Like the Taste of Summer

Rated 4.92/5 based on 13 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
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About Kaje Harper

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.

I was born in Montreal but I've lived for 30 years in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow-removal and Road-repair, where the mosquito is the state bird, and where winter can be breathtakingly beautiful. Minnesota’s a kind, quiet (if sometimes chilly) place and it’s home.

I’ve been writing far longer than I care to admit (*whispers – forty years*), mostly for my own entertainment, usually M/M romance (with added mystery, fantasy, historical, SciFi…) I also have a few Young Adult stories (some released under the pen name Kira Harp.)

My husband finally convinced me that after all the years of writing for fun, I really should submit something, somewhere. My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011. I have a weakness for closeted cops with honest hearts, and teachers who speak their minds, and I had fun writing four novels and three freebie short stories in that series. I was delighted and encouraged by the reception Mac and Tony received.

I now have a good-sized backlist in ebooks and print, both free and professionally published, including Amazon bestseller "The Rebuilding Year" and Rainbow Award Best Mystery-Thriller "Tracefinder: Contact." A complete list with links can be found on my website "Books" page at

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Michael Hunter II reviewed on June 26, 2017

Read this out of curiosity, it was pretty good.
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Marcia Carrington reviewed on Dec. 9, 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.
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Liev Rand reviewed on Dec. 23, 2014

Really liked this book.
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Novella Girl reviewed on Feb. 5, 2014

A wonderful story from this author once again!
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mainemom reviewed on Jan. 12, 2014

Great read, loved it ! Can't wait to read more of your work !
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Trix reviewed on Oct. 1, 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!
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lauren Eriksen reviewed on Aug. 1, 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.
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debby de reviewed on July 29, 2013

Lovely story.
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Magda Jackson-Cooper reviewed on May 5, 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.
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hrhsophia reviewed on May 1, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed this story, the writing style was very relatable.
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