The Rebuilding Year

The Rebuilding Year

Kaje Harper / May 26, 2020

The Rebuilding Year Losing nearly everything leaves room for the one thing they can t live without A few excruciating minutes pinned in a burning building cost Ryan Ward his job as a firefighter the easy camaraderie of

  • Title: The Rebuilding Year
  • Author: Kaje Harper
  • ISBN: 9781609288327
  • Page: 456
  • Format: ebook
  • Losing nearly everything leaves room for the one thing they can t live without.A few excruciating minutes pinned in a burning building cost Ryan Ward his job as a firefighter, the easy camaraderie of his coworkers, his girlfriend, and damn near cost him his left leg Giving up, though, isn t an option Compared to the alternative, choosing a new profession, going back to sLosing nearly everything leaves room for the one thing they can t live without.A few excruciating minutes pinned in a burning building cost Ryan Ward his job as a firefighter, the easy camaraderie of his coworkers, his girlfriend, and damn near cost him his left leg Giving up, though, isn t an option Compared to the alternative, choosing a new profession, going back to school, and renting a room from the college groundskeeper are simple Until he realizes he s falling in love with his housemate, and things take a turn for the complicated.John Barrett knows about loss After moving twice to stay in touch with his kids, he could only watch as his ex wife whisked them away to California Offering Ryan a room seems better than rattling around the empty house, but as casual friendship moves to something , and a firestorm of emotions ignites, the big old house feels like tight quarters It s nothing they can t learn to navigate, though But when dead bodies start turning up on campus and one of the guys is a suspect their first taste of real love could go up in smoke Product WarningsContains two hot men wrestling with a shift in their sexuality, as well as a few positions probably listed in the Gay Kama Sutra But it s not all about the hot and sweaty especially when your previously straight life knocks on the door and comes back to visit.

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      • Kaje Harper

        I get asked about my name a lot It s not something exotic, though Kaje is pronounced just like cage it s an old nickname.I was born in Montreal but have lived for 30 years in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow removal and Road repair, where the mosquito is the state bird, and where winter can be breathtakingly beautiful Minnesota s a kind, quiet if sometimes chilly place and it s home.I ve been writing far longer than I care to admit whispers forty years , mostly for my own entertainment, usually M M romance with added mystery, fantasy, historical, SciFi I also have a few Young Adult stories some released under the pen name Kira Harp My husband finally convinced me that after all the years of writing for fun, I really should submit something, somewhere My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011 I have a weakness for closeted cops with honest hearts, and teachers who speak their minds, and I had fun writing four novels and three freebie short stories in that series I was delighted and encouraged by the reception Mac and Tony received.I now have a good sized backlist in ebooks and print, both free and professionally published A complete list with links can be found on my website Books page at kajeharper.wordpress books You can find me and my book reviews on my author page here on I hang out on a lot because I moderate the YA LGBT Books group I also post free short YA stories on that group, than 50 of them so far.You can also find me on Facebook facebook KajeHarper


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    1. *Re-released now, and on sale EVERYWHERE for only $0.99!!!***4.5 stars**This was dangerously, dangerously close to being all time favorite read of mine. So close, Kaje!! I loved the first 60% or so of the book so much that I spend most of the night reading it. But the mystery that came to a head near the end just didn't work all that well for me. Let me start with what I liked (which is pretty much everything!). This book is just SQUEEL just such an awesome GFY. It was the holy grail of GFY, a D [...]


    2. Review completed December 18, 2012After having endured a severe accident in a burning building, Ryan lost his job as a firefighter as well as his girlfriend. Ryan is not a quitter though. Hence, it’s time to evaluate his options--time for his rebuilding year, that is. He decides to go back to medical school. Due to his injury his knee never gained back its full strength. Isn’t it amazing what can happen when you’re falling down a couple of stone steps and a kind and gorgeous guy is there t [...]


    3. "It was just like it had been. Except it wasn’t. There was that edge of tension that never went away. In the past, he might have bumped up against Ryan, if both of them were going for the fridge at the same time. Or he would have put out a hand to the man’s elbow, if some move shifted Ryan’s weight onto the bad leg wrong. Because the fool refused to use his cane around the house. Now, though, there was a careful few inches of space between them at all times. And yet he was always aware of [...]


    4. Re-read June, 2015:Loved this even more the second time! The secondary plot about the crimes on campus made a lot more sense to me now. I guess the first time I was just so anxious to hear about the men's budding romance that I saw that storyline as bothersome. But in hindsight, it was interesting and was able to facilitate that awesome rescue by Ryan. Now on to the sequel!!This GFY tale was frustratingly close to perfection! MC John Barrett is living a mostly solitary life as a University groun [...]


    5. ***4.25 Let It Happen Stars***Ryan and John,Let's start with my ramblings, shall we? Ryan is a 30 year-old ex firefighter who sustained a serious leg injury in the line of duty. He's decided to finally pursue his dream of being a doctor and has moved to the Midwest to attend medical school.John is a 37 year-old divorced, father of two who works as the groundskeeper at the university. He used to be a suit working at a large landscaping architectural firm, but moved to the Midwest to be closer to [...]


