A few months ago I read a self-published title from a, at the time, new-to-me author by the name of Kade Boehme. I loved the story line and the characters, and I wanted more from the author. With a title coming from Dreamspinner Press, I knew it was a must read. I was not disappointed.
Title: Trouble & the Wallflower
Author: Kade Boehme
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Raised in near seclusion by an agoraphobic mother, Davy Cooper’s social skills are almost nonexistent. Now that his mother has died, he needs to make friends for the first time in his life. He catches Gavin Walker’s eye, but the sexy, confident, bad boy hipster intimidates shy Davy so much that he throws away Gavin’s number every time he offers it.
When Gavin defends Davy from a rude guy, Davy begins to warm to him. However, with his limited experience, he thinks he and Gavin are too different, and anything more than a casual acquaintance will end in complete disaster.
More than just the author attracted me to Trouble & the Wallflower. The first thing that drew me in was the cover. I don’t often mention covers, but sometimes one will stand out to me. The simplicity and beauty of the Leah Kaye Suttle cover kept me returning. It sets the tone for the book that follows. The second thing that attracted me to this title was the main character Davy. As a sufferer of social anxiety, myself, I was intrigued to see how that whole angle played out. I love that there was no magical fix. I love the Davy was still Davy even in the end. I love that Davy steeled himself and then put himself out there despite his fears.
Gavin… What can I say about Gavin? He was a little harder to grow to love than Davy was. I don’t know if it was the social anxiety thing, or if I just have a soft spot for characters with the name Cooper (Davy’s last name), but Davy stole my heart from the first page. Gavin took a little longer to gel for me. There wasn’t anything wrong with Gavin; I was just never sure of his intentions. For that matter, HE wasn’t ever sure of his intentions. Davy and Gavin were complete opposites and seeing how that dynamic played out was intriguing. I think it was handled very sweetly, even if Davy did get his heart squeezed a few times along the way.
Boehme has said that he is not a series writer, but if he were to want to change that, the secondary characters in Trouble would lend themselves well to further explorations. Sean and Deacon especially were fun additions to the crew. Nate… well he just needed to get over himself. In conclusion, if you are a fan of opposites attracting, bad boys, good boys, angst, family, and love, pick up a copy.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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