Like the Taste of Summer

Rated 5.00/5 based on 12 reviews
When Jack ended up at college in a small town in the middle of the Iowa cornfields, September 1981, he figured it would at least be better than being home. He had no idea. Sean was on the opposite side of the town-and-gown divide, but attraction knows no boundaries. And when personal tragedy brought them together, it was the beginning of something extraordinary. More
Download: epub mobi (Kindle) pdf more Online Reader
Words: 15,360
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466098701
About Kaje Harper

I've been writing as long as I can remember (which is longer than I like to admit). I started creating M/M romances in high-school, filling binders with stories about what Starsky and Hutch really did on their days off. (Pretty PG-rated stuff - we're talking sheltered fourteen-year-old here. I was into the romantic possibilities.) Any potential writing career got side-tracked by forays into art, psychology, teaching, and a biomedical profession. And the challenges of raising children.

When I took up the keyboard again it was just for fun, writing books for my own entertainment. At about manuscript seven, my epically patient spouse told me that if I was going to spend that much time at it, I should try to get published. And he kept saying it, loudly, until I submitted one. And it was accepted! Life Lessons was published May 2011 by MLR Press. A first short story, And to All a Good Night - Life Lessons 1.5, that follows it was soon made available here, and the Life Lessons series is now complete at four MLR Press novels and three free short stories. I've been delighted by the reception my work has received, and I have other books and short stories in print. If you want a short, free taste of my work that stands alone, consider "Like the Taste of Summer", also available here.

My very first Smashwords book, Lies and Consequences, started as a kind of reaction after the November 2010 elections when the DADT repeal looked like it might be derailed. Then I was caught by surprise as I finished the book in December and the repeal passed. I tweaked it by upping the action, and deemphasizing the DADT subplot. The result was something lightweight, but hopefully fun. So I put it out as a free read. I hope you enjoy it. I really appreciate reviews - what you liked and what you didn't. Maybe your comments will help turn the next good book into a better book. KH

Also by This Author

Readers of This Book Also Read


Review by: Marcia Carrington on Dec. 09, 2016 :
LIKE THE TASTE OF SUMMER is a realistic novelette with vivid attention to detail in terms of its characters, time period, and their physical surroundings. The mixture of pathos, sentimentality and humor is well handled, and balanced throughout the story. The final line in the story sums it up as a whole, putting it into perspective with a light, subtle touch.
(review of free book)

Review by: Liev Rand on Dec. 23, 2014 :
Really liked this book.
(review of free book)

Review by: Novella Girl on Feb. 05, 2014 :
A wonderful story from this author once again!
(review of free book)

Review by: mainemom on Jan. 12, 2014 :
Great read, loved it ! Can't wait to read more of your work !
(review of free book)

Review by: Trix on Oct. 01, 2013 :
That was perhaps one of the best short stories I've read in the "Don't Read in the Closet" series.

It took only the first few paragraphs and I was already curious about the characters, wondering what would happen next, what their story would be, how they would turn out. It was an amazing journey.

An example of love, friendship and committing to someone. Simply beautiful!
(review of free book)

Review by: lauren Eriksen on Aug. 01, 2013 :
This is the first novella I've taken the time to write a review for. This is a fantastic read. The writing is flawless and flows beautifully, so even though it's a shorter read, the characters and relationship develop effortlessly. I'll be saving this one.
(review of free book)

Review by: debby de on July 29, 2013 :
Lovely story.
(review of free book)

Review by: Magda Jackson-Cooper on May 05, 2013 :
Read it when it was first offered. So well done. These 2 characters deserve a return show--even if it's a day or year in their life. Great work.
(review of free book)

Review by: hrhsophia on May 01, 2013 :
Thoroughly enjoyed this story, the writing style was very relatable.
(review of free book)

Review by: auntyrob on May 07, 2012 :
Another great read from Kaje Harper....I loved it!
(review of free book)

Review by: Yvonne on Feb. 16, 2012 :
This was an excellent story. I really like Kaje Harpers style. There is a lot of heart in all her stories. You can relate to the characters.
(review of free book)

Review by: J. R. Tomlin on Jan. 04, 2012 :
What can I say? Damn. Kaje Harper is a good writer.
(review of free book)

Report this book