Title: Keep Swimming, Bk1 and Going Under, Bk2
Author: Kade Boehme
Genre: MM Contemporary
Vice: Cute kids, excons, Commitment-phobes
Rating: 4.75/5, rated together
Length: Two novellas
Cover Impressions: I love them.
Best Line: "Forget the tourists, forget all the stupid fucking people that he could possibly know who might be watching. He was finished. He wanted Kyle more than he wanted acceptance."
Keep Swimming, #1:
After his partner dumped him with a pregnant surrogate four years ago, Cary Whitmore was forced to play single parent while starting up a new business. With the dog bakery now semi-successful and his son healthy, Cary thinks he may be ready to date again.
Heath Cummings is trying his damnedest to get his charter boat service off the ground and dreams of one day soon being able to quit his job as an offshore driller. Paying off his dream requires making it through a couple more years, which means being open about his sexuality isn't in the cards just yet.
When the two take their flirting to the next level, Cary wonders if he can handle another guy who might take off, while Heath has to decide if he can risk his dream of a laid back life—and giving up his long-held and much enjoyed bachelor status while taking on a child when being a father was never on his to-do list. Will they sink, or will they keep swimming?
Going Under, #2:
Ex Coast Guardian Kyle Bevins is a joker, a friend, and unlucky in love. His friends know he’s a good guy to turn to if for nothing other than a much needed laugh, but he rarely heeds his own advice. He’s content as the new co-owner of his friend’s charter fishing company in Pensacola Beach, Florida, but he’s missing the companionship of having a significant other and tired of the old hookups.
Eddy Jiminez is unlucky, period. He’s been dealt most every negative consequence of being gay. He’s also an ex-con, so he figured he’d play it safe, keep working hard and trying to forget that it was men he craved. But when he meets Kyle, he can’t stop going back for more, but tired of the lies and hurting, he doesn't want to give Kyle up.
Kyle would do anything to keep Eddy from drowning again, so he decides to see him safely into the big world of being Out but a past connection may ruin everything. Will there be a second chance for both of them, or will their relationship go under?
Impressions: I've been meaning to read these for a while, and I don't know why I waited! These were amazing, and exactly what I needed. I wanted to fall a little bit in love, and watch some cute, hurt guys do the same, and thats exactly what Boehme gave me!
Book one is an adorable exploration of Cary, a single parent, and Heath, a commitment phobic man finding love and creating a family. I loved the time line that this took, and the way Cary's son Gus was woven into the story. Nothing was over simplified (and I loved that Gus wasn't the most perfect, precocious kid ever- that gets boring!) The secondaries were really relatable and helped move the story very well. There were no annoying misunderstandings, evil villains, or crazy twists. This was just a great story of two very complex men finding and falling in love.
Book 2 is about Kyle, Heath's best friend, and Eddy, an excon with a hard life. I loved Kyle, but Eddy melted my heart. These guys were great, and great together. Again, the timeline was great, and it was nice to revisit Cary and Heath. The sex in this book is especially hot, and again, we met a host of secondary characters who really added to the story.
It is clear there is a good line up for book 3, and I can't wait. I already love Phil and Kent a little, so it promises to be great!
When you are looking for a great contemporary, sexy, man loving romance, grab these two. I couldn't put them down and neither will you!
Reviews posted on Amazon and Goodreads.