Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Life Lessons
Author: Kaje Harper
Series: Life Lessons #1
Heroes: Anthony “Tony” Hart/Jared “Mac” MacLean
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 276 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Available at: MLR Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Put this one on my I-can’t-believe-it-took-me-so-long-to-read shelf. It pulls you in very quickly and is suspenseful through to the end. There is a lot going on here, though the mystery/investigation takes the stage for most of it with the actual relationship taking somewhat of a back seat, which I found a nice change.
Tony, the gay high school teacher, gets mixed up in a murder and meets hunky detective but extremely closeted, Mac, and there is pretty much instant attraction. However, the love takes its time here, as circumstances don’t really allow for much else. Through the investigation, they get to know one another, thanks to a chance meeting at the amusement park. Mac is there with his daughter and the main reason for his staying so deeply closeted, while Tony is there with his sort of adopted child, a boy of deceased ex-lover and best friend. While I am not a huge fan of children in my books, I found these to be cute and enjoyable.
When these guys end up taking things further, wow, was it hot. Mac always wants to do the right thing, but can’t resist his feelings for Tony, the first man he has allowed to be more than an anonymous one nighter. Unfortunately, he is convinced, and maybe rightfully so, that he needs to remain in the closet. Tony, while not completely happy about having to do so, understands and agrees to give their secret relationship a try.
It didn’t take very long for me to figure out the big mystery, but I found the plot quite interesting and exciting nonetheless. There is a lot of action and buildup toward the end, all of which lead to a solid HFN. An epilogue leads you to believe these guys will have much more to show us, and I’m definitely looking forward to jumping into the next segment.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*