Hmmm, having recently read and become slightly enamoured with the Life Lessons series by Kaje Harper I was slightly nervous about reading about new characters. And at the start I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not - Mike seemed a bit dorky, Kellan a bit selfish....but as the story progressed I found I couldn't put it down. I mean I literally had to force myself to stop reading in the middle of the night and then picked it up again as soon as I woke this morning.
It is a book that grows on you. Where at the beginning it appears as though Kellan is the cool one in control, this 'power' slowly shifts to Mike as the book goes on. Kellan is dealing with a lot, his mum is suffering from dementia (and as someone who used to work with elderly people who suffered from dementia, I have to say the author did a fabulous job portraying this. It is a cruel disease and probably one of the hardest for relatives to deal with) and he is not used to relying on anyone else. Letting Mike be his support is really hard for him. Mike really steps up to the mark though, despite his in-experience and the perceived problem he has socialising he is really good for Kellan.
As I say this story grew on me, I liked that about it. I liked the fact that it was more unconventional - but then again 'real' people and situations is, I feel, Kaje Harpers true strength. It is so easy to relate to her characters. For a slow burning love story, something a little different, check this one out.