- Reviewed by: Vicki – Mistress of the Dark
- Print Length: 314 pages
- Genre: Gay, Romance, Western, Contemporary
- Publisher: SelfPub (January 22, 2015)
- Book Provided by: Reviewer
- Author: Kade Boehme
- Posting Date: February 1, 2015
Chance was stuck- stuck in a world of responsibility. He was supposed to live the way the rest of his friends in high school had. Marry their high school sweetheart, help with their parents’ businesses, raise kids and pass the ranch on to the kids. His girl, Caitlin, wanted to spend the last few months with a time out. She wanted Chance to get out any wild hair he had been holding in while she was away at college. Where does he find himself the first time he goes out? A gay bar. While in the bar, in walks the boy he had a crush on all his life, Joseph.
Joseph had a horrible day. His long-time boyfriend had left him and he had lost his job. He needed a night out with his best friend and runs into none other than a grown up Chance. He takes him home and falls into right. He’s not sure why Chance had always meant something to him. They just seemed to fit. But first, he had to find a job. Then his sister gives him a deal he can’t refuse working for his father back home. He had no choice but to go home and work for his daddy’s mega church for six months and live for free on the property in a cabin.
Once home the two men spent a lot of time together. Chance relayed his wish to open a restaurant instead of taking over his daddy’s ranch. He and Joseph would spend their nights making a portfolio and planning of ways that he could do that. Chance asked Joseph if he would stay and help him run the restaurant so he could continue his duties at the ranch.
The men knew they were falling for each other, but Caitlin was coming back soon from college.
Such is life living in the closet in a small town in Texas.
There was a short, rough start before the author settled into the southern voice. Once he settled, it’s an easy southern ride and you believe the characters and their chemistry. There were also four of five editing mistakes. Not enough to bother me but enough to let the author know that whomever he is paying could do a better job of line editing.
This book came to me as if he fell from the sky, as I have been having an argument with a long-time high school crush about gay rights. Living in the south, I hear and see these type of stories a lot more than I am comfortable saying. Yes, things are changing; however, they are changing slower than the rest of the country.
I wish we would keep up with the rest of the nation. I fight against the small-minded and sometimes feel I am banging my head against a wall again and again.
At least this book has a happy ending. It’s a lovely book. Kade has that special talent and is able to write books that make you feel. They are about real love, the battles that gay men find themselves in and happy endings. I wish for more happy endings in real life down here in the southern U.S. Thank you Kade for a lovely story. I hope to see more happy endings in real life here in the south real soon.