Author: Kaje Harper
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
He can find a use for his lover’s hands…except when he needs help the most.
Kellen is short on cash—at least until his first novel starts to sell—but he has plenty of friends. None of them, unfortunately, share his love of books. For that he turns to IM chats with Mike from his online book group.
Though he manages to coax the shy, socially inept pathologist into a real-time meeting, Kellen has no intention of letting his new friend become more than a casual lover. Shaky finances and ailing mother aside, self-sufficiency is Kellen’s prime directive.
Mike considers himself a nerd of the highest order—short, bespectacled, prone to blurting out the wrong thing at the worst possible time. Meeting Kellen face to face is the biggest risk of his life, and he wonders if they’ll get more body parts together than just their faces.
First meeting leads to first date—first everything for Mike—and soon Kellen’s faced with breaking his just-friends-with-benefits rule. Yet as his elderly mother wanders deeper into senility, Kellen wonders if it’s better to lean on Mike rather than fall.
I really enjoyed this novel by Kaje Harper. I loved that the characters were real and flawed not admired by everyone for their physical perfection, but still sexy and gorgeous to each other. Mike is a loveable, babbling nerd and very intelligent. His babbling is always enjoyable and enjoyed by Kellen, his love interest. Kellen is slightly older more wordly wise, but with his own fears and worries.
The build up of their relationship is believable, and because of the time the author takes for us to become invested in these men and their lives – when the story opens up to include Kellen’s mother it is truly heartbreaking and painful to read.
To witness the slow, or even speedy, destruction of a loved one’s mind, is one of the highest levels of distress we can expect to go through in life. To see his strong, intelligent, fiercely independent mother lose her dignity and personality is too much for Kellen. He has inherited her dislike, or rather fear, of accepting help from others and nearly allows this trait to destroy him when it comes time for him to care for his mother.
Good friends, love and understanding save him, and the budding relationship between Mike and Kellen. Patrick, Art, Dale and Corinne are all beautifully fleshed out secondary characters, totally part of the story not just there for numbers.
Kaje Harper captures the fact that we create families in life, away from our biological ones. This is a lovely, gentle read detailing many forms of love and how they affect our lives. I didn’t know it was over 400 pages until I came to write this review because it doesn’t drag or feel overly long. The length allows the author to give us a detailed story with great characters you can become invested in.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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