Thursday, October 22, 2015

Borrowing Trouble by Kade Boehme

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 stars
I was looking for a book with a more realistic feel in the M/M genre, and I was pleasantly surprised to find this little gem. Borrowing Trouble was a mature take on gay-for-you. Small town men who've known each other all their lives, with nearly a decade gap in their ages, meet back up as adults in their mid-thirties & late-twenties. Jay was divorced years earlier, moving home to raise his kids near the in-laws. Jay starts a job at Landon's family-run sawmill, who is out to his family.

Borrowing Trouble is mature in a way that has nothing to do with age but emotional maturity. Landon and Jay develop a slow friendship that feels real, which evolves into physical intimacy, and eventually hits the warm and fuzzy HEA.

What I was happy to find in Borrowing Trouble:

*The gay-for-you was explained instead of ignored, especially with it being a 36 year old male who had been married and had two children. I won't go into details, but I felt this portion believable and realistic. The author did an incredible job displaying Jay's terror over this new-found discovery. Not ashamed, but wouldn't anyone feel terrified to suddenly realize something so major about himself?

*Jay's ex- Bethany wasn't shown as an evil character. Most books in this genre paint females with an evil light to explain away cheating/divorcing/having children to make a complete 'home' with their new partner, and most definitely this occurs in gay-for-you reads involving children. Pushy/manipulating/controlling is how the majority of all women are written, or the entire book and the town it's set in is devoid of females entirely. Beth does exhibit one of those traits, but I believe it was true-to-life after spending twenty years with someone. (One female character was a villain in a way, but she was your quintessential small-town, old biddy, so that was true-to-life.) Divorced for nearly 2 years, separated for four, Jay and Beth have a mature co-parenting relationship, able to speak about dates they've been on without it becoming painful. Near the end of the book, Beth is painted as a bit of a villain for a few pages, but I saw it for what it was, as did Jay – Beth was displaying a human nature response to something that is painful by lashing out. Not all women react that way, but many do. So be empathetic when you read Beth. Imagine how you'd feel to find out the man you were in love with, spent a lifetime with, had children with was gay. Imagine how you'd feel 'you' were who probably held him back, blinding him to what he actually wanted. It would feel like a waste of a quarter of your life. So I felt this part realistically and compassionately written.

*The child-rearing. Instead of shoving the new relationship down the children's throats, Jay made sure no matter who he was dating wasn't going to be around his children unless and until it was 'get married' serious. No revolving door to confuse his children.

*Slow building relationship, showing the issues with half-grown children, small-town mentalities, ex-wives, and the realistic difficulties a gay man will face. Non-insta-love, heady physical need, and real emotional responses.

I highly recommend this Kade Boehme title, and I'll be looking forward to reading more from this author.

Kade Boehme is a southern boy without the charm, but all the sass. Currently residing in New York City, he lives off of ramen noodles and too much booze.

He is the epitome of dorkdom, only watching TV when Rachel Maddow or one of his sports teams is on. Most of his free time is spent dancing, arguing politics or with his nose in a book. He is also a hardcore Britney Spears fangirl and has an addiction to glitter.

It was after writing a short story about boys who loved each other for a less than reputable adult website that he found his true calling, and hopefully a bit more class. A member of Romance Writers of America's New York City Chapter and Rainbow Writers of America, Kade works as a full time writer.

He hopes to write about all the romance that he personally finds himself allergic to but that others can fall in love with. He maintains that life is real and the stories should be, as well.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Borrowing Trouble by Kade Boehme to read and review. Review copy was purchased by the blog.

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