Book Reviews

Love You So Madly (Love You So 2) by Tara Lain

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 20-April-2021

Book Blurb

What does it mean when you have it all ... and you’d like to give some of it back?

Ben Shane’s a hard-working guy, deeply committed to an important job.
Dusty Kincaid is a hard-working guy who happens to be Ben’s handyman.

Ben’s chafing against his engagement to a super-wealthy man who makes him feel like a trophy wife – but is he really going to give up a partner who drives a Ferrari for one who takes the bus?

Dusty has challenges Ben can’t begin to imagine, and the world thinks they’re crazy. But face it. From the beginning, this love has been a little bit mad.



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, May 2018.


Book Review

“Love you madly, right or wrong, sounds like the lyric of a song. But since it's so, I thought you ought to know, I love you, Love you madly...” ~ Ella Fitzgerald - Love You Madly Lyrics

Ben Shane, of Tara Lain's 'Love You So Madly', is at the top of his game. He has good parents, a job he loves, and a rich fiancé. If this is so, why is he so dissatisfied with his life? Why can't he seem to be satisfied with accepting that life with Alan, his fiancé, comes with compromise between who he is and who Alan wants him to be. Alan isn't mean to him; he tries, but simply can't understand why, with all the money they have, Ben still wants to work. Alan doesn't take into account that Ben enjoys working and the sense of accomplishment it brings. For a year, he has suffered through social affairs, dinners, and their engagement party where he meets rich and influential people who could help his company accomplish great things, but are the sacrifices he's forced to make worth it?

Ben is in conflict, but he's not considering cheating when he sees a most charming young man, Dusty Kincaid, who works for Ben's foundation as a janitor/repairman. Dusty tries to be as inconspicuous as possible so he won't disturb the employees, he is not around much. Ben is intrigued about this young man who can light up an entire room with a smile and enquires about him. Soon, Ben is making excuses to be where he might see Dusty; then Ben strikes up a conversation with him and invents reasons to see and talk to him. Ben's house is undergoing renovation but he's having problems with the progress of the job because the boss isn't there very often to keep the men motivated. Ben offers Dusty the job of supervising, motivating, and checking up on their work. Dusty is amazed Ben would want him to do this, but he's not going to turn down work, especially since he will be working for Ben. That also means that Dusty will have a reason to spend more time with the man whom he has a crush on. By this time, Ben is even more conflicted because he's still engaged to Alan, although things are shaky between them, yet he's developing feelings for the irresistible Dusty.

Unexpectedly, Dusty turns up at Ben's house one day to help and is surprised to see that Ben is there. Ben joins Dusty in cleaning. One thing leads to another and they end up in bed kissing. Ben realizes what he's doing; cheating on Alan and leading Dusty on when he's not available, and abruptly ends their contact. Dusty feels like a fool for initiating the kissing and mistakes Ben's behavior as rejection. Before Ben can catch him, Dusty is nowhere in sight.

Tara always creates the most charming, complex, and atypical characters; I fall in love with almost every one of them. This is especially true for Dusty. He's such an enigma, a perfect example of a survivor, someone who is not going to let his physical problems stop him from being all he can be. Ben has a big heart and strong sense of character, he simply let life get in the way until he met the person who became his reason for living. Although it is an insta-love scenario, it is still an endearing story that left me feeling all warm and fuzzy. Thanks, Tara, for making me smile.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 162 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-April-2021
Price $2.99 ebook
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