The events in this m/m contemporary romance continue to show the depth of devotion between these two fascinating men even as it highlights how different their respective backgrounds have been. The combination of lust and love that is depicted underscores how deeply they have connected even as the uncomfortable issues they are faced with are tackled with each man’s characteristic determination. It was great to see a memorable character from a previous novel in the series and watching Mac tackle his physical challenges was both intense and inspiring. I love that the depth of commitment between Tony and Mac and the balance between the tow of them is so deftly portrayed in this series. I think it would be difficult to start the series with this book, even though there is a fair amount of backstory, so better to not read this as a stand alone story—even though it is possible to do so. The gradual flowering of this delicious relationship and the unveiling of the various people who have impacted the lives of these two men keep one fascinated by the series and I was sorry that this was the last story in the series (and hope that is a temporary circumstance and that more are percolating in this very talented author’s imagination).
“Learning Curve” is the fourth novel in the ‘Life Lessons’ series by Kaje Harper and continues where “Home Work” left off as Mac and Tony continue to deal with the aftermath of the shocking events that have taken place. Their relationship is tested as Mac struggles to return to his former level of competency and Tony copes with his fears and his desire to be supportive. Mac’s personal history is revealed as members of his biological family react to a tragedy in their midst and Tony must find a way to remind his lover of what is important in their lives and help him continue to move forward with the family of his heart, no matter how things work out with the family of his blood.
Mac is afraid he'll never recover enough to go back to being a cop, while Tony is afraid that he will.
Three months after being shot, Detective Jared MacLean is healing, but he's afraid it may not be enough to go back on the job. He won't give up, though. Being a cop is written deep in Mac's bones, and he'll do whatever it takes to carry his badge again. Tony used to wish he could have Mac safely home, but watching his strong husband battle disabilities is far from Tony's dream come true. When Mac is asked to consult on a case involving one of Tony's students, both men will have to face old demons and new fears to find a way to move forward together.