This next installment in an enthralling contemporary m/m romantic suspense series has both a captivating mystery and an exquisite romance in a combination that is spellbinding. It would probably be possible to read this as a stand alone story but things are much clearer if one follows the relationship as it develops. There are extreme highs and lows in this book and one can’t help but sigh happily and wince at the changes in the lives of these two fascinating characters, especially since some of the very issues attendant on coming out as a gay cop are highlighted. The best thing about the stories in this series is that each is different, yet shows the undeniable connection between these two strong men who go through a crucible to become an even more compelling couple and the sizzling connection between them is balanced by the intense love that they share. I will be sad when there aren’t any more stories to read in the series, but fortunately, there is at least one more, as well as several quick novellas that give vignettes of the relationship as it develops.
“Home Work” is the third novel in the ‘Life Lessons’ series by Kaje Harper. It continues the tale of high school teacher Anthony (Tony) Hart and Homicide Detective Jared (Mac) MacLean as they continue to adjust to not only being a couple but work through the logistics of being a family with two young children. An odd case involving an apparent drug addict spirals into a complicated investigation that encompasses multiple venues and potential subjects, but that doesn’t compare to the major changes in Mac’s relationship with Tony. Unfortunately, their commitment to each other may be severely challenged by circumstances beyond their control.
Coming together as a family was supposed to make life happy-ever-after for Mac and Tony, but their two uprooted kids, demanding jobs, and a less than gay-friendly world don't seem to have gotten the message. Mac and Tony thought the hard part was over. They're together openly as a couple, sharing a home and building a life with their two children. It's what they dreamed of. But daughter Anna struggles with the changes, Ben is haunted by old secrets, Mac's job in Homicide still demands too much of his time, and Tony is caught in the middle. It's going to take everything these men can give to create a viable balance between home and work. Especially when the outside world seems determined to throw obstacles in their way.