- File Size: 461 KB
- Print Length: 279 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: MLR Press,LLC (May 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004YXMV9W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Pretty gripping start to a new series. Loved Tony – little slutty, a little twink-ish, smart, sexy and endearing - all juxtaposed with the rough, macho, deeply closeted, equally lovable and sex-on-a-stick Mac. I loved their connection. I loved how Tony had a clear picture of what Mac needed.
I’m looking forward to continuing the series.
For original review see The Prism Book Alliance® Blog online
I debated for a while whether I was going to review this title for Kaje Harper’s Retro read spotlight day. On one had, I wanted to keep the spotlight on The Rebuilding Year, our featured title, on another I adore this series for so many reasons. I had basically decided to save this review for another day when Lirtle and I got to talking about LL during our team review of The Rebuilding Year. After that discussion, I simply needed some Mac and Tony in my life.
What I like best about the Life Lessons series as a whole is that Mac and Tony are genuine characters. There are no pretty bows where everything goes right as they ride off into the sunset. They have to work for every bit of happiness they get, but not overly so. They face normal problems mostly, and they do it with grace and maybe a few missteps. But they remain genuine and relatable the entire time. Their lives aren’t perfect. They are obviously right for each other, but that isn’t enough for everything to come up roses.
Life Lessons is the start of a journey for these two men. It is the start of a love affair that will become central to both men’s lives but will remain themselves. Just better versions. They each bring something to the table that the other one needs and wants. Mac is deep in the closet, and that is something Tony has to decide if he can deal with. It is an unfortunate reality for too many couples.
Here is my original (short) review of Life Lessons:
"I loved the way the relationship developed between Mac and Tony. It seemed very organic. Though I kept forgetting Tony was the teacher… for some reason my mind kept putting him in the Cop role (very stereotypical I know). The mystery was enough without detracting from the romance. I love that everything was not tied up in a nice neat little bow at the end, but at the same time you weren’t left wanting. I will be reading the rest of this series in short order."
Now excuse me while I read Breaking Cover.
I keep on marveling because this series was just so beautifully written. The last sentence of the fourth book in particular will stay with me, and it all was written in the same style: simple, expressive, powerful, and beautiful. There was a lot of reflection in the last book, looking back at when Tony and Mac first met and started their relationship two years before, and it was so representative of reality, in that you look back, and almost can't believe that they were the same two people as are closing out the series at the end. Just like looking back in our own memories, we are stunned at how much we've changed. And Tony and Mac were just so real, I want to believe that they are alive. That is the true brilliance of this series...how they go through so, so many issues; how they grow together and build a solid family throughout it all; how they are fearless and mature and stick with each other through the good and the bad (and they are plenty of both in the four books). They are both such great characters, and they work well to fill in each others' gaps.
I loved how Mac and Tony were such great role models. For a great, successful relationship. For parenthood. For jobs they love and do well. They are amazing, complex characters that challenge and overcome so many obstacles to their happiness. I won't spoil the specifics from any of the books, but the way they support each other and face everything like a real couple and family time and again was gorgeous...perfect. I loved the supporting characters too, even the ones I didn't actually like, because they all eventually played roles in the bigger picture. From book one to four you meet new people who eventually become more prominent and link everything together. The story progressed and clicked to make a convincing life for Mac and Tony, and reading their alternating points of view helped endear them because you learned their characters so well.
These books deal with a lot of dark subjects like child abuse, murder, serious injuries, bigotry, hatred and the like. But the people support each other and face down the demons and bad people and together make everything right. It turns dealing with these tough subjects into something hopeful and happy at the end.
From their meeting in that school hallway, to the cases they solved, to abductions, to injuries, to revelations, to growing together, to helping others, to finally standing all together in that park in the last pages...Tony and Mac's story was wondrous and true and consuming. They will remain as one of my favorite couples, and a great example of what real couples should be like. It was hard work, but they loved each other and their family, and they learned and struggled and made it work. All the books were fast-paced and filled with intriguing moments so I did not want to put the books down, and read the last two straight through.
I am going to miss them and might just reread this series some day because all in all, it is one of the best, most inclusive stories about a couple. It took many little battles and melded them together into hard-won victories that created their joined lives. Five plus stars. It is well worth reading and savoring this series one book at a time. I encourage everyone to read them and enjoy their love!
I liked both elements of this book. The police procedural / mystery and the romance, both were done really well and neither overshadowed the other. Both MCs are good people, with complex lives and fall hard for each other practically from meeting each other. However, there are problems, Tony is a witness to murder and more importantly Mac is in the closet. He made the decision to stay in the closet for very real and honest reasons, the blue wall isn’t known for its acceptance of pink bricks and his daughter was in the care of his cousin who was deeply religious and he relied on her for his daughters care.
I really liked the way Tony took Mac’s issues seriously, he didn’t threaten or pout. He thought whether he could live in the closet and made the decision that he could and he stuck by it. I loved Tony he has to be one of my favourite characters in a long time. He isn’t perfect but he is kind, considerate and honest.
I won’t go into the mystery which was, in my opinion written well. This book was an excellent start to the series and I am looking forward to reading more.
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