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Building Up to Love

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Jared is at the top of his game, professionally. His love life leaves a little to be desired. All he wants is someone who can love him for him, and who doesn’t demand he “pick a side.” The sudden reappearance of his college boyfriend, Logan, doesn’t make anything better.

Logan knows he broke Jared’s heart all those years ago. He plans to keep a respectful distance, especia
Kindle Edition, 167 pages
Published May 17th 2019 by MLR Books
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Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
Thanks to Netgalley for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked Jared and Logan as characters, but something didn't click for me with this one. I think it might have been that it was so plot-focused and whenever the subject of their relationship came up, there was so much angst due to their relationship history. Also Jared being bi and not trusting Logan for remarks he made in college started to feel a little preachy. And the ending didn't feel like a true HEA - i
This book is not my favorite from the short list of books I've read by this author but it wasn't all that bad. Jared works in construction, owns his own construction company, has a dog and is out of a engagement because his ex-girlfriend decided to move for better career opportunities. His company is growing and he's content. Then he has a run in with with his ex-boyfriend from college, Logan King, on one if his job sites. When Logan ended it with Jared he ended it badly and it's made its mark o ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it did not like it not like this book. I wanted to, and I will be trying this author again to see if it's just their writing style I don't enjoy, but let's just get into this.

Jared and Logan were together once upon a time, but when Logan found out Jared was bi and not gay, it ended badly (with comments about how bisexuals are gross whores who can't make up their mind, etc etc etc). Jared is left with a broken heart and endless trust issues. a decade or so later, they are thrown back together in a twist of f
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviews, mm
2 Stars

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Jared is a contractor in construction who just got out of a relationship because his girlfriend moved away. When he meets his ex Logan who is also his new client, he is not happy. Logan, on the other hand, wants to apologize for the hurtful things he said when they broke up in college and reconnect, but Jared is determined not to be receptive. However, Logan's job as a defense attorney puts him in danger, so he asks for Jared's help and over time, they begin to rekindle their
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an e-ARC of Building Up to Love by J.V. Speyer from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a second chance story between a designer/contractor, Jared, and defense lawyer, Logan, who’s being tormented by the mob. They were together in college but Logan, who is gay, broke up with Jared for being bi. There was lots of biphobic language in this book so there’s a content warning. Mostly, it was Jared remembering things Logan had said to him as well as biphobic
Dan Martin
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m going to say, right up front, that I enjoyed this story. It flowed smoothly without jerks in time nor place. As is the author, I’m from Massachusetts so I enjoyed all her Boston area references.
The characters are bi-sexual and mamby-pamby Jared, in construction and home remodeling; the equally mamby-pamby gay Logan, Jared’s ex from ten years earlier, a criminal defense attorney; Jenni, Jared’s ex-fiancée who’s prancing around Europe; Gage, Jared’s older brother and Logan’s best friend; and M
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, arcs, 2019-reads

3 Stars

After reading the blurb, I was really looking forward to digging into this story, but for me, it just didn’t quite work. While I loved the premise of the story, there were parts that just seemed way too far fetched to be believable.

Logan takes on a RICO case, defending a lower member of the mob, Luther Hall. He convinces Luther to take a plea deal in exchange for a lesser sentence. This part of the story is all fine and good, but what I didn’t understand is why the other members of the m
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A book about bigotry scarring the soul

Background: In college Logan and Jared fall in love. Unfortunately, Logan was raised by bigoted fundamentalists who look at bi-sexual men as a plague. They passed their hate to their son who accepted their hate, even though he is gay. So, repeating his mother's vile comments, Logan rips Jared's heart out and dumps him. Jared is devastated. He internalizes the lies. Fast forward 10 years. He has become engaged to a woman. When he wants to go to an LGBT+ rally
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Jared is busy with booming contracting work. His fiancee has just left him and that was the final nail in the coffin on his love life. College boyfriend, Logan, slides back into his life when their paths cross and this brings back painful memories.

