2.5 Stars, Allison Cassatta, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Kade Boehme, Narration Rating - 4 Stars, Reviewed by Kathie

Audio Review: We Found Love by Kade Boehme and Allison Cassatta – Narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo

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Title: We Found Love

Authors: Kade Boehme and Allison Cassatta

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo

Run Time: 7 Hours and 23 Minutes

At a Glance: Michael Ferraiuolo gave a great performance, but not great enough to overcome my issues with the characters.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: It’s no surprise Riley Connors is dealing with issues. He was kidnapped as a young boy, and his parents abandoned him after his newsworthy return. He bounced from foster home to facility and back.

Now an adult, ghosts from his past continue to haunt him. After a suicide attempt, he is locked away in Hartfield so that people can make him tune in to emotions he has tried to bury.

Hunter Morgan had the kind of love that spans ages. But the stress of college and adulthood became too much to handle, and the love of Hunter’s life turned to drugs. After he overdoses, Hunter finds himself soaring out of control on the same miserable path. His brother finds him and calls an ambulance, and the sister Hunter would rather not have calls it a suicide attempt, landing Hunter in Hartfield.

Finding love isn’t easy, but it can happen under the direst circumstances. Together Hunter and Riley may be able to grow from their pain. But they will need to learn to live for themselves, letting love come second.

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Review: I really wanted to like We Found Love, but, unfortunately, I didn’t like ninety percent of this story. Riley Connors was too whiny, I mean really whiny, and I just can’t stand weak and whiny characters, no matter the justification. Most of the time he sounded like an adolescent, and I do know what that sounds like!

The ten percent I did like, in spite of the fact I never really bonded with Riley or Hunter (which could be my own problem rather than a reflection of the writing skills of Kade Boehme and Allison Cassatta), was when Riley left the treatment center and took control of his destiny. I also liked listening to the few moments that Riley and Hunter had together in the vacated wing of the treatment center. Those scenes were sensual and filled with a lot of descriptive detail.

My opinion of this audiobook is that the narrator, Michael Ferraiuolo, gave a great performance. He used distinct voices for each character which, when listening to an audiobook in the car, is very much appreciated as it’s a lot easier to follow the story. I will make a point to look for his name in the future. His performance adds a lot to the story, and the ending was great—the road trip HEA ending gets me every time. But be warned—whiny boys are running amuck throughout the story.

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Kade Boehme, Narration Rating - 5 Stars, Piper Vaughn, Reviewed By Carrie

Audio Review: Wood, Screws & Nails by Piper Vaughn and Kade Boehme – Narrated by Paul Morey

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Title: Wood, Screws & Nails (Hard Hats: Book One)

Author: Piper Vaughn and Kade Boehme

Narrator:: Paul Morey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 4 Hours and 30 Minutes

At a Glance: This was my first audiobook, and I thoroughly enjoyed having Paul Morey tell me a story – especially such a hot one!

Reviewed By: Carrie

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.

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Review: This is an audio review of Wood, Screws & Nails, narrated by Paul Morey. I loved Aaron and Malachi! This is a May/December romance and while I generally shy away from books where one of the MCs is only twenty-one, this romance was nicely done. A happy-ever-after is not promised, but we get a real satisfying happy-for-now with the propensity toward more, and I was pleased with that.

Aaron became a father right after high school, experimenting with his best friend Carrie. This part of the story was well written, and I really liked how they handled the backstory for Aaron’s son Julian. Admittedly Aaron and Carrie spoiled Julian, together not wanting him to experience the hardships they faced as young parents. Aaron has a hard time letting that go and realizing a little tough love can be a good thing. When Julian and his best friend Malachi agree to help Aaron renovate his parents’ lake house, we get to see the relationship develop between the two MCs as Julian becomes more of a slacker and spends more time away from the house than helping with the renovations. The relationship goes from a mutual physical attraction to appreciation of each other’s talents and work ethic as regards the construction they have to accomplish in the old house.

Malachi is totally believable. Yes, there are some college boys out there who have their head on straight, and Malachi is one of them. We have a precedent for him liking older men, but even he will tell you he does not have a “daddy” complex. Malachi comes from a delightfully normal, accepting family, and he is well adjusted because of it. It is Malachi’s steadfastness and honorable work ethic that wins Aaron over little by little. These two do not just jump into a relationship; they build it like they are building the lake house, a little at the time. And what an incredibly hot journey! Who wouldn’t love two incredible men working construction, with the sexual tension being off the charts?

I would highly recommend this book – especially in audio! Paul Morey does a fantastic job with the narration and vocal inflections of the characters. I always knew which character was speaking from the tone of voice Paul used. This was my first audiobook, and I thoroughly enjoyed having Paul Morey tell me a story – especially such a hot one!

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5 Stars, Allison Cassatta, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Kade Boehme, Reviewed by Janet

Review: We Found Love by Kade Boehme and Allison Cassatta

Title: We Found Love

Author: Kade Boehme & Allison Cassatta

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 214 Pages

At a Glance: Sometimes two authors will write a book together, and one plus one really equals more.

Reviewed By: Janet

Blurb: It’s no surprise Riley Connors is dealing with issues. He was kidnapped as a young boy, and his parents abandoned him after his newsworthy return. He bounced from foster home to facility and back. Now an adult, ghosts from his past continue to haunt him. After a suicide attempt, he is locked away in Hartfield so that people can make him tune in to emotions he has tried to bury.

Hunter Morgan had the kind of love that spans ages. But the stress of college and adulthood became too much to handle, and the love of Hunter’s life turned to drugs. After he overdoses, Hunter finds himself soaring out of control on the same miserable path. His brother finds him and calls an ambulance, and the sister Hunter would rather not have calls it a suicide attempt, landing Hunter in Hartfield.

Finding love isn’t easy, but it can happen under the most dire circumstances. Together Hunter and Riley may be able to grow from their pain. But they will need to learn to live for themselves, letting love come second.

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Review: Sometimes two authors will write a book together, and one plus one really equals more. Kade Boehme and Allison Cassatta have written a very powerful story that tugs on our emotions, one that makes us cringe and cry, but one that has hope. First, our hope is that Riley and Hunter can just heal and get out of Hartfield, then we hope they can be happy and healthy individuals, and finally we hope they can trust in and enjoy the love they fall into.

The beginning of the story explodes off the pages; it is dark and very dramatic. We are sucked into the story quickly. Riley is a troubled young man who, we come to discover, has been abandoned into the care of a mental health facility. Landing in Hartfield is Hunter, a bit of a wastrel, who has self-medicated himself into an involuntary rehab session after a suspected suicide attempt. These two men have an intense introduction that sets the stage for the next few weeks they will be together.

This is not your everyday romance novel, and the authors are careful with the pace of the story, giving us time to absorb the realities of the hospital and the history they each have, but still allowing the glimpses of hope and attraction to build up and creating a sense of anticipation for the reader. I am pleased with the respect shown by the authors in their descriptions of the mental illnesses of the characters in this book. They were blunt but not crude, and it added to the realism of the story without being gratuitous. The focus remained positively on the attraction between Riley and Hunter throughout the story and also emphasised the hope we felt.

I actually found this to be a fairly quick read. I enjoyed the dialogue in the book, modern and snarky, reflecting the characters well. The character development and the realistic descriptions of the hospital, and the routines inside of it, worked together to create a believable setting for the story. The instant connection between the MCs was allowed to grow deeper at a believable pace, not an insta-love situation but rather an intense bond that had the possibility of becoming love. When Hunter is discharged, leaving Riley behind, the exchange of letters lets us see the growth each MC goes through, developing skills to manage life and their own good mental health. I found myself grinning madly when Hunter and Riley were reunited, and I could easily see their HFN growing one step at a time into a HEA.






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3 Stars, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jules, Self-Published

Review: Going Under by Kade Boehme

Title: Going Under (Keep Swimming: Book Two)

Author: Kade Boehme

Publisher: Self Published

Pages/Word Count: 106 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Ex Coast Guardian Kyle Bevins is a joker, a friend, and unlucky in love. His friends know he’s a good guy to turn to if for nothing other than a much needed laugh, but he rarely heeds his own advice. He’s content as the new co-owner of his friend’s charter fishing company in Pensacola Beach, Florida, but he’s missing the companionship of having a significant other and tired of the old hookups. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Kade Boehme, Reviewed by Jules, Self-Published

