A Little Complicated by Kade Boehme
Published by: Kade Boehme on September 2, 2013
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
Ryan Borja missed out on the perfect guy when he was in college. Brady Novak was everything Ryan could want. He was attractive, charming, funny, and caring. Ryan even had a soft spot for Brady’s daughter too. But Brady seemed more interested in Ryan’s sister, Ellie, so Ryan thought it best to move on. Now, years later, Ellie let Ryan know that Brady has moved in nearby. She ran into him and is looking to see if she can pick up where they left off. What she doesn’t know is that Ryan longs for the same chance. If only Brady was looking to do the same…
To me, it is often a mark of good writing when a book goes by quickly but tells a complete story. The flow here is excellent, and I reached the end of the book surprised that it had gone by so quickly but not for a moment feeling like anything was missing. The story is interesting–some interesting family dynamics at play on both sides–and is a nice read for a rainy day or a warm afternoon on the beach.
Title: Wide Awake (Wide Awake, Book 1)
Author: Kade Boehme
Published: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Kade Boehme
Author Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Tyler Marcus has found a guy he’s interested in, but it’s not as easy as just saying “yes.” Because the guy is Mark Riley, a man much older than him and who also happens to be his best friend’s father. On top of the challenges of starting a new relationship, the two will have to contend with the opinions of their friends and family, something exacerbated by the fact that many of them are still rather upset with Mark since his divorce. Can they find the strength to be true to themselves? And is their bond strong enough to withstand the negative feelings of everyone around them?
This was a cute story on a number of levels. I thought it was interesting to see how both characters’ families reacted to learning about the relationship and the complex dynamics that came into play. Sometimes I felt like the reactions were a bit contrived, but it didn’t really detract too much from the overall story. I also was slightly confused by the age difference as it never really added up to me (did Mark and his wife have their son when they were 11 or something?), but that’s another item that I was able to tuck away and not have it distract me.
In the end, it’s a nice romance with a focus on finding and being true to yourself, and it’s a generally enjoyable read.