Author ~ Kade Boehme
Published ~ 14th March 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Carter Darling’s life has been a whirlwind since his mother was elected to the senate when he was a teen. From private school to joining the military, he tried to forge his own path while making as few ripples as possible. But an injury forced him to figure out new goals for his life. After his parents were involved in a sex scandal, he decided to go back home to Tennessee to get some distance and get away from the madness.
He didn’t bargain on Jeremy Beck returning at the same time.
Jeremy was finally past the rich boy angst that made for some dramatic teenage years, but he hadn’t earned back much respect from his parents by playing in an indie band. Now that his band was on hiatus, Jeremy was looking for space from his unhealthy non-relationship with a band mate, so returning home to figure out his next step seemed like the way to go.
Their initial reunion turned awkward. Carter was still holding on to hurts from their last meeting and Jeremy was trying to convince himself that Carter was still just his sister’s closeted little friend. But when they open up to one another again and decide a staycation fling would be a nice distraction, they may get more than they bargained for.
For two guys who’ve had so much drama in their lives, it might surprise them to find that sometimes love is found in the simple things. Who knew?
“No drama. Keep it simple.”
Simple Things is the newest MM contemporary romance by author Kade Boehme. I have now read a few books by this author and have really come to enjoy his tales of romance and his style of writing. This particular story was the perfect balance of sweetness, some angst and piping hot sexy times.
Carter Darling and Jeremy Beck grew up in the same small town in Tennessee. Carter was good friends with Jeremy’s younger sister, Sarah. While our two protagonists may have never been super close, they did respect each other and were friends. That is, until one high school experience changed the dynamic of their relationship. Shortly after that Carter left the small town with his family and life took both guys in very different directions.
Carter’s life changed immensely in his teens when his mother entered politics and was elected as a senator. All of a sudden his life was made public and it was impressed on him numerous times just how important it was to keep up appearances. Carter has done his best to be the perfect politician’s son and has even served in the military until an injury forced him to leave his service. He’s also stayed in the closet just so he would not mess up his parents’ political agendas. So, when his parents themselves are involved in a sexual scandal, Carter has had enough. After all the sacrifices he’s made for his parents, it is time for him to seek out some personal space away from them and the public eye. He decides to return to the small town he grew up in.
A dark James Dean with a rockabilly style, Jeremy was a train wreck, but he was one beautiful hot mess.
Jeremy is your quintessential tatted up bad boy. He’s a musician and is part of a band called District & Wild who have a small amount of fame. Jeremy has managed to conquer his drug addiction; however, his life is still a mess. It could be the fact that he has feelings for one of his bandmates and participates in some kinky threesomes with said bandmate and his girlfriend. He decides to take a break and return home. Some quiet time at his family’s farm will do him some good.
Jeremy and Carter were not expecting the other. After all, who would have imagined that both would show up in town at the same time? And, when Sarah insists that Carter stay at the farm as well, both men are definitely in close proximity to one another. After that unfortunate incident in high school and all the tension and awkwardness between them, can they even be friends once again. As Carter and Jeremy begin to spend some time together, their friendship is indeed rekindled. This time there is no stopping the attraction they feel for one another. Can Carter and Jeremy do the friends-with-benefits thing and keep it simple, free from any romantic emotions?
I loved how Jeremy and Carter slowly fell into a relationship that was definitely more than just sex - the insecurities, the awkwardness, the desire, the passion. It was all there and so realistically done. Mr. Chaotic and Mr. Controlled certainly dive in expecting things to stay simple and with no-strings-attached. They had no idea that they would bring out the best in each other, how easy it would be to simply fall. Love certainly can have some deep roots, particularly when it begins with a friendship. It was wonderful to see Jeremy and Carter discover that on their own and find that special something with each other.
I really did enjoy reading Simple Things. It is a touching novel about embracing love 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.
Turns out, nothing was better for the introverted prince than being dragged out of his tower by his red hair by a moody, playful musician.