Two Men Work To Keep Their Head Above Water In Kade Boehme’s “Keep Swimming”

“Well that’s what my philosophy is in life. Life’s gonna give you shit. So you can either let it drown you, or you can keep swimming.” – Kade Boehme (Cary in Keep Swimming)


Title: Keep Swimming (Keep Swimming: Book One)

Author: Kade Boehme

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 130 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: After his partner dumped him with a pregnant surrogate four years ago, Cary Whitmore was forced to play single parent while starting up a new business. With the dog bakery now semi-successful and his son healthy, Cary thinks he may be ready to date again. Continue reading

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HAHAT 2014 Continues With A Guest Post By Kade Boehme And A Giveaway


Please welcome our second contributor to The Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Kade Boehme. Kade shares a very personal story about his own coming out with us today, and there’s also another chance to win a $20 Gift Card for Dreamspinner Press (the first can be found HERE – Deadline Midnight PT 5/21/14).

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

And now, here’s Kade:
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Here’s A Sneak Peek At A Busy Week!


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week. We’ve got loads of good stuff coming up in the week ahead, including a couple more guest posts to celebrate the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia and another Countdown to GayRomLit guest visit. Watch for some great articles, interviews, giveaways, and reviews.

But first, I have an introduction to make. As all of you know by now, the LGBT reviewing community is about to lose one of its staunchest supporters, Becky Condit. Mrs. Condit Reads Books will be closing its virtual doors on May 31, 2014, and though it will be a great loss, The Novel Approach is making an equally great gain. Jules Lovestoread will be joining our crew, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her with us, so, without further ado, here’s a little intro to our very own Jules:

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5 Stars, Kade Boehme, Loose Id, Reviewed by Jackie

Kade Boehme Takes You To “Where the World Ends” – Reviewed by Jackie


Prejudice is the symptom, wrong assumptions are the cause.
‘Prejudice is the daughter of assumption.”
― Idries Shah


Title: Where the World Ends

Author: Kade Boehme

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 162 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Will Cooper is a Deputy in the Sheriff’s office of Western Washington’s coastal Gray’s Harbor County. While searching for a stolen vehicle, he gets lost and meets Colin Sharpe who’s a member of the local Native American tribe. The two are attracted to one another but after a run-in with some tribe teenagers that ends in bad blood between the sheriff’s department, Will and Colin’s father, the two can’t think of worse people to get involved with.
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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Kade Boehme, Piper Vaughn, Reviewed by Jackie

Piper Vaugh and Kade Boehme’s “Wood, Screws, & Nails” Builds A Little Secret Into A Big Reveal – Reviewed by Jackie


Is there a word for that moment when two parties are so equally shocked to see each other, given the circumstances, that all they can do is stare at each other, open mouthed?” ― August Westman


Title: Wood, Screws, & Nails

Author: Piper Vaughn & Kade Boehme

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 176 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

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.
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Piper Vaughn and Kade Boehme Bring The “Wood, Screws & Nails” Blog Tour To TNA Today, With A Giveaway



TNA: The Novel Approach is positively giddy to welcome Piper Vaughn and Kade Boehme today on their Wood, Screws & Nails Blog Tour. They’ve both agreed to answer a few questions for us, so we’ll get right to it.

How long was this collaboration in the works? What made you guys decide that you needed to write a book together, and how far into the process were you when you felt that sense of “yeah, we’ve nailed it (pun fully intended), this is going to work”?

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Brita Addams, Christa Tomlinson, F.E. Feeley Jr., J.K. Hogan, Jacob Z. Flores, Kade Boehme, L.A. Witt, LE Franks, Libby Drew, M.J. O'Shea, Marie Sexton, Piper Vaughn, Poppy Dennison, Rafe Haze, Riley Hart, Saloni Quinby

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week. It was a busy and fun-filled weekend at RainbowCon, having the opportunity to meet some new-to-me authors and participating on some great panels, where the conversation was always interesting and informative. Next stop: GayRomLit in Chicago!

Here’s what’s on tap for the week ahead.

MondaySaloni Quinby kicks off the week on her Weapons of Redemption Blog Tour with a giveaway

Jacob Flores drops in as well, with a GRL Countdown Celebration for his newest release, When Love Comes to Town, and there’s a giveaway

TuesdayRiley Hart is our guest today on the Stay (Blackcreek: Book Two) Blog Tour. She sat down to answer a few questions for us, so make sure to stay tuned

Libby Drew is also with us to do a Cover Reveal of her new novella The Lost Year, included in the anthology Secrets of Neverwood

Brita Addams visits today with a guest article about misused idioms/clichés

WednesdayPiper Vaughn and Kade Boehme stop in on their Wood, Screws & Nails Blog Tour, and they’ve also got a giveaway for you

Rafe Haze is also with us to talk a little bit about his new book The Next, and he’ll be giving an e-copy away to one lucky reader

ThursdayPoppy Dennison is dropping by to do a little Mind Magic for us, and there’s a giveaway

L.A. Witt and Marie Sexton are also here on their Roped In Blog Tour, with a giveaway

FridayLE Franks is our guest on the Can This Be Real Blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway

M.J. O’Shea also drops in on the Rising Sun Blog Tour, and she’s offering a giveaway

SaturdayChrista Tomlinson is our guest on The Sergeant Blog Tour and giveaway

F.E. Feeley Jr. will also be here on the Objects in the Rearview Mirror Blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway

SundayJ.K. Hogan is here with a Countdown To GRL Celebration Guest Post and Giveaway

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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4.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Kade Boehme, Reviewed by Sammy

Kade Boehme’s “Trouble & The Wallflower” Draws Your Heart In And Never Lets It Go! – Reviewed by Sammy


“When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything.” – Stephen Richards


Title: Trouble & The Wallfower

Author: Kade Boehme

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Raised in near seclusion by an agoraphobic mother, Davy Cooper’s social skills are almost nonexistent.
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Cover Reveal And Excerpt: “Wood, Screws & Nails” By Piper Vaughn And Kade Boehme


Title: Wood, Screws & Nails

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: April 23, 2014


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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.

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“So, how would you feel about working for my dad this summer?”

Malachi Pereira froze in the middle of pouring himself a cup of coffee. He turned to see Julian standing at the end of the kitchen counter, his dark hair wild, eyes still hazy with sleep.

“Working for your dad?” Malachi repeated. The dad who, in Malachi’s opinion, probably inspired that whole DILF acronym in the first place. Because, damn, a finer man Malachi had never met, and he’d seen his fair share of gorgeous guys in his twenty-one years. Hell, his family was from Brazil, and some of the men there were hot enough to set fires. Still, Malachi had his type, and Julian’s father fit it with a capital T. Not that he’d ever say as much to his best friend.

“Yeah.” Julian stepped into the kitchen and grabbed a clean mug from the rack next to the sink. “You know he’s a contractor, right? I guess he’s fixing up my grandparents’ lake house over the next couple of months. Said he’d pay us the same rate as his crew. Weekends and days off during bad weather. The whole nine yards.”

The mention of pay shifted Malachi’s thoughts from where they didn’t have any business wandering anyway. “Really? Man, that would be awesome.”

Julian nodded, taking the coffeepot from Malachi’s hand and sloshing the rest of it into his mug. “Yep. I figured you wouldn’t want to spend the summer staying with your folks. The place is up in Lake Geneva, which is lame, but it’s not far from Milwaukee. At least we won’t be bored to death on the weekends. And my dad, well… he’s pretty chill. I don’t think he’ll give a shit if we go out during our free time as long as we get the job done.”

“Sounds good,” Malachi said. And it did. Spending a couple of months in a lake house with his best friend held a lot more appeal than going back to his old bedroom at his parents’ place, despite how well they got along or how much he loved them. Plus, there was the undeniable fact that Julian’s dad would make for some incredible eye candy while Malachi did the kind of work he’d planned on trying to find anyway. He’d learned enough carpentry from his own father to make him not only useful but knowledgeable when it came to fixing up houses. He’d ensure Julian’s father got his money’s worth, and he’d have fun while he was doing it. A win-win all around. “When is he starting?”

“Now, I think. He said he was packing. My last final is next week. Yours too, right? We can go up there right after.”

“What about the apartment? Will you sublet your room, too?” Malachi had already made arrangements for his own room with a guy taking summer classes at UIC. He didn’t see the point in paying for something he wasn’t using, and if he’d gone down to Florida to stay with his folks, it would have sat empty for months.

“Nah.” Julian shook his head. “I don’t like the thought of some other dude being in my room, sleeping in my bed.” He shuddered a little. “Besides, it’s not like we’re going to be on the other side of the country. Lake Geneva is close enough that I can come back here some weekends. Fuck if the party scene in Milwaukee is going to be anything like Chicago.”

Malachi snickered, though it was probably true. He didn’t feel the need to be out every weekend, but Julian was another story. Sometimes, Malachi barely saw him from Friday night until after classes on Monday. “All right. Well, tell your dad I’m in, if you’re sure he doesn’t mind. We can drive up after my last final on Wednesday. Be ready to get started on Thursday.”

“He doesn’t mind. He already okayed it. I’ll text him and let him know you agreed.” Julian grinned. “And you should tell your parents you aren’t coming down to Miami this year.”

Malachi stifled a groan. He hadn’t seen any of his family since winter break, and every time they talked, his mom mentioned how much she was looking forward to his visit. Now, even if he knew she’d agree he couldn’t pass up the opportunity, he still wouldn’t completely get out of a ride on the guilt-trip train, and Julian knew it.

“Jackass,” Malachi muttered as Julian laughed. “I should make you call and tell her.”

Julian fled the room with a “hell no” almost before he’d finished the sentence.

A week and a half later, Malachi and Julian were in Lake Geneva. After breezing through the last of his finals, Malachi was more than ready to see the end of his third year. One more and he’d have his bachelors in education and be able to start scouring the internet for teaching jobs throughout Illinois. Maybe even look into teaching English in Brazil for a while. First, he needed a few months off. Weird that he considered doing house renovations a break, but all things considered, he actually liked working with his hands. A sense of accomplishment came with manual labor that he never got in all his hours of studying and clinicals. Maybe that would change once he was out in the world, running his own classroom. He hoped so. The student teaching he’d be doing next fall would decide that one way or the other.

“This is it,” Julian announced.

“Whoa.” Malachi’s eyes widened as Julian turned his car onto a long gravel driveway and he took in the large, plantation-style house at the end. “You didn’t tell me this place was practically a mansion.”

Julian snorted as he pulled to a stop behind a large black truck, the type of heavy-duty, high horsepower affair some men bought just for show. Malachi knew Julian’s father must’ve purchased it as much for its practicality as any aesthetic appeal. The tailgate sat open, and the bed showed wear and tear—scratches, dirt, signs of actual use. A paint-spattered aluminum ladder rested next to a couple of folded up tarps, several cans of primer, and a scuffed-up utility chest. It was a working man’s truck, and it showed. Malachi approved.

“It’s not a mansion. Just my grandma’s way of pretending to be Scarlett O’Hara every summer. I’m surprised she wants to sell it. She used to be obsessed with that movie.”

“Well, it’s huge. Maybe it’s just too much to maintain now.”

“Yeah, maybe. Kind of a bummer they’re getting rid of it, though. I haven’t been up here in years, but I used to come up with my dad every June, right after school let out. We had some fun times here.”

Malachi smiled slightly. Julian’s default mode was set to sarcasm, and he didn’t often talk about his father, but Malachi got the impression Julian admired the man. There was fondness in his voice whenever he spoke of his dad, though Malachi was certain Julian didn’t know it. Not for the first time, he wondered what’d happened to split Julian’s parents up. When they’d talked about it one drunken weeknight their sophomore year, Julian had seemed equally curious. Only one thing had been clear—it was obviously a sore spot, and Malachi hadn’t felt it was his place to dig for more information.

Julian unlocked his door and got out of the car. Malachi followed suit, trailing behind as Julian made his way to the open trunk. He reached in for his own duffel bag after Julian had removed his and slammed the trunk shut, staring up at the house. Mansion or not, it was impressive, with tall white columns, big windows, and a wide, wraparound porch. Maybe the exterior paint needed updating, as well as the cracked walkway and neglected landscaping, but it was the sort of place his parents could only dream of ever owning, imposing enough that unexpected nerves made his palms sweat. Then, of course, came the irritation with himself for getting nervous.

