Author: Laura Baumbach

Publisher: Torquere Press

Release Date: January 2007

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5


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If you’ve read Laura Baumbach’s A BIT OF ROUGH then I’m sure you’ve wondered what happened with Bram and James after the end that book. Did they get their happily ever after? Well, they’re back with the rest of their story and are sure to become an inspiration to us all.

Bram and James have been dating for a while, but James is still uncomfortable with showing affection in public and scared that if he does allow himself to become too comfortable with Bram then he’ll ruin everything between them. James wants to take things slow. That’s not easy though when Bram uses all his forceful charm and sexy appeal to convince James that fast is exactly right for them.

Bram has no doubt about his feelings for James. If he had his way they’d be living together already. He grudgingly accepts James’s need to keep their relationship at a slower pace, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to do everything in his power to convince him otherwise.

James may want to keep his relationship with Bram at a slower pace but the rest of his life is going at warp speed. The plans he’s drawn up for the Becker restoration project have come to his boss’s attention. He wasn’t even on the project but that will soon change. Staying at his apartment has become dangerous due to his neighbors harassment. He has to find a new place to live. He’s comfortable and at peace when he’s at Bram’s house, but isn’t about to risk losing Bram by accepting his invitation to stay there permanently. Bram isn’t quite sure how to handle his lover’s determined and independent spirit but he’s positive that he’ll be there whenever James needs him - whether he likes it or not.

A BIT OF ROUGH was such an intensely captivating story that I was thrilled when I learned that Laura Baumbach was writing a sequel for it. ROUGHHOUSING allows readers to delve into the characters psyches and understand them much better. Bram is physically a large man so we expect him to be strong, what surprised me is that James turns out to be quite the scrapper. There’s no shortage of emotional scenes anywhere in this storyline that will leave you teary eyed, smiling or practically bouncing in anticipation. Ms. Baumbach touches on issues that were brought up in the first book and adds some new ones as well as some new characters that are sure to delight readers. One of them, Macy, intrigued me and I was stunned at how wrong I was about her. She’s a prime example of why you should never jump to snap judgements.

While I believe readers can enjoy ROUGHHOUSING as a stand alone, they’d receive a far better understanding and feel for the characters and their concerns by first reading A BIT OF ROUGH. They’re both wonderful stories full of heart, emotional appeal, and lots of hot sex that will make any couple envious.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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