From the Ground Up (Hot Dam Homes, #1) by Harper Robson

A touching story with engaging characters - From the Ground Up is a heartwarming romance that captured my attention from beginning to end.

From the blurb:

Always have an exit strategy. That’s how I’ve lived my life for years, and so far things are going just fine. I know better than to get into any situation without knowing exactly when and how to get out. I don’t do commitments; not jobs, not social plans, and most definitely not relationships. I learned the hard way how bad the alternative can be. 
I’ve spent the last five years running from loneliness, and I’ve done a damn fine job. Now I’m ready to put down roots and make a home, somewhere other than Hollywood. I think I’ve found the right place, and I thought I'd found the right person. But I’m not sure I’m ready to burn all my bridges, and I’m afraid that might be the only way I can prove how important he is to me. 

From the Ground Up is a steamy M/M romance featuring hurt/comfort and sexual awakening themes. You'll also find an A-list movie star, a sweet contractor, beautiful homes, loveable family members and of course, a happy ending. Book One of the Hot Dam Homes series.

Zakiyya's Review:

Mason is a big, strong and sexy guy in the construction business and Jackson is a totally hot movie star with a sexy accent. Mason's back story really broke my heart and I loved that Jackson - although hesitant due to his career at first - never gave up on Mason. I liked that their attraction to each other was instantly strong due to neither one of them having a worthy connection to anyone else in a long time. But what I liked even more was that they both questioned that instant bond and it didn't just fall away into the background as if something like that was totally normal in everyday life. 

I'm such a sucker for size difference so this was definitely perfect for me. And these two were really hot together... 🔥🔥 Even the secondary characters were interesting and I definitely find myself wanting to know their stories. Will definitely be checking out more from this author... 💙💙

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

From the Ground Up was a great read that sucked me in so much that I fell asleep with my kindle in hand and woke up early just to finish it.   I absolutely love that the characters are both flawed, but ready to start embracing a second chance at love... and although this book deals with heavy themes, there is a thread of fun, steam and genuine caring that makes the darkness seem easier to deal with.

That said, there are trigger warnings for past abuse, discussions of suicide and also death of past partners, cancer and other strong themes, so if these trigger you, you may want to wait for book two to jump into the Hot Dam series.

I thought that Harper Robson did a brilliant job with finding the right balance between instant connection and learning to love, between hurt/comfort and relationship joy and between angst and acceptance... especially since this is their debut novel!!  I can't wait to see what happens in Dylan's book which is up for pre-order and will release in November!

Rating: 5 Stars

From the Ground Up is currently available as an e-book and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription