Author: Kade Boehme
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 20th 2015
Page Count: 170
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
After an amicable divorce, Jay Hill decided to move back to his rural hometown with his teenage kids. Being on good terms with his ex-wife and in laws has made the transition into single life pretty smooth. Things were good and uncomplicated. Then Landon Petty walked into his life.
Landon didn’t expect to still be stuck in his hometown working at his dad’s sawmill at this point in his life. Being an openly gay truck driver was as awkward in practice as in description. When Jay came to take over managerial duties at his dad’s business, Landon was surprised to find a friend. When Jay turns out not to be as straight as he thought, things get complicated.
When feelings for Landon shine a light on how much Jay’s life has been actually half lived, he’s forced to decide if he’ll jump in with both feet or if he’ll let Landon slip through his fingers.
This was so beautiful! If I had to choose one word to describe this story, this would be it.
This is basically the story of a man who reinvents himself.
Jay got married at 20 and he recently broke up with the only woman he’s ever been with. Jay has two kids and is a great father. Jay can’t discuss his feelings with anyone. Jay doesn’t really feel. Why can’t he feel things? And why is it that since he met Landon, the openly gay guy from his hometown, he feels itchy in his skin?
It’s because Jay locked away the man he really is, a long time ago, and now that man fights his way back. And it was a beautiful thing to see.
“I didn’t know.” He said the words in wonder, in awe of what had just happened. This felt almost like a religious experience. “I didn’t,” Jay said.
There were some things that stood out to me …
* I loved the fact that despite the attraction, Jay and Landon became friends first.
*I really loved the fact that Jay started to have feelings for Landon before he had sex with him. There were real emotions besides the sexual attraction that started in his chest, not his dick.
“And that undefinable feeling settled in Jay’s gut again, making him smile but tremble a bit, because maybe… just maybe the feeling was slowly and inexplicably becoming more defined.”
*Ok many people may not care or just go with it without noticing but you know what I absolutely loved?
- Landon’s meeting the kids for the first time was off page. Actually, this whole period of adjustment is off page. Hallelujah and thank Heaven!!
*The kids do not take over the story. Nope, no teenage drama.
*Amazing chemistry and super hot scenes.
The HEA is very strong but very real as well. And I realise that this is probably why I like Kade Boehme’s books so much. They feel real, with no stupid misunderstandings or unecessary angst and drama. But at the same time they speak to you.
Again, I have to point out that there are some editing issues here. Not too many, but still noticeable. This does not bother me, but it is many people’s pet peeve and it pisses me off when great books get lower ratings because of bad editing. So, this is me pointing it out.