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Learning Curve (Life Lessons #4)

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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
ebook, 370 pages
Published September 6th 2013 by MLR Press
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Kaje Harper This is the last novel, at least for a while. I would like to revisit these guys some years down the road, as their circumstances change a bit, and it…moreThis is the last novel, at least for a while. I would like to revisit these guys some years down the road, as their circumstances change a bit, and it becomes plausible for Tony to get caught up in another mystery. I'd like to see Mac and Tony with teenagers. But for now, this rounds off the series.(less)
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
4.5 stars.****Review completed September 16, 2013

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After being (view spoiler) in Home Work, Mac is still struggling with the after-effects of (view spoiler) The road back to his old self is very difficult and bumpy. Still, he is determined to go back on the force and works hard to accomplish his goal. Tony knows that being a self-confident cop is something that Mac always strived for--it defines a substantia
Mac and Tony are one of my favorite MM couples -- and after everything, a tragedy that happened in Home Work, this simply becomes one of the most awaited titles of 2013.

Being the final book of the series (also the fact that Kaje Harper is one of my top authors), saying that I have expectations will be an understatement. But did the story deliver?

One hundred percent yes.

This is the perfect way to end the series. Kaje Harper tied up all loose ends with the touch of being realistic, that is simply
Review written February 25, 2016

4 1/2 Stars - Best of the best! Freaking ADORE these unforgettable lovebirds and their adorable small 2-kids family

Book #4

I'm just a big silly smile, mixed with sad "Goodbye" tears, and in the same time in a happydancing mode. Gosh, I'm impressed. These are so good and captivating books to read. So much enjoyed this last part. Love this amazing 4-book series.
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Yay, I'm happy! - I have for sure written it before but I can't but be so tedious sometimes: 'Life Less
BUDDY READ 2013 organized by Tina ( thanks hun ) with a great group of people!

Oh my gosh that was good! Like a lot of m/m readers out there I got hooked on all things Mac & Tony when I read Life Lessons so when I heard Learning Curve was due out and was to be the last book in the series it became an absolute must read. So many threads to tie up in this one and Kaje does it with realism, class and satisfaction guaranteed.

IMHO this is a series that has got better over every book and for me
Sep 13, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

Because this is # 4 of a much beloved series…
Because this is Mac and Tony…
Because I’m so happy about how this relationship has grown…
Because we welcomed back all the side characters and Anna & Ben were just cute enough w/o becoming annoying…(especially Ben…)

…I really really enjoyed this book.

I didn’t want to start, because I didn’t want to finish. I’ve grown to love Tony & Mac so much. They fall into my favorite “closeted-alpha-cop-falls-in-love-with-the-pretty-out-fella” catego
Kade Boehme
Sep 07, 2013 Kade Boehme rated it really liked it
It was so so great to see this family again an all the good happening to them. And I'm so happy with how Mac's recovery was handled, but I find Kaje ridiculously appealing when she writes things realistically and she so often does. This was a wonderful installment. Only one thing kinda fucked with the juju... Kaje is a beast and can write novels with outrageous word counts better than anyone I've seen in M/M. But it was almost to the story's detriment this time. I found myself bored at some ...more

A sad day for me, the end of one of my fave series, but 5 stars, a huge and let's bring on those dancing girls shall we

Can't say too much, don't want to give any spoilers away, so I'll just say that I absolutely adored it. There were plenty of 'ah bless' moments , lots of weepy 'where are those tissues' moments , laugh out loud moments , nailbiting tension moments , quite a few Mrs Angry moments and we know who they were for....Mac's family, Mac's work colleagues and even a few ' I can't bel
Sep 27, 2016 MaDoReader rated it liked it
2,5 y redondeo a 3 porque les tengo cariño a Mac y Tony.

