Book Reviews

Full Circle by Kaje Harper at MLR Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Doctors/Nurses/EMTs/Vets / Romance / Bittersweet
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 06-June-2018

Book Blurb

It may be better to have loved and lost, twice, than never loved at all, but it sure as hell gets lonely. Jamison Severs is sitting in a bar contemplating his past as a failed lover, failed doctor, failed drunkard, and a fading old man, trying to find a reason not to lift that glass. Then a beautiful blond boy walks in the door, bringing reminders of Jamie's past with him. Meeting the son of Jaime's former lover, Toller, brings back the good old days, and the bad. And maybe it's finally time for Jamie to come to terms with all the things that brought him and Toller together, and the things that broke them apart.

Book Review

I think regret might just be the most horrendous of all emotions, surpassing that of even guilt. Jamie certainly has far more than his share loading him down. When Heath, the son of Jamie’s former lover, Toller, comes to see him with questions, Jamie is spun down the memories of time with all the resulting emotions, both good and bad, tearing at him along the way.

When Jamie’s partner, Henri, died, Jamie’s world imploded and his career as an emergency room doctor exploded. Jamie was in his thirties sliding along the road of alcoholism with all the trappings of that life when he met eighteen-year-old Toller. Toller, who was living on the streets, didn’t want to talk about his family, and would have died from pneumonia if Jamie hadn’t helped him.

I’m not going to go into details because this is a short read and I truly don’t want to ruin it. Needless to say, this might be the saddest and most beautiful story I have read in a very long time. Don’t expect this to be a romance in the traditional sense and there’s not a happy ever after in the normal use of that term. There is regret but there is love, pride, joy, longing, and the title says it all. Full circle is the best place to end.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 20000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-September-2011
Price $3.99 ebook
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