Carter Darling’s life has been a whirlwind since his mother was elected to the senate when he was a teen. From private school to joining the military, he tried to forge 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 were involved in a sex scandal, he decided to go back home to Tennessee to get some distance and get away from the madness.
He didn’t bargain on Jeremy Beck returning at the same time.
Jeremy was finally past the rich boy angst that made for some dramatic teenage years, but he hadn’t earned back much respect from his parents by playing in an indie band. Now that his band was on hiatus, Jeremy was 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 turned awkward. Carter was still holding on to hurts from their last meeting and Jeremy was trying to convince himself that Carter was still just his sister’s closeted little friend. But when they open up to one another again and decide a staycation fling would be a nice distraction, they may get more than they bargained for.
For two guys who’ve had so much drama in their lives, it might surprise them to find that sometimes love is found in the simple things. Who knew?
Play-by-the-rules Ginger & tattooed bad boy.
They used to be friends, but Jeremy was too high and too reckless to appreciate Carter's quiet presence. For all of Jeremy's mantra about keeping things simple, he plays in high drama and gambles on threesomes with his fellow musician Troy and Troy's girlfriend.
Then there's Carter, Army veteran, amateur boxer, student, caught up in his mother's political career until the shit hits the fan. Carter's had it with his parents' self-serving rules. He reconnects with his friend Sarah, Jeremy's sister, and returns to the simple life on Sarah's family ranch, at least for a little while.
This is a low-key story about two former friends becoming in-the-moment lovers and then something more.
The sexual chemistry between the men is explosive, and, hot damn, but does Kade know how to write a sex scene. We have a butt-sex virgin here, y'all, and the deflowering is all that and a bowl of cherries! Down & dirty & so very, very good.
I loved the lightly snarky dialogue in this book, the give and take between Jeremy and Carter.
There is a blip of angst towards the end when Troy, Jeremy's complicated crush, shows up at the same time as Carter's former unofficial "girlfriend" (read: beard).
There's jealousy all around and the potential for a Big Misunderstanding that—hallelujah!—never materializes.
Jeremy finally sees that love doesn't have to be hard and messy and painful.
When you strip it all away, there's only this: the quiet moments ... support and friendship and wanting to be with someone because they feel like home.
I heart these MCs and their HEA. This is a sweet little story, one of my favorites by Kade and highly recommended for a quick comfort read.