Thursday, February 19, 2015

Chance of the Heart by Kade Boehme

Title: Chance of the Heart
Author: Kade Boehme
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Chance and Bradley
Release Date: January 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
The path to happiness isn't always the easiest.

Chance Becket's life was mapped out. He'd one day own the ranch he grew up on, have a family, and be the son he was raised to be, like all good boys in Small Town, U.S.A.

When his high school sweetheart calls for a break during her last semester of college, the last place Chance thought he'd end up was in his old friend Bradley's bed.

Bradley Heart blasted out of the closet before his family could name him heir apparent to his father's church. After six years away, a job layoff has him coming home to work behind the scenes. He and his father have little interaction and he's fine with it staying that way when he returns home. Going back into the closet, for any reason, is not on his list of things to do. But Chance may prove too much a temptation, especially with the simmering feelings they’ve had for one another since they were teens.

Confused over his sexuality, Chance has to decide what’s more important -- loyalty to his family and the path set forth, or the promise of happiness with not just the only man, but the only person, he's ever really wanted.

Includes a very toppy accountant, a cowboy who'd rather be in the kitchen, porn positions, some spanking, and absolutely zero religion other than worshipping... You know.

My Review:
This book was set up a little differently than your normal sexually confused guy and having grown up in Texas, it totally worked for me. Believe hometown was not a small town, but there just weren't "out" gay kids there. It wasn't something accepted or even a I can see how Chance never would have considered it. 

Chance has really never left his small town home. He's dated the same girl since he was a teenager and is following the expected path set up for him by his family and this small town. He doesn't question it...too much. But when his girlfriend suggests they take some time off from one another her last semester of college, he doesn't understand why. Until he meets Bradley in a bar...

Bradley is the one who, if you had heard just the basic bio of the characters of this book, you would expect to be in the closet and hiding from who he was. He grew up with his father running one of the biggest religious organizations in the state...and his father is not one to accept homosexuality. As a result, Bradley left home at 18 and never looked back. Now he's had to come back after he suddenly lost his job and he's working for the church. 

Now, ^^ looks like there's going to be a lot of religious talk in this book. It's there, but it's not preachy or too much. Believe me, I hate religion in books (I grew up in Texas and spent WAY too much of my childhood/teen years in the church, so I have my own personal issues that make that a hot button for me.) This book does not have that problem, so don't let the religious aspect keep you from reading it. Kade Boehme did an excellent balancing that side of it which is a hot button for a lot of people. 

Okay, but back to the real focus of the book...the romance between Bradley and Chance. I felt like it was brilliantly done. These guys are both in difficult situations and trying to deal with the repercussions of that along with the normal difficulties of a new relationship and doing what your partner needs. It's not an easy thing for either of them. I enjoyed both characters and really enjoyed reading about them. My heart ached for Chance and how he's suddenly having this shocking self-realization. I wanted Bradley to relax and have a bit more patience, but his impatience with it all made total sense with his background. There were also a great cast of characters...both good and bad...surrounding the guys. I loved Heather and the whole restaurant sub-story. 

I definitely recommend this one. Kade Boehme is quickly turning into one of my auto-buy authors. 

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