When Logan and Jared were together, Logan was biphobic and cruel about the way Jared lived his life. The barbs and criticism have stuck with Jared as the years passed and eroded his trust in potential partners.

The thing is, Logan has changed. He's a d
Theresa Ann
I generally liked the book. The subplot with Logan being in danger because his client was a mobster turned rat gave the story some suspense.

A lot of reviews talk about Logan not proving himself enough. Or that he got off too easy with what he did to Jared in college. Admittedly, it was bad. And fraught with ignorance. However, Jared didn’t allow a single second to go by without making sure Logan wasn’t reminded of it. Jared also gave zero chances for Logan prove himself to Jared.

Logan really w
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Building Up to Love is my first J.V. Spencer story and I really enjoyed it. It’s a second chance romance with some legal/thriller aspects. Logan is a defense attorney who runs a growing legal practice in Boston. The search for a new place to live has him crossing paths with his college love, Jared. Seeing Jared again brings old feelings right back to the surface but he broke up with Jared in a spectacular, hurtful fashion and Jared rightfully doesn’t trust his intentions. When Logan takes on the ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by this author but I will be reading more. Right from the beginning I was obsessed with this story. My heart broke for Jared. I felt he had not found his place in the world and he was not really comfortable with himself. Yet he was a great guy. When Logan appeared into the story and more and more of their history came to light I was shocked. I didn’t feel Logan was really that guy. I had a hard time seeing him do the things described. I found out why he was the w ...more
RE Reader
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a solid 3 stars for me. I enjoyed the overall story, but the words...!! This could have been seriously condensed (or the words could've been used for more depth and plot aspects). I felt like the inner dialogue and overall plot just went on forever. It was a little tedious in a number of places.

Still, I liked both Jared and Logan, although Jared had some serious hang-ups that he couldn't seem to release (part of the wordiness stemmed around his constant re-hashing of them). The romance
Anne Donaldson
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the characters and the story here, and I felt that the romantic aspect was well contained and integrated with the “action” of the case and hitman/men. At times, it did wander off track a bit, and that cost it my fifth star. On the whole, though, I found Logan more likeable than I’d anticipated, and his outburst insisting that his client not retract established a great deal of respect for him. Jared’s struggle to trust was understandable and, again, well integrated, and Gabe’s experience ...more
Patti Nelson
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to read. Running into your ex from college that you devastated, and then trying to start a new relationship with him. Jared owns is own design and construction company.Jared was very upset when Logan broke up with him in collage and has not gotten over it. Logan is working as a defense attorney, he has only lived in Boston for a few months but is looking for a new place to live. Logan and Jared run into each other and Jared runs from the room. Jared does not want to have any ...more
Jennifer Shanahan
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaways
Love story between bisexual Jared and lawyer Logan who previously had a relationship in college but Logan broke Jared's heart because he was against bisexuals in the worst way and it was not a good break up. Now, ten years later they are accidentally reunited and Jared is not surprisingly afraid of getting involved again because he does not want to get hurt by Logan. Again. Logan is a lawyer for mobsters and is being chased by them and in danger...the story is actually somewhat complicated but I ...more
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is not your typical M/M Romance. Author J. V. Speyer takes us on a very detailed adventure that reads more like a well written work of fiction than a pulp romance. It's a pretty wild ride!

I really liked that Speyer gives us a personal look at the lives (and work) of Jared and Logan and isn't afraid to delve in to the deep feeling behind their difficult history. It gave a nice, balanced reality to the craziness of the story. Their feelings and romance feels real too. As do the interactions
Sandra (Waiting For Wentworth)
I haven't read anything by this author before, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. For the most part, I enjoyed this book, so I may try to read one of her other books to see how it compares.