    6. Wow. A TRUE double GFY book…one where neither man had ever even considered or been attracted to or had an inkling of other men before… a rarity.I am a big fan of Kaje Harper. This, however, was not my favorite. I think the GFY angle was hard for me to embrace. Taking two very broken, very lonely men and having them find companionship and eventually love with one another…ok, I can see it happening. But, having them totally embrace the change (f’ing like rabbits, I tell ya!) and barely bli [...]


    7. ETA - both this book and the sequel are now available again in ebook, with a novella to come out later this year. And I have just signed an audio contract with a great narrator to bring The Rebuilding Year into audio by the end of September.***I wanted to post a quick notice that with Samhain Publishing closing their doors at the end of February 2017 this book and the sequel - Life, Some Assembly Required - (plus Sole Support) will temporarily become unavailable.If you have Samhain books purchas [...]


    8. 3.5 starsThere was a quiet intensity to this book: two lonely men in crisis meet and fall in love. John is a divorced father of two whose bitchy ex-wife won’t let him see his two teenage kids. He is also the head landscaper at a local college campus where he meets Ryan, a former firefighter and current medical student, whose badly damaged leg forces to walk with a cane. Ryan falls, and John is there to catch him (literally and symbolically). This was a double GFY/OFY, as neither man had been w [...]


    9. Excellent m/m romantic suspense about a firefighter who was seriously injured in a fire a year ago and is now going to med school. When he falls down some stairs on campus, the head groundskeeper comes to his rescue and they slowly become friends. What made this book so amazing was how it felt organic to me - the story slowly built and grew and developed and that worked really, really well. Recommended.


    10. 3.75 to 4 StarsJohn Barret meets Ryan Ward for the first time when he spots Ryan struggling to get up after taking a bad fall at Bonaventure University. Ryan is a first year Medical student at the school where John is Heads Groundskeeper. They hit it off from there and become friends. Ryan is a bit older than the average first year Med student, and does not know many people. After a crippling injury working as a firefighter for the SDFD he decided to give Medical School a try. He's a little bit [...]


    11. Alright, short and sweet on this one. Rating 4.5 stars.Did I like the book?I thought the developing of a double GFY was paced very nicely and not rushed at all. The author did an outstanding job building their relationship from a casual friendship to a romantic one. Loved the MCs and secondary characters- I LOVED John's kids! Story had a nice flow and has left me wanting to read more from this author. My only thing and why I rounded down and not up, was the end. I kind of felt cheated out of get [...]


    12. 3.5 starsWhile I still finish this in practically one sitting, I have to admit that this is not one of the 'better' stories from Kaje Harper, in my humble opinion. Let me explain this on the "what works for me" and "what doesn't".What worksI don't mind the rather slow pacing, to be honest. Some of the books I like has that regular day-to-day vibe, and so is this one. We have our two MCs, Ryan (he's a 30 year old ex-fire fighter, who was injured in a job, and now going back to College as med stud [...]


    13. The Rebuilding Year was a really interesting concept. As a GFY/ friends to lover story its one of those that really works. The growing attraction between the two ( straight) main protags - John and Ryan- is very nicely handled. John is divorced and the college gardener, Ryan a mature med student, ex fireman injured on the job. Ryan is not happy at his shared apartment and John needs a lodger to help with the cost of the big house he bought before his divorce and over a few weeks of meeting every [...]


    14. Pleasant, if slightly boring, m/m romance about college groundskeeper, John Barrett, and med student, Ryan, who grow to love each other after becoming housemates. John is divorced and struggling with lack of access to his two teenage children. Ryan was a firefighter until a routine housefire left him with terrible injuries which forced him to re-evaluate his life.This romance didn't really work for me. I didn't see any buildup to the physical attraction between the two MC's. They were both so ha [...]


    15. This was my very first Kaje Harper book and I enjoyed it immensely. I think she's a master at "two guys, working shit out!" without being overly angsty or overly analytical, and I think these two guys were engaging protagonists. John was just sweet. He was a family man, in his heart, a quiet artist, a good samaritan. Ryan was a little more extroverted, but also intense and dedicated to setting his life on the path he had planned originally--with one little wrinkle. Both these guys were interesti [...]


    16. 3,5 stars for an entertaining but not perfect GFY book.It's about medical student Ryan and college groundskeeper John, who become housemates and grow to love each other. Ryan is an ex-firefighter who left his job after terrible injuries. John is divorced and is struggling with his ex-wife and the lack of access to his two children.They share more and more time with each other and realise that they feel more than friendship for each other. A romance begins and two men who have never contemplated [...]


    17. I found that this is a wonderful story. I loved Ryan & John. I also love Mark and Torey. Let the haters fuck off! lol!My issue was I felt disconnected on some important scenes, like their first kiss and sex. And I wanted more struggle in their feelings for each other. I don't think the whodunit was needed here.But I really like this! And as you know, I'm off to Book 2! More of them!!! :D3.5 STARS.


