Book Title: Breaking Cover (Life Lessons Book 2)

Author and Publisher: Kaje Harper

Narrator: JF Harding

Release Date: June 29, 2022

Genre: Contemporary/Mystery M/M romance

Tropes: Modest age-gap, in the closet

Themes: Coming out, gay parenting

Heat Rating:  4 flames

Length: 9 hours and 46 minutes

It is best read after book 1.

The book does not end on a cliffhanger. It has a solid HFN ending, not yet a HEA. Audiobooks 3 and 4 scheduled for later this summer.


Issue Heavy but a Good Addition to the Series

I am a huge fan of Kaje Harper. Not only is she an amazing writer, but she is also a wonderful person. I’ve read several of her books, including the first book of this series. First, let me say, the audio version of this book is astounding. JF Harding has a wonderful voice and he adds so much emotion and dimension to the characters. Quite superb.

The best thing about the book: the kids. I love the ‘found child’ or ‘thrust upon child’ tropes (that’s what I call them.) and I thought the kids were great and the parental figures almost too perfect to be real. Quite a delight and Harding brought them to life just as well as the adults.

I loved Life Lessons, but this second book, Breaking Cover hits personal pet peeves/things I don’t enjoy. It was just too close to real life. There is a lot of gay bashing/troubled LGBT teens/bigotry in the work place/talk of therapy. This takes up quite a bit of the novel, so much so the detective plot got lost. And yes, this happens and is a real thing, but it stresses me out. Much of this book stressed me out and I like to read to relax. One reason I read fantasy more, it isn’t so much overly political.

Another thing I didn’t care for was Tony’s demand for Mac to be open about his sexuality when Mac obviously wasn’t ready. And how the book played it, he was right to keep himself safe however he felt he should. But Tony pushed and pushed and I think I would have enjoyed the story if Mac’s coming out was caused more by the plot and Tony was supportive of him from the get go, versus having Tony put pressure on him and then have the plot play its part. Tony’s focus on his own wants, going back on what he previously promised Mac, were my least favorite parts.

But, they are both out and living with it now. The novel had a good strong conclusion. The mystery/detective plot did fade for awhile, but by the end it was going full force and had a descent conclusion I didn’t quite see coming but was totally laid out! Fans of contemporary gay romance will love it. Great job!

Buy Links – Audible, KU and Paperback

Audible US  |  Audible UK

Amazon US  |  Amazon UK

Sometimes one moment defines a man


For homicide detective Mac, it’s been a good year. Having Tony to go home to makes him a better cop and a better person. For Tony, it’s been hard being in love with a man he can’t touch in public. Evasions and outright lying to friends and family take a little of the shine off his relationship with Mac, but Tony is determined to make it work.

As the Minneapolis Police Department moves into a hot, humid summer, Mac is faced with a different challenge. A killer has murdered two blond women, and the police have no real clues. Mac hates to think that another murder may be the only way they’ll make progress with the case. But when that murder happens, it hits close to home for Tony. And suddenly Mac faces an ultimatum: come out into the sunlight and stand beside Tony as his lover, or walk away and live without a piece of his heart.

About the Author  

I get asked about my name a lot. It’s not something exotic, though. “Kaje” is pronounced just like “cage” – it’s an old nickname, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’ve been writing far longer than I care to admit (*whispers – forty-five years*), although mostly for my own entertainment. I write M/M romance, often with added mystery, fantasy, historical, SciFi, paranormal… I also have Young Adult short stories (some released under the pen name Kira Harp.)  

After decades of writing just for fun, my husband convinced me I really should submit something, somewhere. My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out in May 2011. I now have a good-sized backlist in ebooks and print, both free and professionally published, including Amazon bestseller The Rebuilding Year and Rainbow Award Best Mystery-Thriller Tracefinder: Contact. A complete list with links can be found on my website “Books” page at

Social Media Links

Audible Profile  |  Blog/Website  |  Newsletter Sign-up

Facebook | Facebook Group: Kaje’s Conversation Corner  

Goodreads Author page  | BookBub

Meet the Narrator

JF Harding Facebook Page  |  Facebook Group

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