm. This one comes in at around 14/15 years and maybe if the younger MC was 25 or older it wouldn't have bothered me as much but we've got a 21 year old w
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Meep
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pure fluff with a layer of luxury cat fur to make it ultra fluffy. *side-eyes Karen* I enjoyed it!

To be honest I occasionally rolled my eyes and laughed at and not with the book, but in the end the fluffiness got to me; it was light sweet and exactly what I was in the mood for.

There's kids who are remarkably sweet and caring in the face of their parents divorce, which didn't seem realistic but was never annoying. I liked that the girl's preciousness read like a little girl trying to be grown-up
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Catherine
This book was really good - nearly as good as the first in this series (and waaaaaaaay better than Books 2 & 3).
River
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
4.5 stars

When I first started this book I was little bit nervous because i've only read the first one in the series and the first thing I thought was "cute boy has an asshole boyfriend while he falls for the sexy new guy?" and I was afraid the stories were going to be too much alike, happy surprise, they are not.

I really enjoyed this story, both Ian and Braden were really good characters and I really liked Braden's kids. i really liked the fact that this story was a stand slone because i didn't
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Dee Wy
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to tell you that I loved the first book in this series, Knight of Ocean Avenue, and gave it 5 stars, stating that it doesn't get much better than this. Ha! The author has outdone herself with this wonderful May/December romance. I couldn't put it down and actually took it with me while I walked my dog this afternoon.

Ian is such a lovable character. He lives with his older brother and his partner after his family turned him out on learning he was gay. So, right there you're in his corner.
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BWT (Belen)


First, I think Lord of a Thousand Steps, which is the fourth story in the Love in Laguna series, could absolutely be read as a standalone. I haven't read the third book in the series and I wasn't lost at all.

There was quite a bit I liked in the story, including a lot of the secondary characters. But what can I say? Mostly, I just love a well done age gap story and with Ian at twenty one years old and Braden at thirty-five this certainly delivers.

I liked Ian, and have since he first showed up in
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Lelyana
I finished this book with a happy smile in my face.
What a relieved! Along with Billy and Shaz's book, this one has become my favorite in the series.
I have met Ian Carney in Jim and Ken's story and wondered if Ian will have his own book with Rico?
Well he is. But Rico, the nice guy, turned up as a disappointment after there years of relationship with Ian. Then Ian met his new boss, Braden Lord. I didn't mind. At all.
Because Braden has a complete package that Ian longed to have. A family.
We knew I
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Leaundra
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars... I really enjoyed Ian's story. I thought Braden was perfect for him. Braden's wife was a piece of work.I also enjoyed Braden's children. It was also great to see other couples from the earlier books. Great series.
Cee Brown
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(.• (.•`*A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

From the first book I have obsessed over the Love in Luguna series. I enjoyed Jim and Ken's story and was eagerly awaiting Ian's.

We first met twenty one year old Ian in Knaves of Broken Hearts when he was left to fend for himself after coming out to his father. He ended up making a home with his brother and his brother's partner, bringing a cat, aptly named Anderson Cooper into the mix.

Flash forward three years
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Pianka *call me PIU*
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
“Lord of a Thousand Steps” is the new addition to Tara Lain’s “Love in Laguna” series. The MCs of the second book were very much involved in this story but don’t worry if you have skipped it. This story can be read as a standalone. The story had a very realistic plotline involving family and love and the ending left me with a smile.

Ian Carney is the 21 year old intern in the architectural firm “Lord and Kendrick”. He is an exceptionally talented architect with a bright future. His work quickly g
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Veronica of V's Reads
4.5 Stars. This is the fourth book in the contemporary M/M romance Love in Laguna series, but can be enjoyed on its own.

Ian is a 21 year old architecture student with a prime internship at Lord & Kendrick, a well-regarded firm. His boyfriend of the past three years, Rico, has returned to Mexico to visit his ailing father, and has promised to return so he and Ian can get an apartment together. Currently, Ian lives with his brother Jim and Jim's fiance, Ken. Their courtship was the topic of Bo
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Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
I adored Ian Carney when I met him in Knave of Broken Hearts, book #2 in this series. So I was thrilled beyond measure to get his story and for him to get his HEA. Lain didn't disappoint! I couldn't have asked for a better story for Ian.

Ian has been living with his brother, Jim, since he was 18 and their father kicked him out because he came out. Ian is wise beyond his years but he wants a family and the unconditional love he didn't get from his family. The desire for that enabled me to see hi
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Dutchgirl
This is the fourth book in the Love in Laguna serie and i'm really loving this serie.

In book two we get to meet Ian (Jim's brother) who is kicked out of his home (by his father) because he is gay.

Lord of a Thousand Steps takes place about three years later and Ian is still living with his brother Jim and Ken (Jim's fiance and soon to be husband), Ian is going to school, is still with Rico (boyfriend he met in the previous book) and is an intern at a architectural firm where he meets Braden Lor
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Diverse
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: august-2016
Love in Laguna is my favorite series of Tara Lain. I’ve read each one and loved each one. Book 4, Lord of a Thousand Steps was one particular story I was desperate to read.

