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Love and Lint Rollers

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Even with six beloved cats at home, Thom Fletcher can't help opening his heart to a little injured stray he finds at Pride. Luckily, the generosity of the veterinarian who helps him means he doesn't have to open his wallet. Thom's budget is stretched pretty thin, between his struggling start-up and medical expenses for his Crohn's disease, so the free cat care helps a lot. ...more
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Published October 9th 2018 by Kaje Harper
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Kaje Harper
Sep 27, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
This should now be up on all sites. :)
I really like the author but I've got to say that this one is not one of my favourites of hers. I daresay that people with pets will enjoy it more than I did. I could have done with a little less talk of litterboxes and pet feeding.

Also, the relationship didn't really work for me, mostly because Thom was really quite prickly. That's realistic for somebody who has been burnt and who has to cope with a disease that really impacts his everyday life but it's also a little exhausting to read. He is a
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I seem to always say this, but it’s a refreshing treat to read a story about two men, more on the mature side, finding their places with life and one another, and this is exactly what Love and Lint Rollers has going for it. It’s a character (and pet) driven romance and these men have histories and maturity behind them giving their characters a level of depth that was much appreciated and so interesting.

Thom has been living with Crohn’s disease for many ye
3,5 stars

It all started with Pride, and a kitten stuck in a tin can.. Cat lover Thom and veterinarian Dean join forces to rescue the little critter. It seemed like a match made in heaven, but their relationship isn't as easy as one might think.

There was one thing that I really loved with this book, and that was that one of the main characters, Thom, was suffering from a chronic illness, Crohn's disease. You don't come across that in books. Sure you get the cancers, the HIV, and the mental illnes
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars rounded up

I always like how Kaje Harper includes challenges into her romance, but in my opinion in a more understated way, and not trying to write angst for angst alone. I remember her writing a character with aphasia, then also someone who has small (view spoiler).

In this one, Thom Fletcher, the fifty-one years old cat hoarder engineer suffers from Crohn's diseases (which is a NEW health issue for me!), while fourty-four years old Dean Edwards has only braved hi
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not a cat person. I think a cat-lover would have appreciated all the details about all of Thom's cats more than I did.

My mother has Crohn's disease. I try to avoid hearing the graphic details of her issues, but have a pretty good idea anyway. I know she went from taking a lot of oral medication to Remicade infusions to injections of whatever medicine when she became allergic to Remicade. She doesn't do a strictly controlled diet. I know more than I really want to about what her problems are
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Thank you for the gift, secret santa!!
I loved this character driven romance between two men over 40, one who has a chronic condition which shapes his life and the other who is just coming out to the wider world about his bisexuality.

I adored that this love story is about fully grown heroes who act like it with all the baggage and set context that shape a romance.

Thom and Dean are wonderful match. Thom has cats. Dean's dog hates cats. This issue just doesn't go away nor does Thom's sexual preference or self esteem issues around his
This is realistic, affectionate, full of diversity and thoughtful inclusion.

An interesting pair, Dan and Thom have lots to navigate and I enjoyed watching them figure out how to be together.

Really enjoyable.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Round up to 3.5 stars.

Blurb sums up the plot nicely so I won’t rehash.

I enjoyed this latest selection by Ms. Harper. It had furry felines, hot guys – one a veterinarian - and some appreciated realism.

I also have a few caveats, because, this is a review so I need a few. Mostly these are my quirks, so take with grain of salt or two.

The Female Tell-All Bestie/Protector. I’m so not a fan of this particular trope. Thom has that nosey, needs to know all, female friend who encourages him to get out
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disability
Harper writes well and isn't afraid of non-standard heroes, here Thom suffers with Chroms disease, unpleasant but part of his life; not your average romantic sub-plot. So respect for that inclusion, but overall this is a slow read.

The men feel real, both mature; there's insecurities, societal pressure, some good supportive friends and a positive ex-wife character. There's also cats. Lots of cats. Lots of cats with lots of litter trays. In fact I think we learnt more about their litter trays than
Joyfully Jay
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

