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REVIEW: “Nelson & Caleb” by Kaje Harper

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Nelson Dunn has a settled routine – an evening security-guard job, days off for his therapy dogs, occasional club sex, and good books. He sometimes dreams about more, but he’s made himself content. So when Hurricane Lauris strands Caleb Robertson at his house, Nelson has mixed feelings about having an attractive guy in his space. Especially when nothing more can possibly happen.

Caleb went to the hospital to get the cast off his broken foot. Instead, he finds himself waiting out the storm with Nelson, his three dogs, and a very wet cat. It’s less of a hardship than he’d have expected.

REVIEW:

Storming Love is a series of novellas from six authors that tackle six couples during one of the hurricanes/storm events. Kaje Harper’s story came as #5 in the series and my favorite so far. Of course, you all could also say that I’m biased, since Kaje is one of my favorite authors in this genre. Well, maybe I am … but I truly think that when an author can still surprise me within a twist in a story that seems to be straightforward romance, can still introduce layers in a character half-way through, that calls for genuine appreciation.

In similar fashion to the other novellas in this series, Caleb Robertson found himself stranded with security-guard Nelson Dunn, when Hurricane Lauris came their way, along with Nelson’s dogs and a stray cat. There was a tentative insta-connection considering that both men were stranded without anywhere to go, and the story happened within only a couple of days. There was also a sense of ‘mystery’ about why Nelson seemed a bit reluctant to move past oral sex with Caleb and my mind was running wild throughout – was Nelson injured during his cop days? Did Nelson have a sexual disease? What was going on?!?

That was when, around half-way through, Ms. Harper surprised me with the answer. It was something that I’ve never read anywhere else. It elevated the story to a level of acceptance towards one’s imperfections that was just so beautiful and touching. I was really moved with the situation. I don’t want to spoil anything, I guess as a reader, I feel that it is something you need to experience by yourself. It was a subtle nuance that made the story stand out from the rest of the novellas in this series so far. And I need to applaud Ms. Harper for that.

The ending was a hopeful one … and I would like to believe that Nelson and Caleb would be happy together, forever, with their dogs and their cats – no matter how many times Nelson denied that he wasn’t a cat man *smile*

RATING: 4 STARS

BOOK INFO:

nelsoncalebTitle: Nelson & Caleb (Storming Love: One Storm, Twelve Men #5)
Author: Kaje Harper
Publisher: MLR Press
Pages: 87
Release Date: October 3, 2014
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About Ami

My name is Ami and I'm an Indonesian girl in my mid 30's, living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. I used to do a lot of journal writing in a different website but over the years, I started to lose interest. I am, instead, pretty active in reading and writing opinion in Goodreads. Then I start thinking that maybe I can have a blog in which I write mostly about books or joy of reading or anything related to reading activity, really. So this is what this blog is for ... although, I may be inspired to write off-books topic as well :)

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