Friday, March 7, 2014

Review: Trouble and the Wallflower by Kade Boehme

Trouble & The Wallflower by Kade Boehme
Dreamspinner Press
Novel: 200pgs
3.75 Pants Off

Raised in near seclusion by an agoraphobic mother, Davy Cooper’s social skills are almost nonexistent. Now that his mother has died, he needs to make friends for the first time in his life. He catches Gavin Walker’s eye, but the sexy, confident, bad boy hipster intimidates shy Davy so much that he throws away Gavin’s number every time he offers it.

When Gavin defends Davy from a rude guy, Davy begins to warm to him. However, with his limited experience, he thinks he and Gavin are too different, and anything more than a casual acquaintance will end in complete disaster.

This was my very first time reading the author, and I can't say I'm overly impressed but I did like it and I enjoyed the characters. However, I can say my feelings are mixed on how much I like it, like a blender of mixed feelings. On one hand it had moments of awesome and in other parts it felt flat. I feel like if this was tighter in both delivery and overall plot this book would have been great. It had the ingredients but the measurements weren't on par (omg what is with that description).

Davy Cooper's social life is surely lacking, which highly due to the fact that he was raised at home by an agoraphobic mom. To say that this new found freedom to talk and be around people is understatement but Davy can deal with all that. What he can't deal with is the sexy Gavin stopping in with his friends and making him feeling nervous, also a little nauseous, and inadequate. There is just no way in hell a guy like Gavin could be interested in awkward social pariah like himself so the only conclusion is that this over flirting is a joke and Davy isn't really finding it funny.

Davy decides to step out of his comfort zone once again and hit up a gay bar. He's done it before with no success but he's willing to give it another go. When Gavin arrives with his friends Davy decides to be bold even knowing that Gav is nothing but trouble, but sometimes you gotta take risks and all that. He gets proven right when Gav hits the dance floor with a sexy twink and it starts to look a little bit more than just dancing. Davy has now got his answer clear as day. Gav was just being flirty and having a little fun with the shy boy who was playing hard to get, seems he got tired of the chase.

Gavin likes to fuck and he makes no apologies, he's young and isn't in a relationship so he will have all the fun. Yet, he can't quite explain his attraction to the shy Davy. Gav knows that Davy could never be a random hook-up and yet he doesnt want to run and he needs Davy in his life. Too bad he's fucked up more than once and he wouldn't be surprised if Davy gave him no chances. Davy is the man he wants to take home and introduce to his grandpa and hang out with. Seems like Gavin might have turned over a new leaf aka he only wants to fuck this one guy (who knew?).

As I said, I really liked the characters and the story but it started to drag for me in the middle and close to the end. But first let’s talk about what I liked, I really enjoyed Davy and Gavin and together they worked for me. They created a nice balance for each other and it worked. Love that little twist when it came to them having sex, I thought it would have been an easy resolved issue but I loved that the author stuck to their characters and found ways of making them work. I swear I didn't miss the anal part of it, and it was great to see them function and not make it an impossible part of their relationship. Loved the friends and just their overall coming together.

What I didn't like, I don't want to give too much a way so let’s say the arrival of a certain woman and her stupidness. It felt contrived and I just think it took away from a story that had so much already going for it. It really felt pointless to me and with Gavin already dealing with so much, it became too much. As I said, a cleaner delivery would have made this a book I loved, with such an amazing trope, it did fall a little short. This being my first time reading the author, I'm very much gonna seek out his backlist.


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