Thursday, July 16, 2015

Chasing the Rainbow by Kade Boehme

Title: Chasing the Rainbow
Author: Kade Boehme
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance m/m 
Series: -
Main Characters: Bobby and Jody
Release Date: May 2015
Publisher: -
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Bobby Gugino realized he may have met the man of his dreams in Jody Olsen, only neither of them were gay, so far as Bobby knew. But when Jody came out and ended his marriage, Bobby's entire worldview was skewed, and his own health issues lead to his own coming out. Fast forward four years and Bobby runs into Jody again, but Bobby may be too busy making up for lost time to see how great they are together.

Jody Olsen's got guilt and mommy issues, but his coming out was smooth and his life had settled into a mundane pattern of kissing frogs while waiting for prince charming and helping run his mother's book store in New York's East Village. When Bobby comes bumbling back into his life with a surprising shared passion for the written word and an endearing love for sugary Frappuccinos, Jody can't help but be quickly swept up by the man.

The struggle to be patient with Bobby and his being unsure about being committed to someone is not an easy one. Does Jody hope for his happy ever after with Bobby, or is the lure of chasing the rainbow too much to fight against?

Includes a fresh-faced divorcee with his nose in romance novels and his heart in the clouds, a thirty-something fresh out of the closet, chasing a missed youth and trying to find his place in the big gay world he'd missed out on... and a little dirty suit sex.
My Review:

I know that when I go into reading a Kade Boehme book, I'm going to get a satisfying HEA with some fun times in between. I read this book one night when none of my review reads were doing it. I was stressed and simply needed something happy. Enter Kade Boehme and his sexy MC's. Yes, Bobby and Jody fit the bill!

But don't get me wrong...this book isn't all happy and sexy times. The main characters have some good angst to go along the way so there's some romantic conflict between the happy, sexy times. :)

This book is a little different than most. Sometimes there's a hero who has been in denial or the closet for most of his life in romance stories (and I'm a big fan when that happens), but in this story both of the MC's have spent most of their lives as heterosexual. Jody was married. Bobby spent twelve years with the same girl. They both know how to do commitment even when there isn't love. I liked that little twist. But now both of them have accepted that they are gay. The main difference is that Jody still wants a committed relationship while Bobby is still having fun playing the field. He did the commitment thing for 12 long years...he doesn't want to go back to that. 

And this is the conflict...Bobby may not want a commitment with Jody, but he also doesn't want to consider Jody may go out with anyone else. Also Jody is entwined with Bobby's family through his ex and Bobby isn't COMPLETELY out of the closet yet. Mom will NOT understand. 

One of the things that makes this book so good is that it immerses the reader into NYC. I've only visited there once, but after reading this book, I felt like I'd just been again. I loved that Bobby is NYC Italian with all the stereotypes that entails. On the flip side, Jody has a more liberal upbringing. The scenes with his mom, DeDe, were great. I wasn't so sure about her at first, but in the end...I LOVED HER! Oh, and Jody the romance reader...I loved the romance genre references in the story. LOVE!

This is one of those books that when you hit the final page, you turn off your kindle or shut the book with a smile on your face (or that may be just me.) It's a happy, emotionally satisfying book, and...oh, yeah...there are sexy, sexy times  too. Did you read the warning label on the book? Total suit porn to feed my fantasies in this one. Yum!

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