Me he aburrido bastante, y no está mal escrito, de hecho, es muy similar a las otras entregas, pero ya estaba harta de la recuperación de Mac, de los líos de Tony con lo de siempre (abuelos, padres, niños y bla, bla, bla) y de que acaben todas las conversaciones/discusiones en la cama...
Sep 07, 2013 Gina rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I have been waiting and waiting for this one and when i finally got my chance to read it I wasn’t disappointed. This book felt like visiting with old friends, catching up and being part of their lives and just smiling for being there. Hello Mac and Tony!!

In this installment we are three months out from Mac getting shot. He is still fighting hard in his recovery and trying to get back to being a detective. Tony is being supportive and taking care of Mac and their kids Anna and Ben. Tony has a har
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
What a nice conclusion to the series! It felt like visiting with old friends.

Thanks, Kaje Harper, for another lovely story.
Heather C
It's Mac and Tony's final book!!! Gah! I these guys so much!

For those of you who haven't read Home Work, you've been warned there will probably be spoilers in my review.

This book was long...I mean really long with a lot going on. Some may even say it was "too long", but I loved every page of it. Since this is supposed to be the final book of the Life Lessons series, there were a lot of things going on in Mac and Tony's life since the very beginning that needed resolutions, and I feel happy abo
Oct 04, 2013 Tina rated it it was amazing

This is the final installment of the Life Lessons series. Everything about this story is so well done. Tony and Mac, the kids, the family stuff, the murder mystery... the book pulls together the loose ends from the previous books. We get a glimpse into Mac's family and witness Brittany's trial.

Everything important for Tony and Mac is wrapped up neatly. Mac is still struggling with articulating what he wants to say, but he is dealing with his limitations. Luckily he has Tony and old friends to h
Sep 14, 2013 Deeze rated it it was amazing
This story not only had a interesting murder story line, it also gave us updates on everything else that had been going on in previous books. A lot of books that tried to include so many story lines would of failed but in this case it all works. Although I think reading these books back to back would be easier on me lol. I had to do a little back skim reading to get a few characters straight in my head.

The romance and chemistry with Mac and Tony is as strong as ever. I really loved that we get
Sep 07, 2013 Anke rated it it was amazing
No idea what to write about it - I'm a happy reader right now:) What a wonderful finish to the series. *sigh*
What a perfect end to a wonderful journey. I loved this series from beginning to end, gripping, emotional, full of suspense and everyday trials and tribulations. I just LOVED this book. It was a perfect round up of the series. I liked the way that previous cases were referred to in this book, tying up all the loose ends nicely before giving a perfect end to a wonderful story.

Mac is still recovering from his injury, he has made massive progress but not yet enough to go back on the force. He still
Sep 17, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing
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Oh wow - well that was a Saturday well spent.

Learning Curve was everything I have come to expect of Kaje Harper's Life lessons series. After four full length novels and some short stories it would have been easy for these characters to become tired and the storyline repetitive - but that was in NO WAY the case.

As ever there was a criminal case as the background, with the main focus of the book being Mac and Tony's relationship and as ever both parts were handled beautifully. I love the way
Sep 08, 2013 Heller rated it it was amazing
Wonderful end to this series.
4.5 stars

So happy to have Mac and Tony back, yet so sad to see them go. This was an outstanding end to a favorite series. As always Kaje Harper delivered a realistic and emotional read.

After the events in Home Work Mac and Tony are struggling with recovery. Mac from both the physical and emotional damage that has him off the job on disability and Tony from the fears of Mac returning to work and never coming home, or Mac not recovering enough to go back and losing a huge part of who he is. Adding
I'm not sure if this is the final book in the series, but if it is, I'm completely happy. There's a lot going on here: family drama, a mystery of sorts, Mac's recovery. But above all, the moments of intimacy between Mac and Tony (both sexual and emotional) are so, so lovely. They're one of my favorite couples in this genre, and this book really solidifies their relationship in a satisfying way.
Awilk -never sleeps-
Finishing this wonderful book has broken my heart. The thought of Mac and Tony's story being over makes me sad. This series is one I turn to when I need a comfort read. These two wonderful men have cheered me up when life is being cruel. I have spent many happy hours in their company. Now there is no more to come, and it saddens me.

