Monday, January 30, 2012

ROUGHHOUSING by Laura Baumbach

Book 2 in Rough Series
Publisher: MLR Press
Date Published: September 2011
ISBN 978-1-60820-435-5 (E-book)
Contemporary M/M
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

James and Bram are back with James having trouble believing that Bram loves only him. He has always rushed into things in the past and it always got him hurt. Now with his job getting stressful, James is trying to figure out his relationship with Bram amid his turmoil of emotions. Can James believe in Bram and in himself in order to be happy with Bram? Bram is so forceful, so sexy and getting tired of trying to show James that he is here to stay. Can he show James, once and for all, that his love is true?

ROUGHHOUSING takes up right after A BIT OF ROUGH left off and here we see more deeply into the relationship of Bram and James. James has issues that are getting the best of him. He is scared to think of Bram getting tired of him and tossing him aside like so many others have done in the past. Bram is tired of trying to show James he is “THE ONE” to James and to show him his heart, time after time. Laura Baumbach delivers a stellar second book in her Rough Series that deliver angst, passion and a love worth fighting for. The story is fast paced, writing tight and the characters are so life-like, I was sure I could meet them at any local bar.

James is feeling like he was on a roller coaster. He adores Bram but he is trying to slow things down, so he can figure things out but Bram has a way of steamrolling over James at times. But James’s insecurities are getting the best of him and it will take all of Bram’s love and devotion to help James figure out he belongs right by Bram’s side, now and forever. Laura Baumbach delivers two amazing characters that will steal your heart. Gentle James and alpha Bram swooped in and turned me into mush while I read ROUGHHOUSING. The characters are very enjoyable, life like and I could literally see them on the corner of my street or at a local restaurant. There were a few secondary characters that were quite enjoyable and gave me a few giggles at times.

ROUGHHOUSING delivers a strong story that is very hot and sexy at times. I recommend you keep a handy bucket of ice nearby or your significant other. You will need it. I can’t wait to see what happens next for Bram and James. Laura Baumbach is a talented writer who pens intriguing stories with enjoyable characters. If you’re looking for a strong character rich story, then try ROUGHHOUSING. I do recommend reading A BIT OF ROUGH first to see how James and Bram met and fell for one another.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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