While I liked both Jared and Logan, it feels like I didn't get to know them very well. The author just didn't dig deep enough to get to the heart of these characters. The angst was 10 years old, so Jared and Logan's rehashing of the past became repetitious. I just wanted them to move on and get over it alr
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I Highly recommend this book. It` s a romance with a little twist.
Jared and Logan meet after several years. In the past they were together, but Logan hurt badly Jared and now when they meet the pain came back.
Jared does not know how to deal with the new situation how to treat Logan, on one hand he doesn’t` want anything from him on the other hand he still has feelings.
But that`s not all Logan is in danger...
I really enjoyed the
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free as an ARC reader for review.

This book is “real”. There is no insta-love, no romantic grand gestures, no happily ever after. What it has is complex, flawed, people doing the best they can, and choosing to have faith in each other and the future they can build together.

I loved this book.

Logan and Jared were lovers in college, but Logan let his parents bigotry about bisexuality poison their relationship and broke Jared’s heart. Now, about ten years later, circumstance and
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice story. Logan broke up with Jared in college because of prejudices over his bisexuality. He was raised with some ignorant, intolerant, antiquated views. Jared carried that rejection and denounciation into all his relationships after that. His fiance, Melissa's sister thought once they became engaged, he was no longer gay. He rconnected with Logan through business right after this. He was extremely hostile toward Logan who wanted to apologize and rekindle their relationship. Good story, but a ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Keema Osborne
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like this story of Jared and Logan. They have history that hard to put to rest. Most of all Jared has his big brother Gage that will always come to his rescue and be their for him when he needs it the most. I love the fact that none of the men are in denial of who they are and who they want. As the story progress we get to see that actions speaks volumes as Jared and Logan comes to terms with each other and their loved ones. I enjoyed reading this heartwarming romantic suspense .

I voluntarily
Cynthia Brooks
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Logan broke Jared's heart in college and Jared wants nothing to do with him. Logan is a lawyer now moves to Boston and finds out Jared who owns a design and construction company lives there. When he meets up with Jared he knows he never stopped loving him and he wants another chance with him. Jared doesn't trust him, he wonders if he ever will be able to or are the walls to high. Now the mob is after Logan because of his client and they both know they should stay away from each other but they do ...more
Carrie Griffin
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, romance, lgbt
This was a good book that I did enjoy but I really did not like how Jared forgave Logan so easily for what he did. He had been traumatized by how Logan had treated him and then jumps so quickly into another relationship with him. It felt too rushed. The writing in this book was very good and I liked seeing it from both characters' perspectives.

*I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.*
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice enough story,3 stars.
I liked it enough to keep reading.
The mc Jared was in my eyes a bit to much in the complaint
department,with good reason,but it became rather boring realy soon.
I liked Logan more and also his reasons.
Both are likeable people,but I missed some Sparks and real loving.
I have read some books by this author and it is Always a surprise.
how much I like,love or "hate" it.
this was one is a like for sure.

arc wsa given by netgalley
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time the first few chapters getting into the characters. The writing kept me from suspending my disbelief for awhile. Ultimately I joined the characters in the world and enjoyed the characters journey immensely. A great read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Bobbi Wagner
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a new author for me and I know I will be looking for more from her. This is a well developed story that kept I had a hard time putting down. The characters are connectable and made the story engaging. I didnt regret picking this book up and neither will you. A great book to warm your night. I highly recommend this book.
DJ McCready
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a new author to me. I did not knw what to expect but given the book combines suspense and romance (reconnecting), it combined my interests of mystery and MM romance. I found the book lengthy but captivating. It is well-written and Jared's character well-developed. I found Logan's and Gage's characters less well-developed. The quality of writing is excellent. ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Building Up to Love is a complicated story about love, acceptance and second chances. Logan has a lot of groveling to do if he wants Jared’s forgiveness after the way he broke his heart and screwed with his self-image for years afterward. Though a little slow this is a really good story.
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J J. V. Speyer writes LGBTQ+ romance novels heavily flavored with suspense, mystery, and adventure. She has lived in upstate New York and rural Catalonia before making the greater Boston, Massachusetts area her permanent home. She currently lives just south of Boston in a house old enough to remember when her town was a tavern community with a farming problem.

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