Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review: Chasing the Rainbow by Kade Boehme

Four years ago, Bobby Gugino realized he may have met the man of his dreams in Jody Olsen. The problem was, Jody was married—very briefly—to Bobby's long-term girl friend's best friend. As if that was complicated enough, Bobby hadn't even realized he was gay himself up until then. When Jody came out and ended his marriage, Bobby's entire worldview was skewed, and his own health issues lead to his own coming out. Fast forward four years and Bobby runs into Jody again, but Bobby may be too busy making up for lost time to see how great they are together.

Jody Olsen's got guilt and mommy issues, but his coming out was smooth and his life had settled into a mundane pattern of kissing frogs while waiting for prince charming and helping run his mother's book store in New York's East Village. When Bobby comes bumbling back into his life with a surprising shared passion for the written word and an endearing love for sugary Frappuccinos, Jody can't help but be quickly swept up by the man.

The struggle to be patient with Bobby and his being unsure about being committed to someone is not an easy one. Does Jody hope for his happy ever after with Bobby, or is the lure of chasing the rainbow too much to fight against?

Includes a fresh-faced divorcee with his nose in romance novels and his heart in the clouds, a thirty-something fresh out of the closet, chasing a missed youth and trying to find his place in the big gay world he'd missed out on... and a little dirty suit sex.

Dani's rating:

Chasing the Rainbow is a FEEL-GOOD book all the way with two likable MCs navigating love and lust in New York City.

Jody is divorced and works as a book store manager. He is cultured and wears khakis that show off his tight ass.

Bobby falls for that ass immediately, and it doesn't take him long to fall for Jody too.

But Bobby feels like he's out of Jody's league. Jody has money after all, and Bobby is just a contractor who doesn't want a relationship after being in one with a woman for more than ten years.

Mild drama occurs early on as Bobby pulls away from Jody. Leaving after their first sexy time is a major dick move on Bobby's part, but the dual POV helped me understand Bobby's fears.

The secondary characters, including Bobby's brother Carlos and Jody's cougar mother DeDe, are all kinds of awesome. DeDe is a gem!

The MCs learn to lean on one another, and when the possibility of a tragedy looms over them, they bond together. The scene at Bobby's house where Bobby breaks down slayed me.

I also liked how Bobby became braver by degrees. The family situation (Bobby's mom is old-fashioned and insists on inviting Bobby's ex to every family dinner) didn't create undue angst.

This is a sexy, enjoyable read, and the HEA is outstanding.

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  1. Just read this one. Working on my review. I fell in love with Kade Boehme's writing when I found Wide Awake and have been reading his books ever since. He has an incredible gift as a talented story teller and I hope he writes for a very long time. Even his darker romance, We Found Love, was fabulous. Great review! Love this blog.


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