Sometimes you have to go home again.
When Bryce Edwards left Minnesota for the bright lights of Hollywood ten years ago, he was determined not to look back. He's built a solid acting career through his own hard work and talent. But when he finds himself unemployed right before Christmas, the memories he's been ignoring start to rise up and annoy him.
Maybe it's time to take a different approach; maybe it's time to confront his past and not just use it as motivation for his next emotional scene. If he can make peace with what happened back then— the small-town bigots who drove him away, and his first boyfriend who refused to leave with him— maybe he'll be free to move on to something better. He's not sure what “something better” will look like, but he's finally ready to get on a plane, go home, and find out.
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About the Author
I've been writing as long as I can remember (which is longer than I like to admit). I started creating M/M romances in high-school, filling binders with stories about what Starsky and Hutch really did on their days off. (Pretty PG-rated stuff - we're talking sheltered fourteen-year-old here. I was into the romantic possibilities.) Any potential writing career got side-tracked by forays into art, psychology, teaching, and a biomedical profession. And the challenges of raising children.
When I took up the keyboard again it was just for fun, writing books for my own entertainment. At about manuscript seven, my epically patient spouse told me that if I was going to spend that much time at it, I should try to get published. And he kept saying it, loudly, until I submitted one. And it was accepted! Life Lessons was published May 2011 by MLR Press. A first short story, And to All a Good Night - Life Lessons 1.5, that follows it was soon made available here, and the Life Lessons series is now complete at four MLR Press novels and three free short stories. I've been delighted by the reception my work has received, and I have other books and short stories in print. If you want a short, free taste of my work that stands alone, consider "Like the Taste of Summer", also available here.
My very first Smashwords book, Lies and Consequences, started as a kind of reaction after the November 2010 elections when the DADT repeal looked like it might be derailed. Then I was caught by surprise as I finished the book in December and the repeal passed. I tweaked it by upping the action, and deemphasizing the DADT subplot. The result was something lightweight, but hopefully fun. So I put it out as a free read. I hope you enjoy it. I really appreciate reviews - what you liked and what you didn't. Maybe your comments will help turn the next good book into a better book. KH
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
bookshelves: grabs-my-heart, fav-authors, m-m, made-me-smile, made-me-think, mc-to-love, romance-contempory, steamy, want-more Read from June 10 to 11, 2015 Maybe if I had reviewed this book the moment I had finished it, I would have given a 4 star rating. The thing is --- this story would not leave me. I had to think about these MCs and their life together. Bryce and Cody, young loves in secret until Bryce outs himself and leaves town. He goes with the support of his family to pursue an acting career. His parents also leave the town that was cruel to their son. Cody refuses to leave his small town and his family's farm. Ten years pass. Bryce has had a set back in his career and decides to go back to that small town and to see Cody again. What happens next is the story of love, acceptance, trust and growing up. I loved everything about this book. It took different twists that the usual lost love story. Thank you Kaje Harper for another engaging story.
Kaje Harper is one of my two favorite m/m authors. I've read most of her non-wolf books more than once and would read them again. "Second Act" is not a favorite. I was never convinced about the relationship between Bryce and Dion. I guess I just did not fall for the Dion character. The back story and relationship between Bryce and Cody was heartfelt and interesting. I would definitely put this in the second tier of Harper's books.