Friday, November 16, 2018

Fair Isn't Life by Kaje Harper

  • Release Date -
  • Type - Novellas
  • Words - 52,090
  • Pages - 148


Luke Lafontaine survived the past year by not thinking about the father he lost, the dairy farm he couldn’t save from bankruptcy, or his way of life that vanished with the rap of an auctioneer’s hammer. Cleaning up city folks’ trash at the Minnesota State Fair is just another dead-end job. But at the Fair, surrounded by a celebration of farm life,  ambitions he’d given up on and buried deep start to revive. And seeing Mason Bell in the parade—gorgeous, gay, out-of-his-league Mason—stirs other buried dreams.
Mason left his hometown for college in Minneapolis without looking back. Student life is fun, classes are great, gay guys are easy to find, but it’s all a bit superficial. He’s at the State Fair parade route with his band when he realizes a scruffy maintenance worker is Luke, his secret high school crush. Luke should be safely home working on his dad’s farm, not picking up litter. Mason wishes he hadn’t fallen out of touch. He’s an optimist, though, and it’s never too late for second chances. Now he just has to convince Luke.

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Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Kaje Harper's Fair Isn't Life is an amazing story. 

Luke struggles with grief, loneliness, and is just trying to get enough work to make ends meet. 

Working at the fair, Luke runs into a former friend, Mason. Mason's life is completely different than Luke's, as he's in college, living a typical college student's life.

Mason's openly gay, while Luke has been in the closet. Luke, who'd been targeted for being big and stupid, didn't want to give people one more reason to bully him. 

Their story is beautiful and tender; a story of overcoming grief and hardships and accepting love. Mason and Luke are clearly so good together, and I appreciate the ways in which the author helps them to fit into one another's lives.  

The author includes a knowledgeable and harsh look into the current economy and way of life facing farmers. This part is both enlightening and somber.

Fair Isn't Life is written well, with a whole lot of heart and care. Kaje Harper does a wonderful job with this remarkable romance. 

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