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Learning Curve by Kaje Harper

18335673Title: Learning Curve (Life Lessons, Book 4)
Author: Kaje Harper
Published: September 6, 2013
Pages: 370
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:

The finale of the Life Lessons series follows Tony and Mac as they work to settle into their family life while Mac works to overcome the injuries he suffered at the end of <i>Home Work</i>. Mac is called in to consult on a case that involves one of Tony’s students and the two once again find themselves forced to try to balance all of their responsibilities and their relationship. Mac’s career, Tony’s peace of mind, and their life together are all on the line here and they’ll do whatever it takes to make it through.

This was a nice end to the series. I actually liked the balance between the case and the relationship story more here than in the previous three books. In the past ones, I felt like the cases were somewhat convenient to making the rest of the plot go the way it needed to, but here it seems like more of an overlay. They fit together perfectly. It would be a lie if I said I wasn’t curious to know what happens to Mac and Tony after this book ends, but Kaje Harper has given them a fitting end here in a way that gives readers closure.

Home Work by Kaje Harper

15706627Title: Home Work (Life Lessons, Book 3)
Author: Kaje Harper
Published: October 5, 2012
Pages: 356
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:
It’s interesting to see the ways in which Mac and Tony (and their relationship) have developed over the course of this series. There has been a number of changes and the way they’ve grown separately and together is definitely endearing. Following along as they work through the challenges of coming together as a family and raising two children on top of the stresses of their respective jobs – well, it’s refreshing to me in its own way.

I did feel like the case/mystery in this one dragged a bit slowly at the beginning and then rushed to a finish – especially more so than in the previous two books. But I still enjoyed it overall and it did keep me guessing through much of the book as well.

Nor Iron Bars a Cage by Kaje Harper

18003646Title: Nor Iron Bars a Cage
Author: Kaje Harper
Published: June 1, 2013
Pages: 279
Publisher: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:
I will admit that I’m a bit of a sucker for a good fantasy story with magic and royalty and impending doom. You add in an element of m/m content and I’m definitely there. And this story had those things that I enjoy and generally, the story was told very well.

But there were a few things that ended up detracting from my overall opinion of the book. For one, Lyon seems to get over his PTSD really suddenly and inconsistently. Second, there are parts where the book really, really drags – discussions that likely don’t need to be relayed because they have no bearing on the overall plot and are secondary to the main characters and story. Third, Lyon’s reluctance to relocate permanently – something he’s been adamant about – just seems glossed over at the end.

That said, Lyon and Tobin are interesting characters and seem to be great together and I enjoyed this one.

Title: Breaking Cover
Author: Kaje Harper
Publication Date: July 22, 2011

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
It’s great to see what is happening next for Tony and Mac. I really found myself starting to like them in the first book in this series. Of course, I’m not at all surprised to see them wrapped right up in trouble again, though.

The tone of this book, the characters and their interactions, and the word in which they live had a seamless consistency with the first book – something I haven’t always seen in series. Even though it’s been a while since I read the first book, I was able to jump back in and re-immerse myself rather easily.

My only complaints would be that this one probably goes on a bit longer than necessary and that too many things happened that just seemed overly convenient for the story. This happened a bit in the first book, but they were close enough to feeling natural that it didn’t throw me too much. I started to feel otherwise here, and am hoping I’m on the wrong path and it’s not where the rest of the series is headed.

Title: The Family We’re Born With
Author: Kaje Harper
Publication Date: December 14, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
When Jesse’s mom tells him she doesn’t want his boyfriend Devin to be a part of the family dinner where they’re going to meet her son that she gave up for adoption for the first time, he’s not sure what to say. He is not one to lie about himself or who he is and always thought they considered Devin a part of their family, too. Though they’re all pleasantly surprised when Jesse’s half-brother shows up and has a much different reaction that Jesse’s mother ever could have expected.

A wonderfully sweet story all about family and and what it means to be family. I really felt like this story resonated with me as someone who has always felt like family isn’t always your blood relatives but the friends and others with whom you surround yourself, as well.

Title: Life Lessons
Author: Kaje Harper
Publication Date: May 1, 2011

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
The last thing teacher Tony Hart expected was to get pulled into the investigation of a fellow teacher’s murder. But when a teacher’s body falls on him when he opens the elevator, that’s exactly what happens. Enter Jared MacLean, a heavily closeted homicide detective assigned to the case. He knows he shouldn’t get involved with witnesses, but there’s something about Tony he just can’t seem to shake.

This one wasn’t bad – and I absolutely appreciated the little things the author put in that show she definitely knows the setting of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The characters were likable, if a bit frustrating at times (especially Mac). But the story seemed to go on a bit longer than it needed – and the way it played out started to border on a bit unrealistic for me. That said, those notions can easily be set aside to have a rather enjoyable read.

Title: Into Deep Waters
Author: Kaje Harper
Publication Date: May 8, 2012

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
From the moment Daniel first saw Jacob on the deck of the Gageway, he was drawn to him. There was something about the young man that caught his attention and when the two of them finally connected, it’s not surprising that the attraction is mutual. But in the U.S. Navy during World Ware II, being gay is misunderstood and certainly not tolerated. In a world that isn’t going to make it easy, can Daniel and Jacob build a relationship that will survive – not to mention surviving the enemy planes and the bombs and the guns?

Overall, I liked this one. Daniel and Jacob’s interactions are great, and I really feel like the reader can get a good sense of what life would have been like for a couple like them during the span of time portrayed in the story. (The only real detractor for me were a few occasional bathroom-related thoughts by Daniel that left me making a face – they just didn’t seem to be necessary in the story. Nothing overly inappropriate, though.)