Title: Love and Lint Rollers
Author: Kaje Harper
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Page Count: 220
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Even with six beloved cats at home, Thom Fletcher can’t help opening his heart to a little injured stray he finds at Pride. Luckily, the generosity of the veterinarian who helps him means he doesn’t have to open his wallet. Thom’s budget is stretched pretty thin, between his struggling start-up and medical expenses for his Crohn’s disease, so the free cat care helps a lot. Thom may have fallen for the little feline, but he’s also intrigued by the attractive vet in the bi-pride bracelet.
Dean Edwards went to Pride with his colors on his wrist, hoping to find community after his divorce. Instead, he’s pulled into a cat rescue by an appealing man. Dean likes Thom’s kindness to strays, his blue-gray eyes, his intelligence, and his perspective from decades as an out gay man. Maybe with Thom, Dean will finally feel able to explore his long-neglected attraction to men.
They’re not a perfect match. From Dean’s cat-hating dog to Thom’s chronic health issues and preferences in bed, going from a casual date to something more will be a challenge for both of them.
This book starts out great with promise. I enjoyed the beginning, with Thom meeting Dean at a pride parade when they find a cat in need of medical help. It just so happens Dean is a vet.
The two hit it off and when Thom decides to keep the cat, it’s enough reason to give Dean his phone number and an excuse for Dean to use it.
Under the pretense of following up with the cat, they get together again and decide to give a relationship a go.
Dean is bi, but he’s been married to a woman until they divorced a year ago. Thom is his first boyfriend, but Thom has some reservations about being Dean’s first man. Dean has Chrone’s Disease and is a side. No questions. Will that be enough for Dean?
As I said, this book started off with promise. I enjoyed the introduction of both Thom and Dean and thought they were well suited. Once I made it 1/3 of the way through I was getting bored. It seemed like each encounter was painfully documented, including each of Thom’s 7 cats and the noises they made while being fed.
Obviously the author knew her stuff when it came to veterinary medicine, but it was a lot of unimportant information to go into in multiple scenes over the entire story. I mean, one guy is a vet and the other has 7 cats. We get that they like animals. I didn’t need pages of history of 12 feedings a day and how many times a day the cat litters were changed. I think quite a bit could be removed and make the story flow better.
The main conflict seemed like a recurring theme for Thom and I did appreciate how it was addressed and resolved, but there were points in the story that I found their relationship to be lacking. The fact that they were pretty far gone and Thom doesn’t let him know that something has happened to him? I found that odd.