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.