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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  71 reviews
As a musician at the popular college café Coed Joe’s, high school senior Kai Manter is never lacking for male attention. Out, proud, free-spirited, and sexually aware, Kai sets his sights on his darkly Gothic and undeniably bad-tempered coworker, Jamie Arlotta, a freshman at the local arts university. Sporting long hair and alluring hippie style, Kai expects his interest w ...more
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Published October 10th 2013 by Harmony Ink (first published October 9th 2013)
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The cover is awesome and I liked Mia Kerick a lot in her The Red Sheet, so I had great expectations about this one. However, it started weak, it finished weak and everything in between felt long.

And if I ever hear "bro" or "dude" another one time, I won't be held responsible for my actions. And saying "J" for Jamie when the name is so short and beautiful was something I couldn't explain. No comments about "K" for Kai. It all irritated me immensely.


Maybe I'm giving too much importance to small fa
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Kai Manter is a young, talented musician that’s proudly out, very sexually active, and finds himself uncharacteristically attracted to a shy, aloof waiter at the café where he performs. That shy waiter, who is prone at times to demonstrate a wicked temper, is Jamie Arlotta, a freshman at the local arts university. There are very serious reasons for Jamie’s temperament and it won’t be easy to break down Jamie’s walls and allow Kai in, but with the help of his friends and his own determination, Ka ...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*


“To intervene when words alone weren’t enough.”

Kai is a healthy young man in a lot of respects, a healthy sex life, a healthy self esteem, a great family and he has a wonderful relationship with his older brother Chuck. He is a very talented musician, popular, his life is right on track.

Jamie is the opposite in almost every way. He was called 'Pretty Vacant' throughout his high school years, because although he's pretty, he never interacted with anyone. He doesn't make eye contact, he doe
Trisha Harrington
My review on Greedy Bug Book Reviews.

This book was provided by Harmony Ink Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.
GAH!! Where to start? First off, trigger warnings! There is mention of non-consensual sexual violence in this book, though none of it is explicit. Also, please have tissues handy - you will need them.

This was a beautifully written story, pulled me in from the word go, with a voice that sounded authentic and believable.

Kai is a high school senior working as a musical performer at a coffee shop/hang-out and otherwise flirting and shmexing any boy who catches his eye. Not interested in a relati
I loved the slow burn of this story, the pace was perfect. You can’t rush the healing process of a broken boy. Kai’s patience is a key element in this story. He is not good with words but music speaks for him.

He can show Jamie that his love is sincere and that he is in for the long run. Something that neither Jamie nor Kai have experienced before, love and intimacy beyond sex.

A review for GayListBook Reviews
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
1 1/2 stars

Why, oh why, do authors try to write books with song lists to go with the written word? As if it was not cheesy enough to begin with, one of the main characters communicates with his boyfriend by singing songs where they work. You can imagine what sort of “intervention” the title of the book refers to.

While I thought that a lot of the secondary characters were quite sweet, give me a break, those two main characters were not even close to realistic. There is also something I would lik
Daniel Stevens
Jul 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
After 60 pages I couldn't take it anymore. This book is like a playlist with a little story here and there.
I get that the "Soundtrack" mentioned in a book is a tool to transport emotions/suck the reader in/let the reader bond with the story.

The problem for me was that the constant mentioning of songs/lyrics was way to much and the story wasn't interesting enough or better didn't live up to the songs/lyris mentioned.

Sometimes the songs didn't even fit. For example: Singing "you oughta know" to
Jul 02, 2018 marked it as probably-not-but-freebie
Freebie at Harmony Ink: :-) ...more
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

...And honestly? I didn't hate it but I didn't like it either. I liked Kai and I liked Jamie but I found a lot of the dialogue between the two to be silly and if I'm honest not really dialogue that would be used by two 18 year old boys. And the overuse of the word "Dude" had be wanting to pull out my hair. No one. NO ONE says dude that much. Ever.

The story had a lot of potential but the writing let it down and for that fact I
Pff, this was an emotional read. Abuse is never easy, but in a way this story hit me hard. (view spoiler) At least Jamie had Kai and his family.

I would love to read more about Jamie and Kai. About their college-years and about their love.
May 24, 2015 marked it as dnf
***Audiobook*** I tried, I really tried. I made it to about 30%, but I just can't take it any more. I can't listen to Kai say "dude" one more time. Just FYI, the word "dude" appears in this book 238 times. I even tried switching from audiobook to just plain reading this one to see if the dude-factor would be less annoying. Unfortunately, it was not. So I'm out. DNF....
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Just, WOW!
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I have a hard time reading books containing incest. The subject matter is a heinous one and I laud author, Mia Kerick, for attempting to tackle it in her newest book. When I got to the first part in Intervention where the history of incest was clearly stated, I didn’t think I’d be able to read the book. But, I pressed on. I’m not sure if it had to do with the skilled way in which Ms. Kerick wrote it or my determination to get through a troubling story. I say all this to be sure you know where I ...more
Caroline Brand

4.5 Stars

This is a tough read about a tough subject. It reminded me that through all the ugly you can still see the beautiful.

