Friday, February 9, 2018

Book Review: 'WANT' by Kade Boehme

New York author Kade Boehme shares his bio data at the end of this book and it is worth repeating: ‘Kade 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. A hardcore Britney Spears fangirl with an addiction to glitter, most of his free time is spent dancing, arguing politics, or with his nose in a book. 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. Kade works as a full time writer, having many bestselling titles and three honorable mentions in the Rainbow Awards. 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.’

Kade has written so many books that be has a bulging library. WANT is his latest and hottest. The synopsis is excellent: Dante "D" Vargas is home in Miami, to stay. He has a job he likes as the new head of bonds and bounty for Mack's Security and after six years of making a mess with Trevor Mackentire, he's ready—he thinks they're both ready—for them to stop playing around and figure out if what they have is real. Trevor and Dante know each other through Trevor's brother, who served in the military with Dante. He's a bit older than Trevor and works with Trevor's brother and father. But Trevor is his boss's son and his best friend's younger brother so it's not as easy as taking what he wants. Especially when he also has to convince Trevor he's over being afraid of his feelings and not everything is what it seems. Finally healthy and whole again after the effects of a major car accident, Trevor's tired of being treated like a child by everyone he loves. He's been handling his own for a long time. But he's lonely. Trevor knows he shouldn't keep setting himself up to be hurt by D's hot-and-cold routine, but he's cared for the man for what feels like forever, and lusted for him even longer. Yeah, they set each other on fire, but old fears, old wounds, and being stuck in a game of push and pull makes it feel impossible to get it together. Maybe they should just leave well enough alone. It'd be easier if every meeting, every taste didn't leave them wanting more.’

Kade’s ability to show all aspects of his characters makes his generous helpings of very steamy encounters all the more credible and enviable. This is a solid story as well as one steamy novel. Grady Harp, May 16

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