Author: Kaje Harper
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Tony Hart’s life has been quiet lately. He has good friends and a rewarding teaching job. Then the murdered body of another teacher falls into the elevator at his feet, and Tony’s life gets a little too exciting.
Jared MacLean is a homicide detective, a widowed father, and deeply in the closet. But from the moment he meets Tony’s blue eyes in that high school hallway, Mac can’t help wanting this man in his life. However Mac isn’t the only one with his eyes on Tony. As the murderer tries to cover his tracks, Mac has to work fast or lose Tony, permanently.
I debated for a while whether I was going to review this title for Kaje Harper’s Retro read spotlight day. On one had, I wanted to keep the spotlight on The Rebuilding Year, our featured title, on another I adore this series for so many reasons. I had basically decided to save this review for another day when Lirtle and I got to talking about LL during our team review of The Rebuilding Year. After that discussion, I simply needed some Mac and Tony in my life.
What I like best about the Life Lessons series as a whole is that Mac and Tony are genuine characters. There are no pretty bows where everything goes right as they ride off into the sunset. They have to work for every bit of happiness they get, but not overly so. They face normal problems mostly, and they do it with grace and maybe a few missteps. But they remain genuine and relatable the entire time. Their lives aren’t perfect. They are obviously right for each other, but that isn’t enough for everything to come up roses.
Life Lessons is the start of a journey for these two men. It is the start of a love affair that will become central to both men’s lives but will remain themselves. Just better versions. They each bring something to the table that the other one needs and wants. Mac is deep in the closet, and that is something Tony has to decide if he can deal with. It is an unfortunate reality for too many couples.
Here is my original (short) review of Life Lessons:
I loved the way the relationship developed between Mac and Tony. It seemed very organic. Though I kept forgetting Tony was the teacher… for some reason my mind kept putting him in the Cop role (very stereotypical I know). The mystery was enough without detracting from the romance. I love that everything was not tied up in a nice neat little bow at the end, but at the same time you weren’t left wanting. I will be reading the rest of this series in short order.
Now excuse me while I read Breaking Cover.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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