I’ve been a fan of Kaje Harper’s for a long time now and I’m always eager when another book by this author hits the market. So I was pretty excited when I grabbed Love and Lint Rollers for review. It has Harper’s signature smooth and relaxed writing style, which is a particular favorite of mine, as well as an overall sweetness that will probably appeal to a lot of readers. I also appreciated the realistic nature of Thom’s condition. Like most chronic diseases, it
Jason Bradley
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, ebook
This was a comfortable sweet read. I really liked these guys together. I was almost to the point of not liking Sonja but then she backed off.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This was more of a 3.5 star read. I love Kaje Harpers writing style and I enjoyed this contemporary romance with real life issues dealing with a serious chronic health disease. Thom Fletcher also faces the challenge of being a gay man, hoping to find compatable love, sex and companionship with someone who will understand that he doesn't do anal sex or view his anus as an erogenous zone. He has spent many many years being lonely with his many cats as his furry family.
He has many down to earth be
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two middle-aged men, a lot of animals (especially cats), and the very realistic writing style of Kaje Harper had me loving this book from the get-go. One of my favorite things about this author is her willingness to go where many authors might hesitate. She writes about the true realities of life and what it means to be human with foibles. She takes topics such as Thom’s struggle with his Crohn’s disease and lays it right out there which I find refreshing and true-to-life. ‘Love and Lint Rollers ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I needed a quiet, simple story in my life, and this one fit the bill. Thom and Dean are both older, have seen things in life, and experienced some more. Thom struggles with Chron’s Disease and Dean is just out of marriage and free to explore his bisexuality. Both of them were kind, caring people that just wanted to share their lives with the right person. Both acted like the adults they were with no manufactured angst, which I always appreciate.

I love where they are left at the end of the story
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A slice-of-life narrative; the characters are so authentic and believable in their normal, everyday quirks, worries, enjoyments, and awkward moments. Such a warm-hearted story! And it’s a real plus to have a window onto the challenges of a gay man struggling with Crohn’s as well as diffidence due to his specific sexual limits.
I feel bad cuz I usually love Kaje’s books, but this just didn’t grab my interest. The characters were nice, but there just wasn’t any spark. This one just didn’t work for me I’m afraid.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This book starts out great with promise. I enjoyed the beginning, with Thom meeting Dean at a pride parade when they find a cat in need of medical help. It just so happens Dean is a vet.

The two hit it off and when Thom decides to keep the cat, it's enough reason to give Dean his phone number and an excuse for Dean to use it.

Under the pretense of following up with the cat, they get together again and decide to give a relationship a go.

Dean is bi, but he's been married to a woman until they divor
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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From that review: "I don't know when I last read a story with so many elements that stood out as remarkable and yet still folded nicely into a heartwarming romance in the end as the ones in Love and Lint Rollers by Kaje Harper.   First the characters are older which I really appreciated, one in his early fifties, with all that means emotionally, mentally, and baggage wise.  Thom
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Love and Lint Rollers” by Kaje Harper is an adult contemporary m/m romance that features Thom Fletcher, whose fortuitous encounter with veterinarian Dean Edwards results in…a new houseguest. Each man has a painful past that threatens to prevent him from forming a lasting relationship and will have to decide whether to fight for happiness.

I love that this author's characters are so real, with their attendant challenges and sometimes imperfect solutions. Having been temporary house-slave to a hou
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Written with all KH’s expected attention to detail, clean prose - but it didn’t grab my heart strings like a lot of her other books did. 3.75*
However, it is a more gentle, slow burn character driven story that is mostly engaging and covers a lot of issues. Most in particular, Thom’s illness and how a chronic disease affects your life, physically and mentally.
Dean’s issues with coming out and finally dating a man are valid but are somewhat overshadowed but I did like how he was so certain of Thom
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Whenever I read something by Kaje Harper, I know the writing part will be impeccable. Most times her plots and characters are great but in this story I was underwhelmed by both. The whole thing seemed mostly bland to me. Using Crohn’s Disease as the big elephant in the room for the story was something I really liked. Overall, not a bad read

I loved how compassionate Kaje Harper was in her treatment of a character with Crohn’s disease. It is really a big part of the book, as are the animals. I wouldn’t call this book angst but it isn’t entirely light either. I really liked both characters and seeing them navigate their relationship.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love and Lint Rollers

I have read most of Kaje Harper's books and liked them all. This book is a little different to most of her other books. I was deeply moved by aspects of the story and like the way the characters feel real and you can identify with them.
The book has a positive ending for which I was glad after the unhappy parts of the book
Nicely written as KH's work always is. The conflict felt a little forced for the sake of plot but the resolution was nicely done and it was a believeable issue. The MCs were sweet together and had great chemistry but they acted a lot younger than they actually were.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked parts of this book but other parts I wondered really why they were there. To try to build up angst? Maybe, but I don't think it did.
Loved the cats and Thom's love for them and I guess Dean and Thom were going to be a great couple in the future.
Shannon Delene Van Enger
As someone who struggles with Crohn's I truly appreciated the way the author handles the subject. I loved the way things developed, and though it was my first by the author it certainly will not be the last !
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