    18. enjoyed this story a lot, very well written and my first book by this author. Ryan is starting his life over after a bad accident while he was a firefighter. He has gone back to college to me a doctor and trying to share apartment with a much younger and party animal guy. John is the gardener at the college and also trying to get his life together after a divorce and missing his kids. I love how their friendship grew gradually into more, both men starting trying to rebuild their lives and suppor [...]


    19. Dear Ms Harper,Thank you for writing this wonderful book. I loved both of your characters very much. I adored how the relationship built slowly, and how these two lovely men found happiness together.Now for my review:John was a groundskeeper at a university. Ryan was a med student at the university, trying to start his life over after being injured at work when he was a firefighter.This book didn't bring me to tears, but parts were very emotional. These men were a little older, they had lived th [...]


    20. I really liked this story! Ryan and John were really sweet together. I've seen that a lot of people had issues with the gfy in this book, but not me. I really, really liked that part. (Yeah, I'm weird I guess). I liked the friends-to-lovers and all the sexual tension.  Plus, all the sex was HOT! But, yeah, they were both totally straight and then all of the sudden they were perfectly ok with being gay for each other. I thought it was a little slow in the beginning, but understandable because [...]


    21. This author is amazing. She writes so flawlessly that I feel like I am watching a movie. I get so caught up in the story, so invested in her characters, just perfect!


    22. Redefining sexual identity was a big theme in this book. Both main characters found themselves suddenly falling in love with another man, while previously same-sex attraction had never even remotely been part of their reality. Now, this might sound off-putting for readers who don’t think highly of the so-called “gay-for-you” plot, but I’d strongly advise against letting that fact keep you off reading this book – you’d miss out on a really well-done story.For once, the falling in love [...]


    23. This was a sweet read about two guys who have been straight all their lives. This books was for a long time on my TR shelf and I'm happy I finally found the time to read it. It didn't disappoint me.Ryan is an ex firefighter. But his disability (caused from fire), has made him unsuitable for the job. Therefore he's a new med student, despite him being in his thirties. He lives in a dorm, until he meets John and realises that he's too old for the dorm life. John (ex husband and father of 2 teenage [...]


    24. 4 stars, if only that damn crime wasn't included.First read 4/2014Reread 2/2015Third re-read 12/2015Fourth read:07/2016I really really enjoyed these twoI guess it's not my month for books with an ending I'm happy with. Please tell me we get a sequel for this, I need more of Johnny & Ry!! I really adored this book. I though it was a good mm/Cr but didn't think about the thriller aspect, it didn't take away from the book at all. Loved that because it was a GFY, that both MC were grown men and [...]


    25. Okay, so the first 65% of this book is five stars amazing. The last 35% is off the walls over the top creys. So yeah, a solid four stars and a couple of raised eyebrows. Here's why: kaje Harper has a great voice and writes really endearing characters. Really truly great characters. The plot got crazy weird at the end but what the hell, it was a fun ride. Recommended for the darling straight guys who turned out to be gay after all, the adorbs teenage son who was almost too surly to live, and the [...]


    26. I enjoyed that one. It is not often you get a double GFY.John and Ryan are extremely likeable characters. Neither has ever been with a man, so finding themselves developing feelings for each other is quite a shockFacing this novelty of emotions, their openness and honesty are awesome, the way both acknowledge their feelings astonishing (even if Ryan is not as sure as John to start with). I felt their connection, the heat and chemistry between them. Most of all they are communicating like the adu [...]


    27. Rating: 4.5 starsStarting from scratch…never an easy thing to do…sometimes the only thing to do-the only things that will help you survive and even thrive in an impossible situation. Here is where Ryan finds himself at the beginning of his 1st year at Med School. Having survived an almost fatal accident while fighting a deadly fire, Ryan finds himself permanently disabled, often unable to easily do simple maneuvers such as climbing stairs. His firefighting career-a job he had thrown himself [...]


    28. This was so good. The pacing of these two straight men becoming friends and then roommates and then lovers and then loved ones and co-parent was really well done. The pacing made this relationship believable and one in which I was invested. It was executed brilliantly and rendered the relationship beautiful. The writing, in successfully managing the pacing, is really strong and a wonderful testament to Romance over bare-bones Erotica where two random people are rutting away at each other before [...]


    29. "The Rebuilding Year" by Kaje Harper is wonderful! I truly did not want this book to end. Ms. Harper did a beautiful job of telling a story that is about love, family, vocation and the continuum on which all exist.Our two main characters, John and Ryan, have considered themselves “straight” all their lives, but they don’t let that stand in the way of the feelings they begin to develop for one another. Ryan is basically embarking on a second career after an injury stops him from being able [...]


    30. 6/17/15-Finished 5 stars AGAIN!Man I love that. When you re-read a book and find that it's just as wonderful as the first time you read it. Can't wait to start the sequel!***********************************************************************The more books I read by Kaje Harper, the more hooked I get. I loved this story just as much as the others I've read by her. She's got a way of making her characters come alive on the page, and I can't help caring about them and what happens next. I find mys [...]


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