5 Stars for Life Lessons (Life Lessons #1) by Kaje Harper #MM #Mystery


Title: Life Lessons (Life Lessons #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Kaje Harper (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 3, 2011 – 276 pgs


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.

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Tony is a teacher in high school who just happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and stumbles onto one of his co workers being killed. Well detective Mac who is very firmly in the closet is the one to interview him.
You get a lot of action with this book while Mac is trying to find out who the killer is at the same time that Tony is receiving threats to not say anything to the cops. After Tony is hurt Mac realizes how much he is attracted to Tony and the story gets steamy and filled with a lot more action and angst from that point.
The way the author wrote these two MC’s POV was awesome and the action had me on the edge of my seat through this whole book. This book has everything I love in a crime/ romance novel. I also want to say the steam between these two men was of the charts hot. This is defiantly what I would call a slow burn but for these two characters I thought it worked out perfectly and I cant say how much I loved them as a couple even though I really wanted Mac to get out of the closet and admit his love for Tony.

All together I really loved this book!
I would recommend this book!



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I live in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow-removal and Road-repair, the mosquito is the state bird, and where sometimes in winter it can be breathtakingly beautiful. Of course, the deepfreeze chill contributes to the breath-taking, but Minnesota’s a kindly, quiet place and it’s home to me now. I’ve been writing for far longer than I care to admit (*whispers – forty years*), mostly for my own entertainment, and currently am focused on M/M romance (with added mystery, fantasy, history, SciFi…) I also have a few Young Adult stories released under the pen name Kira Harp.

My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011. My husband finally convinced me that after all that time writing, I really should submit something, somewhere. I was thrilled when it was accepted. I have a weakness for closeted cops with honest hearts, and teachers who speak their minds, and I had fun writing the four novels and three freebie short stories in the series. I’ve been just delighted by the reception Mac and Tony have received.

My first free book became the first story that I actually released – I put it up a month before Life Lessons just for the fun of getting it out there. Lies and Consequences began as a reaction to the November 2010 election. It looked like the repeal of DADT might be derailed by the political shift and I put the insanity of that law into the book. Then as I was finishing the first draft in mid-December the repeal passed. Which was great, but prompted a rewrite to a lighter and more action/romance book. This was a solo effort and I learned a lot from writing and releasing it and from the reviews. Check Smashwords for that one and many of my other freebies.

I now have a decent backlist in ebooks and print, both free and professionally published. A complete list with links can be found on my Books page. This writing thing is addictive. So read, comment, tell me what you like and what you don’t, and help me make the upcoming books even better.

You can find me to chat on my author page here on Goodreads most easily – I hang out on Goodreads a lot because I moderate the Goodreads YA LGBT Books group there. I also post free short YA stories on that group, more than 50 of them so far.


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