Author ~ Kade Boehme
Published ~ 15th October 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
After an amicable divorce, Jay Hill decided to move back to his rural hometown with his teenage kids. Being on good terms with his ex-wife and in laws has made the transition into single life pretty smooth. Things were good and uncomplicated. Then Landon Petty walked into his life.
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.
“Borrowed trouble. Worth it.”
Borrowing Trouble is the newest stand-alone M/M romance by Kade Boehme. I have really come to enjoy this author’s tales of romance and his style of writing and this particular story was the perfect balance of sweetness, angst and piping hot sexy times.
Thirty-six year old Jay Hill’s marriage to his high school sweetheart, Beth, may have not worked out; however, he is bound and determined to be the stability that his two children need. He’s recently taken on a managerial position at a mill in the small town he grew up in and has set up a home for himself and his children. He’s still on great terms with his ex-wife and his son and daughter often go and stay with their mom who is pursuing her career in the city. Jay may get lonely for some adult companionship at times, but he is embracing the single life and for the first time is loving the fact that life is relaxed and uncomplicated. Jay’s bubble is burst when he comes face to face with someone who makes him question all he believes himself to be. Suddenly, Jay’s life is anything but uncomplicated.
Twenty-eight year old Landon Petty has taken on more than his share of responsibility at his father’s sawmill. When his father indicates he has hired a new manager, it’s certainly a relief for Landon as some of the workload that falls on his shoulders will lessen. And, when Landon discovers the new employee will be none other than Jay Hill, he can’t help but remember the massive crush he had on him as a young teen. Jay starts at the mill and Landon is reminded just how gorgeous he is. But, it’s not like Landon can act on his feelings of lust. Right? After all, Jay is as straight as they come. He’s been married for goodness sake! He’s definitely straight as an arrow. Isn’t he?
Landon and Jay develop a somewhat tentative friendship and soon discover that they get along famously and have much in common. Landon is unsure if he will always be able to keep his feelings in check when it comes to Jay and the closer they get, the harder it becomes. However, Jay is struggling with his own personal inner turmoil. He finds himself thinking more and more about Landon, and not always in a friendly platonic manner either. He simply can’t fathom how he’s reached the age of thirty-six and has never thought of another male in the way he thinks of Landon. Perhaps it the way Jay compartmentalizes everything. He’s good at shoving things into boxes putting them away on the highest shelves.
I loved how Jay and Landon slowly fell into one another - the insecurities, the awkward beginning, the desire, the passion. It was all there and so realistically done. Jay struggles with all that his heart is telling him when it comes to Landon. He has no idea how to handle this new turn in his life, how he is going to handle telling his children and ex-wife. Once our two protagonists reveal how they truly feel about one another the progression of their relationship is natural and sweet despite the uncertainties. Jay is so inexperienced and I simply loved how supportive and patient Landon was. The only thing Landon is certain about is the fact that he wants Jay to be a big part of his present and his future. The pair have a few obstacles to overcome and have a bit to work out and their happy forever is not going to come super easy; however, they both know real when they see it and what they share is worth the fight.
I really did enjoy reading Borrowing Trouble. It is a touching novel about embracing who you are and facing the obstacles that may stand in your way head on. Let’s face it, how many of us start lasting relationships effortlessly and flawlessly? Anything real and worth it is always going to be messy, mistakes will be made and the awkwardness is simply part of it all. When I finished the book I had a huge smile on my face. This was a wonderful, character-driven romance, a book that left me happily sighing.