I first discovered Kade Boehme when I read
Wood, Screws and Nails ( Hard Hats, Book 1), a collaboration he did with Piper Vaughn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.