Kai is just finishing his final year of high school and lives life to suit himself. His last relationship landed him a stalker so casual sex is his mantra. Wham bang thank you man and out the door is the motto he is happiest with.

His latest target is the sexy Goth waiter he works with and is going to prove a bigger challenge than most.

Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Kai and Jamie both work at Co-ed Joe's, Kai is a musician and sings for his supper, Jamie waits tables. Jamie is closed off from everyone and everything around him, Kia is a (his words!!) slut. Jamie catches Kai's eye, and Kai goes in for the kill. And gets rebuffed. Kai keeps trying, but when Kai discovers WHY Jamie has shut himself off from the world, he uses everything at his disposal to make Jamie his.

Had I come across this book, I would have passed it over. It billed, on A
I don't think I can rate this. Sorry, but I can't do it. I'll tell you why in a rant and not much of a review below.

(view spoiler)
Lisa The Novel Approach
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have a hard time reading books containing incest. The subject matter is a heinous one and I laud author Mia Kerick for attempting to tackle it in her newest book. When I got to the first part in Intervention where the history of incest was clearly stated, I didn’t think I’d be able to read the book. But, I pressed on. I’m not sure if it had to do with the skilled way in which Ms. Kerick wrote it or my determination to get through a troubling story. I say all this to be sure you know where I wa ...more
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
I liked how music was used to reach out to another person and convey emotions, a nicely done and moving dimension of the story. Otherwise, I think this was not the right book for me since I could not relate to or accept how the plot unfolded; particularly, one painful event in the climax seemed unnecessarily cruel to happen again, followed by a rather abrupt ending.
This was so good.

Full review to follow.
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story, despite the extreme overuse of the word "dude."
Morgan  Skye
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Full Review

Kai is a high school senior who plays music at a local coffee shop when not in school. He’s planning on going to the local university for musical theory and is incredibly talented. He meets Jamie, a waiter at the coffee house and a college freshman, and is instantly attracted to the snarky, solitary boy.
Over several weeks Kai is rebuffed by Jamie time and again, and just when he thinks he’s finally going to give up on Jamie, he saves Jamie from
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've read and enjoyed Mia Kerick's novels before, so I eagerly picked up Intervention with a certain set of expectations. Not only did she surpass them, but I was also pleasantly surprised to find out it was for a younger audience. She treated the characters' ordeal with such understanding tenderness and formed her protagonists with an endearing sensitivity that even readers of adult gay fiction would have resonated with - it didn't matter that this was for a more tween demographic, it was a gre ...more
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
High school senior Kai Manter, a musician at a popular campus cafe is out, proud, and overly confident. When he turns his sights on Jamie Arlotta, a usually quiet, ill-tempered coworker and college freshman, he believes his interest will be easily reciprocated. After all, that's how it's always been for Kai. Jamie proves differently. His troubled past with a sexually abusive step-brother has left him wary and broken in ways Kai can't possibly understand, but he wants to. Trying to figure out a w ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it

There is one thing I love just as much as I love books and reading and that is music.
So when a good book comes with a great playlist, I am in my element.

This is an honest story about two boys in very different places in life, with a lot of healing and growing to do.
Kai is an adorable character, I love being inside his head. He had a very unconventional upbringing, with hippie parents. He had a very happy childhood, a loving family. He is a very sincere guy, and up until meeting Jamie he enjoye
Blake Fraina
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
A couple of cute guys (a promiscuous rock musician and a troubled artist) involved in an angsty romance? After reading the blurb on the back of Mia Kerick’s latest novel, I had only three words to say, “sign me up.”

In brief, it tells the story of Kai, a young musician who uses music to reach out to Jamie, a troubled waiter at the coffee shop where he performs. At first blush, it would seem that the character who undergoes the most dramatic transformation over the course of the story is the stand
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Touching but difficult to read

*NOTE: I received a free review copy of this story.*
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

- I found the story very romantic, but not in a mushy, hearts-and-roses sort of way. In a modern, awkward-but-well-intentioned, teenaged sort of way.
- Jamie is a tragic character, and Kai describes him in heartbreaking terms that somehow manage not to turn Jamie into a wimp. The overall feeling I was left with was compassion ra
Jamie Deacon
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
It’s said that time is the great healer, but love can be every bit as powerful when it comes to mending the soul. This is certainly the case for one of the heroes in this poignant coming of age tale by Mia Kerick. Written with real tenderness, and featuring a protagonist whose voice grabbed my attention from the opening sentences, this is one of those novels that made me feel all warm and tingly inside. It left me with the belief that, no matter how damaged or embittered a person may be, there i ...more
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
*** Note: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest and impartial review ***

Kai Manter is a charming, self confident high school senior with a pair of latter-day hippies as parents and two supportive siblings. Musically gifted and good looking Kai is out and proud and brags in the first chapter about his last 10 conquests.

But then he spots Jamie Arlotta, a freshman at the local arts university who works as a waiter at the coffee house where Kai sings.
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another at a dance conservatory, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and rev

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