Mac is still struggling to recover from his gun shot wound from the previous book. Tony is worried about Mac going back to the job that caused his injuries. I felt fo
Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***

***4.25 Tony and Mac Own My Heart Stars***

I'm so sad to be finishing this series, but hats off to Kaje Harper for writing a series that completely captured my heart, introduced me to some unforgettable characters and made me feel like part of a family.

Mac and Tony had a long and winding journey, but they stuck by each other every step of the way. Their unyielding love jumped over and broke through every obstacle that came their way, whether it dealt with their relationship or just life happenin
Feb 24, 2016 Sofia rated it liked it

3.5 stars

This one being the last in the series it necessary contained a lot of threads which had to be neatly settled which Ms Harper did, no question left unanswered. I like that we leave Tony & Mac in a very good place.

The story arc may have suffered a bit because of all the threads but all in all it was a satisfactory read, quite necessary to conclude the series.

Read with Ingela and Irina 20th Feb 2016 BR link

Jess Candela
Aug 20, 2013 Jess Candela rated it it was amazing
I beta'ed this, and the one before it. Since reading Home Work the first time, I've been predicting that this could be the best book in the series. I think it lives up to that prediction.

More review to come...
Bittersweet. Mac and Tony have come a long way. I love them to bits and they'll always be one of my favourite m/m couples.
Oct 20, 2013 Xing rated it really liked it
It's absolutely CRAZY to look back and see how far Mac and Tony have gone in their lives up to this point. Even Tony agrees with me in his assessment throughout the book!

So Learning Curve, like its predecessors, involves a case/investigation. However, this seems to be secondary to everything else in the book. Mainly, tying up loose ends: Mac's struggle to recover, Mac's own family issues, new problems for Tony at the high school, issues with Ben, and other emotional hurdles that must get tackled
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Tony and Mac, Mac and Tony, what are we going to do with you? Or rather, what are we going to do without you?? These two men, the life they share with each other, their two children, friends, family and co-workers, is so full and fully realized. Full of celebration, fears, little worries, big grins, difficult decisions, easy paths when the light is so clear, hesitations and willful demands for love and lust so rightfully won through battles waged, big and small, inside kitchens, classrooms, ...more
In this final installment of Kaje Harper's Life Lessons series, it's hard to remember there was ever a point in time when Mac was deeply closeted, Tony was so in love, he was (unhappily) willing to live there with him, they weren't married, they weren't parents, and their future as a couple was fragile and tenuous. Now, however, Mac is out, they are married, they are raising two children, and they are testing the strength of their vows as they deal with Mac's efforts to overcome Broca's aphasia ...more
Amy Lane
Jan 01, 2014 Amy Lane rated it it was amazing
Kaje Harper has a deft, sure hand with the small life details that make the extraordinary moments of life real. There was a lot packed into this book, and a lot of closure (not that I don't want to see another Mac and Tony book!) but every end was woven in and every moment led to the hope that this small family was really going to make it. I especially love how far Mac has come in two years, and how Tony is not the "long suffering" husband-- he definitely lets Mac know where he stands. This ...more
Sep 07, 2013 Pjm12 rated it it was amazing
Perfect ending to a much loved series.

Harper incorporates new stories (Quinn's family mystery and Mac's family drama) in with the resolving of old ones (the Anderson case, the Bittany disaster, Mac's progress and adoption hopes), and it was done with assurance and affection.

Mac & Tony's love is as solid as ever. Their family unit stands strong and indeed reaches a little further. We leave them looking to a bright and glorious future. As I say, perfect.

But... maybe it might be possible to fol
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! I mean YES it was AWESOME! But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO it can't be over! This can't be the last Mac & Tony book. :(

In reality though this is the perfect ending for these guys. Mac & Tony have been through so much in finding each other and establishing their lives together with the kids. The ending of the last book left Mac struggling even more to deal with such a dramatic change to his life that who knew how well he'd recover. But with Tony by his side of course th
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