Fair Isn't Life (States of Love #45)
Title: Fair Isn't Life (States of Love Book 45)
Author: Kaje Harper
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 148 pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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Mason was Luke's math tutor at their Buffalo Minnesota high school and when they meet up again at the Minnesota State Fair, Mason is intrigued. He imagined Luke still on the family farm helping his father with their dairy herd, but Luke's father is dead, the farm lost to foreclosure and Luke is living in a small apartment with 3 others trying desperately to not return to homelessness.
Kaje does a wonderful job of giving us a young man whose passion is farming and you really understand why Luke yearns for the farm, his connection to the land and the cows he raised and showed at 4-H, and his willingness to give his all for something that has the real possibility of failure despite all his hard work and effort. The plot really draws you in (and you may shed a few tears, like I did, over those sweet bovines) and although the book is less than 150 pages, it feels fully developed and complete.
The relationship between Mason and Luke is nicely complex as Luke embraces Mason's out-and-proud attitude while Mason understands Luke's hesitancy in sharing his truth with his former neighbors and friends. I liked the trust between the two young men and how their relationship develops without needless manufactured angst. This story succeeds on so many fronts, giving us a sweet and compelling romance and a strong sense of what makes Minnesota the greatest state in the union (I may be just a bit prejudiced here.). 4 strong stars for "Fair Isn't Life."