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Home Work

(Life Lessons #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,329 ratings  ·  281 reviews
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 m ...more
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Published October 5th 2012 by MLR Press (first published October 1st 2012)
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Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, kaje-harper
4.5 stars.


If you ask me then I'd say that Home Work is the best story in this series. I really, really liked it! A great addition, engagingly written and wholeheartedly satisfying. Wow, this was kind of an emotional roller coaster ride. I enjoyed to see Mac, Tony, Anna and Ben struggling with their everyday life, accommodating a number of things but overall I am confident that these guys w
Written October 15, 2015

4 1/2 Stars - Once again well written addictive good series part about a favorite couple (family)

Book #3

At last, two whole years after I finished (happy-danced and sincerely loved) the first two in the 'Life Lessons' series, I picked up this third part, Home Work. ~ It was just amazing good to meet this favorite couple once again. A contemporary M/M romance series (with some added crime / suspense) I full heartedly recommend.


Two men, now a family of four, in Minneapolis...

It all started when Tony Hart, an openly gay quite young highschrecommend.
This story had been one of my most awaited releases at the last months of 2012. Tony and his cop, Mac, charmed me from their first book. So I couldn't help to ditch every other to-read books I had when this was finally released.

I finished this last night -- and I suffered from emotional rollercoaster that I needed to sleep on it before writing a proper opinion. This book gave me feelings. Oh. So. Many. Feelings. From anxious, to small relief, to being frustrated, to downright mush (with happy s
When I learned there was going to be a third book in the Life Lessons series:

give it to me now


09 October 2012

Finished. There are so many things I would like to say. How I love Kaje Harper's honest and captivating voice. How Mac and Tony have touched my heart again and again and again. How this installment may be the most emotional, most romantic of the three but it manages to avoid being sappy or too saccharine ((view spoiler) ...more
Heather C
Beautiful story!!

This was absolutely perfect! Perfect balance of romance, drama, and mystery.

I cried so much! A few sad tears but most were happy. I can just feel the love Tony and Mac have for each other deep down in my soul.

I will forever ♥ Mac and Tony!
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it

I LOVE TONY & MAC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just when I knew I couldn’t take any more angst…
Just when I knew I had to have a sweet love story…
Just when I knew I wanted (view spoiler)

…Kaje Harper’s 3rd book in the Life Lessons series, “Home Work”, released.

I’m writing this with a smile on my face because how do you NOT enjoy reading about 2 people in love, figuring out life, and making it
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Might contain spoilers*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Detective Jared ‘Mac’ MacLean (34) and high school English teacher Anthony ‘Tony’ Hart (25) are back once more. As their journey continues, their family grows bigger and stronger, things will still not always be perfect. Mac works a lot, gets ‘faggot’ comments thrown his way and still has a lot of personal bullshit to work through. Which we still don't know about. Tony has their two kids, Ben Serrano (6) and Anna MacLean (5) with their own struggles and problems, at home, one who just wants ‘her real dadd‘’
Jess Candela
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes we get exactly what we wish for, and Home Work is one of those times for me. In my review for Breaking Cover, I said:
The first one ended with a solid HFN and the second ended with what could be a HEA but also leaves room for the possibility of another book. If there is no third book, the series reached a satisfying conclusion. But I'd love to spend more time with Mac, Tony, Ben, and Anna as they settle into being a family together.
Seeing them settle into being a family is the core of this story, though of course isaid:The
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I adore this series because its got everything! Tony and Mac are way high in my ' most favourite couples ever ' list, the murder/crime/suspense part of the book has brilliant plotting that rivals any mainstream one out there and blends perfectly with the wonderful love story between these two endearing guys...and this truly is a love story not just a sexy romance! Like before there's a complex murder to solve that once again brings danger into their lives and for Mac consequences that neither he ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.75 to a 4

I've been waiting for this book for a while. I really enjoyed the previous stories with Tony and Mac quite a bit but it has been a while since I've read them. I almost feel that if I had done a reread prior to getting this book it would have worked for me a bit better. Harper has a unique voice and it took me a bit to get back into the world of these two men.

There are parts of this book that I really, really loved and other parts that didn't work quite as much:

Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, m-m
Great continuation of the Life Lessons series. In this book (#3), Mac is working on a case of a murdered addict and finds it ties into something much bigger. Meanwhile, he's also enjoying life as being out and having something that he never thought was possible--a loving man and a family to raise.

Like in Life Lessons and Breaking Cover, Kaje Harper’s writing is overall smooth and immensely readable. I really like her style, especially how she slides a character’s mental asides into the action and story.
I enjoyed this book in a sort of fond, nostalgic way. But I can't say that I genuinely liked it. I really like Mac and Tony and it was nice to see them grow together. But see, I have a horror of all things domestic. Things like marriage and housework and *shudder* childrearing make me awfully uncomfortable. I can barely stand those things in real life, so I really, really don't want to read about them for fun. And that's kind of where this book fell short for me. It's objectively quite good; wel ...more
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

4.5 stars

It is such a pleasure to step back into this series. It has been a while since the release of a book as part of a series has gotten me so excited and eager to read right away. I can say that this third book in the series definitely didn't let me down, and more importantly gave me a little more of what I was hoping for as the series progresses.

Mac and Tony have been through a lot from the start of their clandestine relationsh
I can't love Mac and Tony more!

Why did it took me so long to read this??? I think the fact that it's a drama and I'd been avoiding reading some drama. Well, I was wrong. This was the drama I needed! No temper tantrums..ok, maybe one :p, no annoying whining bitch characters,..just two adults building a life together with a solid foundation that was love.

