Author: Kaje Harper
Reviewed by: Connie
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781619216112
He can find a use for his lover’s hands…except when he needs help the most.
Kellen is short on cash—at least until his first novel starts to sell—but he has plenty of friends. None of them, unfortunately, share his love of books. For that he turns to IM chats with Mike from his online book group.
Though he manages to coax the shy, socially inept pathologist into a real-time meeting, Kellen has no intention of letting his new friend become more than a casual lover. Shaky finances and ailing mother aside, self-sufficiency is Kellen’s prime directive.
Mike considers himself a nerd of the highest order—short, bespectacled, prone to blurting out the wrong thing at the worst possible time. Meeting Kellen face to face is the biggest risk of his life, and he wonders if they’ll get more body parts together than just their faces.
First meeting leads to first date—first everything for Mike—and soon Kellen’s faced with breaking his just-friends-with-benefits rule. Yet as his elderly mother wanders deeper into senility, Kellen wonders if it’s better to lean on Mike rather than fall.
Sole Support was different in so many ways from almost everything I’ve read. It was an adult romance among the MM Romance Genre.
With characters that are over 35 years old, the dynamics of this book and the MCs relationship are completely different from any other contemporary romance.
Mike is a 37 year old geek, a scientist in his day job, a book lover in the evenings. He spends more time online than with ¨real¨ people. He´s had issues relating and talking to people since forever. Now, he finally found someone he wants to spend time with, but the transition from online friendship to real life relationship is not going to be easy.
On the other side we have Kellen, an author wannabe, who is such a perfectionist he’s been sitting on his manuscript for years, before taking the chance and risking self-publishing it.
Spending time in different reader forums on line he meets Mike, with intentions that were more about finding company for the night that finding the one.
This book is for a patient reader, the slow burn, the building and the character development. It all fits perfectly but you have to wait, read and enjoy every chapter.
These characters won’t jump in the sack and find insta-love, they will get to know each other and explore their fears, weakness and strengths. Kellan especially will learn to lean on someone other than himself.
The romance takes a backseat while Kellen deals with the issues of his elderly mother. Here you have to understand how he was raised and how he handled himself his whole life to really get where he is coming from.
There was a lot from personal experience here that the author used to build not only the story line but also some of the best secondary characters in this book, including the medical research, the dscription of Kellen´s mom’s condition and the caregivers that assisted both of them.
There is angst, and a time of separation that is not good for anyone. But there is also a reunion, and honestly Kaje Haper brought tears to my eyes with a simple hug. So much was said in that particular moment, I felt absolutely overwhelmed.
Life is like that, we can ot postpone one part of our life in order to care for another. These characters need to learn to ask for help, rely on each other to be there for support, to be the shoulder to cry on or the soul to warm your heart at night.
And live their life to the fullest.
While Kellen is learning to lean on his lover, Mike will find his voice and even though sometimes it seem like Mike is giving too much and being way too patient… He turns into a stronger man. A man that knows what he needs, what he wants and learns to ask for it.
I think he knew that it will take time for Kellen to see what was obvious to Mike from early on. And kudos again to the author for another fabulous scene!
I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for something different, a breath of fresh air in the genre.
And if I can be greedy for a moment here, I wish I could get to see them 5 years down the line…