Happy Sunday, I hope it’s been a fantastic weekend! I am thrilled to share my review of Simple Things by Kade Boehme! Kade is a favorite for me, and this book is one of his best yet! Here is my 5 star review and I hope you’ll check out Simple Things too!
Carter Darling’s life has been a whirlwind since his mother was elected to senate when he was a teen. From private school to joining the military, he tried to make 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 are involved a sex scandal, he decides to go back home to Tennessee to get some distance and out of the madness.
He didn’t figure on Jeremy Beck returning at the same time.
Jeremy’s finally past the rich boy angst that made for some dramatic teenage years, but he hasn’t earned back much respect from his parents playing in an indie band. Now, his band’s on hiatus and Jeremy’s 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 is awkward, Carter still hurt by their last meeting and Jeremy trying to convince himself Carter’s still just his sister’s closeted little friend. But when they open up to one another again and decide a staycation fling will be a nice distraction, they may get more than they bargain for.
For two guys who’ve had so much drama in their lives, it’s surprising to find that sometimes love is found in the simple things, simple times. Who knew?
This book made me so HAPPY! I am a huge Kade Boehme fan, no hiding that, I’ve loved all of his books, but this is a new favorite for me! Simple Things is a wonderful, swoony book that I adored from the first page to the last.
So, I have to start with Carter – Carter Darling! How freaking perfect is his name?! And yeah he’s pretty perfect too. He’s spent his life following the rules, doing what he’s told. That is until his parents’ scandalous secret is exposed and Carter heads back to his hometown to spend a little time re-evaluating his life.
Jeremy Beck plays in an indie rock band, lives in a bubble of somewhat self-induced angst and he too thinks he needs a break from life, and heads home for a few months. He’s known for being a bit of a jerk, but when he gets home to see Carter there with his sister, that jerk side softens some.
Carter and Jeremy have a history together, and not always a good one. Carter has played straight for the media for years, something that clearly gets under Jeremy’s skin. As the two rebuild their friendship, more develops between the two, and what was supposed to be a ‘simple’ summer fling turns a little less simple when there are real feelings involved.
Again, I LOVED these two! Their shared history and inside jokes, their banter together and yes their chemistry! Carter and Jem are just meant to be – it doesn’t have to be hard, scary or heart breaking to love another person, it really can be simple. Kade does a brilliant job of showcasing that in this book. Yes, these guys have issues but they deal with them. These characters felt so real, their voices loud and clear. These are people I’d love to have Fancy Fridays with!
Simple Things is easily a new favorite for me, and in my opinion one of Kade’s best books. He has captured the magic of love, the power of friendship and proves that sometimes simple is perfect.
*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
It was after writing a short story about boys who loved each other for a less than reputable adult website that he found his true calling, and hopefully a bit more class. He hopes to write about all the romance that he personally finds himself allergic to but that others can fall in love with. He maintains that life is real and the stories should be, as well