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Building Forever

by Kaje Harper

Four years ago, Ryan and John decided they'd wait to get married until it came with full legal equality. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court, that historic moment has finally arrived. But two hundred miles separate Ryan's hectic residency from John's busy campus job. With a son in college, a daughter choosing her future, and a rambunctious Irish Setter needing attention, planning a wedding isn't simple.

Of course, even the most perfect ceremony can't solve all their problems. What does it take to build forever?

(The Rebuilding Year series book 2.5)

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Ryan leaned toward the camera. “I’m still flying home in two weeks, for an overnight. This doesn’t change that.”


“I’m going to kiss you in the airport, and we’re going to have as much fucking gay sex as we can cram in two days.”

“Hopefully not in the airport.”

“Hah. Sadly, no.” Ryan rubbed his face hard. “Would serve them right. How dare they say what we have is less than real?”

“We may still win the appeal. Some people think we have a good chance.”

“I hope. But that’s what? Months from now? And we could lose. Fuck them!”


“I should call Torey.”

“She’d like that.”

“When I can stop swearing, maybe.”

John had to laugh. “You’re afraid of offending Torey?”

“Don’t want to be a fucking bad example.” Ryan sat back in his chair, looking exhausted.

“Are you okay? Surviving your first rotation?”


“It’s rough. I need— I’m not sure. My focus has been for shit.”


“God, no, John, none of that is your fault. If anything, it’s mine, obsessing over our legal status.”

“It matters, though.”

“Yeah. But it’s screwing with my head to wait like this, holding our breath, while they kick us in the gut.”

“What do you want to do?” Get married in Minnesota? Stop planning a marriage? He didn’t care. Well, he did, but most of all he wanted happy, confident Ryan back. Whatever that took.


About the Author

I get asked about my name a lot. It's not something exotic, though. “Kaje” is pronounced just like “cage” – it’s an old nickname.

I live in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow-removal and Road-repair, where the mosquito is the state bird, and where winter can be breathtakingly beautiful. Minnesota’s a kindly, quiet (if sometimes chilly) place and it’s home now.

I’ve been writing for far longer than I care to admit (*whispers – forty years*), mostly for my own entertainment. I mainly publish M/M romance (with added mystery, fantasy, historical, SciFi…) I also have a few Young Adult stories released under the pen name Kira Harp.

My husband finally convinced me that after all that time writing for fun, I really should submit something, somewhere. My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011. I have a weakness for closeted cops with honest hearts, and teachers who speak their minds, and I had fun writing the four novels and three freebie short stories in the series. I’ve been delighted by the reception Mac and Tony have received.

I now have a good-sized backlist in ebooks and print, both free and professionally published. A complete list with links can be found on my Books page.
I also have  an author page on Goodreads where I do a lot of book reviews. You can find me to chat there– I hang out on Goodreads a lot because I moderate the  Goodreads YA LGBT Books group there. I also post free short YA stories on that group, more than 50 of them so far. Or find me on Facebook –