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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 was my first read from Kade Boehme and I was not disappointed. I was looking for a book that would give me the feelings I love when reading romance and Simple Things delivered.
Told from dual POV’s we meet Carter Darling as he is packing up and leaving his current living situation and life that has become way too public. Carter is the son of a senator and his parents have been engaging in activities that have put his family in the public eye which Carter finds contradictory to his life. You see, Carter isn’t out as the proud gay son of Senator Darling, nope, Carter is the good boy whose military career was cut short, got into boxing as a way to rehab an injury and now going to college and yet… Yet, his parents apparently couldn’t keep it in their pants and now there is damage control to be done and Carter… is… done. He wants to get away from it all and decides to take a semester off and go back home, back to where things could be simple.
Ahhh the simple life. Let’s say we will explore that quite a bit in this book and I love it.
I have a thing for unrequited love stories. Probably because I was the queen of them as a young girl and my first unrequited love in the 6th grade is now my husband of 15 years. So, yeah. I love the idea that you can get the one you used to crush on so hard and end up happy.
Now, Jeremy. Goodness dude you just about killed me. I mean, one of the first things you say when we meet you is calling Carter the endearment of, Red. As a ginger myself and a girl with that same nickname AND a sucker for endearments, you had me wrapped around your tattooed fingers in a snap. Yup, I dug you dude and then I got into your POV and, sigh.
I loved the back story of Jeremy and Carter and it was told so well. We learn that Carter wasn’t just the pesky friend to Jeremy’s younger sister Sarah but that he held a place in Jeremy’s heart, Jeremy himself wasn’t even fully aware of. Carter, oh my fellow ginger, your hero worship of Jeremy and your crush hit me in the gut. I have a love/hate relationship for how you held yourself, your sexuality and your relationships in check because of your parents but I can’t hate on it too much, it led you back to Jeremy and all the things you do.
Okay, I have to get this out because it was unexpected… the sex in this is hot. It’s hella hot and hella dirty and can someone give a girl a fan, a drink and maybe some more? Good lord. I love it when sex gets messy, gets dirty and not just the talk though the talk is dirty too. (I am totally singing Christina Aguilera right now…) This just felt, I don’t know raw and real and isn’t that how sex is supposed to be?
Anyway, let me get off that now. NOT like that, get your mind out of the gutter or just come down to the gutter and join me because thinking of certain dudes in their naked glory floating in a pool and what happens around the pool, just took me way down to the gutter of perpetual smut.
Back to the romance because the romance was so freaking sweet. I simply adored the relationship growth between Jeremy and Carter and how family dynamics plays into their romance. The men, they just gave me all the right feels at all the perfect times and I was in love.
Simple Things is not such a simple a story. There are layers to be pulled back with Jeremy and Carter with new subjects to deal with but as we see each one, they are dealt with respectfully and beautifully. This book, it was more than I expected and I now know that Kade Boehme is a wonderful story teller of romance, of relationships and of the human spirit. Oh and again, he writes some dirty AF sex.