Author: Tara Lain
Book: Love You So Special
Series: Love You So Stories, Book #3
Page/Word Count: 141 Pages, 45K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 28, 2018
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Can a man’s secret yearnings be revealed in a tank full of fish?
Artie Haynes knows he’s nothing special, with just-your-regular-brown hair, a solid plumber’s job, not much education, and a family that can barely get off the couch. But Artie has quirks—like his love of tropical fish, a landlord who’s a professor of existentialism, a passion for the amazing piano music he hears at a concert hall while he’s fixing the bathrooms—and the fact that he’s never come out as gay and probably never will. But when he’s hired to build a guesthouse for the pianist whose music enchanted him, Artie is swept up into an unimaginable world.
Francois Desmarais may be famous, rich, and revered as one of the world’s great classical composers and pianists, but he’s soothed and challenged by the inquisitive, stalwart, protective man in his back yard. When Francois’s terrible fear of crowds turns into a dangerous plot, Artie can stay in the closet or prove just how special he is.
4✨s – I am loving this series so far and the different characters that we are introduced to. Here we meet Artie, a plumber, general handyman and closeted gay man, and Francois, a famous composer and pianist who suffers from a fear of crowds and seems to have a issue with a fan. Two very different men somehow come together over their love of Francois’s music and the feelings they evoke in each other. This is such a lovely story. You can’t help but adore Artie, he just wants to help everyone. He seems settled with his life apart from not revealing his true self to any who know him. It’s not until Francois that the possibility of living out was even really thought about. But can two men from such different backgrounds and social classes work? Artie struggles with it the most being from the lower class but it’s also easy to read that Francois enjoys Artie’s company just as he is and especially when the fish are included, creating their own symphony of music in movement. Tara’s world building is wonderful and it’s as though you’re right there with the characters as they go on their journey through the book. We have a few great secondary characters who are very supportive and then those that you love to hate. With Francois as a pianist, obviously reading doesn’t allow us to listen but when Artie is describing it both internally and to others, it really feels as though you’re right there, getting to experience it with him. It’s a wonderful contemporary romance, short and sweet and an easy evening’s read. I definitely recommend the book and the series. It can be read as a standalone, there’s only a slight mention of previous characters. I received an ARC from the publisher and am happily giving a review.
About Tara Lain:
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, and 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 her other job, Tara 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. She lives with her soulmate husband and her soulmate dog (who’s a little jealous of all those cat pictures Tara posts on FB) in Ashland, Oregon. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says that on her tombstone, it will say “Yes!”
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