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Regularly Scheduled Life (Ohio Books #1) by K.A. Mitchell

January 11, 2014


It’s a long way back to happily ever after.

Sean and Kyle have enjoyed six perfect years of what their friends called a “disgustingly happy” relationship. But what happens one sunny Tuesday morning in October might be more than even the most loving couple can survive.

When the bell rings that morning in chemistry teacher Sean Farnham’s first-period class, a terrifying sound fills the halls–gunshots. Without considering the consequences, Sean runs to tackle the shooter, sustaining a bullet wound to his leg. Despite his actions, he is unable to save the lives of the principal and two students.

Architect Kyle DeRusso hears about the shooting on the radio, and in the flash of an instant finds his life irrevocably altered. Everything–especially his heart–hangs suspended in a nightmare until he finds out Sean is alive. It doesn’t matter that Sean will be left with a permanent limp. Kyle’s just relieved the worst is over.

Or is it? Putting that day behind them isn’t as simple as it sounds. As Sean struggles to make something positive out of the tragedy, Kyle fights to save their relationship from the dangers of publicity–and Sean’s unwillingness to face how the crisis has changed him.

My Review:

With romance the standard is to have the meet cute, the falling in love, the big misunderstanding and then the reconciliation/happily ever after. It’s rare that you get a book where the couple has already found each other, are living their happily ever after only to have it taken from them. You get that with Regularly Scheduled Life and it is amazing.

Kyle and Sean are the perfect couple, so perfect the often make their friends sick with envy and adoration at how well they fit together and complement each other. Take one day; a day that is supposed to be full of love and celebration and suddenly everything they had is ripped from them. The actions of a young man with a gun and Sean’s decision to stop him, has their lives forever changed.

After six perfect years, he couldn’t handle a month of bullshit?

This story, it was so real. It read real. I think that is the biggest draw to it for me. I could see this happening, see it all. Not just the horrible news of another school shooting, but Sean and Kyle read normal and I adore that. Life with another person day in and day out no matter how much you love them can become a challenge when and if things get rough. But when something this big, one of you doing something heroic and getting injured in the process and now you are having to take care of them in ways you never thought you would or have them get on your last nerve in a way you never though they could? You are being taken care of by your lover in ways you never thought you would have to; resenting the fact that you want to ask for help but don’t want to be a burden or have thing blurred and confused. Not only are you both in these new roles but once the news of the shooting goes viral, the country beings to go ape shit over the fact that not only was the act heroic but “hey, you also happen to be a gay man and now it’s up to you to change the way everyone sees gay men”…yeah.

Sean was alive, and eventually everything would get back to normal.

This book wasn’t just about the relationship of Kyle and Sean. It was about the responsibility one can decide to take when they are put in a situation. Sean has the choice and the chance to be a spokesperson against school violence and one for the gay community. He can put himself out there and do well for the cause but at what cost to his relationship?

I felt for both Kyle and Sean in this story. I went back and forth trying to figure out which one I would be and I still am not clear on that. One on hand I would have been Sean; doing all that I could to make a change, to make sure that things changed and to give all that I could to see it happen. But on the other hand, I would have been Kyle; wanting things to go back to the way they were or at least trying to get their lives to resemble what it used to look like before the shooting. It’s such a fine line to walk and the separation it causes with these two was heartbreaking. They are such a wonderful couple and to see them struggle through this hurt my heart.

Why couldn’t he just forget about all the little things and know that as long as Sean had made it through alive, everything else would work out?

If only it was that easy Kyle, if only it was that easy. It really isn’t easy when your lover takes on this new side job and gets a PR person whose motives are beyond questionable and you start to wonder what lines have been crossed and if they are any lines anymore? You start to wonder where the man you loved has gone and if this never ending talk show/interview/speaking engagement circuit will stop and if it never does where does that leave your relationship? If you could only get on the same page and see what the other is thinking, hear why they think this is important and see if from their point of view. If only you could just understand, if only he could just understand…OMG! This story really hurt at times. Really hurt. I wanted to smack both Kyle and Sean a few times and just tell them to talk to each other! Just. Talk. Please! Ugh.

Kyle’s throat ached. He couldn’t lose this. Didn’t want to think about crawling into an empty bed without Sean’s warmth to greet him.

The journey these men take to fight and try to keep their happily ever after was again, amazing. The way the story is told took my breath away. It was a beautiful love story. A sexy as all hell love story as well. Let me take a minute from my gushing about the story to say how simply HOT these men were together. Wow. I was speechless. Through their struggle to get back to where they were,  they only way they could seem to connect at times was through sex and I wanted them to keep connecting, again and again and again. They know each other so well after six years and they still can’t get enough, still have that same passion for their lover that can turn them on with a glance or a light touch. My goodness. I am blushing thinking of one scene that stands out; from start to finish the scene was sexy, sensual and so intimate. Gah. Just so good.

Regularly Scheduled Life was my first book from K.A. Mitchell and I am a huge fan of her writing already. This was such a wonderful, heartbreaking and again, REAL story and it was a stellar book. I could not have chosen a better way to introduce myself to this author and I cannot wait to read more from her.

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