What the hell is my problem? Malachi knew his rank in the social stratosphere, and typically, he didn’t give a shit that other people had more money or purchased vacation homes more expensive than the only house his parents owned or that going into teaching would mean he’d likely be stuck in the lower-middle class for the rest of his life. It didn’t bother him. He could go to med school if he wanted to earn a lot of money he might never have time to spend. So maybe his sudden anxiety had more to do with the bare-chested man who’d just come down the porch steps and now strode toward them. The man who looked an awful lot like Julian, dark-eyed and olive skinned, except with broader shoulders, a light smattering of chest hair, and a muscular physique sculpted by hard work, not hours lifting weights in a gym. Sweat gleamed on naked skin, and his well-worn jeans clung to him in a way that left Malachi with no doubt that the man packed a cock hefty enough to complement all that muscle.

“Hey,” Mr. Costa said as he reached them. He pulled Julian into a brief hug, which Julian instantly cringed away from.

“Dude! You’re sweaty as hell!”

Mr. Costa laughed and released him. “Sorry. I have the windows open because I’ve been in and out. It’s roasting in there. I just took a break to have a glass of tea with Greg a few minutes ago.” He turned to Malachi and held out a hand. “Thanks for coming. I hope the drive wasn’t too bad.”

Malachi tried to swallow around the lump of cotton that had somehow lodged itself in his throat. He accepted the handshake and fought hard not to think about how little he’d mind being covered in this man’s sweat.

“It wasn’t bad at all.” The words came out huskier than normal. Malachi could only be grateful Julian’s father didn’t know him well enough to notice, and if Julian had, he didn’t comment. “I appreciate the opportunity, Mr. Costa.”

“God, please call me Aaron. Mr. Costa is my father.” Aaron grinned, his teeth shining white against scruff-shadowed cheeks. There was a tiny gap between his upper central incisors that Malachi found himself desperate to lick. Weird, he knew, but holy fuck, the guy was even hotter than Malachi remembered from that long-ago visit on a parent weekend in his and Julian’s freshman year and his occasional glimpses in the time since. Apparently, Aaron’s late thirties more than agreed with him. The expression “aged like a fine wine” came to mind. Tip-top of the shelf. The ten-thousand dollar bottles only people like Bill Gates would be drinking.

Damn. Malachi gave himself a mental shake. He shouldn’t be thinking this shit with Julian mere inches away. Or at all. Julian knew about his preference for older men. He even knew that Malachi had dated a professor nearly twice his age the year before—and how badly that relationship had ended. But there was a world of difference between a professor Julian didn’t have any connection to and Aaron. The very last thing Malachi wanted now was for Julian to wise up to his crush because Malachi popped wood every time Aaron stepped into his line of sight. Awkward fucking city.

Aaron faced Julian again and gestured toward the porch and a man who stood from one of the rocking chairs and leaned on the rail. “Jules, you remember Greg. Greg, my son, Jules, and his friend, Malachi.”

Greg smiled at them as they stepped up onto the porch. Another round of hand-shaking happened as Malachi wondered about Greg’s relationship to Aaron. The man practically screamed prim and proper. Slender to Aaron’s muscle, icy blue eyes behind thin-rimmed glasses, patrician nose, not a blond hair out of place. The day was stifling, hot enough to justify Aaron’s lack of a shirt, but Greg looked cool as could be in a pristine white button-down and rust-colored chinos. He even wore brown loafers with no socks and a belt that matched. A few inches taller and Malachi would’ve sworn Greg had just walked off the pages of a Ralph Lauren ad, while his own clothes couldn’t be described as anything but broke college student couture. Greg’s casual elegance made him feel downright slovenly.

“Would you like some iced tea?” Greg asked, tilting his head toward the pitcher that sat on the table beside the chair he’d been occupying. “I just brought it over from next door. It’s sweet, though.” He laughed. “I was raised in the south. I don’t believe in having it any other way.”

A neighbor. Malachi grinned. It shouldn’t make him happy to hear that. It shouldn’t. But it did.

“Sure.” Malachi hefted his bag. “Is there somewhere I can set this down first?”

Aaron nodded and went for the door. “Yeah, I’ll show you. Come on in.”

“Take mine too, will you?” Julian asked.

“No prob.” Malachi grabbed Julian’s bag from him and followed Aaron inside. He did his best not to notice the way the muscles in Aaron’s ass flexed as he led Malachi upstairs. And he succeeded. Mostly. But of course, that left him staring at the long, smooth lines of Aaron’s back instead.

