Reading Highlights – Kade Boehme and Piper Vaughn

I first discovered Kade Boehme when I read

Wood, Screws and Nails ( Hard Hats, Book 1), a collaboration he did with Piper Vaughn.

Wood Screws and Nails Authors: Piper Vaughn,  Kade Boehme

LYLBTB 50 star

Blurb:

Aaron Costa’s summer was all planned. Despite having to remodel the family lake house, it would be a vacation of sorts, and he had every intention of enjoying it—until the friend who was supposed to help him got injured and left him in a lurch. He decides to take the opportunity to bond with his son and hires Julian and his roommate, Malachi, to assist.As a broke college student, Malachi could use the money, and spending the summer with Aaron for eye candy sounds like a dream. “Look but don’t touch” becomes his motto. But when Julian starts flaking on his responsibilities and Malachi and Aaron are forced to spend long hours alone together, their mutual attraction is impossible to resist.Aaron can’t fight the temptation sexy Malachi presents. But more than their age difference stands in their way, not the least of which is Aaron’s semi-closeted status and the fact that he’s never openly discussed his sexuality with his son. He has no idea how Julian will react when he learns his father is not only gay, he’s also dating his best friend.

ebook, 166 pages
Published April 23rd 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published April 22nd 2014)
Review:

This is one of the best May/December – really May/October romances I have read in a while. The romance between Aaron, 37,and Malachi,21 is written such that makes it believable. Malachi is a mature 21 year old. He is no stranger to work and responsibility and it is quite a contrast to Aaron’s son Julian. Julian is a spoiled young man that was very difficult to like and there were times I wanted to thunk Aaron for still treating him like a child and not an adult.This was another part of the story that I liked – the storyline about Aaron and Carrie,Julian’s mother,her husband Jeff and Aaron’s parents. The way the teen pregnancy was handled, Aaron being gay (but not openly) and how the various parents reacted and continue to feel about these situations also felt realistic.There are smoking hot scenes between Aaron and Malachi but also moments where we get to see them developing their friendship and insights into why they think and feel the way they do. I enjoyed that the story is told from the point of view of both Aaron and Malachi.

I was pleased with the ending but I would love to know how things turn out for these two in the future.

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Then I read  Chance of the Heart

Chance of the Heart by Kade Boehme

Author: Kade Boehme
The path to happiness isn’t always the easiest.
Blurb:
Chance Becket’s life was mapped out. He’d one day own the ranch he grew up on, have a family, and be the son he was raised to be, like all good boys in Small Town, U.S.A.When his high school sweetheart calls for a break during her last semester of college, the last place Chance thought he’d end up was in his old friend Bradley’s bed.Bradley Heart blasted out of the closet before his family could name him heir apparent to his father’s church. After six years away, a job layoff has him coming home to work behind the scenes. He and his father have little interaction and he’s fine with it staying that way when he returns home. Going back into the closet, for any reason, is not on his list of things to do. But Chance may prove too much a temptation, especially with the simmering feelings they’ve had for one another since they were teens.Confused over his sexuality, Chance has to decide what’s more important — loyalty to his family and the path set forth, or the promise of happiness with not just the only man, but the only person, he’s ever really wanted. Includes a very toppy accountant, a cowboy who’d rather be in the kitchen, porn positions, some spanking, and absolutely zero religion other than worshipping… You know.
ebook, 254 pages
Published January 26th 2015 (first published January 22nd 2015)
LYLBTB 50 star
Review:
I love the play on names for the title. I also enjoyed the setting being in central Texas where I’m from.
Growing up doing what is expected, hiding oneself because it is just what one does, then finding that reason to live out loud made for a beautiful, sweet and very sexy story. The angst was minimal.  I love the mix of foodie and cowboy, country life and urban living. The characters were easy to like and I read the story in one sitting because I did not want to put it down.
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Soon followed:
Chasing the Rainbow Kade BoehmeChasing the Rainbow
Author: Kade Boehme
LYLBTB 50 star
Blurb:

BobbyGugino realized he may have met the man of his dreams in Jody Olsen, only neither of them were gay, so far as Bobby knew. But when Jody came out and ended his marriage, Bobby’s entire worldview was skewed, and his own health issues lead to his own coming out. Fast forward four years and Bobby runs into Jody again, but Bobby may be too busy making up for lost time to see how great they are together.Jody Olsen’s got guilt and mommy issues, but his coming out was smooth and his life had settled into a mundane pattern of kissing frogs while waiting for prince charming and helping run his mother’s book store in New York’s East Village. When Bobby comes bumbling back into his life with a surprising shared passion for the written word and an endearing love for sugary Frappuccinos, Jody can’t help but be quickly swept up by the man.The struggle to be patient with Bobby and his being unsure about being committed to someone is not an easy one. Does Jody hope for his happy ever after with Bobby, or is the lure of chasing the rainbow too much to fight against?

Includes a fresh-faced divorcee with his nose in romance novels and his heart in the clouds, a thirty-something fresh out of the closet, chasing a missed youth and trying to find his place in the big gay world he’d missed out on… and a little dirty suit sex.

Kindle Edition, 156 pages
Published May 15th 2015 by Kade Boehme (first published May 14th 2015)
Review:
This is a great feel good book.
Jody comes from a neighborhood where being gay is not always accepted. To make it worse, he married a girl, trying to do the right thing, and when they mutually end it, he comes out. One day his ex asks him to bring her a foot- locker from his storage unit, which he delivers to her in the old neighborhood.  This is not something he is really comfortable with and when he leaves, she insists that he get a ride back to the subway. It turns out to be Bobby Gugino, handsome Italian guy – straight Italian guy as far as Jody knows, that gives him the ride. Jody always had a bit of a crush on Bobby but it wasn’t something he could pursue. Straight guy with long-term girlfriend. Just no, but they hit it off and have a good conversation. Jody thinks this is it, thanks him for the ride and leaves.
Jody works in his mother’s book store and loves reading romance. When Bobby finds out where he works, he just happens to start coming in for some super sweet Frappuccinos and stopping to talk to Jody.  If Jody didn’t know better, he might think Bobby had more than casual friends on his mind. Bobby just might be right, but does Jody want to get involved with someone who isn’t ready to commit?
This was such a sweet story.  Jody is looking for Prince Charming, but so far he has only found the frogs, Bobby is sowing his wild gay oats after being in the closet for the better part of his life, but there is something about Jody he just can’t shake.  They have more in common than they realize at first and I loved the way the relationship builds and draws back then becomes stronger.  The secondary characters of Jody’s cougar mom and Bobby’s loyal brother are great.   They truly supported the main characters and were fun to read.  If you are looking for a sweet, sexy, romance, I recommend this book.
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I was so excited and happy after reading Chasing the Rainbow that I went to Goodreads and started looking through Kades library and found one called On the Dock.  It is a short free read which you can download from this link: https://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/download/16178425-on-the-dock
Well.  This is were things took a turn from sweet and funny to Pass the Tissues, but it was so good.

On The Dock by Kade Boehme

Blurb:
Erik was a lonely small town boy who had always done what right, but after years of that life which had not turned out at all like it was supposed to if he had followed the rules, like he was told, he met Will. The world became a different place when they met that day on the dock.
ebook, 13 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Kade Boehme
4-star

Review:

Erik is an EMT, he is a dad, he is responsible, and accepts that there are things he has to do and things he may not be able to do, but that is ok.  He lives on the lake and is content, then one day a large shadow appears over him.  This is Will. He is staying in his uncles cabin before he goes back for another tour overseas and wanted to stop and say hello.  The men hit it off and a friendship begins, and maybe there will be something more. Time will tell.
I enjoyed the main characters, the background on the men is great for such a short story, it is sweet, and sad and there is a slight jump in the story that leads us to our HEA, although it was not the HEA I was expecting. I was pretty sure where we were heading there but it didn’t matter, this story packs a lot of emotion into few words and I enjoyed it very much.
happy Reading,
Melyna
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