Remember Ian Carney Jim’s little brother and his cat Anderson Cooper? Well I remember him. We are getting little brother’s story and it took me by surprise. When we last saw him in Jim’s book he was dating Rico and talking happily ever afters. Well things have changed and it’s quite the tale.
Ian is a bright light even though
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Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tara's stories always make me smile. I dont know if it is her writing or the stories itself. This is the 4th book in her Laguna series. Ian is a young man who we meet in the prior story. He is Jim's younger brother and comes to Jim for help when their father kicks him out for being gay. He finds a real family in Jim and Ken (his finance) plus his cat, Anderson. Ian is going to college and has a job at one of the best architecture firms. He also is in love with his boyfriend Rico and all is going ...more
Viv
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hoopla
3.5 stars

Unfortunately this series hasn't been able to recapture the magic that was Knight of Ocean Avenue. While I liked this book okay, the banter and sex talk between Ian and Braden was just plain weird and the secondary characters were more like caricatures and not real people (ex-wife, business partner, daughter, etc.).

Elisa Rolle
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain
I've loved every book I've read of Ms. Lain's. I read this series back to back and loved every single story. Ms. Lain's has the magic of involving the reader, wrapping them in a cloud soft pillow. This book didn't disappoint. It was as good as the previous ones. Keep 'em coming, Tara!
Zeoanne
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great adventure from the awesome Tara Lain! Loved it!
Elayne
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-bought-books
I have loved this series. this book included.
Chris
4.5 out of 5 stars

Description ~

To architecture student Ian Carney, family means everything. Taken in by his brother, Jim, when his father threw him out at eighteen for being gay, Ian yearns to create his own family with his boyfriend, Rico. But Rico’s in Mexico caring for a sick father, Ian hasn’t had sex in a month and a half, and his gorgeous boss, Braden Lord, CEO of the architectural firm Ian interns for, is looking better and better.

Braden’s life is chaos. Just out of the closet and going t
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Sadonna
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full review and much more can be found at The Novel Approach

Ian is Jim Carney’s younger brother. You may recall Jim from The Knight of Ocean Avenue and, more recently, from when Jim finds his true love Ken Tenaka in The Knave of Broken Hearts, books one and two in this series. The good news is that Lord of a Thousand Steps really does stand alone and can be read without reading the previous installments; although, I highly recommend them.

Ian and his priceless character of a cat, Anderson, live
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The Novel Approach Reviews
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ian is Jim Carney’s younger brother. You may recall Jim from The Knight of Ocean Avenue and, more recently, from when Jim finds his true love Ken Tenaka in The Knave of Broken Hearts, books one and two in this series. The good news is that Lord of a Thousand Steps really does stand alone and can be read without reading the previous installments; although, I highly recommend them.

Ian and his priceless character of a cat, Anderson, live with Jim and his fiancé, Ken. Ian’s still in college, studyin
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Erica Chilson
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4 Angsty Stars.

A lonely college student/intern meets a lonely boss, mixed with a renegade/absentee boyfriend, a brother getting married, a greedy ex-wife-to-be, a precocious 5 year-old girl, an angsty teenage boy, and a big cat who likes to go to the beach. That's Lord of Thousand Steps in a nutshell.

Ian is truly the Lord of Thousand Steps, even if Braden Lord lives overlooking the Thousand Steps beach. Lonely, feeling ashamed
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Tamara (緑)
First half: 3 stars

I enjoyed the first half.

After reading and loving Knight of Ocean Avenue and getting disappointed with Knave of Broken Hearts & Prince of the Playhouse, I was sure this one was finally up to the standards the first book set.

There were some comments Ian made in the book that made me uncomfortable eg. "If I were just a tiny bit gayer, I'd cry" - and it was repeated enough times throughout the book that it stopped passing as a joke (at least to me, but I've been watching a
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Lorraine Lesar
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A thousand steps? I’d walk a million for Ian Carney and even more for the next Tara Lain book – this author can do no wrong,
At 35, Braden Lord should be the envy of many – CEO of a very prestigious architectural firm and has two of the most amazing children, but his world is crumbling around him. He’s finally admitted to himself that he is Gay and now going through a really messy/dirty divorce. He will gladly give his money to his insufferable wife but will fight heaven and earth for his childr
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Jaymie
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a pretty big Tara Lain fan so, of course, I was all about this book. It did not disappoint.

Ian Carney only has one more year as an architecture student and then hopefully his dreams of working for a prestigious firm will come true. As an intern with Lord and Kendrick, he seems to have a leg up. When he gets the chance to work with the firm's CEO Braden Lord on a project for one of the firm's biggest clients, Ian finds that he's more than a little bit attracted to the man. Of course, it may
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Other books in the series

Love in Laguna (5 books)
  • Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna, #1)
  • Knave of Broken Hearts (Love in Laguna, #2)
  • Prince of the Playhouse (Love in Laguna, #3)
  • Fool of Main Beach (Love in Laguna, #5)