Malachi knew right then it was going to be a summer of nothing but blue balls and cold showers. The thought alone should have made him groan. So why couldn’t he seem to stop smiling?

Bios:

Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.

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

He is “the epitomy 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.

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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Kade Boehme Wants To Welcome You To “Gangster Country”



“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.”– Bob Marley


Kade Boehme is 25 years old. He has already released at least six books with four more coming in the near future. He is 25 years old, people! It is amazing to me that someone Kade’s age should be such a skilled storyteller. He is more prolific than many authors who have been writing for years, and he just keeps getting better and better. I see a long future of myself waiting anxiously for the next Kade Boehme to be released.

In Gangster Country, Kade once again creates characters that feel so real. I got sucked in from the first paragraph and wasn’t let go until the last. Logan Marshall is a transplant from Texas to New York. He is a recently minted social worker and knows if he stays close to home he will spend his weekends working on his family’s ranch. He loves his family and they were accepting of him when he told them he was gay, but he needs to step out completely on his own.
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Kade Boehme May Be “A Little Complicated”, But His Contest Isn’t!



“Nothing worthwhile is ever without complications.” ― Nora Roberts



Ryan Borja is a freshman in college and the only real friend he has is his sister. One day he is asked for directions by the hottest man he has seen in ages. When Ryan talks to Brady he finds out he has a daughter, so he assumes Brady is straight. Well, this puts Brady in the “friends only” category, but Ryan makes the most of it. He starts hanging out with Brady. The two men do lunch, have movie night with Brady’s daughter Delilah, and simply become great friends.

The bottom drops out of Ryan’s world when Brady asks him to babysit because he has a date. Now, it’s not just any date, nooooooo it’s a date with Ellie….Borja, Ryan’s sister. So not only can he not have the man of his dreams as more than friends, but he has to watch the man date his sister. It is his own personal hell. Ryan knows it won’t last between them, but he doesn’t want that to affect his friendship with Brady. So, when Brady announces he has been offered a job in Phoenix and is leaving town, Ellie drops him like a hot potato. Ryan goes over to help Brady pack and make sure they can stay friends, except the two men end up doing a lot more than talking. Ryan is freaked out and leaves afterward. When he comes back the next day, he finds Brady is gone, no note, no phone call, just gone, and he took Ryan’s heart with him.

One thing Ryan never knew about Brady is that he is bisexual. He never told Ryan this because he has had so many bad experiences with “friends” that just didn’t get the whole “bisexual thing”. It turns out that Brady had a thing for Ryan the entire time they were friends and just didn’t know how to bring the subject up after he had dated Ryan’s sister. So when Ryan walked out after that one night they had together, he figured it just wasn’t meant to be.

Eight years later while tending bar, Ryan’s sister announces she has a date. Ryan is used to this since his sister goes through more men than most of us do underwear, but the name she squeals out is a total shock to his system. Brady. Not only does she announce that he is back in town, but he also lives in Ryan’s building. Ryan can’t believe it; once again Ellie has beaten him to the punch with Brady.

When Ryan and Brady finally come face to face again, all the old sparks are still there on both sides, but Ryan is not about to open himself up to that brand of heartache again. Brady has different ideas this time around. He tries his best to make it clear to Ellie that they will NEVER be more than friends, but Ryan keeps stumbling upon them at the worst possible moments. Watching these two men fall in love all over again while Ryan tries to keep his distance and Brady puts on the full court press, is one of the funniest things I have read in a while.

This book was a refreshingly funny read with just the right amount of angst to remind you that you are reading a Kade Boehme story. Ryan struggles against his own heart trying to be loyal to his sister, and Brady has a full cast of southern women fighting on his side. I don’t know who I felt sorrier for. I love the snarky humor in this book. I don’t think anyone pulls the snark off quite like Kade. Then he turns around and makes you just fall in love with the characters. If you have read any of Kade’s books before, you know these two are going to have to get out of their own way to find their HEA, but I love the assist they get at the end of this book. With friends like theirs they have no options but to succeed.

If you like a sweet friends to lovers, lovers reunited type of story, this one is a solid pick that I would highly recommend.

Reviewed by: Jackie

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