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★★★★ A Little Complicated by Kade Boehme ★★★★

A Little ComplicatedA Little Complicated by Kade Boehme

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Ryan Borja met the guy of his dreams in college. Brady Novak was kind, responsible and easy on the eyes. Yeah, the guy had a kid but Ryan loved her too. What could go wrong? Well, Ryan’s sister Ellie, that’s what. Ellie is a flighty, love-em-and-leave-em kinda girl with a big heart who doesn’t realize she dated the guy Ryan had fantasized about. But, like all of Ellie’s other relationships, this one ended within two months, just in time to send Brady running off to take a job in Phoenix, taking Ryan’s heart with him.

Ryan never thought he’d see Brady again until eight years later Ryan’s sister blindsides him by announcing that not only is Brady back in Atlanta but she’d asked him out on a date. And he’d accepted. As if that wasn’t enough to send Ryan on a tailspin, a neighborhood girl brings him face to face with Brady in an unexpected way.

Brady can’t believe when he sees Ryan again. He assumed Ryan had moved on from Atlanta, like he’d always said he would. But Brady hasn’t forgotten his cute, nerdy friend and wants nothing more than to have a chance to try the relationship they never got to have all those years ago, but convincing Ryan that he hadn’t slept with Ellie proves difficult. Ryan is still hurt over the way they left things and makes it an uphill battle, but Brady has waited too long. He’ll damn well give a good go of trying to get his man and with the help of his precocious teenage daughter and a little help from friends they may just get their Happily Ever After.

So what did I think?

Such a wonderful story and a great way to spend an hour or two!

The story is sweet, as Ryan and Brady reconnect after eight years apart. But things are complicated by Ryan’s sister’s interest in Brady, both now and then. In true romance fashion, no-one is properly communicating – it’s definitely complicated!

The characters are wonderful, particularly Brady’s daughter Lila. She’s smart and brave and wants her Dad to be happy and that means she wants her Dad to have Ryan!

There were some really special moments that had me smiling stupidly at my Kindle with a silly grin on my face, particularly Lila’s ‘proposal’ at the end of the book!

At $0.99 this was really good value too.

To find out more about Kade Boehme and his books visit his website.

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☊☊☊ Moving in Rhythm by Dev Bentham ☊☊☊

Moving in Rythmn

Moving in Rhythm by Dev Bentham

This is a review of the audio version narrated by Charlie Belmont.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Mark Apolostolos should be able to have any man he wants. Handsome and smart, he’s also cripplingly shy, especially around attractive men. Tired of waking up alone, he’s desperate to conquer his insecurities and have a real, meaningful relationship.

He gets his first opportunity when he tags along to his sister-in-law’s dance class and lays eyes on the sexy instructor. Seth Miller has a way of moving that takes his breath away. It isn’t long before sparks fly and they share a steamy kiss, but Seth wants much more than just a casual encounter.

If Mark wants a real relationship with Seth he’ll have to come to terms with his sexuality—but will it be enough to break through the walls he’s built up around his heart?

So what did I think?

I found this book a little bit challenging to review, struggling to separate the story from the narration because I actually listened to the audio book (narrated by Charlie Belmont) rather than reading the story.

The reason I found it challenging was because I found the story a little slow moving and it was hard to determine if this was mainly driven by the story itself or from the speed of the narration. I have a feeling that if I had been reading this myself and at my own fairly rapid pace, it may not have felt quite so drawn out. I would like to give it the benefit of the doubt and say the slowness was mainly due to the narration speed (from past experience I usually find the pace of audio books a little bit slow for my liking).

The story follows Mark, incredibly shy with a diagnosed condition that has prevented him forming relationships, who moves in with his sister-in-law to support her through the last months of her pregnancy while his brother is deployed overseas. Mark meets Seth and they are attracted but his condition means Mark needs to overcome some hurdles if they are to be together.

I liked that Mark had finally found a man worth trying to break through his own barriers for. I liked that Seth took things slowly and was prepared to handle a unique relationship that didn’t consist of a lot of face-to-face time. It was quite interesting to see Seth relate to his rescue greyhound and encourage the dog to trust and venture into the world and see the same occur with Mark.

I wanted to love Mark but for some reason, although understanding the difficulties he faced in life, I found him slightly annoying. There was a repetitiveness to his thoughts and actions that irritated me slightly (plus all the references to ‘he blinked’, ‘Mark blinked at him’…)

The other characters were engaging – Seth, sister-in-law Lisa, friend Claire and brother Pete. Plus the dogs were cute!

So all in all, quite a nice and sweet story with some lovely lines…
“Besides you’re not a greyhound Mark. You’re a bulldog. Tough and wary, loyal as all get-out, not easy to get close to and you know, that intrigued me but once inside what do I find but this huge heart. I’d be the crazy one to walk away from you.” He grinned. “And by the way, you should hope it’s an extension of my dog thing. I make long term commitments to my greyhounds.” Sorry if the punctuation is wrong but I am listening to it being said, not reading it!

To find out more about Dev Bentham and books visit their Goodreads author profile.

Buy Moving in Rhythm from Amazon.