Title: Borrowing Trouble
Author: Kade Boehme
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Jay and Landon
Release Date: October 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Landon didn’t expect to still be stuck in his hometown working at his dad’s sawmill at this point in his life. Being an openly gay truck driver was as awkward in practice as in description. When Jay came to take over managerial duties at his dad’s business, Landon was surprised to find a friend. When Jay turns out not to be as straight as he thought, things get complicated.
When feelings for Landon shine a light on how much Jay’s life has been actually half lived, he’s forced to decide if he’ll jump in with both feet or if he’ll let Landon slip through his fingers.
There's a line in the story description about this book about "things get complicated"...that is something that doesn't happen in this story. This is a straight-forward, sweet romantic story that was simply an entertaining, light read. I liked these two guys and the story of the way they connect.
Jay is the conflicted character in this story. Whoa, my heart hurt for him. Until Landon, he really didn't have the first inkling that he was gay or bi or whatever...definitely not completely straight. And suddenly all the things that didn't seem quite right in his marriage suddenly makes much more sense.
I loved that aspect of this story line, because I think there are guys and girls out there that may skirt the edges...maybe bi, maybe gay, but it simply never occurs to them that they could be something other than hetero because that idea never comes into play. This story takes place in small-town, rural south (I think Mississippi? I don't really remember exactly where.) But I live in small town Texas and I can guarantee you that for a lot of people here, they are in the same situation. It's just simply accepted that a person is hetero...there's no question about that being a fact. Another option never even comes to mind. And I find that's somewhat sad because I'd guess there's more people out there like Jay than most people would guess.
I loved the very believable explanation for Jay and how this happened. He's a personality that doesn't like to dwell on things. He doesn't "borrow trouble" so anything that might cause waves is compartmentalized in his brain. He shoves it to the side and doesn't deal with those things. I bought it completely and wholly.
So, Jay is suddenly having to deal with this whole new reality. At the same time, he's learning a new job, participating in this new relationship, and finding out about a whole new approach toward sex...this isn't a light change in his life.
In the midst of all this is Landon. He's the company owner's son and he doesn't hide the fact that he's gay, but he doesn't flaunt it either. He works in a lumber mill with a lot of guys who wouldn't understand. On paper, he also works for Jay, and doesn't want to out him in this small town either. It is a complicated situation.
Like I said, I enjoyed this book. I liked Jay and Landon together. Landon is a pretty laid-back personality too, so he is the perfect one to be paired up with Jay while he's sorting through the VERY complicated junk in his head...something Jay isn't used to doing.
I'm a big gay-for-you fan, and this book isn't quite that, but it definitely ticked that box for me and that made it a great read in my book. I'd definitely recommend it.
Also, it should be noted...I LOVE Landon's dad. He's a good old boy and most definitely isn't comfortable with the fact that Landon is gay. BUT he loves his son and IS comfortable with accepting his son regardless. I LOVED that healthy relationship they had and applaud Kade Boehme for making it like that because it would have been really easy to take it elsewhere with this story line.