In this third book of Mac and Tony's life, they've been living together with the kids, Anna and Ben and adjusting to family life. There were cops drama,
WOW - fantastic! This series just goes from strength to strength and is definitely not running out of steam. The best book in the series so far. This time Kaje strikes the perfect balance between an enthralling and exciting murder / mystery with a domestic / home backdrop.

All elements for crime loving fans are present in this book. Keeps you guessing all the way and then every so often a revelation turns up that leaves you reeling from the surprise. I loved the inclusion of a small c
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime

Home Work is absolute the best book of the series so far!

Tony and Mac are openly together as a couple, they are sharing a home and care for their children Ben and Anna. Mac's job demands too much of his time and Tony is struggling to keep his little family together.

The crime part of the book felt well researched. Never before I read a mystery-story with so many comprehensible details. It definitely could stand alone. I got wrapped up in it and couldn't stop reading.

Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m

Book 3 in the Life Lessons Series and by far for me the best of the series!

In this book, Mac and Tony are openly together and trying to bring their family together. So, they are dealing with real family issues, Mac working to much and giving a Ben and Anna a secure loving home. And there is a murder mystery to uncover, I really enjoyed this part of the book quite a bite.

Once again I am going to say for me the emotions felt real and the author definitely got me into Mac and Tony’s head. And i l
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bev by: Tina

Loved, loved, loved it!! And bring on the dancing girls!!

Well, haven't the guys come a long way in a short time!! There's a wedding on the cards, Mac is openly gay at work now even though he's still got some morons to deal with (no, didn't mean you Oliver or Ramsey!!), the kids appear to be settling into family life, there
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I hate this cover. The young guy fits my impression of Tony perfectly. The other guy? Ewwww. Mac is supposed to be gorgeous, too!

But that's okay, because this book is wonderful, the best in the series so far. It's sweet and beautiful and sad and heartbreaking and emotional. I took copious notes while reading and almost all were exceedingly positive. I cried several times, real tears, and I'm not usually a crier when reading. The love between Tony and Mac is beautiful and real. Things
Disclaimer: I love Kaje Harper's novels. I own all of them, and was impatiently awaiting the release of "Home Work" - even had it bookmarked in my calendar a few months in advance. I also loved the two previous books in the series and kept my fingers crossed for HEA, or at least HFN for Tony and Mac.
But now, a couple of hours after finishing this book, I'm sitting in front of my computer, still shaken and reeling. I haven't felt so strongly about a novel in a very long time.
So what s
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

As many of you know, I'm a Kaje Harper fan girl, but this wasn't my favorite in the series thus far. Certain parts of this book were excellent but other sections had me a bit bored.

Part of my issue is that I'm not a romantic suspense fan. I'm not a mystery lover! Murderers and criminals on the loose make me itch. My constitution consists of ooey gooey marshmallow-fluff and anything too stressful gives me anxiety. Much of this book consists of Mac investigating a series of m/>As
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Where to start, although nothing I say can do this series justice lol.

This book again had everything for me. The mystery was not only interesting but the climax was nail biting. The after shock? Well I sure didn’t see that coming.

The kids were wonderful, although I felt Ben didn’t get as much attention as he deserved. Anna was well portrayed, her temper tantrums were believable and not over the top, but I felt Ben’s issues were not explored as deeply. Maybe I’m just bias but I was r
Awilk -never sleeps-
I only have one thing to say about this book.
Kaje Harper, I love Mac, Tony and the kids, plus all your other wonderful characters, and I want more. Lots, lots more, and I want it now.
I am completely addicted to Tony and Mac!!! They are perfect!
Trisha Harrington
Well, I loved Tony and Mac here. They were a realistic couple. Their chemistry was great. I adored the way they acted around each other. As a couple, they are still strong, real, have their issues, but have the strength to get past those issues. Basically, they are grown men. Not silly and arguing over the smallest things.

The writing is another really great thing in this book. I adored the way this book was written. I like it when both characters have their say (in a way) and when a
Kade Boehme
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great read. I love Tony and Mac. Probably rank in my top 5 favorite couples. This book is why I'm disappointed when I get a mediocre read from Kaje Harper because everything is perfect about Tony and Mac's stories. It's real, the mystery is always spot on and keeps you guessing until the end, the kids are totally believable, and gah she has timed every moment in these stories amazingly. From the beginning I've been impressed with the pace of these guys and how well developed their relationship a ...more
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, br

Harper writes a quiet tale of everyday life so when the punches, the wallops came, I was almost jolted out of my quiet reading.

Very good Ms Harper, on I go.

Read with Irina
Taintedskyee (Books Books&More Books)
Perfect couple and a fantastic series. Highly recommended.
Tiya Rosa
4.5 stars

Kaje Harper is a skilled writer, no doubt, but I believe the main reason why this book - hell the entire series so far - tickled me in all the right places is that the author obviously likes her characters almost as much as her fans do. And that's pretty awesome. It's nice knowing that Mac and Tony are in the hands of someone who is as emotionally invested as I am to their development and HEA, and shows it.

Home Work might be my favorite one yet in the series. The combination of fl/>Home
There is one reason that this book is getting a solid 4 hearts from me and one reason alone: TONY & MAC!

They are one of, if not the best couple I have had the pleasure to get to know and read about. I really couldn't be more pleased with the direction their relationship has headed and is continuing to go.

Why barely 4 hearts? There was way too much focus on the investigation for my tastes. This far into a series, when I am this invested in a couple, I just don't care about a police mystery and investigation. I r
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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.

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